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I think many of us have a somewhat unhelpful relationship with food in some way or another. We have strange food rules and guilt over eating something we think we shouldn't. Or like me, food that tastes delicious but will end up making you feel less than well.
My last download from Kindle's Top 100 Free list was "Why Quantum Physcicists Don't Get Fat" by Gregory Kuhn. It's not a very long book and it contains its fair share of Oprah-style psycho-fluff over which I swished rather quickly. But there were two little gems to be gleaned that I think will change the relationships we have with food.
The first of these nuggets was to only eat what makes you feel good. Now I know that sugar does not make me feel good. Nor does wheat. And as I stood in my kitchen the other morning considering what I might have for breakfast I wondered "what would make me feel good?". Whilst my favourite breakfast is raspberry jam on toast, at some point that would make me feel quite uncomfortable. So I chose thinly sliced tomato on rye toast that had been lashed with real butter and sprinkled with ground salt and pepper. It made me feel really good. It's a question I ask each morning now. This morning it was poached eggs on the afore described butter-lashed rye toast.
The second nugget was to reconsider the stories you tell yourself about food (and exercise). The author suggests that you begin thinking carefully about rewording your stories so that they are positive....a bit of a "fake it til you make it" kind of approach. He tells the story of his journey to loving fruit. He didn't begin that way, but he began by eating one piece of fruit a day and telling himself that while he didn't enjoy it now he would eat it because he knew it was a healthy practice to engage in. He went on to tell himself that perhaps tomorrow he would enjoy it better. Eventually - about three months later - he was able to genuinely enjoy eating fruit. I think that beats "I hate fruit, I'm only doing it because I know I should". The positive story brings with it hope and a willingness to change.
It's a rather interesting take on how to think about food. I'd love to hear your thoughts.