Fruitarianism. Juice fasting. Vegan. Low carb. Calorie counting. Food combining. Water fasting.
You name it, I’ve probably tried some version of it.
I’ve always been fascinated with the way food affects my body – the way it looks and the way it feels. I find that it can dramatically alter the way I’m experiencing life. I’ve lived on fresh juices for 3 months at a time and spend other stints pouring butter in my morning tea. I’ve packed away 30 bananas in a day and for other periods, toyed around with up to 80 percent of my diet coming from FAT. There were long stretches of tortured calorie counting, and other stretches where counting calories provided me with a little sanity. It’s all about knowing what’s right for you in the right moment and eating in a way that supports you fully in how you want to live.
All of that being said, I don’t want to tell you what to eat. There are plenty of lovely people out there doing just that anyways.
For as many dietary experimentations I’ve taken on in the name of just seeing what would happen (I’m looking at you juice feasting) there were many that were adopted out of self hatred and the desire for perfection. I spent so many years just thinking that when I was thin enough or detoxed enough my real life would start. Everybody would stare in awe at my glowing perfection, I’d get every role in every play, the world would want to be me, date me, etc. Just writing that makes me cringe. Letting go of the quest for perfection has been one of the sweetest most liberating tasks I’ve taken on and I have a feeling it’s going to be a much more useful thing to share than which foods digest best with each other. I’m all for eating in a way that serves you, really. I’m a nut for good quality, I don’t eat sugar for the most part, and I genuinely love vegetables. I eat well because if I don’t, I simply find it hard to live as well. What I want for everyone is to be able to be present enough with their own bodies to learn what’s best for them. Then to make choices about what to eat coming from a place of self care and respect rather than hoping to get somewhere first in order to feel like they can love themselves.
I’m just a couple months away from graduating from The Institute for the Psychology of Eating and there is so much more I’m excited to share!