Every day there are more and more success stories of vegans, raw foodists, those who have lost 50 kg with the help of a certain type of diet. The stories of how a man went from being a fat burger-eater to a slender, healthy-looking vegan are gaining thousands of views and likes. For some, this becomes a good incentive to pass by fast food and start changing their diet, but for others, the slogans of a healthy lifestyle for women in swimsuits can cause the development of a sense of guilt for every sandwich they eat, for every deviation from the rules, for every extra millimeter on their hips. Food becomes not something that unites us with loved ones at the same table, gives us saturation and energy. Food becomes a constant struggle, dangerous temptation, and daily worry. Learn more about perfectionism, the dangers of vegan, raw food labels, and books to help you look at your nutrition differently in this post.
Author: Olya Malysheva
The labels “vegan” or “raw food” that we rush to hang on ourselves a month or a year after the change in our diet will not make us happy. Rather, on the contrary – they will be one of the reasons for the feeling of guilt over the eaten cake. And that guilt can do us far more harm than a serving of refined sugar or flour. Following labels or rules that someone else has written can be a great guide, but they shouldn’t turn us from creative, loving, and versatile individuals into food-obsessed people. Following any rules becomes a problem if it generates condemnation from others or ourselves.
Having studied the topic of nutrition and health for more than ten years, every year I am more and more convinced that nutrition is only one of a thousand aspects of our health. I know both healthy vegans and the sick. Those who promoted healthy eating, but were still sick. Those who have been on the side of healthy lifestyle all their lives and lived happily ever after. I know those who eat everything, but never get sick. And those who do not eat well, feel bad and do not want to change anything.
The healthiest food in the world will not make us happy if the people we love are not around. If we eat right, but we do something we don’t like, communicate with friends with whom we have nothing in common, we will hardly be able to become healthy. The best food and the most expensive superfoods will not make us happy if we don’t fully accept our body. The largest vegetable salad will not make us healthy if we envy a friend who eats chips with parameters 90x60x90 and drinks them with a sweet milkshake.
I really want any information about the dangers of sugar or refined flour, information about the benefits of vegetables and fruits to be perceived as a stimulus for change, but not an incentive for radical measures and self-flagellation. So that we strive for development and progress, not perfectionism. If you ate two packs of cookies yesterday, then replacing one of those two packs today with something more useful will be progress. If last year you ate everything, and this year you choose what you eat more consciously, this is already progress. If you are feeling better than a month ago, that is progress. If you take a step back, this is a good reason to observe your feelings and draw conclusions that will help your progress tomorrow.
One of my favorite studies is the study of the “blue zones” of the world, where people maintain their health longer than anywhere else on the planet. There is no fast food in their diet, and many of them eat meat only a few times a year, but they also feel the love and support of their family and friends until the last day. They know how to relax, believe in the best, move a lot and spend time in nature. They are enjoying their lives, not dreaming about the life of someone from celebrity or Instagram stars.
★ Selected quotes from the book “Blue Zones” can be read in this post…
Another book that will be useful to anyone seeking a harmonious relationship with food is the book by British psychotherapist Gillian Riley “Eat Less. Stop overeating. ” The book will help to cope with the problem of overeating, will help you to stop being hostage to diets and restrictions.
★ Excerpts from the book “Eat Less. Stop overeating “- in this post…