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Are You Too Obsessed With Wellness?

With the information that is available to us these days, more and more people are becoming aware of how important it is to take care of their bodies through nutrient dense whole foods and supportive lifestyle habits. There is an abundance of information that pushes to eat this not that, get more greens, avoid commercialized foods, buy local and organic, get your vitamin D, take your fish oil, eliminate toxins, and to exercise, but not too hard. The list goes on. In fact, I personally contribute to many of these posts. I’m not here to tell you that none of these things are important. They are 100% important to your overall health and well being.

The problem is, we can become so obsessed with wellness we end up eating out of a place of fear rather than a place of wanting to fully nourish our body.  When we are obsessed with wellness we also may have the tendency to judge those around us that aren’t as “healthy” as we are.

We must remember that we are each on our own unique journey towards wellness. Judging others for not eating as much kale as you or not buying organic does not help the situation. If you do this, ask yourself why? Most of the time we judge others stems from a deeper issue of insecurity within ourselves.

Here are some major signs that you might be too obsessed with wellness:

  • Think about how you feel after you indulge in some ice cream, your mom’s famous chocolate pie, or when your budget forces you to buy commercial raised foods instead of grass-fed, pastured and organic foods? Do these things stress you out? Do you feel guilty? Anxious?
  • Do you avoid or dread social gatherings where you know there will be no healthy options for you to eat?
  • Do you eliminate certain food groups for reasons other than your body actually feels better without it?

These are just a few examples, but all of them point to an unhealthy relationship with food. I am not by any means saying that you should not strive to increase the amounts of nutrient dense whole foods and eliminate processed, refined, nutrient poor foods. What I am saying is food, whether good or bad should not have control over you.

When food is something that controls you, it becomes a source of anxiety rather than a source of pleasure and fuel for your body. When you are stressed or anxious, your body cannot properly digest food. To manage any type of stress, your body diverts blood away from the digestive system to your heart and skeletal muscles. Poorly digested food can lead to a host of issues including nutrient deficiencies and chronic inflammation in the body, especially when undigested proteins enter into the bloodstream. So, you may not even be getting all the wonderful benefits out of your healthy foods if you are constantly stressed and anxious about what you eat. Relax. You will not die if you did not get at least 3 servings of vegetables or greens today. Take time to enjoy the food in front of you and more importantly the people you may be sharing it with.

If your goal is overall wellness, it is important to realize that food is just one piece of the puzzle. If you are so obsessed with food you may neglect other important areas of your life such as relationships, your spiritual health, and your mental health.

Learn to breath and give yourself a break when it comes to discovering health through food. It is a wonderful healing tool, but if you are not careful, it can become an idol and a source of stress and anxiety. Eat a piece of cake for dinner every once in awhile just because you want to, but be honest with yourself about why you did it.  Don’t eat it because it was sugar free, low-fat or low-carb. Accept and acknowledge the fact that this food is not making you healthier but you are eating it because plain and simple: you want to or it is culturally relevant.

Here me out before you go and tell everyone I said you can eat cake for dinner. I by no means am encouraging you to eat unhealthy foods, rather I am encouraging you to seek balance in all areas of your life. This is where true health is found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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