Have you ever sat down and asked yourself what nutrition means to you and what you want the food you eat to do for you and your life? It is an enlightening exercise to do so. This question popped into my mind the other day. I like when questions like this pop into my mind. It feels like a whisper from my higher power, offering up a new lesson for me to learn.
What does nutrition mean to me?
STRUGGLE. I have struggled with nutrition on and off for what feels like my entire life. It is what gets short-changed when I get stressed. Food, my body weight, and my satisfaction with myself have been so tightly associated all my life that it is hard to rationally respond to the normal ups and downs on the scale. Talk about negative energy. As long as I carry the mindset that I struggle with food, I will always struggle with food. It is a no-win situation.
My ultimate goal is to have my nutrition have no meaning in my life. Let me explain. It would be wonderful for food to have a place in my life as natural and neutral as brushing my teeth or sleeping – it is just something that is a consistent, beneficial habit which contributes positively to my overall health and well-being.
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What do I want nutrition to do for me?
Keep me healthy. Build my energy. Enable my thinking and creativity. Make me happy. Power my workouts in the gym. Help me feel good and look good.
Nutrition and food can and will do all of those things. The trick for me is to learn how to use food as a enabler in my life rather than see it as an opponent. Rather than make food the object of my attention, I will be better suited by focusing on what I want my nutrition to do for me. That gives me power. By focusing on this vision, my attention readily turns to healthy foods, and I can envision how I want to shop, prepare my food, and consume my meals. Food becomes my like-minded friend, working to support my goals and helping to build me up rather than tear me down.
How about you – what is your food vision?
And what actions will you take to turn that vision into reality?
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