In response to my first “Why I love food” post, which was based solely on the joy of the taste of food: Yes, I totally get that eating solely for pleasure is not the best idea.
And, some of my sentences about the joy of warm cookies, cheese and wine probably was a little cruel to even put out on the internet in January.
So, many apologies. I have been there. I have done the 21 Day this. 30 day that. Elimination diets and more. I have done the shakes and the supplements. I fed my body tons of fake food disguised as “low fat” and “diet” for years.
But, I have found myself at a place where I am very at peace with food and my body.
Maybe it’s a nearly 30 thing.
Or, maybe it’s the appreciation for my body as it has nurioushed and carried a baby. The appreciation for body that has carried me too. Through college, a thriving career, workouts, love, friendships, travel, into motherhood, and more.
Or, maybe it’s because I have just learned to love foods that are real and good for me.
I know that I am by no means the vision of absolute perfect health and I know I will probably never again be the skinny gal I was when I was at the peak of my half marathon days, but that’s okay.
Over the years, particularly the last few as I have worked hard to incorporate more whole foods into my diet, I have learned to have a relationship with food that is based on love versus limits and self hate. If it’s a special occasion or there is a cause for a celebration, I don’t bat an eye at something super decadent. I enjoy every bite like it deserves and so do I.
But, most days I choose to eat intentionally; creating balanced flavors and using a variety of healthy ingredients. I aim to be smart in my choices- gravitating towards vegetables, being mindful of the origin of my meat and dairy, and keeping sauces simple and light.
The tools for creating a healthy lifestyle like this are plentiful.
Fortunately, it’s a really great time for whole foods because there is so much awareness about the benefits of vegetables, good proteins and real foods. You don’t have to go too far to find really neat and interesting, nutrient dense ingredients. And, it’s also pretty easy to to find fun and exiting recipes.
So, to me, if you are feeling a void it might just be a matter of mindset.
I feel like I eat in a healthy way not because I “should,” but because I want to.
And, if you are struggling with this mindset, search for a little wisdom and think of your food choices as fuel for your body. For your life. Good fuel that will energize and will carry you. It will help your mind and body be strong at work and in your relationships.
This is how I have learned to think of food… And, I love this about food.