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Taking the power back from the food police

 

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Food is neither good nor bad. Food is neither clean nor dirty. You do not love food and food does not love you back. Food is food is food. It is either delicious or it is not. It is either nutritious or it is not. Food should not exist on a spectrum of morality.

Let’s stop making the practice of eating – something we all need to do to survive – something worth being shamed for, something worth feeling guilty over. This is damaging future generations and us. Food is food. Make your own choices without vilifying others.  I have been guilty of this before. I have been misguided and misinformed and encouraged others to do and be the same. I want to make a change.

Know what you are putting in your body and feel no shame for the food choices you make. Sometimes I eat chicken and vegetables for dinner. Sometimes I eat Velveeta shells and chocolate chip cookies for dinner. And it is a constant struggle not to feel guilty for what I choose to eat – nutritious or not. I obsess and analyze every single piece of food or drink that I take in. I obsess over whether or not I am living healthy or eating “good enough.”   

I am not a fitness or figure competitor. I am not a body builder. There is no legitimate reason to obsessively monitor my intake or follow restrictive eating guidelines. I am not performing I am just working on existing as best I can and constructively as I can.  I am trying to make a difference in the world and I should be worrying about that instead of how the brownie I ate at lunch isn’t going to help me on the path to a flat stomach.

I hope that I can stop this cycle for me some day, and for my future children.  Anyone care to join me?

Join me in making incredibly health dinners and enjoying them.

Join me in making incredibly unhealthy dinners and enjoying them too.

Join me in appreciating the taste of whatever delicious food you just happen to be enjoying that day.

Join me in moderation and denouncing food morality. For us, for our own sanity, and for the children that shouldn’t ever know a world where they obsess over their food and use it to qualify their worth.

15 Responses to Taking the power back from the food police

  1. Amen to this, sister! I can’t tell you how many times recently I’ve told myself, “it’s ok to eat that, you’re not going to a bikini model, and aren’t you going to change as you get older and have kids? Just eat your dang food.” It makes me so sad to think about all of the mental damage that dieting has done to me and my views of food, but I think we can all get back to just enjoying food. Just eat what you like, eat what your body wants, whether its apples or Twinkies…just eat it and live a productive life! 🙂

    • Absolutely! I spend so much more time worrying about the food I eat than appreciating it and I am so done with that. Guilt shouldn’t accompany food – let’s just love ourselves, our bodies, and enjoy food. Yummm! I feel like I should cheers with a brownie…

  2. great great post. my mind seriously contains its own food police and i wish it would leave me alone! i cannot stand it when i spend so much time worrying about food that i don’t even enjoy it or the people i’m with and the moments i’m living. food is such a big deal because i MAKE it a big deal. definitely learning to be okay with the whole velveeta shells and cookies thing every now and then. mmm that sounds good.

    • So true Jennifer. I read dozens of healthy living blogs once upon a time and now I limit it to only a handful. At my healthiest physically I was at my most obsessed mentally. It’s really about striking a good moderation to get to healthy and happy.

  3. What a really thoughtful post – I have been trying to get there myself after years of having a good/bad relationship with food. You articulate this beautifully though! Best wishes to you!

    • Thanks so much Martha! It’s not easy and I’m still struggling with it but even after seeing the positive response from this post it’s already become easier. We need to love ourselves more and be kinder to ourselves for sure.

  4. […] This post is both an amazing reminder and a possible revolution-starter, depending on what side of the fence you’re on at the beginning. I think it’s a healthier way of thinking than thinking of food as “the enemy” and gives some great perspective! […]

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