This thought occurred to me the other day while I was at a party. Someone had mentioned having a glass of wine, then looked at me waiting for approval. “It’s a fruit serving for the day,”. I laughed, because I had a glass of wine in my hand all ready. And that is when it hit me – What is the sense of eating ‘right’ if we attach a negative word/thought/emotion to it? How are we helping or healing our bodies if we “have to eat this” or can “only eat that”?
And at the same time, how much worse is a ‘junk food’ that we are ‘splurging’ on by labeling it before it goes into our bodies as ‘bad for us’ – ‘I know I’m going to regret this in the morning’, or ‘here comes 5 more pounds to my belly’! So in other words, we are punishing ourselves twice as much for eating something we ‘shouldn’t’ first because we know it is going to mess with our – blood sugar, cholesterol, weight/diet, joint pain, migrane, and then secondly demonizing the food we are supposed to be indulging in. Who needs a Sicilian mother (I”m Sicilian, I can say that) around when you are all ready condemning yourself to Health Hell? Isn’t the reason you are eating/drinking whatnot because it tastes too good not to have? I think you are supposed to enjoy it. Or is it that you regret doing the deed before it is done because you are punishing yourself for something else?
The same thought goes for the pious health food eater. ‘I’ll only eat X from Y or Z’, How can you drink that …? I’d have a headache for a week!’ Then why do you still have psoriasis, or migranes or rosacea? If you are being so overly obsessive about what you can or cannot eat, you can make yourself just as sick, if not worse, than those who are eating what you aren’t. There are people who eat eight, exercise,daily, take their whole food supplements and still get cancer/heart disease/diabetes.
I am from a background where we bless our food and give thanks before we eat it. Why? Because this is a blessing – to have nourishing food, in a safe place to eat it, with a warm, nourishing family. Why is it some people’s foods taste better than others? Because we put love into the food we are making. Charlie Trotter I believe, is the man who said “You have to put love into your food”. It is true. when I am preparing food for my cooking clients, I say little blessings as I”m making it. And they love the food and it has helped them get healthier. Now, there are those who don’t. These are also the people who do not choose to look through their Pollyanna glasses and see mostly negative in the world. Why am I not losing weight? Why is my blood pressure still high? I’m doing what you said. But I cannot exercise because of my knee. I have a migrane every day at 3. I had to have 3 glasses of wine after the day I had. I can’t stop smoking now, it’s the busiest time of the year.
Well, it’s up to you. If you want to have that glass of wine, have it and enjoy it. Know that this is what you want to enjoy and be thankful for it. If you choose to stay away from dairy based products because you know it makes you sick, have some Coconut Bliss ice cream or a Rice Dream ice cream bar. I’m not saying fall off the wagon or take an extra shot of insulin to cover your tracks. I am saying “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Adrienne Falcone Godsell is a personal nutrition trainer and food coach, in the Tampa Bay area. You can find her on Twitter at URFVR8FDIE, FB Best of Both Worlds and online at AdrienneFalconeGodsell.yolasite.com
I will not be writing next week for Christmas.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays