I don’t know about you but I LOVE food. I love it so much in fact, I forget that it’s intended purpose is fuel for my body. We consume for more than that. Ultimately, it is fuel and we shouldn’t forget about that part.
I find healthier eating makes it easier to remember that it is fuel. We I am eating dirty or without intention, my body feels dirty and without intention. Okay no, not really. I love indulging, intentionally or otherwise. But as I progress through this journey my relationship with food and the fueling effect it has on my body becomes more and more apparent. So I am trying to think about food in terms of fuel and nourishment.
That being said, I don’t want to forget about the pleasures that food offers. There are things food can do for me that no one else can. I don’t want to give that up, nor should I. Food is such an important part of our lives, to view it in the same light as refilling your gas tank would be unfortunate. It is however all about balance. Can I eat cake? F*ck yeah! Can I eat this whole cake? While I do have the ability to eat that whole cake, by doing so I am depriving my body of the fuel it needs. So by all means, eat cake, just do so within reason.
I talk a good game right? I know all the things I should be doing, but intuitive eating, and listening to my body is not the best way for me to go about creating a healthy relationship with food. I would rely on it for comfort more than sustenance. Emotional support more than energy… You can see the pattern. I am in the habit of making bad food choices for several reason, most of them having to do with the comfort food can bring us.
I want to change this dynamic. But not to the point where I am saying no to fries and turning down tiramisu. I want the dynamic to be a healthy balance. We all do. We all know we should. We don’t all do it. And if you are not ready to go there, that’s fine. Just know that it has a price.
Water is such a beautiful thing. And what it does to your skin when you get enough, lady, let me tell ya! I am really bad about drinking enough water. I don’t know why. It’s not like I need my beverages to taste like something or contain 8 million grams of sugar. I just struggle with getting enough in. I am hoping bringing by acknowledging the struggle, it will somehow remedy itself. Good luck right?