One of the things I have been working on during my “Body Kindness” journey is listening to my body. Really listening. When I go to the grocery store, I browse around a bit, look at all the different options and think, “What do I want to eat this week?” or “What looks good?” Then I kind of distill that down to what do these items have in common,and go from there.
For example, last week everything that even remotely resembled pizza caught my attention. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized I was craving a pepperoni and egg white sandwich–yeah, yeah, I know, but don’t knock it before you try it since it’s delicious.
This week it was peanut butter toast. I love peanut butter toast. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner some days and not regret a thing. So while I was browsing, I thought, you know what sounds good, though? A peanut butter and jelly sandwich; why don’t I swap that out for my breakfast peanut butter toast? This has the added benefit of cutting some calories since there are significantly less calories in the Natural Strawberry Jam I bought than in a Tbs of Jif peanut butter.
However, eating the sandwich untoasted made me feel like I was eating lunch too early. So I toasted it. Big mistake. Huge. Regrets abounded.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was DELICIOUS. At least the parts that I got to eat, haha. By having the second piece of toast to push on the peanut butter and jelly, the melted goop went EVERYWHERE. It came out of the air holes in the bread and the side of the sandwich, ending up all over my shirt, hands, and desk. I think there might even have been some in my hair.
But, like, it was WAY better than a non-toasted PB&J; so I’ve decided to spend the next week using my engineering skills to make a non-messy toasted PB&J. All thoughts and suggestions welcome.