While I love the idea of starting fresh in January for the new year, a lot of crash diets and crazy things also tend to pop up around the inter-webs. So many of these things are not safe and are not healthy. It makes me sad when certain diets and lifestyles are praised and so many people fall in to unhealthy habits.
The food and drink we put in to our bodies is so important. I’m a huge advocate for healthy eating habits, lots of organic produce, and an active lifestyle. BUT, when fear of “bad”foods take a hold of someone’s life and their eating habits are obsessive, it becomes an issue. It’s a time to step back and remember that food is just food!
Food is Just Food
- Food is Fuel: When I think about food being fuel it definitely affects my food choices. Fuel is so important for our everyday living but it’s not something to obsess over. Make mindful food choices and move on. Don’t dwell on “bad” food choices from before and don’t fear the food choices you may have to make later on in the day!
- We can’t Always Control Every Ingredient: (Of course, this does not apply to allergies and intolerances!) People may host dinner for us or bring us a meal out of love or to celebrate a special occasion. Maybe it’s not something we’d normally eat and maybe it’s something we might want to label as “unhealthy” or “bad”. Rather than have anxiety, get angry, or eat before you go somewhere new…just enjoy it! Food is just food. Enjoy the company and don’t obsess.
- Food is meant to be enjoyed: Food is fuel, it’s so important and it should be wholesome and healthy. YES! I do truly believe all of those things that I just listed. HOWEVER, there is also another aspect of food that is NOT to be forgotten! Food is also meant to be enjoyed! Savor delicious food, enjoy the experience with friends and loved ones, and remember that food can be enjoyed too…even if it’s not something you might label as the perfect health food.
So, please…make your 2017 a healthy one. I hope that the food choices and lifestyle choices you make this year are wholesome and healthy. But I also hope that you remember that no one is perfect, food is sometimes not healthy, food is sometimes out of our control, and food is just in fact…food!
Thoughts? Do you have anxiety over certain foods? How do you keep balanced?
Tell me in the comments below!
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