20 Jan Do I Eat Junk Food? Why I Prefer A Lifestyle, Not A Diet
Do You Ever Eat Junk Food?
“Do you ever eat junk food? If not, how do you beat cravings?”
Is Sunday a FREE food day?
It’s an interesting question, because for YEARS struggling with an eating disorder I categorized my foods as “good” and “bad” (bad, of course, including what we would consider junk food). My thinking was polarized, black and white, good or bad, fat or no fat, eat or don’t eat (or, eat and throw it up ASAP).
Something happened over time, when I started to heal, that food just became FOOD. It didn’t have a label, a category or a “black or white” color, giving me a mental green light whether I could eat it or not. Something happened that I started to create a LIFESTYLE, not a diet, or a category, for my foods — I just ATE, based on the energy and feeling the food would give me.
I think I realized, when we categorize foods as JUNK or HEALTHY, or good or bad, we start to create a mentality that “I can’t have that” connection in our brains. When we know we can’t have something, dear warrior humans, we want it even more. So, the issue creates an internal craving to WANT that “no bueno” food more, when it’s really more mental than it is about the actual food.
So, do I eat “junk” foods? I just eat, food that gives me energy, I like the taste of, the provides me the nutrients I need, and that I have accessible to me. My tastebuds have changed over the years, and a “sweet” to me is a deliciously ripe papaya or mango, or fresh coconut or dates. An indulgent dinner is a second plate of local, steamed vegetables piled high with slices of avocado. A snack is an apple (I LOVE apples) with almonds or some almond butter, or some nut clusters.
That’s my “lifestyle, not a diet” approach to food these days, and I find that I’m fuller, happier with food, have a better relationship with food, and actually “thinner” than when I was trying to control it all the time, categorizing good and bad.
Read More on #lifestylenotadiet in Living Cancer Free
There’s a section in my book, “Living Cancer Free” talking more in detail about my trials and tribulations with food. Including, how I overcame difficulties and struggles of an eating disorder and a separated mind and body. Read more on the book below, including a link to purchase.