How Does Food Make You Feel?



Happy Valentines Day to you!! Hope today is filled with all the love in the world. Today I took the day off to hang out at my sons preschool valentines day party. :)

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It no secret that I love to exercise, I think exercise is an amazing stress relief, mood changer, distraction, I think exercise is simply fun. I feel weird when I don’t do it.


On the other hand I love food. In this weight loss journey I’ve tried so many different types of ways to eat. This includes low fat, low carb, juicing, smoothie only, high fat–you name it.

Now that I have been losing weight slowly and steadily by counting calories, I am starting  to take time to figure out how certain foods make me feel. I have begun to force myself to be aware of how my body is reacting to certain foods. When you are a busy mom, even meals tend to be handled like something else on the to-do list. Usually my meals are fast:

Breakfast: as soon as I sit down at my desk at work(chomp chomp chew chew, done)

Lunch: Again, at my desk, chomp chomp chew–client call–chew

Dinner: chomp FAST before the children destroy the house while I’m distracted!

Most days my meal is a blur. I know what I am eating because I am counting the calories, but I don’t listen to my body because usually I’m off doing something else before I can figure it out.

For the past week I have been having a conversation with my body. Asking questions like…

  • Are you hungry or are you bored/thirsty/emotional? 
  • Do you really want a piece of chocolate or will a clementine do?
  • Why do you feel bloated this morning? Did you eat something different?
  • Are you full or are you looking to finish what is on your plate because it’s there?

The hecticness of my meals hasn’t changed but my approach has. The hard part is being consistent, usually I have a million things going on and I am just eating to stay fueled. My new challenge is to stop and listen to my body reaction. This is so not easy!


I lost 0.3 pounds this week. Small but still going in the right direction!

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Bamageddon is still going strong I am now doing 40lb chest presses and bent over rows! Despite the constant soreness I am happy with the exercise week I’ve had. However, the weather has really robbed me of my motivation! I hate schlepping to the gym in 10 degrees. Yesterday’s snowstorm was the breaking straw. It’s so difficult to stay focused on warmer weather when it seems like winter has been so incredibly long! I managed to workout in the house yesterday (which I despise) and if you follow me on instagram, you saw my nice sweaty makeup free happy post workout face!


I can only put on my coat everyday and go workout. I know it will totally pay off in the long run!

How does food make you feel? Do you pay attention or do you just eat and keep it moving? Do you workout at home? If so, how do you stay away from the couch?!! Any fun Valentine’s day plans??



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. Congrats on your Bamageddon and weight progress. I totally understand what you are going through. I have been training 6 days a week, got rid of all processed carbs, and am watching my calorie intake and all I can muster is a lousy .40 pounds this last week. It is frustrating for sure. Keep it up. Before you know it you will have reached your goal!
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  2. I have the exact same issues with meals – I scarf them down in minutes…even when the kids aren’t around! I guess I just do everything fast b/c I’m used to it. I absolutely need to be more mindful of how fast I’m eating and just slow down and actually taste my food. Loved the sweaty pic on Instagram yesterday…I was cycling in my basement with the twins. Gotta do what ya gotta do when there’s blizzard outside!
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  3. You are right certain foods definitely make me question how I am feeling and why I am even eating them sometimes. Take yesterday, when we had more snow and I was stuck indoors all day again. I definitely ate more and by the end of the day, I was telling myself that I need to watch more closely how much eat on days like these. That said I truly hope for no more snow and that springs eventually finds its way here (I know wishful thinking), because I definitely eat less in the warmer weather when I not cooped up in the house all day long.
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  4. ahhh I know salt is not my friend as Im bloaty mcgee
    but I love me some salt.
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  5. I love food. Just love it. But I know that too many carbs leave me sleepy and bloated. I know that sometimes I eat at work out of boredom. So I try to keep fruit and other healthy snacks around to help out.
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  6. YES!! Your questions to yourself about food are SPOT ON!! As a person who does have food issues, it’s funny that it took me so long to even *think* about these kinds of questions. I guess head in the sand was easier. After YEARS of eating movie theater popcorn, I realized it makes me feel awful! It’s way too salty and makes me feel sick. Yes, it’s delicious at the time, but is it worth it? Isn’t my body trying to say, “No, it’s not”. When I go to the movies the smell sometimes makes me wonder if I should have some, but then I think about it for 2 seconds and realize…NO WAY!! It’s not about feeling deprived, it’s just about listening to my body and making the best choice for me! –Lisa
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    • Head in the sand is definitely easier!! I love movie popcorn it is SO hard to resist when I get to the movies even though it costs a million dollars LOL

  7. I love food too, but these days since I’ve eliminated certain foods, I go hungry if I didn’t prepare the right meals. I’ve recently scarfed down some food because I was starved. It helped my hunger, but I was bloated as all outdoors. I ate so quick before I realized I was eating a food I had eliminated. Good for you on burning those calories in house, I have all the tools, but like you, I lake motivation at home.

  8. Starting Monday I will be working out at home… and I better learn to love it too! :)

    I’ve been trying to work on paying attention to how I feel when I eat too… it’s hard when you are constantly moving, but it does make a difference. Most of the time I can eat less, and enjoy the food more when I pay attention.

  9. Hey pretty lady :) I think it’s great that you’re listening to how you feel with certain foods. I have recently done the same thing. I find that oatmeal really helps me stay full in the morning, I make a half-cup (dry) on the stove top, and when I eat it I’m not raging at lunch time for the sweets. Usually I give in too quickly if I’m too hungry. They have warm chocolate chip cookies available at work during lunch time EVERY day, don’t get me started on that struggle lol But the oatmeal has helped me walk by them without a flinch… yay!! Have you tried almonds? I find them to be a great snack, they curb my hunger and that’s the goal so they are a winner with me lol Keep up the great work :) xoxo
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  10. I don’t focus on the food I eat like I should – there are many times I make my food choices based on what sounds good instead of what my body really needs at the time.
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  11. I do keep track of what I eat, only somewhat, but only because of health reasons. I think a lot about blood sugar (no family history of diabetes whatsover but I think we all could look at that), cholesterol, protein, fiber, etc. And if I don’t eat vegetables, my body tells me! I crave them. I usually think getting to that point of craving isn’t good, but I’m glad my body tells me!
    Cooking turkey meatballs for Valentine’s Day! And got some nice chocolate..(I already hid it)
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  12. I love this approach to food! I have a sensitive tummy but I am horrible at listening to it. I need to focus more on how food is making me feel!
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  13. Great questions to ak yourself, the problem is remembering to do it. I eat kinda slow compared to my family. My sister scuffs her food down in minutes. I am always looking at her crazy, she thinks I take too long. The crazy thing is I still have a hefty appetite. I often wonder am I just eating to be greedy. The smacking and shakes have helped me not eat such large meals, but I’m still not a choose 2 kinda gal for lunch. I have to add a third item! I have noticed hamburgers and stuff dont digest very well with me. I only eat that stuff usually once on an off week.

    Good for you for taking the day off busy woman :)
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  14. It’s funny you ask this question this week, because I was 1/2 a mile away from hitting the nearest Sonic for chili cheese tots this afternoon, but turned around after thinking about what it would do to my body. I went back and forth about it, but decided that if I start being lazy with my food options, it will only continue. I get sleepy and lazy after eating heavily starchy foods. I can totally relate to the work week food blur!
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  15. Great questions, Nellie. I am the worst emotional eater ever. And heck yes you’d better believe I’m gonna take the chocolate over the clementine, even if the clementine is the better choice :)
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  16. I do listen to what my body is saying about food but I tend to ignore it. I really do need to listen to my cues more. Or maybe just learn to take emotion out of the equation more often. But I do agree that during the work week it’s super hard to listen. Congrats on all the continued success!
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  17. I do look at what I’m eating even more so now being conscious of GMOs and organic versus non-organic foods. Quantity is important too as well as what I eat also since I’m pregnant and nursing. I’ve realized that these little angels have taken quite a bit of nutrition from me since at my last appointment they confirmed that I already needed iron supplements. It can be difficult sometimes, but I do the best I can especially since I know that eating good foods can really benefit my immune system and that of my family’s. JR and I haven’t been sick with colds or the flu since he was born, thank God, and also because I need the vitamins, minerals and calories with all of this triple duty mommy work lol.
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    • absolutely Brittnei! Its so important especially because you are carrying a baby that is getting all the nutrition from what you eat! SO great that none of you have caught the flu, it is pretty awful, especially when you are preggo!

  18. My rule is simple, eat food at the right time, maintain my three meals of a day regularly, but on weekends i choose to have some extra food in form of fruits, juice, non-veg, and sometime i treat myself with chocolates and cold drinks. After having a good weekend i do cardio in the morning, i am very health conscious so if i have to i can sacrifice my weekends extra meals. The type of hard work you are doing just inspires me more. Thanks for such a great post.
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  19. I’m the same way with exercise. I love it and feel very weird when I don’t do it. And I’m the same way with food … I love it.

    I do notice how I feel when I eat certain things … for instance I don’t do well with fried foods at all … when I eat them I feel sick after. So although I might indulge once in a while I don’t crave it too much because of the way I feel afterwards.

  20. I love to excercise, I go to the gym every morning for Spinning, my fav thing to do! I love my low fat and low carb diet I do each day, I don’t want to gain weight as I lost 22lbs. in 2012…so I don’t want to gain it back, ever!!! Love your blog. Thanks for coming. Now I’m gonna look to follow you too! (hope you’d like to follow back)

  21. I’ve been trying to be much more mindful and clean up my eating. I am noticing how certain foods make me feel lethargic, or heavy, while other foods energize me or make me what to eat more heathy! Food impacts my mind too – I think better when I eat better.

  22. I love food! So much! But honestly a clementine will often do instead of chocolate. I enjoy chocolate, but I don’t always want it. Honestly, I’d rather eat pickles anytime!
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  23. Hmmm. I did workout first thing in the morning, but I’ve been sitting on the couch ever since. So I have no business leaving a comment here right now. LOL!
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  24. I love the conscience thoughts you ask yourself. Reminds me of a book I read. Ever since reading that, I ask myself those questions all the time!
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  25. Nellie, figuring out physical vs. mental vs. emotional hunger cues is one of the HARDEST things to do! You’re doing great just by paying such close attention. As far as working out at home goes, I love it only if I can actually get to follow a real program. I tried doing a circuit at home last week and it just didn’t feel like it was enough of a real workout. The biggest thing is to make sure it’s a workout you like…that way you won’t be tempted to stop and sit down halfway through!
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    • exactly! I think working out at home is really the hardest thing! I have to find something to do that I love because it is so hard for me to get motivated.

  26. I ALWAYS pay attention to my food :) ALWAYS! I live to eat so of course I always pay attention. I always want to eat the healthiest, most delicious foods – and I get EXCITED for meals. Sometimes I over eat, so I don’t feel so good, BUT……. typically I always feel pretty darn good thanks to my clean and mean diet!
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