Let’s talk food…

Let’s talk food…

Here is a shout-out! Today I want to talk about FOOD, or I should say I WANT TO STOP TALKING ABOUT FOOD in a negative way.

I want to stop talking about food like it’s something to be corralled.

I want to stop talking about food like it’s a problem.

I want to stop talking about food like an indulgence. 

Instead, I want to talk about food like it’s healthy, like it’s energy, and fuel. Let’s talk about food like it’s nourishment.

Diets out there are ALL about restrictions:

“Keep carbs low,” they say.

“Limit fruits to a small handful of berries a day.”

“Be sure not to have too much.”

“Have some carbs, but only post-workout.”

“Don’t eat too many protein or they will convert into glucose and will be stored as fat!”

“Fat!!!! Limit your daily intake to no more than 30g a day!”

“Don’t eat after 8 pm”

To all this I say “HELL NO!”

You need food in order to reproduce. You need food in order to be active. You need food in order to feel happy, to feel good, to be kind, to go on adventures, and to live your life.

Protein is a part of this. Fat is a part of this. Carbs are a part of this. Calories are a part of this.

And none of those things (unless you have some specific health condition) should be restricted. None of those things merit fear.

They are all just different components of food, and food is that which gives us life.

In fact, it is much more unhealthy to under eat than it is to overeat. So let’s stop setting macronutrient maximums, and instead set minimums.

I’m done rationalizing our restrictive eating behaviors. I’m done thinking that it’s okay to under eat, just because society says you don’t deserve to eat, or to have meat on your bones. You can eat less than 2000 calories a day and survive, certainly. Bu you should eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel good and full.

So in my opinion, the healthy thing to do is to set minimums. The smart thing to do is to set minimums.  The loving thing to do is to set minimums.

When you do this–when you set minimums instead of maximums–you start to think of food as something you should be welcoming into your life with open arms. You think of food as nourishment. You think of food as a gift, and something to be cherished.

And then yourself, as a being worthy of that gift.

This will lead you to learn how to listen to your body, how to eat food your body is asking for, how to harmoniously balance the micro-nutrients your body needs to function. This will lead you to not over-eat nor under-eat, will help you make peace with your body, your shape, your curves and only then, you will be able to see your body transform allowing you to reach the best of shapes!

Love

-Dani

 

 

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