In pre-meeting chatter the two women next to me were having a conversation. I thought I heard one say that she could not eat from 8 p.m. until Noon.
Me: Did you say you could not eat from 8 p.m. until Noon?
Me: Wow; what is wrong?
Co-Worker: It is intermittent fasting. It’s the thing now. Don’t you do it?
Me: No, I don’t do stupid stuff anymore.
Ok, that may not have been the best answer, but it was honest. I tend to get an attitude about extreme diets, fasts, detoxes and other craziness pushed as a healthy and/or a “good” diet.
Our bodies need food! Hunger and eating are a natural functions and ignoring both is not a sign of strength or will power. Movement is also a natural function. Gentle movement is ok. Women were not meant to live live with the duel mantras of no pain, no gain and beauty is painful.
I spent a lot of years beating myself up and punishing myself for not having the “ideal” body. One day I woke up and realized that I am tall with a large frame. I am solid. I can never diet my way to petite.
I have made peace with my body and I love what it can do. I love that I am solid, strong and have great endurance. I love that I can physically do whatever I want. If I’m invited hiking, riding, paddling, and so on, I can say YES without hesitation.
Over years of trial and error, I have found the way to eat for me. The only fasting I do is no food after 7 p.m. so my body can do it’s detoxing and renewal functions while I sleep rather than waste energy on digestion.
I can honestly say that I eat what I want. I have evolved into a flexitarian. If I want meat, I eat it. Most of my meals are vegetarian or vegan. I gave up sodas years ago. Cow’s milk and cheese upset my digestive tract so I found other options. I love cookies, but not every day as too much sugar gives me a rash. I am learning about Ayurveda and find that it works well for me. I have discovered how what I eat impacts how I feel.
Stop the stupid. Our bodies need real food. Punishing and starving yourself will not make you or your life perfect. Love your body. It’s the only one you get.