It’s time for a break up
Why I choose to leave guilt at the door
Welcome to my blog where every Monday I talk about the glorious, and oh so worth it but so not healthy Saturday night out. Before you’re too confused – Yes this is a ‘healthy living/fitness’ blog, yes I am a nutrition student, and yes I am fully aware of the sugar in my ice cream. If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, or even if you’re new here – I’m sure you’re well aware of my foodie weekends. I love talking and writing about new places and new menus as much as I love being there.
When I first started blogging, I prided myself on never eating anything other than veggies and lean protein. I never talked about ‘cheat meals’ because number one, I rarely had them and number two, I felt guilty.
“The word ‘guilt’ should have never been associated with the word food.”
Many of us share the same stories. We started noticing our bodies change as we got older, we realized we couldn’t eat whatever we wanted anymore and just as our mama’s promised, it did catch up with us. What is supposed be healthier lives, quickly became anything but healthy. Our relationship with food became numbers, categories, and something we avoided at all costs. Every magazine, every #fitspo account, and every recipe encouraged us to ‘eat clean’ because “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels!” We were willing to substitute real food for chemicals and preservatives, as long as they said 0g of carbs – that way we wouldn’t feel so guilty. The word ‘guilt’ should have never been associated with the word food. But unfortunately, it’s the most popular topic during any conversation.
As a nutrition student, I chose a major that would ultimately change the way I look at food for the rest of my life. I get to learn about the science behind food, how your body breaks it down, and how it will either help or hurt your goals. I’ve also learned that I should only share roughly 20% of what I know with my future clients. And there’s a good reason. Over the past few years, there has been a major push with food awareness – and it’s a great thing, don’t get me wrong. However, with the help of our good friend the internet, everyone who’s anyone has access to all of that information that people just don’t need to know. You don’t need to know exactly how every function in the body works, you don’t need to google “Do I have metabolism damage?” and you don’t need to count calories to survive. Nutrition is not difficult, eating healthy food is not difficult, and losing weight is not difficult.
And as a nutrition student, you would think that I had the cleanest diet in the world, right? Because I understand how calories matter and how refined sugars brake down in the body, and I should forever become a hermit and eat leaves for the rest of my life. Wrong. This past Saturday I had loaded beef nachos for lunch, with a chicken salad and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yup – that salad is irrelevant at that point. And at dinner, while chit chatting with old/new friends – we ordered a 1 lb. pretzel and beer, lots of beer. I had an amazing time, and now that it is Monday, I look back and leave guilt at the door.
This isn’t how it’s always been for me. And as many of you know, this is actually quite new for me. I had the same thoughts that the next girl had. I would eat really well for weeks and when I finally ate something not great, I would feel beyond guilty about it. I hate to say it but once you are aware of what you need to eat to be healthy/lose weight, you will look at food differently. And with that you have to make the decision of whether or not you’re going to let that control how you live your life. I will probably never have defined abs because I hate crunches but love crunchy tacos, I will always have cellulite on my legs because I like extra sprinkles on my chocolate ice cream and occasionally steal bites of Chad’s, and I will be totally okay with it and love myself and my body for the rest of my life.
Food can bring friends to the table, family together, and true health and happiness. The new push for food awareness should be more than bolder labels that read low fat or sugar free. When we start looking at food at more than diet points or dirty “carb” words, the guilt and the deprivation that comes with choosing a healthier life, will eventually fade. I write for this healthy living blog, I am a workout devotee, and I want to feel confident in my own skin. And that is exactly why my diet is not perfect, I enjoy every fry I eat, and I encourage you to do the same. Enjoy life – every last bite.