In a world surrounded by restricted eating habits, I cannot help but be fearful of where our nutritional landscape is headed.
Sugar will kill you. No, artificial sweeteners will kill you.
Fat will cause heart disease. No, fat free will cause heart disease.
Eat only whole grains. No, grain-free is the only way to be healthy.
Gluten free is the key to weight loss. No, low carb is the key to weight loss.
Eat 6 small meals. No, only eat between 10am to 6pm daily.
Good foods. Bad foods. Allowed foods. Forbidden foods.
No wonder we all have such damaged relationships with food! We have come to classify ourselves as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ based on these daily food choices.
I propose a new eating intention:
The food we put in our mouths is as important as the relationship we have with that food.
We shouldn’t be fearful of the food we eat. In other words, our feelings around the food we eat and a positive experience the majority of the time we are eating is as important as the foods we are eating.
If ‘healthy eating’ is causing mental or physical distress, is it really healthy? If your choice of foods keeps you from enjoying social outings with family and friends, is it really healthy? If you are constantly preoccupied with thinking about what you can eat at your next meal, is it really healthy? If you feel deprived then out of control around certain foods, is it really healthy?
Eating intentions is a journey. But, it’s a journey worth traveling to find your own peace and well being around food.
Interestingly enough, when you look up the definition of intention the response is twofold.
intention (noun) a thing intended. an aim or a plan.
intention (noun) the healing process of a wound
Drop the ‘wound’ part and it’s quite an insightful word to be pairing with our nutrition. The healing process of our eating habits with the aim of finding our true inner peace with food.
As soon as we can accept our food choices, stop judging ourselves and stop defining ourselves based on our food choices the sooner we can start healing our relationship with food and nailing our own healthiest eating habits.
I challenge us all to take a deep look into our own eating intentions. Are we happy and fulfilled by them?