I wish I could say “It all started when…” because everyone (myself included) enjoys a good narrative, but that is not how my story begins.
My relationship with food has always been tumultuous, at best. As a child I was picky beyond all measure and sugar-crazed to boot. Unless offered hot dogs, a box of KD, or tomatoes (yes, tomatoes), I would usually go for candy, cakes, or chocolate instead.
My palate expanded somewhat as I moved into my teenage years, but this happened in tandem with an increased awareness of my body and its flaws. Thus began more than a decade’s worth of self-deprivation and -deprecation, along with unhealthy feelings of guilt whenever “bad” food passed my lips. Fortunately, through a lot of hard work and help, I was able to change my eating habits and focus on getting healthy. Thinking positively about my body is still a struggle sometimes, but that is an issue common to most of the women I speak to. What is important for me now is taking care of my body – nourishing it and staying active and strong, while still enjoying the myriad pleasures that food has to offer.
My current philosophy is that so long as I follow a balanced diet of freshly prepared foods, full of vegetables and naturally sourced ingredients, I do not need to worry overmuch about eating “too much” or following a “diet” in the traditional sense. Because let’s get this straight now – I love food! Like, a lot. And I still have a sweet tooth, which I now satisfy with delicious, freshly baked gluten free goodies that I make myself. If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to STOP counting calories and START counting chemicals!
A few other things…
I just recently became the full-time editor for Collective Evolution, as well as a contributing writer for the site. It’s such a dream come true to find a job that not only makes use of my education – I have an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English, a Masters in Early Modern Literature, and a Bachelor of Secondary Education – but also incorporates my other passions and values! At CE I am free to explore my interest in the environment, wellness, politics, and other topics, and do so in an environment which encourages personal and spiritual growth and freedom. I finally feel like I am doing work means something and that I can feel good about.