This relationship is really cute – I mean, I think about Whole Foods all the time: what we’re going to make in the kitchen together, when we’ll be spending time together next, and how lucky I feel to be able to have them in my life!
It took me a while to find this relationship, it’s true.
There was trial and error.
Along the way, I met some foods that seemed to be the “right” foods for me, but it turns out they weren’t really what they said they were! So infuriating.
For example, Fat-Free foods really wanted me to date them for a long time. They said really sexy things like “hey, we’re actually diet foods and we’ll help you lose weight because we are fat free!”
But they were lying!
Even though they didn’t have any fat, they had loads of extra sugar added to them to make them actually palatable (like so you could even stand to be around them for 5 minutes) and they made my blood sugar spike so high after I ate them that I actually GAINED FAT. Jerks.
Or what about the time I was stuck in a bad relationship with Sugar-Free Foods! They didn’t have the sugar I recognized, instead they had fake sugar that my body couldn’t digest – and they were loaded with sodium. Another clever ploy to make it so I could stand being around them for 5 minutes.
I dated Sugar-Free Foods’ cousin Low-Carb Foods for a while, and I even had an on-again, off-again thing going on with Frozen Diet Foods that I’m embarrassed to admit.
It’s safe to say that I had a lot of bad relationships based on good intentions when it came to food.
And what all those bad relationships had in common that got me to date them in the first place was that they were all about things I was afraid of.
….I was afraid of gaining fat
….I was afraid of not being able to lose the weight I kept gaining.
…..I was afraid of having bad skin.
…..I was afraid of not feeling good about myself
…I was afraid to take action because I didn’t trust myself.
And all of those Bad Food relationships actually made each of those things WORSE – but I got into them because there was a promise of those things getting better.
What I learned after years of doing things the hard way was that the most important relationship of all wasn’t the one I had with food.
It was the relationship I had with myself.
Once I started to care first and foremost about my health, and value myself for the person I am instead of being so worried about the way I looked, choosing healthy relationships became the only option.
And what I’ve found works the best for me are Whole, Real Foods that work with my body – not against it.