So, this is where I’m at. I no longer diet. I exercise for pleasure. I’ve legalized foods. I’m not bingeing as much. I mostly eat when I am hungry. I’m working on stopping when I’m full. I only use the scale once a month.
But I’m eating crap.
I guess it doesn’t sound like I’ve legalized food when I use the word crap. But, I’m eating a lot of processed stuff. I eat fast food for breakfast. I eat a frozen entree and yogurt for lunch, and either fast food or frozen entree again for dinner. Add a banana or apple to the mix and call it a day.
At first I thought, well maybe I’ve come to a point in my process where I’ve realized that food is just food, & it can’t bring me love or extra meaning. Maybe I’ve finally put food in its proper perspective.
I get hung up on the word “processed.” Because even butter, milk, cheese, and tuna are processed. So, then I think it is a task that is impossible.
What is the impossible task?
Moving from fake food to real food.
As Michael Pollan says,
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
I am reminded by what the authors of Intuitive Eating say about Honoring Your Health & Gentle Nutrition, “Make food choices that honor your health and tastebuds while making you feel well. Remember that you don’t have to eat a perfect diet to be healthy. You will not suddenly get a nutrient deficiency or gain weight from one snack, one meal, or one day of eating. It’s what you eat consistently over time that matters, progress not perfection is what counts.” (Tribole & Resch)
I find it so daunting and scary.
I really struggle with ADD and organizational issues. Boiling water is over the top for me. Cooking (in my mind) equates planning, organizing, cleaning, putting away, washing, drying…. the list goes on and on.
About six years ago I took cooking classes with a friend of mine who at the time was also a noncook. At the end of the 12 weeks, she emerged as a Rachel Ray in training. I was still going through drive-throughs. It didn’t take.
I don’t know if my resistance to cooking is really about being organizationally-challenged.
Really, cooking, would be wonderful self-care.
But I am one of those people who if it doesn’t feel good in the moment,
I don’t do it.
I think in the long run it might feel better,
but I am not easily motivated by long-term gratification.
I lack maturity in this area.
Sometimes you have to suspend short-term discomfort for long-term gain.
What is the first step towards moving towards Gentle Nutrition?
How do you flip the switch?
I’m so looking forward to your words of wisdom,