Thursday, September 29, 2011

What Are You Eating, and Why?

What Are You Eating, and Why?
Sarah Reid, RHNC
Think about the last 24 hours. How often was what you put into your body the result of stress, frustration, guilt, loneliness, peer pressure or just even simple boredom?
Most of society lives most of their lives in a world of reasons to feel bad about themselves. Magazines, television and movies, even radio stations provide a wealth of examples as to how you don’t measure up to your idols. Could you be thinner? Taller? Blonder? Richer? More athletic? More stylish? Probably. The cosmetic and clothing industries rely on that insecurity. Likewise, the whole food industry (not just the weight loss world) has also evolved into a guilt-mediated business.
Often considered to be a “women’s” issue, emotional (including loneliness and peer pressure) or boredom-facilitated eating affects both sexes and is often a viciously cyclic behaviour spurred on by self-dissatisfaction. Emotional eaters who do not accept themselves for who they are and turn to food for comfort continue to gain weight (especially fat mass), further eroding their self-esteem and drive to bother making a lifestyle change at all.
There is so much mention of what everyone’s “perfect” eating pattern should be like that too often we become ashamed of what our own “normal” is. The truth is, nobody is 100% perfect 100% of the time. There is no “perfect” diet. There are as many different patterns of healthy eating out there as there are healthy people. The key is to recognize and acknowledge your own unique eating patterns and pitfalls and blend them with time-honoured nutrition advice to develop a personal plan for attaining your optimal mind, body and spirit.
Now that you are aware of your old shopping, cooking and dining activities, are you ready to continue the healthiest part of your life? You’ve already started the journey – my colleagues and I can help guide you the rest of the way.
Plan and enjoy occasional indulgences!

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!