I'm writing about this because I am conscious of wanting to keep it real on this blog. I don't want to give the impression that we eat homemade humus and sprout salad 100% of the time and are holier than thou. I think it is so important not to be dogmatic about anything in our lives, doing so with food can set up patterns of binging and guilt and banning foods from children make them all the more attractive.
On a visit to Dr Gruba he told me about a patient who was so strict with following an elimination diet and not returning to a wide variety of food that she actually created allergies for herself by being so restrictive.
So while Pepe was here we ate white ciabatta with ham and mustard, we took the boys out for an ice cream and in the evening had fish and chips. And today as we waved goodbye, Pete and I looked forward to a wholefood dinner! We enjoyed the moment, our time together and while the food we ate was not our normal fare we didn't gorge on it either because in our experience the further along the wholefood/healthy path we go the more sensitive we are to fried food, refined food, processed food and it doesn't feel good to eat too much, it might taste good at the time but the feeling afterwards not so much.
I was chatting to a friend recently who is a natural health practitioner and eats mainly raw foods, we talked about that if you are very health conscious it is sometimes challenging for those around you and they enjoy pointing out if you stray from your healthy path...eat a chocolate bar, fish and chips, pizza.
The reality is there are many opportunities in life to eat unhealthy, low nutrient food, in fact I'd say it is the dominant culture so if you are forging ahead finding your way with wholefoods and feel like you are going against the tide of processed food advertising and peer pressure from family and friends I think it is fantastic because whether those around you come on board, the fact you are protecting your health and vitality is to be celebrated and you just never know who you are quietly inspiring to change their ways.
"Be the change you want to see in the world"
To sum this up, lay your wholefood foundations, keeping learning, keep noticing how you feel as you make changes and when you occasionally step left or right to fast food or lollies etc; do so with awareness stopping before you overdo it and without guilt or regret knowing that you have built or are building a solid wholefood path to return to.
I hope that is helpful to read. Are guilt and regret around food and eating something you struggle with? Perhaps that can be a goal to let go of them this year and celebrate all that you are doing to eat well and live well. xx