I ate handfulls of jelly beans this weekend because I love them and some of them are pink (I refused to take a huge jar home to my dorm with me though.)
Today, after a totally satisfying and veggie-filled lunch, I still munched on a (small) piece of chocolate.
I might rant about sugars and the evils of cholesterol, and rave about kale and salad, but I'm not always perfect about practicing what I preach. And to be honest, I wouldn't want to be.
There was definitely a time where I took pride in eating what I thought was a perfect diet. I ate sugar/fat free yogurt, fueled my high intensity interval workouts with pretzel sticks and low-calorie salsa, and filled myself up with huge piles of veggies (cooked in water, not oil, of course!) I got little and my heart beat kinda slow, and my hair looked really gross.
I think anyone with some nutritional knowledge would agree that this isn't a perfect diet or anywhere close. Eating clean often turns into an obsession. Restricting my diet to a requirement of low calorie and low fat sucked the joy out of eating. Food was simply fuel, and to follow my diet and fit into my tiny clothes I had to stay away from social situations and anything fun.
Lunch out? No thanks, my celery and I will just stay home and hit up the elliptical. Party? Nah, the chip bowl would be too tempting, I'll just hit the hay early so I can make 5:00 AM cycle class. This was a yucky way to live and I wasn't fun to be around.
Don't get me wrong, I eat healthy almost all the time, with most of my meals being a big salad, maybe some hummus, or a fruit bowl. I eat vegan (because animals!) and gluten free because of an allergy but otherwise I don't restrict myself long-term to rules like "no sugar", "no fat", "no white food."
I see this food-losophy as living my life and doing me, and I know it's not going to ruin my life or my body as long as I do it in moderation.
I see no reason to eat only organic, whole foods with NO sugars and NO soy, because I know that food is food and not poison. What I put in my mouth now is not gonna be around forever.
What's your food-losophy? Like my made-up word?
Ever taken healthy eating too far?
How are you honoring National Eating Disorder Awareness Week?