Have you noticed how we’ve all gotten so focused on the “right” things to eat or finding the “best” diet? We beat ourselves up because we “slipped up” and had a donut at a meeting or ate dessert on date night. We get so zeroed in on “good” foods and “bad” foods, we stop paying attention to what our body needs right now.
Reminder: it’s just food.
Not what you expected to hear from a health coach, right?
I know that what we eat is important. Changes I’ve made in my own life showed me clearly that what I eat plays a huge role in how I feel, how I’m able to handle what life throws at me, and how my body functions. But I also learned that the “right” foods can be misleading. I ate what I was supposed to eat when I trained for my marathon, but it turned out that the carb loading that worked for my friends completely screwed me up due to my undiagnosed gluten intolerance. The so called “right” foods weren’t the foods my body actually needed and could handle.
I had to experiment to figure out what worked for me. I got it wrong sometimes. I apologized for being picky, when really I was just taking care of myself. And that’s what this is really about: finding the best way to take care of yourself.
I am a complete believer in the power of food to change your life. But I know that we can’t be bullied or shamed into making positive changes for our health. In order to create real change, you have to love yourself into it. You have to give yourself permission to be messy and imperfect. That means sometimes you choose convenience over food that makes you feel good, or indulging in a treat to get through a rough afternoon.
At its core, eating without apology is about deciding that you matter as much as anyone else in your life does.
I’m done with of all the “right” ways to eat. There is no diet that is perfect for everybody. But learning to love yourself and understand yourself lets you make the changes, little and big, that make a big impact over time.
After having my son two years ago, I’m having to re-learn how to take care of mysel. I’m focused on nourishing myself by choosing the foods that work for my body and nurturing myself by what I choose to do. And, this is important: not being so hard on myself up when I don’t get it right.
I’ve decided to eat without apology. I want you to eat without apology, too.
We can do this together. I’m not going to judge you for having coffee instead of a green smoothie for breakfast. I’m not going to chastise you for wanting cookies mid-afternoon. And I’m not going to tell you to say “Screw it. I’ll eat what I want” either. Just give yourself permission to stop obsessing over food.
I’m going to eat without apology. I’m going to take steps to care of me. I’ll be here sharing this journey and recipes for real life (food recipes but a whole lot more, too). Come as you are. No sorry’s allowed. Join me.