It is oh so easy, when talking about how to improve our diets, to get stuck in the language of deprivation. Don’t Eat This, Don’t Eat That, Cut That, Avoid This, This Will Make You Sick, This Will Make You Bloated, Stop Eating What You’re Eating, Don’t Eat What You’re Thinking, You Shouldn’t, You Mustn’t, Don’t, Don’t Don’t EAT!!!! I realize I may be the only one who occasionally still veers adolescent n my behavior and reactions but there’s only so much mustn’t I can take.
It is critically important when attempting to improve your eating habits to put more than a little of that mental energy into thinking about what you SHOULD eat rather than what you SHOULDN’T eat. Focusing on the should and the can and the new and different and the experiments and the flavors is a framework of abundance and permission and excitement. You are not a child; don’t spend all day scolding yourself. Spend some time telling yourself what you can or even should do and then play with that suggestion.
So here we are, we’ve talked a lot about what you probably shouldn’t eat, and we’ve made lots of suggestions about what to eat, but I’m going to get real specific and direct just for a few hundred words here, and I’m going to annoy my father, because I’m going to tell you to eat kale. Why? Continue reading