There are SO many people out there grandstanding about nutrition. So many people worrying about what everyone else is doing. So many people worrying in general.
Even last night when I went to order my cheeseburger and cheese fries, the guy tried to sell me a chicken sandwich instead.
When I mentioned that I was a yoga teacher, he started going off on how he wants to start a high protein / low carb food delivery business. I even had to pull him off his soap box… just to get my side of ranch.
But here’s the thing: Why and how you eat are just as important as what. If not more so.
My grandfather was a chubby, stogie smokin’, booze swillin’, fried chicken and gravy eater.
He was self-sufficient into his ’90s, with a full head of black hair, and a full set of teeth.
Until the end, I never remember him getting “sick”. And the only “healthy” habit I know he had was that he walked 3 hours a day. And he also retired at age 50.
I’ve heard it more times than I can recall: “I can’t believe she got cancer… She’s SO healthy.”
If anything’s the enemy, it’s stress and self-loathing. Junk food is junk. No doubt. But it’s our relationship to it, not the food itself, that gets us into trouble.
By analogy: Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people.
And guess what. Our bodies are designed to tolerate a little junk. Unless you purify it into frailty, training it only to digest a few things.
My Ayurveda teacher says that the world is ruled by the durable and adaptable.
Strength and flexibility are why many originally get into yoga. And for me, that extends past the shapes I’m able to make with my body, to all of the things it’s able to do and withstand.
It’s like hand-sanitizer. And anti-bacterial soap. We’ve been creating a culture so fearful of junk that we’re growing resistant to the world in which we live.
The world is dirty. It’s junky. And it’s also home. Everything here is an extension of ourselves. What’s out there is in here. And what’s in here is out there.
So maybe instead of spending so much time labeling things themselves as “good” and “bad”, it’s our relationship to them that bears further examination.
If you’re struggling with stress or self-acceptance this week, I’ve got several openings for coaching sessions. Just hit me up and we’ll make it happen.
Here’s to your health!