Every year Michelle and I have tried to do some sort of fast (you can read about our last one here). We really like this practice as it helps us learn how to be more intentional, disciplined, and most importantly, become more aware of our own behaviors that we typically wouldn’t think much about. For this specific challenge we are focusing on what we eat.
(two weeks ago)
Peace Corps Nurse: “Jedd, I don’t like that number, you are borderline for high blood pressure?”
It didn’t make any sense to me. Michelle and I workout 6 times a week in the morning, going against my Myers Brigg personality type that would rather sleep in and work out when I feel like it. I’ve lost weight since moving to Jamaica (which is an incredible feat in itself because of the tasty, sugary, starchy, and fatty food). I’m pretty sure I weigh less than what I weighed in college.
So how could I be borderline for high blood pressure?
Nurse: “Are you sleeping well?” “Are you anxious about anything?”
Me: “Been sleeping ok and feeling ok.”
Nurse: “Are you eating a lot of salt in your diet?”
Me: “So fried chicken twice a week and adding salt to other meals isn’t a good thing?”
I’m an emotional eater. I eat when I feel like it, and I eat what I feel like eating. There’s never been a science to me regarding what I ate. I love to eat and I eat what gives me pleasure. Looking back at this past summer, I went through a stressful time running summer camps and I think I coped with my stress with eating. Did I think about the consequences for what I ate? I didn’t really think too much about it till recently. A warning for high blood pressure was a good wake-up call for me, I needed to make a change. Continue reading “Intentional Eating”