I have been thinking a lot about food. I mean, what else is new really, but with a more critical and determined eye than usual. Normally its just like ‘hell yeah, lets eat it’.
I’ve been trying to be consistent in watching what I eat and choosing my food carefully. And then, you know, the holidays happened and all of that went out the window. Which isn’t really an excuse but I’m not going to drag myself over it, so.
Food, I’m learning, is a lot more than just taste. It’s culture, it’s feelings, and most importantly… it’s literally you. Your body. You legitimately become what you eat at a cellular level, and everything you put in your body impacts you physically and mentally.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to ‘my body is a temple blah blah blah’ you. I will forever worship pasta.
But what I’m saying is that I’ve started to look at what I eat in direct relation to how I feel. Physically (obvious) and the changes that occur there, but also (and more importantly for me) mentally. I’ve decided that it’s important for me to prioritize eating foods that are going to set me up for success – things that aren’t going to irritate my brain or my feelings or even my tummy.
This doesn’t mean I won’t treat myself now and then, but I think it’s a pretty serious thing to play around with this little vessel that’s been given to you to carry you through your life, and it’s about time I give it what it deserves.
And, like many of us, I say I’m going to do something and do it for a bit then fall of the band wagon. So what? Get back on. There isn’t even really another option.
This isn’t a new years resolution – it’s been a long time coming. I’m learning that it’s often a start and stop process too, and that’s alright. So long as I keep trying.
Body, I love you. Thanks for being such a good friend.