I recently met this girl. She looks tired, she has dark shadows under her eyes. Her hair is falling out. Her limbs are in pain, she has aches and pains. Her stomach is often sore. Her skin is grey. She has no energy, is struggling to concentrate. She is not strong and has no natural glow. She can go whole days only drinking coffee. She is scared of food.
Have you ever spoken to someone who’s scared of food? It’s quite challenging. Especially when it’s your responsibility to try explain to them food is good for you. It’s important to you. It gives (or at least it should give) you all the nutrients you need to build and support your body. It gives you energy to live, work, exercise, laugh and enjoy life. Food is fuel. But food is also so much more than that. Food is socialising, food is culture, food is passion. It is happiness, it’s tasty and it’s comforting. Food is (or at least it should be) an important part of your life. Food should not be something you are scared of. It should be something you love and enjoy. Something you look forward to. It should be a nice part of your day – like sitting down for a family dinner or sharing a cheeky homemade ice cream with your husband. Food should be joyful.
It’s hard for me to imagine at this point in my life having a problem with food (although I have been open with you that I have earlier). I love food. I love cooking wholesome, full-fat, natural dinners. I love sharing food with loved ones and cooking up a feast. I love going out for dinner with friends and family. I love waking up in the morning knowing that I am going to eat my favourite breakfast in minutes (I have many favourites though). I love the smell, the flavours, the textures and the energy it gives me. I love food (REAL food) – with passion.
But this girl that I just met, she is scared of food. She is scared of becoming fat. She is terrified of bread (and other carbs in general). She doesn’t have any fats in her diet, apart from a spoon or two of yoghurt every morning. And then coffee. And if she has to eat dinner it is fish and salad. Yoghurt, fish and salad are great foods, but if this is all you eat (and only a few times per week), then you should probably look at yourself and ask ‘Have I got a problem?’. It really does upset me speaking to people who doesn’t like food or are constantly worried about eating. Imagine if all you think about all day is food, but not the delicious dinner you are going to cook or the cheese you are looking forward having Friday night or the Christmas lunch that always is the best part of the holiday. Instead all you are thinking about is all the food you can’t have. You think about the food that will make you fat. The food that will make you ugly. You are thinking about the control you have over the food and the control that gives you over your body. Food is not your friend, food is the enemy. You should never spend quality time with you enemy. You are scared of food. It takes over your whole life. Coffee is your friend, not food.
How does this make you feel? How would it affect your life if you were scared of food? When was the last time you spoke to someone close to you who are scared of food?
Help me spread the love. The love for food. The passion for tasty, natural, good for you food that will only benefit you, your energy, your skin, your hair, your cells, your bones, your concentration and your natural glow. Love food for food’s sake and for your own health and happiness. Food is good – not evil.