How you built an unhealthy relationship with food.
By Jamie Page
I will start this article by saying trying to lose weight sucks. Plain and simple, there is nothing peachy about it. It takes hard work and, above all, consistency. The more I learn about nutrition, the more “complicated” it can seem and I see how people can lose sight of what really matters. So I understand the more you read about opposing diets and supplements, the more confused you will be about which path to take. If you do not take anything else from this article let it be this: Eat more whole foods than you eat processed foods, drink more water than other beverages, and move more. This is the only path to real-feel-good-long-lasting-health. Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is a liar.
As a coach, I meet a lot of people who have unhealthy relationships with food. They may not realize it, but this has been built over years of being told to “eat less and lose more”. There is a fear of “doing it wrong” or fear of not eating the “right” foods. You may have an unhealthy relationship with food if:
You think eating “too much fruit” is a bad thing. You might have some confusion on what eating healthy really is. (You may have said, “Aren’t bananas super high in sugar?”)
You think taking a fat-burner or other supplement is more important than eating plants in every meal.
You think saving calories or macros for a later meal is more important than where those calories or macros are coming from.
This is called “mowing the lawn, while your house is on fire.”
Which means: Focusing on small details rather than the root problem.
Fruits are plants. Plants are good for you. Eat the plant! The problem is not your fruit consumption, it’s all the other food you eat 365 days of the year. Once you get in the habit of choosing more plants, then you can get technical about having “too much fruit” or whether or not you should cut back on the fruit.
Supplements and juice cleanses are not the key to a healthy body. Supplements are suppose to be “supplemental” to an already healthy diet. Juice cleanses are not for losing weight. And if you are using it to “detox,” remember you were born with a liver that does that for you. You just need to change the quality of your food choices.
There is no need to worry about minor details (like macro/calorie counting) when you do not have the foundation of basic healthy habits down—more water than other beverages, more plants every time you eat, and use lean protein sources. Get down the basics first before complicating things.
If there was a magical pill or supplement that allows me to eat pizza and ice cream every single day and still keep the health I have right now, please inform me ASAP.
There is no right or wrong way if you stick with the basics and real food.
But as far as media shows us, we are conditioned to think there is some secret or misery involved. Here at Clean Kitchen, we take the psycho out of it. We teach that simple steps can add up to huge and lasting results.
In the Clean Kitchen 12 Week Challenge, we will teach you how to perfect the basics. We will help you break old school thinking and establish new habits. But first, let’s explain what may be sabotaging all your efforts currently.
Your body was designed to feel awesome. But, you lose weight by making yourself miserable. Then you just put the weight back on twice as fast. It is a vicious cycle that creates a very unhealthy relationship with food.