I am currently wondering about my mental stability. My last two posts have been entitled with scary Freudian reference. Maybe I need to see a shrink. Or am stuck in the phalic stage of life? God knows I change enough diapers…
So I’m just going to come out and say it. I can’t stand the new fad of “eating clean”. It’s been eating away me for months *giggle at self joke*. Seriously though. Since when did food develop the ability to act inherently “bad” or “good” or be “clean” or “dirty”. If I wash my “dirty” chocolate bar with soap will that make it clean? Or happen to use the 3 second rule on my “clean” apple does that make it dirty?
I have come to the conclusion that I was blessed with a grand combination of genetics, motivation and general nutrition and fitness knowledge and know how to stay active, athletic and healthy. My weight is stable. My BMI is well within range and I look fabulous. (Side note: okay so I don’t think I actually look fabulous most of the time but this is coming from my husband, doctors, friends, and comments I have received from fellow gym members regarding my physical condition.) So it can’t be half bad. The truth is I eat healthy, whole foods, most of the time. I only eat when I am hungry. (Trust me there are many other ways to sabotage yourself mentally without overeating. None of which are recommended.) And I pay attention to my food. Like actually sit down, put the phone/ipad/laptop/tablet device away and contemplate the flavours on my palate, type pay attention. And I am grateful. For the way I can taste food, and buy food, and prepare food. And for the farmers and stores that make it accessible to me.
I am also vegetarian.
(Side note: Actually vegetarian is only a half truth. I will only spend money on food that is vegetarian when given an option. Sometimes, on the rare occasion I am out for dinner and there is no vegetarian option, or such option is “plate of vegetables” I will order fish, and also when back home visiting family I will eat whatever my family chooses to provide me. My sister calls it freetarian as I will eat free food!)
Anyway I find that in the 5 year transition to this lifestyle I have done years of research and reading and self examination about my beliefs, and diet, and health.
“So what?” You say
So I have spend a ton of my life paying attention. I believe that you can live a healthy life by listening to your body. And using the rule of moderation. Including using moderation in moderation.
Wash your hands before dinner yes. As for clean food, I do prefer mine without bugs or grit, but a quick rinse of the local, organic fare usually does the trick.