In the last post, I used the phrase “neurotic approach to food”. I want to explain this more. When we dive into nutrition and make an effort to eat healthy, regardless of what healthy means to us at that time, we divide the world of food into “good” versus “bad”. If we eat “good foods”, we feel fine and when we eat “bad foods” we feel awful. But what we consider “good” and “bad” changes over time, based of what we are exposed to in the health media, our own research, our experiences and if we have money to throw around – blood tests.
Although there are foods that some people really should avoid, there is a lot of gray area. What we should be focusing on is developing a positive attitude towards our food in an effort to become more resilient. Highly restrictive diets and this belief that minor toxin exposure will destroy our body is not a healthy way to live. Are you have a stressful response to a food because of the food or your belief of the health qualities of that food?
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We all know someone who is a vegetarian or maybe we’ve been one ourselves. Have you ever been around one when they learn some soup they consumed was made with a chicken or beef stock? I’ve actually seen them develop stomach pains. Then upon further investigation, they find out the stock was really vegetarian. The stomach pains were real, caused by their food neurosis.
This is not just a vegetarian phenomena. It is with all diets. If there are foods that are toxic, by all means remove them. After that, just enjoy your food. Be thankful. Be resilient. After all there is an almost certain probability the health media will move on to the next food to demonize or praise.
Maybe some of my older posts at times may have approached food in a too restrictive manner. Sorry about that. I still loathe veggie oils and gluten. There isn’t a third smoking gun however. Continually looking for one would be neurotic.