The Food Police Are Here (Sirens Wailing)

Yesterday, the unseasonably warm weather in the Northeast was a welcome change to snow and ice. But along with the drastic change in temperature, there was a drastic change in my body. I was so productive and blissfully enjoying the “summer” day in February that I forgot to eat lunch.

While intermittent fasting is part of my journey to well-being, yesterday’s meal skipping wasn’t planned. After eating a late dinner of zucchini, mushrooms and rice in beef bone broth, I had a serious case of the munchies. Though I normally nosh on popcorn or crispy dehydrated fruit, I grabbed a bowl of CheezIt® crackers. For whatever reason, they immediately satisfied my need, and I happily transitioned into nightly yoga sequence mode.

As I moved from cow to cat, my husband asked me what I was eating in the kitchen. Without hesitation, I told him. “I didn’t think you ate them,” he replied with a slight tone of judgment. I responded that I’ve never created an “off-limits” food list. There are things I avoid because I don’t like the way they make me feel or because I fill up on other things which naturally excludes other foods. He didn’t say anything, so I really didn’t think about it again until this morning.

Is there a reason why someone would call out what’s on the plate? It reminded me of an instance a few weeks ago when I made homemade raw sauerkraut and really wanted to eat some of it with a hot dog. I hadn’t had a hot dog in years, but I didn’t see any harm in having a few over the course of several days with my delicious fermented homegrown cabbage. My daughter said, “I can’t believe you’re eating that!” Again, why? I never announced a ban on hot dogs. I never denounced meat–I simply don’t usually eat meat or highly processed food because I have ample access to fresh and preserved vegetables that are very satisfying.

In terms of my response to this, a part of me is happy that my so-called “good” choices are recognized by others. It’s true that actions speak louder than words. But there’s another part of me that wonders why there’s this incredulous response to me eating something different once in a while as though I’m somehow tainted by consumption. Are the dietary choices we make driven by “good” and “bad” perceptions of others, or are we mindfully making personal choices that promote our own personal well-being? There’s really no need for food police if choosing the latter.

©Room2GrowGarden.com, February 22, 2018

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