6 In who am I

Eating well because of love for your body, not because of fear of illness

I’ve had a bit of an epiphany lately.

I have been staying away from sugar, gluten and dairy for 1-2 years. I rarely eat fruit, veg or meat that is not organic (only when I haven’t bought it myself). I rarely drink alcohol. I rarely eat food that comes in a packet with a long list of ingredients.

Sounds good and healthy, right?

That’s what I thought until I realised that a big part of the reason WHY I am doing it is not to do with health but with fear.

Of course eating well makes me feel incredibly well but a few weeks ago when I walked past some non-organic strawberries in a supermarket I did not think how beautiful and ripe they looked, I only felt fear. Fear of pesticides, fear of illness, fear that eating something “wrong” would harm me.

I know why it’s happened. It’s happened because 2 years ago someone died and the more I read about that disease, the more I cleaned up my eating yet at the same time becoming more and more fearful.

It’s been a big epiphany for me – realising that it matters hugely WHY we do certain things. Eating well out of fear does not do us any good. Fear creates stress and no matter how well we eat, if we are stressed, we are not healthy.

I exercise because I love my body, not because I hate it. The same way I want to eat good food because I love my body and not because I fear illness.

I have therefore been “letting go” a bit. Good quality chocolate will not harm me. Kombucha, even though it’s made with sugar, will not harm me. A slice of cake on my birthday will not harm me.

So far I feel ok. I haven’t overeaten, in fact I have been feeling very in tune with my body, and I feel calm and well when it comes to food.

Life is to be lived and enjoyed and I am no longer restricting myself to NEVER EVER having sugar, gluten or dairy. I know the foods that do not agree with my body or my mental health (or mess up my running) so of course I will not start eating them in large quantities.

But the main shift in my mind is that every choice I make I make out of love and I do not let fear dictate what I do or don’t eat.

I have a feeling this post was a bit of a ramble 🙂  Does this make sense to anyone else?

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    April 27, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Nope, not a ramble – makes total sense to me. Thoughts count. Love counts.

    Last 1,5 years it’s been all about fruits and fresh food in our family. Of course we cook dinner as well, but everything raw is number one for us. Loads of fruits, really. In Norway it was quite easy to get most of the stuff organic, in Pärnu… Basically nothing. So all fresh stuff we eat is non organic. And I hope my thoughts count 🙂 I believe fresh stuff is good for us and don’t think about pesticides. If I had choice and money I would definitely buy organic, but at the moment I don’t have either and I strongly believe “regular” fresh stuff is better for our health than for example organic pasta 😀

    I really liked a recent blog post of Sille Poola http://paikesetoit.blogspot.com/2014/03/kuidas-me-poes-kaime.html
    So now I consciously don’t think bad thoughts about any food 🙂 And I basically try to love all the food I eat, whatever it is.

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      May 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      My raw food inspiration is Mimi Kirk – http://youngonrawfood.com

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        May 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm

        Some days ago I just read about 62 years old Norwegian model and actress (and former Playboy cover star :)) Lilian Müller… It was mentioned she was chosen sexiest vegetarian over 50 and I saw Mimi Kirk also had this title 🙂 It is quite silly, but then again, in our world where looks count… Good advertising for raw movement 😛

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    April 27, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I think that you are completely right. I feel so much better since I have cut down on sugar. And I seem to ‘see’ better. I think that it is part of our mental wellbeing. And if a good diet helps us, well, so be it! that said, you are way ahead of me on this one!

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      May 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

      One step ahead, two steps behind 🙂 I’m just waiting until this sugar-reduced life makes me look a bit better so people start confusing me with someone famous as well! 😉

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