When I was in my diet/binge mindset (from the ages of 15 to 25 or so), I thought there was one right way to eat. I believed down to my soul that there were good foods and bad foods—and that when I ate the wrong ones, I was bad, too. (Sound familiar?)
Now I’m at a much gentler place. That doesn’t mean I eat donuts every day for breakfast and French fries every night—for the health of my body and mind, I tend to concentrate on the more nutritious fare. But the black-and-white thinking doesn’t rear its ugly head much anymore and nothing is off limits.
Now I know that eating healthy means different things for different people—and can even mean different things for us throughout our lives.
Sugar used to make me feel…weird. It was tough for me to stop eating it once I got a taste, so I avoided it altogether for a while during my recovery. That worked well for me at the time. Sugar doesn’t affect me the same way anymore, so it’s been back on the menu for a while and it feels right.
I thought we could talk a little bit today about what healthy eating means for each of us. Here’s what I ate today…
Breakfast: 2 hardboiled eggs and a link of chicken apple sausage;
Lunch: Spinach salad with chicken, olives and Parmesan cheese;
Snack: Two mandarin oranges and a handful of cashews;
Dinner: Sauteed pork tenderloin and roasted butternut squash (with brown sugar and butter); and a piece of homemade lemon cake.
I hope that talking about food this way doesn’t trigger any of you…I want this to be a safe space! Feel free to weigh in on that in the comments—and share what a healthy day of eating looks/feels like for you.
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