In today's world, our food culture is huge. We are surrounded by diets, health and lifestyle facts (or fiction), people trying to lose weight, people trying to gain muscle, vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers, people over-eating and people under-eating. Our individual relationships with food are across the board. So, who is right and who is wrong? How do you know what you're supposed to be eating?
Your diet does not have to look like or mimic anyone else's. There is no magic diet that will fit like your favorite pair of jeans.
Take a moment right now - check-in on your own relationship with food. Does food make you feel anxious? Or do you absolutely love food? Are you worried about over-indulging? Did you just start a new diet so you feel better in your bathing suit this summer? Do you spend more time stressing over nutrition labels than actually enjoying the food itself? What about stress-eating?
The questions go on and on. But what I have come to realize is that almost everyone (I've found especially in women) have tried a diet at some point in their life, have felt like they need to eat a little less at times, and have felt a bit distorted in their relationship with food at some point.
I truly believe our own culture has done this to us. We have become health-obsessed. To the point where I question if food can just be fun and enjoyable.
Disclaimer! If you have chosen a diet for your own dietary needs, or personal values and beliefs I am not saying there is anything wrong with that! That is very different from changing your relationship with food because you feel the pressure too. Or if you have a relationship with food that does not bring you the joy you wish it did.
I would love to hear about your thoughts on how you perceive food / decide what you'll eat in a day / and how culture has altered the way you grocery shop, prepare and consume food.
As someone who has tried diets and battled with anorexia, I know that seeing health influencers and even expects post "healthy recipes", bad ingredients and good, and sharing weight loss journeys has significantly impacted my own life. That is why I choose to be anti-diet for myself. Most weight-loss diets are not sustainable, do not bring the joy you initially think they will, and end up causing issues with your food relationship.
I would love to talk more about this with anyone, so feel free to reach out! This is just a thought I have, and something I feel is not talked about as much as it could be.
Let's all take a step back and work to heal our relationship with food. Let's make eating enjoyable, and stress-free again.