How do I eat? And why does it matter?
So let me just begin by telling you that it was nigh on impossible finding a picture to accompany this article. As I scrolled through my THOUSANDS of photos, the ones with me and food consisted of two kinds:
That is me all over. I am a woman and an eater of extremes!
As I cut more and more addiction out of my life though (beginning with alcohol for one year – I’m 7 weeks in! And now sugar) I am reflecting on how I eat and why. I am not very good at picking one eating life style and sticking with it. I try to trust my instincts but I also know that my addictions are pretty powerful.
I have to take the bamboo bending in the breeze approach. If i get too rigid I know I’m going to snap. And I also know, particularly as a woman, there are going to be times when I am going to be able to be strong and other times when hormones are ruling the roost.
So in 2015 I am taking a ‘guiding principles’ approach. I have several health issues all to do with hormone imbalance and so I am taking an anti-inflammation approach to eating. For me this includes:
- No alcohol (this is the only one I am being totally rigid on as I am really trying to slay this dragon)
- No processed sugar
- No wheat
- Limit processed foods (as Jamie Oliver says, ‘real food doesn’t have ‘ingredients. Real food is ingredients’)
Now, see, to me this is achievable because it isn’t a diet as such, it’s not even a philosophy. But it does help me address my immediate health concerns, and is therefore practical and helpful and as such I am more likely to stick to it. It also allows me a wide range of easy to access real, whole foods and it it is SIMPLE.
There are a few other ‘guiding principles’ I am including in 2015, such as eating all my food in an 8 hour window to allow my body time with the heavy work of digestion (this is called intermittent fasting) and swapping out one of my meals a day with a green smoothie to make sure I get a good amount of dark leafy greens in my day. But some days this won’t happen and some days it will. And I’m ok with that. I’ve got a clear map and that gives me a sense of strength even if I roll it up and don’t look at it somedays. Mostly, I’ve got an eating system that supports my soul and I know in time, as my self-awareness develops, that will only grow.
I encourage you to think about how you eat and why. If you like please share your knowledge around food with us. We’d love to know your ‘guiding principles’ and how you reached them.