It doesn't take much to be sucked into nutrition, health and wellness headlines. The writers are ninjas at getting us to click on their content, and they'll go to whatever lengths necessary to capture our attention.
Which headline are you more likely to click on?
- "Study shows that eating when hungry, stopping when full, is key to health"
- "The food you're eating that is making you fat – it might surprise you"
Normal eating is boring. There are very few ways to make money off it – especially when you compare it to the food, nutrition and wellness industries that prey on our vulnerability and curiosity about this stuff.
When I suggest eating what you want when you are hungry, enjoying it, and stopping when satisfied, that's it. There are no fancy contraptions, foods, recipes, supplements or anything else to go along with it. Everything you need is already within your body and your internal wisdom.
How much time do you spend thinking about food? Obviously you think about it when you are hungry or at the grocery store. I'm also talking about other times we think about food: looking up recipes on Pinterest, watching the Food Network, thumbing through magazines in waiting rooms, scrolling through social media and seeing what our friends had for dinner, watching those short recipe demo videos online, talking about your diet with friends, seeing commercials for food or diets, billboards, radio ads, food offered to us at meetings or social gatherings, chastising yourself for what you ate last night, comparing your lunch to your coworker's, reading foodie blogs, reading wellness blogs, weight loss blogs, THIS blog, watching Dr. Oz, seeing/smelling food at the mall food court while you're shopping, recipe demos on the news, ads during your favorite podcast, etc.
I could go on and on and on. The point is, we're freakin' obsessed with food and think about it WAY more than we need to.
What else might you think and talk about if food took a backseat? (cue sound of crickets)
Here's my challenge: for a few days just pay attention to how often you are thinking about food/health/wellness, how many cues in your environment prompt you to think about food, how often it comes up in conversation. Just observe, no judgment, simply make note of the frequency.
Next, reflect on what you'd like to create more space for in your life. What do you wish you had more time and energy to do? What are some of your heart's desires? Perhaps there would be more space for this if food took up less space. I'm not saying that food/health/wellness aren't important. I'm saying that they need to take up an appropriate (not excessive) amount of space in our life. What's the point of being healthy if we aren't living a full and vibrant life? What does FULL and VIBRANT LIFE mean to you?