The goal is just to feel normal around food

We are moving next week so we are packing and the entire house is a disaster. But I’ve been thinking about something today: My goal as a human being, as a woman, as an eater, and my goal for all the people I work with is that we can all be normal around food.

Ultimately, what I want to do is make food a normal…kind of below-the-radar part of my life. I love food, I love nutrition, I love talking about food, and 50% of the time I love preparing food. Food is a big part of my life, like it might be for you too.

My goal is to take the dysfunction and guilt and stress out of all that food. Today is Friday, and sometimes on Fridays you go on a date and maybe you eat too much and have ice cream after. Then the next day you wake up feeling gross and being upset because you knew better than that.

My ultimate goal is to never feel guilty around my food choices, and I want that for everyone.  To just be normal, to not have any dysfunction with food. All the food rules and everything we follow are trying to help us get to that point, but they often just set us up for more guilt.

Emotional eating, for example. That gets a really bad rap. “Ooh, don’t eat emotionally!” Well of course you’re going to eat emotionally! You’re a human being, full of emotions! You emotions are different at every minute of the day, of course you’re going to eat emotionally! That’s a totally normal, human behavior. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it.

Now if we’re overeating a lot, or binge eating, eating out of control, then we can address those problems. But eating emotionally is totally fine.

If you’re on a date and you’re celebrating or something and you eat a piece of cake, you should never ever feel bad about that! Never feel bad about eating emotionally because it’s totally normal.

If you’re sad and you think “I’m feeling sad and I want ice cream”, that’s a totally normal response! People think you shouldn’t, but it’s fine to eat emotionally because you are an emotional being; you’re human.

So this weekend, just chillax. Don’t feel guilty about your food choices from the weekend, just be. If you want to eat a cupcake, eat a cupcake! If you don’t, then don’t and that’s your choice. As for me, I am going to have a bowl of Blue Bell tonight (it’s my Friday night reward for the moving process), and I am very much looking forward to that.

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