“Each mistake teaches us something.”
Mistakes are not the opposite of success…
Mistakes are PART of success!
Trying to turn food into a nutrition-only discussion is a mistake.
Trying to pretend we eat food only for its nutrients (vitamins + minerals + protein = food).
Ignoring the taste of food (oh delicious pumpkin and feta, I hear you calling meee).
Ignoring the joy that food brings us (you know who you are, my beloved chocolate cookies).
Ignoring the laughs on special occasions (candyfloss, you are made of kid’s dreams).
Food is equal parts taste, nutrition, joy, memories, traditions, amusement…
We socialise with it – the classic barbecue with friends.
We celebrate with it – cake for birthdays, roast turkey for Christmas lunch.
You can’t cut food out of your life – food is an important part of the patchwork of our amazing lives and families.
That’s why I have to admit my mistake.
Last week I happily listed out my three pillars of happy+healthy eating:
1. Honour your happiness.
2. Honour your health.
3. Be compassionate to yourself.
But where is food’s many important roles in that? Is it in happiness? Maybe a little…
The more I thought about it though, the more I realised we have to embrace food fully for all the roles it plays in our life, if we’re going to have a happy+healthy eating relationship.
So today I’ve add a fourth pillar:
4. Honour your food.
So honour food today for ALL the roles it plays in your life, not just the nutrients it contains.
Have fun with food, enjoy it, savour it, without any guilt.
You’ll have more happiness and peace in your life when you do <3
P.S. Here’s the other 3 pillars of happy+healthy eating.
P.P.S. I reserve the right to add a fifth pillar next week – ha ha!