I for sure am 100% guilty of Nutrition Label Investigating… Not because it really affects whether I’ll eat it (sometimes it will.. I’ll admit) but just with the casual interest of someone who reads the back of a cereal box while eating breakfast, or the 6 day old newspaper with their coffee… Just for the simple reason of having something to do…. As I’m reading, I stumble over the same warning I’ve seen so many times.. A warning I’m sure anyone paying attention has seen, especially on a soda can…
Phenylketonurics: contains phenylalanine.
This really got me thinking. (Can you tell it was a really slow morning at the Ramen House?)
Our idolization with the idea of being a size 0 has demonized the things that naturally come in our food. Things our bodies need not just to survive, but in order to THRIVE. Calories, fat, protein, carbs, sugars, sodium….
There are so very many foods out there today that are specifically designed to be fat free or calorie free. CALORIE FREE FOOD. Does this even make sense to you?. Does it make anyone else wonder? If you’re eating something that’s zero calorie/zero fat/zero whatever-the-fuuuuh–if it’s not calories you’re eating. . .what exactly are you consuming?
We have made an enemy out of things that our bodies NEED.
- Food is not evil. Food is nutrition. You NEED nutrition to have a healthy energetic body.
- Calories are not evil. Calories, in their most simplified definition, are energy. You NEED energy to get through your day.
- Fat is not evil. You NEED fat in your diet for brain development, to absorb nutrients, to cover your organs.
- Carbs are not evil. You NEED carbs in your diet for fuel.
- Sodium is not evil. Having too little sodium in your body can kill you.
You shouldn’t feel guilty for putting food in your mouth. Ever, ever, ever. I am guilty of feeling guilty sometimes. I just experienced food-guilt last night. But it makes me angry and ill that we, as a culture, feel this way about eating food.
A little fat won’t kill you, but those “foods” designed in a laboratory, probably will.
Besides, things that are made with whole, natural ingredients instead of chemicals and aspartame simply taste better. Food that tastes good is also something that should never make you feel like you’re being ‘sinful’.
Restricting calories to a point where your intake is less than what your body needs WILL make you unhealthy. Yep, you probably will lose weight in the short term, but don’t be silly, if you continue down that road you will end up losing muscle tissue and storing more fat. The human body is freakishly clever!!! It uses whatever form of energy it can find! Two things will happen. Your body will eventually get used to not getting enough nourishment so it will begin to store and hold on to any fat it gets thinking you’re about to go into a starvation/fasting period. The second thing that happens is that you are going to very quickly see a drastic decrease in the amount of energy and stamina you have to effectively exercise. Great, just what you wanted right?! — Wrong.
Some people with allergies to gluten, soy, or dairy, have no choice but to be obsessive about their food. But watching what you eat to make sure physical discomfort or pain doesn’t come to you is just good sense – it’s making ingesting a certain food a sin that doesn’t make sense. Food is food.
In today’s culture we all have a damaged relationship with our food – be we vegans, meat eaters, dieters, or otherwise. We’re just all trying to figure it out. But it might help to know that you’re not going to hell if the food tastes good. If you want a second piece of cake, you’re not a bad person. If you indulge from time to time you won’t wake up fat tomorrow.
Trust your body – it can, in fact, be trusted. It won’t immediately betray you if given the chance. It’s an amazing tool, no matter its’ size.
Food is not the enemy.