Food and eating are controversial topics these days! One food that is the "golden ticket to health" today (super foods, anyone?), can turn into the next "evil" food that must be avoided at all costs when you wake up tomorrow morning. Add to this that one "health blogger" will tell you that the only way to live your best life is to eat between certain hours, while another "celebrity chef" will say you can't eat certain foods at all, or maybe it's you can only eat a certain amount of them. Wait, I think it's only if they're raw...Wait, wait, maybe it's only ok if the food is "clean"... Or if it's got sugar in it you're "feeding disease"?
Point is, there is a lot of talk out there about how to eat (and how not to eat). This can be tricky, because a lot of this information is not based in fact, and there's no way that generalised dietary information like this can take into account all of your individual needs!
Add to that, a lot of these diets tend to label food as "good" and "bad" which leads to feeling good when we are "good" with our food choices, but with that comes feeling bad when eat "bad" foods! The tricky thing is, often when we feel bad about eating a certain food, we tend to respond by eating more, not less!
Moving away from looking at foods through a diet lens (and away from the self judgement around eating and food choices!) often leads to an easier, stress and anxiety free relationship with food. This means you can eat in an enjoyable way that feels good for your body, and that includes all foods! (And a final little secret, when we eat in an intuitive way like this we tend to naturally eat a balanced diet!)
If you are struggling with your relationship with food and eating and are ready to make a change, it may be the right time for you to seek the assistance of a qualified HAES, Non-Diet Approach dietitian or health practitioner to help guide you through the process back to a place of peace with food and eating.