Today I am dealing with an issue VERY close to my heart – the way we talk about food. Often we use words like: “guilty pleasure”, “being bad”, “I cheated!”, “I’m going to have to work this off tomorrow”. Without meaning to we make certain foods & even eating itself a MORAL issue. Am I being ‘good’ or am I being ‘bad’ by putting certain foods into my mouth. It wasn’t until I entered into recovery for my anorexia that my own family had to confront some of the loaded language we used in regards to food and eating.
We needed to learn to see food as fuel. It was a gift that provided the nourishment, strength and energy we used throughout our day. We no longer ‘treated ourselves’ but incorporated all types of foods in moderation. I still hold strong and fast to this belief, as I have seen countless times how restriction in ANY form OFTEN is a breeding ground for addiction, and paves the way into disordered eating.