Time for a Change

My life has gone through a few changes since the last time I posted here; my daughter is finishing up her first year at school this week (ahh!! :) ) while I am neck-deep in another semester of nursing school. The biggest change is a less obvious change that few people know about. I have had a complex relationship with food for a very long time. After becoming too heavy of a burden to carry and after realizing that I cannot be a good example for my children or my patients, I decided to seek help. I have been getting help and guidance from a knowledgable therapist for the last couple of months. The last couple of months have not been easy; in fact, they have been some of the hardest months of my life. But I am learning a lot about myself and the process of recovery. This change in my personal life has led my to reevaluate Recipes Redesigned. In the recipes to come, you will no longer find the calories, fat and other nutritional information listed. I am trying to let go of the calorie counting that consumed my past and focus on intuitive eating. Intuitive eating is a process of learning to get back in touch and listen to your body's hunger and fullness signals. Our bodies know how much fuel we need for each day to function at our best. Mindful eating is listening to our body's signals and following them. It is not eating for emotional reasons, like out of boredom or when we feel sad; and it is not eating by counting calories. It is giving back the control of eating to our bodies. While our bodies are responsible for the hunger and fullness signals, we are responsible for how we respond to those signals. I am shifting my own focus away from the calories and fat and focusing instead of choosing a variety of foods with high nutritional value. Instead of how many calories I have had today, I am trying to retrain myself to think "how many fruits and vegetables have I had today? how many whole grains? how much calcium have I eaten today?" It is a major shift in thinking and it will take some time to adjust my thinking and get used to letting go of that control and learning to trust my body again. But I believe that this is the way to a healthy life, both physically and mentally. Because of this, there will no longer be nutritional numbers for the recipes. Instead I will be focusing on increasing the nutritional value of the recipes that I make and share with you.

Thank you to all of you for your support of this website. I hope that you continue to enjoy the recipes and find recipes that you and your family can enjoy.

Wishing you all health and happiness!

Sarah