After reading Jenny’s post today on ‘food rules’ I got inspired….or rather invigorated with my own thoughts on this issue….so I knew I had to share them with all of you!
Like Jenny mentioned, right now there are TONS and TONS of diet fads, diet foods, and “outward appearance” tips out there in the world. People, especially girls and kids, are bombarded everyday from every direction with these “rules”. Think about it people consume hours upon hours of media a day, and most times are absorbing it from multiple outlets at once. TV’s, game screens, magazines, computers, even check out lines at the grocery stores are hot spot for these false, but impactful all the same, messages.
My last project for school was actually a presentation on how the media is affecting societies health…so I have done a lot of research on the topic lately. It’s scary to think that in just the last half century even though ads promoting diet products, weight loss supplements, and “outward” beauty has increased exponentially, obesity has become an epidemic. Ya know what this tells me….people are growing unhealthy relationships with food because of all the GARBAGE out there.
(virtually EVERY womens/entertainment magazine out there has something about diet and weight on the cover!)
Now I am not saying I haven’t succumbed to some of these influences before, but now I know better. Why do we need other people to tell us how to eat and live our lives anyways!? Ages before television was ever even a thought and no one knew the importance of exercise….people got a long just fine. Think about the olden days, people ate from the land, led active lives simply working hard every day, and used meal times as a time to reeeelax and come together. Since when have meal times become so STRICT! Food is not only important for our health (obviously), but it really is one of the most joyful things in life! Why has our society given food such a bad name?
We’ve made it so people think they don’t deserve to enjoy the food they eat and that they have to choose their foods only based on “rules”. What about because you simply want to eat a certain something or because that certain food makes you feeeeel good!? Of course, for some people this may mean choosing healthy items because they simply like to eat them and for others it may mean reaching for a more “unhealthy” (<- gosh I hate saying that) item. But whatever it is, we should not have to feel insecure and ashamed with our choices because of these societal “rules” that have been put in place. We shouldn’t have to EXPLAIN ourselves all the time!!
(however many is good for YOU!)
Things like “carbs are bad” and “eating after 7 is bad”, have been drilled into us. But why? People are all different (and frankly those two suggestions are absolutely unsubstantiated!) so making blanket statements like that are unnecessary and just plain WRONG. And notice how most of these tips out there are always telling us what supposedly BAD for our bodies….how about focusing on what’s GOOD for them and how downright amazing our bodies truly are! We are fricken machines people! Works of art! MIRACLES! It is incredible what are bodies are capable of….and by trying to force our selves into these rigid molds, we are causing more stress for ourselves! To me stress on our bodies from outside pressures is 10 times more detrimental than maybe making a few “unhealthy” choices nutritionally.
Pheeeew. Just had to get all that out! I know it was a little scattered and random but I am so passionate about health and well being and when I hear about things that are so adverse to people’s lives I just have to comment!
I like to approach food like this:
Eat when I am hungry. Eat when I know I need to (as in refueling). Eat until I’m satisfied.
Now some might say….”you DO follow rules….you eat so healthy!!!”<-the classic comment from a lot of other teens my age…..but I choose the way I eat not because of what OTHER people say and think, but because I grew up on this food, I LOVE this type of food, and my body thrives on this type of food. That’s it.
With that said, people are always changing. And that’s another reason I don’t think rules work. We are always going to have to adapt and evolve so why make rules for ourselves when they are MEANT to be broken. Same reason I don’t like labels. They only serve to restrict and restrain. And for me to live my best life possible…..I can’t have any of that.
Again sorry for the long rant. I’ll have a lighter post for you all tomorrow.
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