Let us be frank-in today’s world of body shaming, embracing me for who I am vs. how I look, optimal body, mind, soul health, what does it mean to “eat healthy”? I think I have somewhat of a handle on this since I am ‘fat’ person living in a nonfat body (at present time, it seems things are shifting as I am approaching menopause).
A little back story on me for those new to The Food Whisperer and my own health journey. I am born of good 100% Sicilian genes (at least until I decide to get the whole gene test to see where else I came from). Whole, 100% fat genes. I was obese as a child up until 14. My sister and I were both ‘bullied’ mercilessly both verbally and physically by our peers. Our parents did their best to empower us and teach us good people from those wishing hurt and harm and those that are insecure and therefore will hurt others. They reinforced our self-confidence the best they knew how with words of love and confirmation and yes Food. Words of comfort, food for comfort. But it was good/healthy food-homemade pasta and sauce: nourishing leftovers from meals-meat and veggies; sandwiches with Italian meats, cheeses, and veggies. But yes, still food. How else does one show love and affection when their babies are hurting than with hugs, kisses, and food? Fast forward to high school, Jane Fonda workout album, roller skating, hours long bike rides with my bestie after my homework was done and all the excess weight disappeared. Along with good (?) eating habits when you have the high school cafeteria serving French fries and hot fudge sundaes AND ice cream sandwiches. Yep, even though my parents had a deli, I would eat at school quite a bit. Then I passed out in chorus one day and after a trip to the doctor found out I had become hypoglycemic.
Lesson Number One that began my food/health journey. Eat small meals, 5-6 times a day to keep my blood sugars level, zero added sugar, complex carbs, and high protein. And guess what? No more maniacal mood swings, fatigue, or weight fluctuations!
Then in my late twenties/early thirties I was diagnosed with gallstones. Maybe had something to do with my martinis and chicken wings. Or my love for foie gras nibbles. Or that my hormones were fluctuating after having children. All that combined, and a genetic predisposition have both my sister and I in a state of consciousness with our gallbladders. We have opted to keep our gallbladders and instead do gallbladder flushes a few times a year. Also be conscious of what we eat.
It was also in my thirties that I learned more about food and health as I had entered the ‘health food’ industry at 30. Hearing about food allergies piqued my interest and a yearning to feed those who thought they had food limitations grew into my passion for making food that is good for you AND tastes good.
So, what have I learned?
That our bodies are as ever changing as the weather or the tides.
What may work for one hundred bodies may not work for yours.
That truly as the Bible says do not compare yourself to anyone else.
Healthy eating may be as simple as avoiding all refined and processed foods for some and for others it means avoiding all grains, beans, alcohol, smoking, potatoes, night shades and acidic foods.
What, When, Where, How and Why you eat has EVERYTHING to do with healthy eating. You do have to be conscious about what you are putting into your mouth.
You are TOTALLY lying to yourself when you say you are completely happy with your self-image while on multiple prescriptions and avoiding your own truths. I can say this because I have been there. Until you have someone you can talk to that will make you dig into your issues AND help you resolve them, prescriptions will mask the problems in your life. There is in imbalance in your body AS WELL AS IN YOUR MIND (aka gut/brain health), that is creating the anxiety and depression you are experiencing. It will only be addressed when you NOURISH your GUT and your BRAIN.
Healthy Eating. It is a lifelong journey that I am happily on and shifting as my body is going into a new phase of shedding the old and birthing a new me, for real.
Where are you at in your journey? Are you ready to take that “Indian Jones Leap of Faith” (you have to watch the near end of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade to see what I am talking about) as I call it, and see what that next healthy step is for you?
Food for Health, Savor the Flavor of Health, Healthy Gut Healthy Body. Call it what you will. I have two recipe books now that you can find on Holisticcheftampa.com. I also offer virtual cooking lessons. I want to empower you on your food journey.
I am The Food Whisperer getting food and your body to communicate.