Any “diet”, nutritional advice or way of eating that makes us think about food all day, encourages us to talk about food all day and forces us to talk about food more than it wants to talk about our feelings, thoughts, dreams, passions and the deeper reasons that determine how we use food is a bad “diet.”
A friend told me once about a girl she thought I should follow on Instagram. The girl once had a life-threatening eating disorder and now she talks about using food in a positive way. Sounds great, right? Here’s someone who had used food negatively and was now using food positively. Something about that story just rubbed me the wrong way till it finally hit me, “Why is someone who had been so obsessed with food STILL talking about food?”. Even though it’s good food talk, it is still food talk and we all desperately need a to have a different conversation. Especially, when we are suffering an obesity epidemic in youths and adults.
While at VIVE Alchemy, we think it is important for you to have an honest conversation about food and learn how you are designed to nourish yourself with food, we do not believe food should NOT be the focus of your day or your life. We do not believe food is the connection that exists between your mental, emotional, physical or spiritual parts.
Food keeps you alive and nourishes an internal connection, but wild blueberries or cupcakes don’t connect the heart to the mind or the mind to the spirit. Likewise, food is not a relationship connector. Food may be something you share with a friend, but food cannot be the connection in a relationship.
The bottom line is we can focus on food all day long and it won’t change our hearts, minds, spirits or relationships. Food is neither the root of our problems or the divine solution. It is not our best friend, saviour or something that can make all our dreams come true. Food is a basic need that doesn’t require all our attention. The more time and energy we spend focused on it, the less we spend focused on our whole-person, and the very person who determines how, what, why and if we are using food as a means to an end to get something it can never give us or if it is as a basic daily gift of nourishment that helps us live our lives, pursue our passions, nourish our bodies and practice health.