Which of the following sounds like you’re eating in a way that says you love and respect yourself?
a. Dining in your car spilling food down your shirt as you slam to a halt at a red light.
b. Standing up in the kitchen eating most of your meal raw as you cook.
c. Entering the kitchen starving and downing a bag of chips before you decide what to cook.
d. Scarfing down cold leftovers with your hands out of a container with the fridge door open.
e. Not eating all day to "save yourself" for dinner.
f. Waiting as long as you can to eat until you feel like you’re going to faint and then eating whatever you can find.
g. None of the above.
The correct answer is obviously g. The above are examples of things I’ve personally done, ironically when I was hyper-focused on following a particular diet or clean-eating strategy dogmatically.
With the rise of the health movement, eating strategies, diets, and ideas about food and how to eat are becoming as polarizing as religion and politics.
Eating like you actually love and respect yourself isn’t up for interpretation, though—it’s something vegans and Paleo dieters alike can agree upon. It’s the same for everyone regardless of beliefs, size, shape, weight, or lifestyle.
These tips are the ways you can feel good about yourself, regardless of the food you’re eating: