I totally have emotional ties to food. Like hard core emotions. Specifically cheese and bread. I romanticize it. I get all “Parisian” and believe I can be a sophisticated wine drinking cheese eating intellect. Eating cheese is the ultimate comfort for me. It’s like mom.
I often feel guilty after I eat cheese. My body does not. In small amounts, my body enjoys the taste and the way it makes me feel. I feel guilty because of the information overload I get from social media, from journals, ect. And the information is contradictory. Some say it’s not good. Other say it’s ok (I’m specically talking about organic/grassfed).
So the thing, I’m getting to in my life is the middle ground. As a yoga instructor, this idea really serves and nourishes me. Living in extremes of any food philosophy can lead to disordered eating, in forms of orthrexia, binge eating, anorexia, restrictive eating, over eating, ect.
It’s the act of intuitive eating that I’m relying on. What this involves is no judgement, no guilt, complete awareness, and listening to your body and the sensations that arise from eating different foods. Listening to the emotions that surround certain foods as well. Sometimes these emotions can be beneficial. They can tell you what may not be working in your life or that something needs to change. Taking these emotions as a gift rather than something that needs to be squashed is one step towards eating in freedom.
There is a complete release in listening to your body and taking the steps to nourish it in the way it needs.
I want everyone to be able to enjoy this feeling.
We have too much guilt in this world around food.
As time goes by, it get’s simpler and simpler for me.
1. Eat Real Food– your body doesn’t want things that tries to trick it, i.e additives, preservatives, food coloring.
2. Eat Intuitively– Eat with awareness. Eat without the TV on. Eat mindfully. Enjoy every bite and chew it slowly so you can really feel pleasure from the food you are eating.
3. Eat with satiation– Eat full fat. Fat is good for you. More is Less. Eat until you are comfortably full and then move on.
4. Organic/Local– Find foods that are also good for the environment and the animals. Eat from the farmers market. Try to buy organic when possible. If eating animal products, always look for grassfed/ organic.
Life is good when you are free from restriction and dogma. Listen inward and you will find all the answers you EVER needed.