I’ve talked about it before and I’m sure I’ll talk about it again, but I strongly, strongly dislike food shaming. There’s just no place for it in society. I’m a BIG proponent of eating in a way that makes you feel good and is sustainable for your lifestyle. I’m that big of a proponent that I needed to capitalize and bold it for emphasis.
If you want to eat a certain way and you’re in a healthy mental state, do it. No justifications needed.
In January when I first discussed that I was doing Whole30 I wrote a long post detailing my reasonings. I think it made sense in my case because a) I was going through health struggles and there was more to the story and b) I choose to share my life on a public blog so I wanted to be honest and explain my thoughts.
But in “real life” and even in blog life, you/we don’t have to do that. We can eat whatever without justifying. Whether it’s “I’m trying to be healthy” or “I want to lose weight” or “I’m craving this” or “I just freaking want to.” All that matters is that we know the true reasoning behind our choices. Of course, we have a responsibility to be honest with ourselves, but that’s a different topic.
All this to say, yes I’m obviously eating Paleo now, and have been for the last 5 months. I want to clear the air on this topic. I feel good…great even. That’s not to say I’ll eat this way forever, but I’m not going to over think it. If it wasn’t for this blog I probably wouldn’t talk about my food choices as much because it’s just food. I also know that everyone has their own opinions (on everything) and there’s no need to start a war.
Say what you want, say it’s not for you, say you like carbs too much (even thought Paleo is not inherently low-carb) but respect the other person’s decision. I’ve learned to do that with other diets and lifestyles because I know first hand that there is no right way to live healthy.
Ok, end rant for real.
Food lately has been pretty darn good. I’m in full on summer mode with cooking and want zoodles and stuff on the grill 24/7. I suppose that’s nothing ground-breaking, but I figured I’d still share a full day of meals. Of course, this isn’t everything I ate in one day (obvi, because my kombucha and almond butter aren’t shown).
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WIAW: Food Shaming
A purple sweet potato with sautéed kale, carrots, a fried egg and sauerkraut. The picture would have been much better if I showed all the carrots (which are hidden) and cut into the egg to show the yolk. Rookie mistakes.
Mixed greens with grilled chicken, strawberries, cucumbers and avocado.
Coconut and dill salmon with coodles and zoodles (plus an un-pictured avocado mixed in after). Went back for seconds on everything.
Other recent meals:
Raw tuna and salmon with coconut balsamic, lime, ginger and coconut flakes
Avocado zoodles with spinach and grilled chicken
Baked rosemary chicken with mixed greens, leftover roasted carrots, avocado and pomegranate seeds.
Collard green wraps with salmon, avocado, carrots and cucumber.
Zoodles and kale with a fried egg and avocado