It can be really easy to get obsessive about eating “perfectly” healthy, especially when there’s so much information coming at you online these days. But it’s super important to keep shit in perspective!
Have you started thinking about food a little too much lately? I know we talk about it a lot, and it’s important to pay attention to what goes in your mouth, but are you thinking about it a little too much?
It’s difficult to find the balance between eating a clean and healthy diet, and being chill and having fun with food and focusing on the real purpose of life: to enjoy it!
Food can easily become an anxiety point – and that’s something we don’t want to happen. Anxiety and stress are just as bad for you as anything you could put in your mouth.
I’ve been guilty of this too, but I quickly snapped myself out of it! It is possible to eat well most of the time without it becoming your main focus in life.
Don’t Be Scared, Be Empowered
So here’s where your own power over your thoughts and feeling come in. You control this. You must choose to be empowered, open minded and ignore fear mongering. Take information on, filter it, and decide whether it’s bullshit, helpful or right for you.
Switching from the scared thought of “that food is basically eating poison” to “I choose not to eat that because I love and care about myself” – there’s a world of difference there.
Here’s the thing: there’s a difference between fear mongering, and informing people. The line is becoming more and more blurred with all the health blogs, books and gurus – each with their own perspective, viewpoint, story and ideas of what a healthy diet really is.
Fear mongering: all cooked food is bad for you and is basically poison.
Informing people: Eating more raw foods provides your body with fresh, live enzymes and should be a big part of any diet.
There is a difference – ignore fear mongering! We get enough of that from the news alone, don’t invite more into your life.
I think eating well is incredibly important, but it’s also important to keep it in perspective. Food should fun, it should taste good, and it should also be fuel for you to get out there and live your life, have fun and do the things you really want to do!
There is no such thing as perfect
“The perfect diet for human health” – it’s the Holy Grail of wellness isn’t it?
Sorry to disappoint, but there’s no bloody such thing! Each one of us is so different, so unique, that no one diet is going to be perfect and ideal for every single human being on this planet.
In his book Biochemical Individuality, Roger Williams explained that factors such as anatomy (eg. blood type or genetic factors), metabolism, composition of bodily fluids, cell structure, gender, age, ancestry, job, local environment and physical exertion all contribute to your highly individualistic nutrition requirements.
Find a way of eating that’s right for YOU!
No one is perfect
There are a few people that I love listening to where it comes to wellness and social issues, but they aren’t always right about every single thing. No one gets it right 100% of the time, even if they’re trying their best. Even me! I don’t know everything. I don’t know things I haven’t been exposed to yet.
Everyone has a limited perspective, depending on what information they have been exposed to.
Learn to research and fact check for yourself. Get different perspectives. Listen to people with different ideas. Be open minded, inquisitive and come to your own conclusions.
Develop a tip top bullshit detector
Sadly in this world… some people are just out to sell a product, some people have been through a particular situation to understand it differently and properly, and some people don’t really know what their talking about.
We all need a different level of care with our diet
How far do you want to go with your eye-opening, health learning journey? Because the rabbit hole is pretty much endless (and it ends up in some pretty strange places). Even me, today, I’m still chasing the rabbit.
Some people don’t need or want to go all the way. Those of us with more sensitive constitutions and health problems will need to go further. Those with stronger constitutions can get away with doing less.
Eating clean is actually pretty simple
Diving into the wellness world is overwhelming, there is just so much information available. And because we as a society have gotten so incredibly off-track, it does seem like there’s a lot to “re-learn”. We’ve been programmed to think a certain way about everything, and shedding off that programming can be challenging and overwhelming.
It will take time, so be patient. One small change at a time.
Start simple, and think about food in a different way. Really, if you just try to avoid eating or using chemicals, preservatives or anything “man-made”, you will end up at the organic farmers market buying fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains and animal products (or whatever you choose out of those). Your make up bag will change, the way you clean your house will change and the way you live will change with just that one switch in perception. That’s a pretty simple guideline to follow.
Please, for the love of kale, keep this whole eating healthy thing in perspective!
Changing to a healthier diet is supposed to improve your quality of life, not take over it!
If you’re thinking too much about eating “perfectly” or beating yourself up if slip up, I want to to take a deep breath, and realize how much more to life there is than food.