We get so many messages from the diet industry and from the health industry. Some of those messages are positive and inspiring. Some of them are discouraging, confusing and unhelpful. One unhelpful message is that there are lists of foods that are “BAD”, they are not good for us, should be on a ‘no-no’ list and avoided.
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Depending on the dietary system you are following these foods can be:
And the lists go on and on.
It is not helpful to think of foods in terms of “GOOD” or “BAD”. It will only lead you to guilt and constant battle with food. A better approach is to think of food in terms of ‘does this food work for me’ or ‘does this food not work for me’. It is more empowering and puts you in a place of being in charge of making choices.
So instead of trying so hard to avoid the foods that we “should not” eat and failing over and over again, switch your focus and bring in the foods that are good for you.
Bring in more foods that:
• Give you energy
• Love your digestive system
• Make your cells happy
• Make your skin glow
• Give you vitality
• Make your hair shine
• Make you feel light
• Help you create the life you want
• Help you create the body you thrive in
As you bring in more and more of those life-affirming foods, you will crowd out the foods that are not working for you.
For example, instead of trying so hard NOT to eat those processed food cookies, bake healthy cookies, eat your favorite fruits (I loooove fresh figs and peaches) or have healthy sweets like dried dates and you will see those cravings for processed cookies diminish.
I have great cookie recipes for you!
Check out my Cashew Cookies and Orange-Coconut Cookies.
I’d love to hear from you! What good-for-you foods will you bring in?
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Yes listening to your body, if you do so closly it will tell you what you need and when. Checking out the recipes xxx
How many years is it going to take us to get over that “good food, bad food” mentality that was drummed into our heads for so many years? You approach makes so much more sense.
I love this shift from good/bad to works for me or not! Excellent post!
I love this wisdom, “As you bring in more and more of those life-affirming foods, you will crowd out the foods that are not working for you.” This positive approach has the potential of being much more nurturing, empowering and sustainable than using black and white thinking of “good” and “bad” foods. I especially like thinking of choosing foods that will provide me more energy and vitality! Thank you so much Rachel!
Yes…preach on this! Food is not good or bad, and we stress ourselves immensely by creating these labels. Food is food, some more nutrient (which is different than calorie) dense than others. Much of the North American diet contains food that is calorie rich and nutrient bankrupt. Great post.
I love how you shift the focus from good and bad (that never really works, does it?) in such a life-affirming way. It settles in my body in such a nourishing way! Thank you for this great post, Rachel. I’m heading over to your recipes now!
Deciding to go vegan has forced me to look for more fresh and natural alternatives. While I am still a work in progress, I have been able to bring down my weight, my blood pressure and my cholesterol to near normal levels in just 2 years! Still working on the cookies and Italian pastries, though!
I love this approach, Rachel!
I love this approach and have adopted it myself quite accidentally a couple of years ago. I just listen to my body. I know that some “healthy” foods leave me not feeling so healthy and some foods others might deem “unhealthy” leave me feeling healthier. No one approach fits everybody.
Love the reframe Rachel! I love how you list all the good things that those life-affirming foods can give us!! great post! 🙂