Do you believe that there are “bad” foods that prevent you from reaching your goals? Why or why not?
I don’t believe in bad foods. At all.
I believe there are certain foods that work better with your body at certain periods of time. Those foods can look different for everyone.
While I don’t consider any foods bad, there are foods that I would like to consume more over others (and often don’t). As a vegetarian athlete, I tend to pay a good amount of attention to my diet to ensure that I’m getting all of the nutrients I need.
I tend to be pretty in tune with how different foods and dietary changes affect my body. I’m not afraid to experiment with trying new things or removing certain elements to see if it makes me feel better. It’s not much fun for my friends, but, hey, it’s help me build a better relationship with my body.
I’ve gone through periods of being vegan, of being pescatarian (which I still do when I travel, particularly to South America), of not eating gluten, of eating more fat or less fat, of eating raw foods, and eating a diet prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor at one point in time. I usually worry that I come across as picky or fickle which, to a certain extent, is true. At the same time, I’m happy to be connected to my body enough to be able to figure out what’s causing me to feel “off.”
However, I didn’t think of any of those foods as “bad” foods – just bad for me, at that time. I do think everything can and should be eating in moderation, in a way that makes you feel good. If that means a plate full of fresh vegetables followed by a donut as dessert, even better.
Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.