I love it when I find out that some person that is “my hero” doesn’t do it perfectly either. I was reading my new issue of Runner’s World this morning, and the editor of the magazine – the magazine of all things running – confessed to a bunch of beginner mistakes that screwed up his time in his last triathlon. He titled the column “I, Bonehead.”
I’m struggling with my diet. That seems to be a lifelong struggle for me. I’m not talking about “diet” as in “losing weight” diet. I’m talking about eating healthfully. I have finally come to the realization if I eat healthfully, I will be at my normal weight, whatever that is. I love sweets, and I love eating out. And, sometimes, I really like fried food. Yesterday, I had an awesome fried oyster po-boy along with some sweet potato fries. They were delicious, but, yes, VERY fried. I felt like a slug all afternoon. And, after a weekend of eating too much, I felt inspired again to start looking at my eating habits.
I made an appointment to see my acupuncturist last night. She’s an expert in healthy eating. Chinese medicine is all about prevention and keeping your body in proper working order to prevent disease and poor health. I recommend her to all my friends. I never know when they get an appointment, but I always find out when they are done. The inevitable Facebook post is something like this: “I’m giving up alcohol, coffee, sugar and wheat. I need your support.” I always comment, “Looks like you’ve seen Marlene.” I got the same spiel when I first saw her, but I was always a problem child. I hate giving up my food. But, I felt motivated yesterday because of the way I felt.
I saw Marlene for years before we met for coffee outside a treatment room. We met at Starbucks one night. I was wondering how she was going to eat on her plan there. She comes out with a cup of decaf coffee and a piece of coffeecake. What??? Wheat, coffee and sugar? You mean, she’s not perfect either? It’s my black and white thinking that always trips me up. I think I have to be all or none. I have to do it perfectly or it doesn’t count.
She gave me some Guidelines for Eating Well. They are fairly sane.
- Eat a variety of foods
- Eat organic when possible
- Avoid processed foods
- Eat only healthy oils
- Broil, bake or lightly steam your food
- Eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables
- Don’t eat anything white
- Eat like a King in the morning, a Queen at lunch and a Pauper at dinner.
- Chew your food
- Drink 1 to 2 liters of fresh clean spring water every day
- Trust your body
- Love yourself
I know I’m going to struggle with some of these. How do I give up sugar? How do I give up buttered toast and jam? I can’t afford organic all the time. I love eating out to socialize. She also told me to limit caffeine to once a day in the morning. Ugh……. The biggest challenge is the last one.
“Love yourself….You are special and unique. There is no one else on this earth exactly like you. Love you for exactly who you are….beautiful, smart, confident.”
I believe that’s the most important one. If I do that, then how can I help but to feed myself those things that are life-giving and energy promoting? And, if I make a choice to have fun with food and deviate from these guidelines, I can easily forgive myself for not being perfect because there will be nothing to forgive. Part of being my wonderful self is making peace with imperfection. I hope it’s possible. I hope I can do that perfectly. 😉