If your food had a personality do you think it would be a 'good' food or 'bad' food?
Isn't it interesting that we are taught not to put labels on people yet we talk about food like it has a personality.
Food is one of the necessary requirements for survival after water, warmth and shelter. It nourishes our body and gives us fuel.
Talking about food as if it is 'good' or 'bad' doesn't allow you to see the food for what it actually is.
Yes some food is redundant for nourishment but it still tastes good - in Europe so many countries eat from a place of enjoyment, culture and being social so why have we lost our way with eating in the West by boxing it into a category so that we don't eat it? (yet feel guilty when we do)
When I was sitting in the café today overhearing how a group of ladies were talking about their food I noticed there is a trend of three types of languages we use when speaking about our food.
This week I look at those three languages so that you can create awareness on how your words might be impacting whether you can eat guilt free permanently.
The saying goes “we are what we eat” but really there needs to be a saying ‘we are what we speak”.
Your mind is always listening and playing out the beliefs you have about food.
These beliefs can be planted from childhood, what you have read or what you’ve experienced in your life around eating.
Food is such a sensitive topic (like money) it can come with a lot of judgment. Usually in the form of self judgement.
This brings me to the first type of food language we could be using without being aware.
The compensation conversation
Compensating through what you say is eating a food and justifying it through what you have done that day.
Using words like ‘a little bit of a treat’ and you use exercise as a compensation to your food choice. This usually stems from an authoritarian figure in your life telling you what you have to do and not allowing you to make your own choices.
When you do find the courage to make your choice you feel the need to justify your actions.
You can let go needing to justify when you own your food choice. Let go of what other people think and ask yourself why do you want to eat this food? Is it because you enjoy it? Is it because you are hungry or thirsty? Or are you self sabotaging yourself and pleasing someone else because you can’t say no.
There is no right or wrong way but you do need to be okay with the food you choose.
The good or bad food judgment
When you label a food as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ you are negating what the food actually contains.
You already know the most nourishing foods are the ones high in water content (because your body is two thirds water), contain vitamins, minerals and fibre. Your body also needs a certain amount of protein, carbohydrate (yes that’s right carbs!) and also fat to keep it well and operating optimally.
So when you address your food as bad ‘take another look’ …. Is it mostly carbohydrate? Does it contain protein? Does it contain fat? What is the nutrient quality like?
If you are not okay with eating the food that is slightly less nourishing occasionally – then don’t.
Own your food choice because it makes you feel good rather than isolating it into a category of good or bad. All food is just fuel of a different composition. If you label it in your mind you will only feel guilty shortly after you ate it.
Avoidance around food
Over the last ten years. Coaching people all over the world. I have seen there is a common thread when it comes to food. It is a sensitive topic. It makes sense because everyone has a different experience. Regarding how they grew up with food and how they relate to it.
No different to a relationship with family or friends, some people have great connections. Others, well, there are always those people that frustrate the heck out of you. So it is natural to avoid things that don’t make us feel good.
However I challenge you today to look at why things might be avoided. It is usually because it causes pain or doesn’t align with your beliefs.
If you do avoid foods because you have read about certain foods being bad for you see if you can find courage in exploring why that food brings up fear for you. When there is fear attached to an outcome it is natural to avoid it. However it will feel like life is constantly testing you. Through that food or the conversation showing up in order to let it go.
It is in the letting go that can see food for what it is and by not fearing it any longer it doesn’t show up and test you.
My intention of creating awareness around the three languages of eating is the impact it has on the people around us most especially the younger generation. They then pick up the same habits and languages and end up with unbalanced relationship with food in adulthood.
Opening yourself to explore where your eating beliefs came from allows you to release the guilt from the food that tastes good and find more joy around food.
It is when you release the resistance in your mind and body around eating that your body can nourish itself more efficiently and be well permanently.
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