Something which I realised today was that having a balanced way of eating and a balanced mindset regarding food is actually rather rare in today's society. Not to mention it's a luxury, but it doesn't come easy either. In all honesty I think babies and kids under 1 year have the most balanced way of eating haha.
Eating is influenced by so many things, culture, society, religion, who you spend time with, media, hormones, mindset etc economy and education also affect your way of eating and your relationship with food.
I mean eating and "normal" way of eating is different in different parts of the world not to mention in different parts of every country. As well as how you are raised affects your way of eating.
Food is no longer just eating for energy but it's a social thing, cultural thing. Of course if you just eat for energy prices nutrients it can be rather boring, food is delicious and we eat because it's delicious as well. We eat because of cravings and because we want to try new food or just because the food is there. It's not just a survival thing, food is everywhere. And now a days there aren't many people who have a balanced relationship with food. So many people suffer with different disordered thoughts or eating disorders in different extremes. So many people starve, binge, purge, use laxatives, harm themselves or abuse themselves because of the way they eat or think about food.
I listened to a podcast today and they talked about different weightloss methods such as having a balloon placed in your stomach, or having a tube from your stomach so that the food empties and doesn't digest. It's so so crazy that there are such drastic methods for weightloss. But weight and food are affected by so much, by emotions, stress, hormones/hormone imbalance etc
I just wish that everyone could have a healthy relationship with food... but then again sometimes I question what even is that? We are all affected in different ways. I mean nobody listens 100% to their body, I mean I listen to my body 95% of the time and sometimes I don't... I'm only human and we're all affected in certain extent.
But I would still say I have a very balanced and healthy way of waiting for myself and that is a luxury, but also something I have worked hard for. It hasn't come easy, to learn to listen to my body and not let outside opinions or factors affect what is best for me. Of course facts and opinions are also important to take into consideration but you often know what is best!
I don't really know where I'm going with this post... I just needed to write put my thoughts. Nobody has a fully balanced way of eating, but I wish that people could realise that food shouldn't have power or control over them. Food is energy and it's delicious but it shouldn't control you. It's part of life,not your whole life!
Be like a child, eat regular meals, eat when you're hungry and stop when you're full. Eat colourful, eat varied, sleep, go outside and play(move your body!)..... of course, some kids are very picky (I was anyway. My diet as a child was awful), but just back to basics with food!!!!