Food: The Good, The Bad, And The Truth

It's so sad that so many people mentally classify food as good or bad. "Good carbs" and "bad carbs," "good fat" versus "bad fat." Why does this bother me? Apparently, when you eat a "good carb," that makes you a good person, and when you eat a "bad carb," suddenly you become a bad person.

Why is the individual who eats whole grain bread better than the person who eats white bread? As a nutritionist, I am certainly not a fan of hydrogenated peanut butter on white bread, but I know plenty of intelligent, healthy people who hate natural peanut butter and love mushy white bread. And you know what? They are perfectly capable of making other healthy food choices, as well as good decisions in the other parts of their lives.

These "good" and "bad" assumptions on food choices are a total waste of our energy. When you eat the yummy Haagen Daz ice cream on a hot summer afternoon and suddenly feel like a bad person for doing so, you feel guilty. When you doubt your food choices, then you doubt the rest of the choices you make in your life. After all, if you can't trust yourself to make good food choices, can you trust yourself at all?

Let's put an end to this crazy mentality! What about thinking of food choices as simply "healthier" or "not as healthy"? "Essential" or "nonessential"? It is a fact that it's healthier to choose whole wheat bread over white bread, since there are more nutrients in the whole grains than in the refined flours. In reality, the TRUTH is this has nothing what-so-ever to do with the kind of person you are, your character or, (if I may use this term), "badness." I believe that if we allow ourselves to relax, we will ultimately create a balance and most of our choices will be ones that fall into the healthy column. And, more importantly, we will also learn to trust ourselves in making good decisions in the other areas of our lives.

Becoming "at peace with food" is a journey that involves developing a new relationship with food. Instead of being marked by frustration and disappointment, by fear and competition between you and the food you eat, food will take its place as one of the many activities in your life, along with family, friends, working and being active. And, like these other activities, it should be pleasurable.

In order to be at peace with food, you need to learn about yourself and why you have the relationship you do with the food you eat. Like all relationships, your relationship with food took time to develop, and it will take time to change.

And that's the truth!


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