"Naturopathic medicine supports the
body's innate ability to heal itself"
We all have these strong emotional connections w food. Our associations with food start from our parents. They tell us what to eat, how much to eat, how & when to eat it. The emotional connections they have attained with food are inevitably being passed along to us - whether they realize it or not.
We tend to categorize food as either "good" or "bad". We often say things like - I'm being “good" when eating kale. Or, I'm being “bad" when eating a burger. We've somehow adopted these beliefs that we are being good or bad based on the food we eat. Further still, if we've been on a trend of being "good", we feel we deserve a "treat", or to be "bad".
Food is nourishment.
At its core, that's all it is. We need it for life. But then throw in taste buds, & we can run into some tricky navigation. Healthy food can be delicious! Trust me, I do it all the time in my kitchen. In Vancouver, we are lucky to have so many restaurants filled with healthy options. We have tastes buds for a reason, thus we’re meant to enjoy our food! If you don’t enjoy brussel sprouts, then you don’t have to consume them! :)
Trying avoiding GOOD vs BAD
Try looking at food as an exchange. If I eat this, what do I get out of it? You don’t need to have a background in nutrition to know that vegetables are good for you. Vegetables are the powerhouses of nutritional density. Ideally 50% of your plate should be non-starchy vegetables. The more information in your meal, the more your body can utilize those nutrients to heal, repair, & grow.
How do I feel after I eat food?
If you’re craving to have a food that you don’t feel good after, ask yourself before you eat that food…
How will I feel while I’m eating this food?
How will I feel after I’ve eaten this food?
What will this food give me nutritionally?
Now, knowing this, do I choose to eat this food? Maybe not? Maybe yes? You decide.
Dr. Moyer Naturopath Vancouver