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Eating Well is a Form of Self Respect

I want to start this post by asking you this? Think of it as my way of provoking you before you continue reading. Make you think (just a little!)

Are we really constipated, bloated and tired; or just obsessed as ever with our dress size and ultimately not willing to admit it?

Every single day we are learning more and more about the human body. What this perfectly constructed machine needs in order to function smoothly. Over time we learned that 'nutrients' are more important than 'calories' and 'healthy' is more important than 'diet.' Good fats don't make you fat. Whole grains are important. Sugar is the new cocaine (not in a good way). And the list goes on.

I'm not trying to list all the new research we have today but just sharing a few thoughts I had regarding "DIET" and "WELLNESS". I've noticed that rather than asking "is this food going to make me fat?" I ask, "is this food healthy?" I'm sure I'm not the only one to think this. But why? Why this shift in perspective? It's definitely a good thing don't get me wrong, but.....

As you can tell, I lost my train of thought above there. As a society we have moved away from words like diet, non-fat, calories but we seem to have incorporated new words into our vocabulary: cleansing, de-bloating, metabolism-revving, and wellness.

We are now focusing on what effects that food will have on us rather an an arbitrary number.

But we're still obsessed with "will this make me skinny?" I can't tell you how many times a day I'm bombarded with the latest diet pill, waist-shaper, weight-loss juice cleanse that ultimately seem to promise a life of wellness with the underlying headline: this will make you lose weight and be happy.

It's like those SALE signs you see outside your favourite stores but you forget to notice the minuscule sentence beneath it: Only on selected items.

All of these guides to wellness promote things like optimal digestion, weight loss by improving metabolism and accelerating fat loss. I'm not saying that healthy, whole foods that optimise these functions are bad. You should definitely fill your body with things that support a healthy metabolism, digestion and so forth. But are we really worried about these aforementioned bodily processes? Do we really care that our poop cycle is not regular every single day? Do we really want to know why we're so tired after the end of everyday, do we even make the connection that its related to the food we eat? Or is there are different motivation behind it?

Are we really constipated, bloated and tired; or just obsessed as ever with our dress size and ultimately not willing to admit it?

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