We’d like to think eating healthy is a science, full of absolutes and hard-and-fast rules. That’s just not the case; every body is individual, and even the “experts” disagree on what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s downright tragic. There’s enormous value in the science of […]
Food, emotions, inspiration
I’ve been involved, and infatuated, with food since I was a child. My Southern grandmothers were my first culinary and nutrition instructors; I learned to cook in their sunny kitchens, and they taught me to value and respect food and the land.
Inspired by them, I began professionally training in nutrition and culinary arts when I was very young. Vegetarian, vegan, raw, Paleo, macrobiotic, low-carb, high-protein, low-fat, fasting and many other diets—I learned about and tried them all.
And none of that helped my own troubled eating patterns.
Most diets, nutrition plans or eating regimens tell you what to eat. That’s important, for sure. If you diet isn’t balanced, if you struggle with hidden food allergies, if you’re burdened with toxic overload, your body (and mood and emotions) will suffer.
But it’s also vital to understand why and how you eat. Even the best eating plan won’t work if you don’t do it. Maybe you hire a nutritionist or do a group cleanse, walk away with a list of foods to eat, lose a few pounds or improve a health condition, and then drop the diet.
Eventually, you’ll probably go back to the same way of eating–and the same problems–because nothing internal has shifted.
And here’s the thing: even if you don’t have emotional eating issues, you still have some kind of relationship with food. One way or another, you’re choosing food, either consciously or not, at least three times a day. That’s a lot of eating, and a lot of choices. In a world of conflicting advice and shifting fads, it’s hard to know what “good food” means any more; that decision is best left to you and your body.
So, the bottom line is: you need both the right kind of food and the right thinking around food.
This approach—what I call Inspired Eating—combines the facts about nutrition with the art of mindful eating, the cultivation of a deep, intuitive body awareness, and a curiosity about the underlying, emotional messages that drive cravings and eating patterns. It includes breathing exercises, supportive herbs and clean, beautiful meals.
Interested? Check it out for free, and start getting inspired today!