I love food. I don’t know if it’s because I’m from the south, (and there is so much to love about food in the south!), or if my taste buds are just extra-sensitive or if it’s genetic or because my family has always put emphasis on food, or what. Whatever the reason, I simply love it!
As a child I was always little for my age (still am, I guess!), and ate very little. As I grew up, I did eat more, still loved food, and ate anything I wanted. I stayed at a healthy weight for my height (although at the time, at 95 pounds, I seriously thought I was FAT–a post for another time). Weight began to creep on right before my first marriage, I believe because I began to take birth control pills. Now, I can’t be sure if the pills were the cause, but I’ve just always suspected they were. The weight wasn’t significant, just a few pounds, but I began to diet. I explored and tried one diet after another, believing each one was not actually a diet, but my new “way of eating” for he rest of my life. I brought my sister along for each one, she being as obsessed as I was about finding the “right” or “best” way to eat. We would be so excited at the beginning of each new dieting adventure, and at one point even convincing ourselves that vegetarian tuna tasted just like the real thing–even though it looked and tasted like cardboard (and that is no exaggeration; just ask my sister!).
After each of my children were born, I kept some of the baby weight. I was successful at getting most of it off, but I was still searching for that one right way to eat for optimum health and perfect weight. After trying low carb, vegetarian, vegan, high protein, soup diets, lemonade diets, fasting, diets with special food containers, weight loss pills, herbs, diets with supplements I had to take at specific times each day, low fat, and the list goes on…I finally realized how ridiculous all this was. After all, hadn’t God designed my body so that it needs to eat every day? And did He not create the foods my body needs? And, hadn’t He given my body its own intelligence to know what and when it needs to eat? I asked myself these questions, and myself answered, “yes.”
Based on this idea, that my body has instinct, not exactly the same as, but similar to, the instinct of an animal in the wild, I’ve come to realize that if I just listen to what it is my body needs, and I mean really listen, I can trust my body to tell me those needs. Thinking in this way, I no longer search for the perfect or ideal diet or “way to eat.” I honestly believe it doesn’t exist, except in the way that is right for me. I no longer am bound by the hassles of calorie counting, tracking my food, counting fat or grams of protein or points, or any of the other rules of a standard weight loss plan. I can’t tell you how freeing this has been. Am I at my “ideal” weight? Is there such a thing? I don’t know the answer to that question, but what I do know is that I am healthy. I have no health problems that prevent me from doing anything I want or need to do, and even though I’d personally like to weigh a few pounds less, people react with surprise when I mention this, telling me how great I look. So while I am always working to improve my body and to maintain the health I have as I get older, I am overall happy with this vessel God has seen fit to house my spirit.
As I said at the beginning of this post, I love food, and I eat anything I want. And I’ve come to believe that is ok, and even a good thing. I hope you agree, and if not, that you will explore further some of the ideas I’ve presented here, and that you will come to a healthy attitude of love for food similar to what I have come to.
If you’re unsure of how to eat whatever you want and still be at a healthy weight, I’m here for you. Just give me a call or send me a text (903-265-3866). I love sharing with others how to change their relationship with food in order to get healthy and be free from diets forever. I became a life coach because of my passion for sharing with others what I have learned. My program is not for everyone, but we can talk and find out whether it is for you.