Food, Pleasure & Happiness

by | Nov 2, 2017 | Blog

Pleasure is not the same thing as happiness. I got them confused for a really long time.

I thought eating made me happy. Specifically, I thought sugar, ice cream, Mexican food and swedish fish made me happy. Yes, they brought me pleasure but they didn’t make me happy. In fact, they made me pretty unhappy.

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Pleasure is momentary. It’s fleeting. It doesn’t last.

Happiness reflects your outlook. Happiness is about your overall satisfaction with and enjoyment of your life.

Food can definitely bring you pleasure. Food can also contribute to or take away from your happiness.

Trouble starts when we confuse the two or think that we can only have one or the other.

In episode 409 of the Primal Potential podcast, I talk about the difference between these two and, more importantly, how we can work to get both pleasure & happiness from what we eat, how much we eat and the way we eat. I think this episode is a must-listen!

I had talked myself out of working out today because of my ASCEND schedule. But, after going through my schedule for the day (last night), I realized I can totally make time for a workout and it will absolutely make me feel better for the rest of the day. So, to the gym I went.

“Big Nasty”
3 Rounds:
7 Burpee Pull-ups
50 Air Squats
10 Hang Power Snatches

My butt was feeling sore from yesterday’s deadlifts so those air squats felt harder than normal, but I’m still glad I got the workout in! Here’s to finding a way instead of a way out!

On the food front:

ASCEND starts tonight! I’m crazy excited & also crazy busy! Today is one of those rare days where I chose to “eat” before my workout. Since I got up at 4am and I know today will be a long, frenzied day, I made modified bulletproof coffee around 5:30am.

I got a new-to-me “smoothie mix” from Thrive Market. It’s not intended for coffee but since I was adding coconut cream to the coffee, I thought I’d see how it turns out. The organic smoothie mix has chia seeds, flax seeds, turmeric & a bunch of other goodies. I think it would definitely be better in a smoothie, but since I’m not a fan of protein shakes, I don’t drink a lot of smoothies.

In October 2019, our relationship with Thrive Market changed. They decided to put their marketing dollars in avenues outside of podcasting but we still think they’re a good choice if you’re looking to save money on health & personal care products.

I went out to lunch in Boston and enjoyed a burger without the bun – no fries.

We’re having a meet-n-greet tonight for ASCEND and I’m sure I’ll munch on the veggies, cheese & chicken! I’m planning to stay away from the wine though because I want to be really fresh & clear headed for our kick off tomorrow!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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