Let's talk about food. It may seem like a weird topic for a success and lifestyle blog. Let me explain why it affects everything you do.
We tend to forget that food is just food. It is not inherently good or bad. Our judgements make it that way and our bodies respond to food based on those judgements and beliefs just like your bank account responds to your judgements and beliefs about money.
Our bodies are all so different. What's healthy for your body may be a little different than what's healthy for mine. What if we took the time to tune in and ask our own bodies what food they actually like and desire? Let's erase the giant lists of food that we have categorized as good or bad.
Rather than worry about every chemical reaction that happens when certain foods are processed in our bodies, let's learn to eat and fuel ourselves intuitively. Our bodies are smart. They won't work against us, so let's stop trying to work independently from them instead of side by side with them.
This is not an invitation to go 100mph every day on fried mac and cheese balls, but it is an invitation to recognize that eating them isn't a bad thing (sometimes it can be a very good thing) and doesn't have to create guilt or shame. Does food have an effect on our physical bodies? Of course it does. I'm just betting it would have a more positive effect, most of the time, no matter the food, if our mentality towards it was a little more kind, a little more gentle, a little more simple.
"Normal eating is going to the table hungry and eating until you are satisfied. It is being able to choose food you like and eat it and truly get enough of it- not just stop eating because you think you should. Normal eating is being able to give some thought to your food selection so you get nutritious food, but not being so wary and restrictive that you miss out on enjoyable food. Normal eating is giving yourself permission to eat sometimes because you are happy, sad, or bored, or just because it feels good. Normal eating is mostly three meals a day, or four, or five, or it can be choosing to munch along the way. It is leaving some cookies on the plate because you know you can have some again tomorrow, or it is eating more now because they taste so wonderful. Normal eating is over eating at times, feeling stuffed and uncomfortable. And it can be under eating at times and wishing you had more. Normal eating is trusting your body to make up for your mistakes in eating. Normal eating takes up some of your time and attention, but keeps its place as only one important area of your life. In short, normal eating is flexible. It varies in response to your hunger, your schedule, your proximity to food and your feelings." -Ellyn Satter
We have compiled so many opinions, points of view, perspectives, attitudes, beliefs, and judgments based around being "healthy" that I don't think any of us actually know what it means anymore. We've made exercise, nutrition, and healthy eating so complicated and it's because we've labeled things "bad". Let's get back to the basics. Let's learn to move and eat simply and intuitively. Let's give our bodies the love they deserve.