What do you think about detoxes, juicing, being vegan, going paleo, eating keto, losing 30 lbs, being super lean, running half marathons every weekend, artificial sweeteners, sugar causing cancer, which diet is the best one to follow, coconut oil, clean eating, turkey vs. beef, being vegetarian, eating eggs everyday, how many eggs to eat everyday, sweets, low-calorie ice-creams, can I add activated charcoal to that, and the list goes on and on and on. [I will go into these in later posts, but let’s look at the root of the question first]
It’s actually pretty fun [sometimes hilarious] to get these questions because there is always a new question and it seems that almost all of us have the same questions at some point. Thank you media for confusing us all.
And then, there’s some of us that ask these questions without really caring about the answer because no matter what we always know best, right?
Hmmmm, I’m not sure I would encourage you to base how to take care of your body from your google searches. There is just way too much crap out there. Search for “why juicing is good for you” and you’ll find information to support it. Search “why juicing is bad for you” and you’ll also find information to support it.
Yikes. So confusing, right?
We ALL want to know what is the very best way to eat and there’s many of us out there that claim the way we eat IS THE ONLY, BEST WAY to eat. Sometimes it feels like food and physical activity have become more so a moral issue than a simple part of our life.
More and more people are associating how good their life is going or how good it will go with how “clean” or “how structured” they are eating. If you feel like the way you eat makes you a better person, ask yourself if maybe it is just giving you a false sense of perfection. A false sense of control.
I hate to break it to you but eating kale everyday does not make you a better human being. Working out everyday will not solve all your problems. Period. Your morality and self-worth and larger purpose in life are not tied in with that.
So when people ask me, what do you think about following _______ diet or eating ______ new “health” food ..
I ask them “what is your intent behind it?”
“Why are you doing it?” and more importantly “Is this something you enjoy and want to do long-term?” Is this new diet or food product or detox or intermittent fasting something you see yourself doing for years and years to come?
Does it align with your goals and passions in life? Or does it interfere with your life and how you see your life going? Is this just another way you gain “control” of your life and feel like a better person? and lastly, does it actually make any logical sense to you?
If you absolutely love ______. Why are you cutting it out of your diet completely?
[medical reasons or legitimate food allergies are different]
Eating and nourishing your body should NOT be the hardest thing you do all day. It just shouldn’t.
And another thing: Food will never make you a more put together human being. Yes, food can help you live a healthier lifestyle and influence how you feel everyday, but know that there is SO much more to it than what foods you are putting in your mouth.
So back to the why. The why tells me a lot about what it is someone is truly trying to achieve? Is it really about a healthier lifestyle OR is it their way of changing and starting fresh to regain “control” of their life?
A detox will not make you pure. A juice cleanse will not detoxify you body. Starving yourself will not make you crave carbohydrates less …..it will actually make you crave them more. Hello…..when you’re hungry, you WILL crave simple sugars. It’s the fastest and most efficient way for your body to get energy!
Anyways, off that tangent…
You will not change your life and feelings about food in one week, especially by following something that completely confuses your body.
At the end of the day, it really does come down to intent.
Why are you doing it?
Is it something other people are doing that you feel you also need to do?
Is it a new fad diet or a new “health” food?
Is it something you feel makes you better or more put together or something that will solve your problems?
Is it your way of re-gaining control?
What would happen if one day you could no longer eat that way or eat that food? Would you fall apart?
I’ll leave you with a challenge. If you’re having to ask someone what do you think about _____? Consider that you, yourself, are already questioning its validity. Then, ask yourself why you are wanting to do it and is it something you see yourself doing long-term?
There’s nothing wrong with trying new things, but why not try something worth your while.