The importance of healthy relationships with food
Can I just take a minute to confess how much I love food? As plain as I am and as routine as I like to eat, I really do love versatility and colors with my foods. I think it makes me feel less boring if my plate isn’t only chicken and greens. Which, let’s be honest, we know I’ve been through that phase in my life. Chemo really did a number on my stomach back in the day that’s had some lasting effects of sensitivity, which is the reason I’ve been such a plain eater. It just made me feel the best. But I confess I also had some deep fear that hid inside me regarding foods. You see, when you go through chemo and a bunch of other crap meds that wreak havoc on your system, the last thing you want to do is branch out with what you eat. You eat what you know, you eat what’s safe.
I know what you’re thinking…”Katiuscia you can’t be scurred of your foods!” It’s a serious and severe struggle when people suffer with food. And when it comes to your personal relationship with food, it’s probably one of the most important relationships you will have. Any kind of fear can lead to disordered eating and thinking. I know this. I’ve done research, I’ve worked with a therapist for years because #life. It wasn’t that I had body image issues with food, I think I just had an underlying fear that certain things would destroy my stomach and make me feel more sick. And baby steps have helped me work through that fear so it’s no longer present in my life. When you let fear of any sort creep into your life, it has the potential to control you. It can control your thoughts and your actions, which then will control every aspect of your life and hinder any positive progress. Our minds are stronger than we realize… our thoughts become words and our words become actions. Actions then become results and outcomes. Food fears can pertain to weight gain, weight loss, or any kind of body image issues. I think these are the most detrimental to our psyches. Let go of fear, especially fear of food. Remember that your body goes where your mind goes, and if you eat with negative thoughts, there is a chance you manifest that negativity in your body. Eat healthy, eat balanced, eat peacefully and eat with purpose.
I’ve figured out my new digestive issues, and it’s now about 8 weeks that I haven’t had any issues following a ketogenic lifestyle. I’ve always appreciated food, being that obsessive researcher when we’re going to go out to dinner or planning a Vegas trip! That’s always been my favorite to research restaurants and menus for 🙂 And when in Europe, well, you know how that goes… eat everything. I do love food and how powerful it is for our well-being. And thank God, I’m finally in a place that I’m not having physical problems because of my eating. But even better, I’m finally in a place where I don’t have that underlying fear that anything I eat is going to hurt me. Hallelujah for that…and for avocado.