Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Shouldn't It Be Nice?

Most of the time I'm a big fan of 'effort'. Success means a whole lot more to me when I have to work at it and I'm not all that impressed by achievements that come easily. 

Except, apparently, when it comes to what I am trying to achieve with my eating.

 I don't mean that I think eating should be 'work'- in fact I believe just the opposite. My goal is that eating should be as natural for the adult me as it was for the child me. Before it became about weights and measures, morality and guilt. Numbers and nutrients. 

It's difficult to do in a world where I am constantly bombarded by messages full of 'shoulds' - how much I should or should not eat. What foods I should swap with other, more acceptable foods. Acceptable, of course, varying depending on who is offering the advice. How much guilt I should feel. Whether I should rate myself as 'good' or 'bad' depending on what I ate or didn't eat, how many hours I sat, or stood or walked, or whether that even counts if I don't do 'Insanity' or some other 'workout'. 

Difficult, but not impossible. Maybe I just need to put in a little effort.