Why I don’t list the nutritional content on my recipes.
I have had a few people ask me why I don’t include the nutritional info at the bottom of my recipes. Seems like it would be a good thing to get out in the open. It might not be a popular opinion.
I’m hoping that if this brings up feelings that are uncomfortable for you that you stick with it and feel into why that might be. I also encourage you to message me. Let’s start a conversation about this.
[Disclaimer: I want to be sensitive to the fact that some people have severe medical conditions that require them to be very careful of their nutritional intake. If this is you, please take care of yourself and use the tool at the end of this post, not just for my recipes but for all your food.]
I have decided for now not to include the nutritional info for my recipes. There are a couple of reasons for this. The first is I am passionate about sharing the message that this is not a diet that you should go on. I don’t think anyone should ever be on a diet. I am hoping to inspire people to trust that if they eat whole, real foods then their bodies will know what to do.
So many people have been counting calories and analyzing their food choices most of their lives. That becomes the focus. Control. So they need these details to know if they are in compliance. Food has become a science experiment instead of nourishment, joy, connection, the anticipation of the next seasons produce.
Then the cycle of shame begins. The guilt or self-directed hatred if they didn’t comply with whatever expectation they or their doctor set for them.
I want True You Food to be a place for people to stop analyzing and start trusting. A place to stop feeling guilting and start feeling joyful. If I provide the nutritional information at the bottom of my recipes then I am becoming an enabler to this idea that you should or shouldn’t eat something on my site based on the numbers.
If it’s on my site you can eat it (as long as it doesn’t upset your particular body and it will tell you!)
A big part of this trusting I talk about is learning to listen to your body AND having a base level understanding of food. Most people know that animal meat is protein and flour is a carbohydrate. But even though sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, and peas are all vegetables they are all high in carbs so my body would NOT like it if I chose those to be my three veggies for a dinner.
The freedom to eat without a nutritional label comes from investing your time in learning even the basics of what natural foods are made of. This will help you prepare foods that you know your body will feel good eating and you will feel good about giving your body.
The second reason I don’t provide the nutritional info is that there are tons of great free programs on the internet that will give you the nutritional info of any recipe. Below is a link to one, but there are many others. You can copy and paste the ingredients into the program and it tells you everything.
My hope is that people will begin to do this less and less as they begin to trust their bodies and the food they are eating.
What if your food was truly seen as an easy, joyful part of your life?
You could eat anything that sounded good to you as long as it was whole and real? And if you occasionally ate something that wasn’t you didn’t beat yourself up about it?
What would that feel like? What would that voice sound like in your head? What voice would be quieter?
I also want to say that I might one day change my mind about this. But today it feels like the right answer for me.
This recipe nutrition calculator will analyze the calorie and nutrition facts for any recipe. Just enter the ingredients and serving size to get started.
What are your thoughts about this?
With immense love and respect for wherever you are on your journey,