Thursday, January 9, 2014

My Personal Food Philosophy

image by Pedro Cambra

I've been doing a lot of thinking over the past year about the whys behind what I put in my body. When you really dig down into it, it's quite a bit more complicated than just eating to live. There is so much emotional weight that food carries, for better or for worse. If you really know the whys, it makes hard choices much easier. I just got done writing an article about how you can develop your own food philosophy which you can find over at Strong Body Whole Heart, my new whole body health coaching company. (This is where most of my creative energy has been going lately if you were wondering why I haven't been posting here!)

My personal food philosophy:

  • I eat beautiful, healthy food – organic and local if possible, because it makes me feel healthy and beautiful and strong.
  • I buy food from local farmers if possible because it makes me feel vibrant and connected to the community.
  • I buy organic if possible because I believe it is better for me, and it also makes me feel like I am doing my own small part to contribute to long-term sustainability.
  • I think about how food is going to affect me short-term and long-term before I eat it.
  • I limit grains and sugar in my diet because I know my body functions better without them.
  • I do not eat cereal because it is a trigger food for me.
  • I include a lot of healthy fats in my diet and am not afraid of that because I know my body runs well on them.
  • I am always learning and refining what is best for me. I am not afraid to try new ways and ideas and remain open to innovative (and often scary) ways of thinking.
  • I eat vegetables every single day.
  • I will not feel guilty about eating chocolate – ever!
  • I believe in the way I eat and commit to it because my health is important, and I can't afford to let it go.
  • I listen to my body and give it what it needs, particularly in regards to training.
  • I indulge periodically, with intention and without guilt.
  • I do not eat mindlessly. I eat with full awareness of what I am putting into my body.
  • I do not eat something "bad" because I have already indulged on a particular day. I avoid the "whatever" or "oh, well" or "all-or-nothing" mentality.
So, do you have a personal food philosophy? I'd love to hear what are some of the main points of yours!