I am good. I am bad.
One of the first things I do with a new client is a food journal review. The same statements come up again and again:
“I was really bad on this day"
“I was having a major cheat day"
“Oh, this is what it looks like when I am really good"
And so on.
These lines are said with a laugh, but words are powerful. And these words - that declare a person good or bad - have deep roots and jagged edges.
It breaks my heart.
You are not good or bad based on what you eat. You are just making choices.
Some are more nourishing than others, but it is all a spectrum.
I can relate. I get where it comes from and have been guilty of it myself. Which is why I know how powerful it is to change the narrative.
You can start by looking at your motives - why are you trying to eat healthy? To look good naked, to play with your kids, to avoid disease?
Whatever the motive - the common thread is to gain something in life that makes you feel better.
The words you consume can be more deleterious than the food you eat. They can have more of an impact on your body. The relationship you have with yourself and your food matters.
And it is important to know that no matter what you have eaten today you have value as you are right now.