Okay, the truth is, there are numerous problems with the “good” vs “bad” food mentality, but the biggest one is the healthy relationship we lose with food. Not to mention that good and bad is incredibly subjective, even water can be bad for us if we have too much of it.
It’s this exact mentality that causes us to fall into unhealthy dieting, into beating ourselves up for that packet of Oreos (or insert treat here). And truthfully, that breaks my heart as a nutrition coach. We don’t need to earn food. You don’t need to go workout for an hour because you ate a row of Oreos that one night. What we need is grace to live a little.
Food should be enjoyed. It’s a way of connecting us to our culture, growing relationships, feeding the soul, and nourishing the cells of our body. Food is not meant to shame us.
I shared on an IG live about the judgement that comes with getting treats based off our size. The stigma that is placed around who is “allowed” to have doughnuts, muffins, and fancy iced coffees versus who isn’t. I share about how I’m always told, “but it’s okay because you’re skinny.” But the truth is that you can still be unhealthy even if you’re at the societal standard of what a healthy weight looks like. Just the same, someone that’s slightly overweight can actually be healthier than someone with a lower body fat percentage.
We are all deserving of treating ourselves, and it’s an important part of living a balanced lifestyle. This is why I focus on learning to trust your body with food, and intuitive eating for my clients.
I don’t focus on this obsession with calories, protein, carbs, and fats as a nutrition coach.
Instead I focus on understanding the benefits of the different foods that surround us, portion sizes, understanding the difference between satisfied and full, and so forth. We are all living different lifestyles, thus requiring different intakes with food. Some of us may crave carbs more while others may need more protein. Our macro nutrient needs can change on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis based on the tasks we’re accomplishing and our mental state. Learning to trust your body and let go of the “good” vs “bad” food mentality is a huge piece of my coaching process.
If you’re ready to let go of this mentality and finally gain the healthy relationship with food you’ve always wanted, check out my form to schedule a complimentary coaching session! I’d love to see how I can help.
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