I thought I would come clean on why I stepped back from food and creating recipes and teaching more about raw foods etc
Besides there being so many food blogs, books, recipes, opinions, diets and classes out there – it has become a trend and almost a preoccupation.
I was at a New Years party where people were bragging about being foodies – nothing wrong with that but it seems like it’s the ‘in’ thing to do now – that wasn’t really why I got started. It is also way too confusing for people, all the different studies, etc saying one week eat this then next week don’t, different blood types, different body types, some people do well on raw, others need meat and so on.
It also shifted for me the more I learned about energy, being at the effect of things, how we can really heal our own bodies, how powerful the mind is. The little lies I learned when I was doing Superfood demo’s for a Superfood company – who also ended up being unethical in some of their dealings got me looking more at the food industry and not really wanting to be part of it. I just recently learned that in Canada, for food to be organic – a farmer just has to say it is, nothing more. Now to be come Certified – that is a different story and also costs a lot. I got thinking about when I buy organic and pay more – is it really organic if it comes from Canada?? Please don’t get me wrong I am not bashing anyone or anything here – just sharing my experience – a lot was good. I also spent a lot of time wondering, worrying, creating and thinking about food, what I should eat, shouldn’t eat, can’t eat, OMG I did eat and so on.
One day I decided to let it all go and it just felt so much lighter – so much in fact I knew I had to step back.
I also had a lot of questions about how we in North America saturate a good thing in small amounts ie soy. If we look at other cultures – food has been celebrated for many years and people have eaten many things and lived quite healthy without making a big deal about it.
It’s when we bring in the fast foods and processed crap that disease etc start.
Now it’s true – I still believe in healthier eating, keeping it simple, keeping it natural as much as possible and that so much of our food that is labeled ‘food’ in our grocery stores is just different chemical concoctions made up to think we are eating food and really just depriving the body of what it knows how to easily digest and utilize efficiently but I didn’t want my life wrapped around it any longer.
What I do choose to eat and not eat well works for me. Each day is different and probably just like any one else that is being ‘normal’ I do the best I can – love my morning Americano’s, eat popcorn (ok -organic) with a good movie, have a weakness for good cheese, but also eat fresh or what is in season as much as possible.
Moderation, balance and real food that the body can digest – the chemical ones mess with so much of our systems, the body doesn’t know how to digest them properly and they leave us feeling hungry as the body really hasn’t been fed properly so we eat more – hence weight gain.
I haven’t even touched on emotional eating here.
Exercise – I get out every day with at least 2 good walks with my dog, then I mix it up – Yoga, Hot Yoga, Biking, Hiking, Dancing and that is about it – it is what works for me and what my body wants – I have also learned to listen to what my body wants and doesn’t and to stop forcing it or do things because I should – I do them because I enjoy them and like making them part of my daily living.
I used to train hard -run, aerobics, weights, biking and now it’s a slower softer pace – but I am happy.
This is where I am at in my life and my body and it seems happy and healthy – I am competing with no one and listening to what it wants to eat – and the more you do clean it up – well things like chips etc aren’t really that much of an interest or craving.
Keep Is Simple Silly – get the help where you need it, balance, moderation but no one way of eating is perfect for every body!!!
Love to hear what you think!