Last week I wrote a post on my food philosophy. My little sister left a moving, well written and eloquent comment that I would like to share with all of you…
I agree 100%.
My food philosophy is: Eat FOOD.
For me, eating food that actually resembles something that came out of the ground helps me feel more spiritually connected to the earth, and gives me that much more of an appreciation for nature and what it provides for us. Furthermore, putting time and energy into making delicious and nutritious meals is one of the most sincere ways we can provide for, and show how much we care for ourselves and the people we love in our lives.
It is not by coincidence that nature offers us whole plant foods, which happen to be the most dense source of nutrients, providing our bodies with the most nutritional value per calorie, as well as an array of phytochemicals and antioxidants which help the body heal itself and fight off disease everyday. If you think about it.. every single cell in our body is composed of the things we continually put into our digestive tracts. Physically, I’d rather be made out of fresh fruit and vegetables than some kind of food-like product that has been made in a laboratory, comes in a box, and is void of any nutritional value.
I firmly believe that society, as a whole, really needs to re-evaluate the way we think and approach food. Rather than feeling like food is the enemy (as you have mentioned), we need to take a step back and re-establish a healthy connection with our food; we should feel gratitude towards the food we put into our bodies for giving us the nutrients we need to live long and fulfilling lives. We should not deprive ourselves by eating “low-cal”, “fat-free” or “carb-free” diets… Calories (from whole foods), healthy fats (polyunsaturated – found in plant sources), and complex carbohydrates (unrefined),are things that the human body requires to function optimally.
Unfortunately somewhere down the line, mostly due to a multimillion dollar diet industry and huge corporations that prey on your self-image in order to make a buck, the way we think about food has become so skewed that it is very common for most people to not even question the ingredients that go into what they consume; a simple glance at the number of calories is usually a good indicator of what is healthy vs. non-healthy for even the most seemingly health-conscious individuals.
As someone who has struggled with eating disorders my entire life, this is something I am continually trying to instill in myself. It is about changing old thinking patterns, which exist for whatever reason, and knowing that providing myself with healthy, wholesome, natural foods is one of the best ways I can engage in a little self-love.
In the words of the brilliant Brenda Davis:
“While we may not have a choice in how we die, we do have a choice in how we live. When we consume whole, organic plant foods, we make the best possible choice for our own personal health. When one contemplates the magnificent web of life, it comes as no surprise that what most brilliantly sustains human health will also prove ethically justifiable and ecologically sustainable. Making healthful choices may seem like a daunting task in light of the consumer-oriented world in which we live. Rest assured that every time you have the strength and courage to make a truly conscious decision, you make this world a better place.”