Dating your Diet
Have you ever had that person who is head over heels in love with you, but you just can’t bring yourself to give them the time of day? Maybe you don’t even know they exist, all the while they are writing you love notes and day dreaming about the day you see them for the first time, for who they really are?
Our bodies are that secret admirer, desperate for our attention.
And if we ever want to discover true self-love, we have to open our eyes to our bodies’ desperation for that love, and change our relationship with food.
We must go from one of turning a blind eye to nutrition facts when we are craving Taco Bell and pizza pockets to consciously consuming. Loving our bodies enough to make sure the fuel we give them, is what they really need.
Over the course of the last six or seven years I’ve fallen on every part of the diet scale… pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan and full on meat eater (like devouring a pulled pork and fried egg topped bacon burger meat eater).
I have also been navigating the rough waters of diet, sensitivities and allergies for what feels like forever. I still haven’t got it all figured out, but for the first time in a long time I feel like I’m actually in a pretty good place. It’s been a rocky relationship between me and food…
You see, me and food, we’ve been through it all… including having to give up some of the best things in the world including bread, cheese (aka PIZZA), craft beer (hardest breakup yet) and everything else glutenous and delicious.
I at times thought that my life was over. I protested giving up these things for some time, hoping I could somehow convince my body to change its mind, but spoiler alert, it didn’t work.
So finally, I have come to accept giving up more than half the food pyramid. And believe it or not, I am totally okay with it. Especially now that I have experienced first hand how a happy and healthy relationship with food can change your life.
Our food is our fuel — putting junk in our bodies is like trying to run a car on water or pressed juice. It ain’t gonna work, and its insides are probably going to get all messed up as well. Our society, and instant gratification obsessed culture has put junk food on a completely undeserved pedestal.
The reality is our bodies are begging us to stop the torture, I know mine was. (Not another Top Ramen, no please! Anything but .75 cents of empty carbs disguising themselves as food!).
Part of what did it for me was actually visualizing the processes in my body. When I saw how much less bloated I was after giving up gluten I could only imagine, if that kind of swelling was visible outside of my body, what was happening on the inside?
When I was eating better, and drinking (alcohol) significantly less, I felt more energized, my bloating went down, my stomach began to heal itself, I felt more focused, and even my moods were better…
Yes I was HAPPIER. That paired with exercising regularly was an absolute game changer, I felt like superwoman.
Sounds pretty basic right? Eat well, work out, get sleep, don’t drink heavily… but we all know what we call “adulting” is a lot harder to commit to than it sounds.
The hard truth is, taking care of our bodies shouldn’t honestly be characterized as an “adult thing” to begin with, but something we probably should have been doing from the very start.
The root is our relationship with food and our bodies. As a society we have become desensitized and separated ourselves from our bodies — putting a mental boundary between what we put into our body and how well we expect our body to perform (physically, mentally and emotionally).
It’s about time we flip our relationship with food on it’s head. If we want to lead a happy and healthy life, we have to give our diet the attention and love it deserves!
So let’s make a pact to give it a try. Treat your body like the babe that it is. Take it out for a delicious vegan dinner date, try a kombucha the next time you reach for that bottle of rosé, or trade your pizza for an equally as filling and delicious Buddah Bowl and see what happens! Chances are the more you love your body, the more it will love you back.