My Health and Wellness Approach
I love talking about health and wellness. And I would hope since I have a whole blog dedicated to it! Over the years, I have redefined what health and wellness means to me. If you read my eating disorder story posts, you probably already know that I had a pretty skewed perception of health and wellness.
I spent a lot of time in recovery from my eating disorder trying to understand how I wanted to define health and wellness. Quickly after treatment, I happened upon Paleo or Paleo Diet. Paleo truly helped me understand how to nourish my body with whole, nutritious foods from the earth. Paleo taught me how to utilize fats, carbs and proteins to fuel my body properly. It gave me a great foundation to continue to learn about my body and its needs.
Most importantly, paleo helped me rid the notion of counting calories, diet culture, or worrying about eating too much. I realized with paleo that I could eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and proteins and my body would tell me when I was hungry and when I was full, despite our hunger cues not always being consistent. I learned to erase the belief that there were "good" foods and "bad" foods. Taking the approach that food is fuel and serves you however you please.
Now over the years it’s not like paleo was some magic cure. I still had a difficult relationship with food and my body as I recovered from an eating disorder. Not only was I trying to figure out myself, my relationship with food and pushing an eating disorder to the curb, but you have people constantly questioning your diet and lifestyle. Which I hated. I didn’t like labeling myself, because although I was paleo-based, I had periods of time where I was a vegetarian or had spurts of being plant-based. My diet today is still pretty fluid with the only consistency being I am 100% gluten free and 80% ish dairy free (unless I’m on Whole30). So whenever I’d change my diet, I’d get questions or comments like “thought you couldn’t eat that” or like “aren’t you paleo?”
We’re all in a constant state of change- just as the seasons change, our bodies change, our diet changes too. Our taste buds even change! I didn’t want to feel like I had to explain myself and my choices.
So although I feel strongly about paleo and it has been a lifestyle that has worked for me over the years, I’d never force someone or judge someone for not partaking in the same lifestyle. Of course, I’d be more than happy to educate others about paleo or anything else related to health and wellness (lol that’s my blog) but I don’t want to come on here and say, “hey! You should eat just like me!” I just like to educate about my opinions on health and wellness, my journey, and my struggles with an eating disorder with the hopes of helping someone or furthering their own health and wellness journey.
My approach to health and wellness is label-less and judgement free. We all have unique bodies and needs so while paleo might work for me, it might not work for someone else. We all have different ways of fueling and moving our bodies, and we should all be able to have our own definition of health and wellness.
I also want to break certain barriers around eating disorders and health and wellness. You can still be passionate about health, wellness and fitness and be fully recovered from an eating disorder. At this point in my life, I can recognize the signs of my eating disorder and when my love for health and wellness crosses over into an unhealthy territory for me, and I have the tools and support to pull back when I need to.
So be vegan, vegetarian, paleo, keto, plant-based, gluten-free, medeteranian, whatever it may be. My whole thing- as long as you’re fueling your body and you’re happy- who am I to tell you what to do? Or anyone else? Who am I to tell someone they’re not eating enough or eating too much? So have that second cookie even if all your friends are aren’t and your body is giving you the green light or pass up on seconds if your full but everyone else headed back up in line.
You’re in charge of your body and choices. Stay mindful, judgement free, and label-less (unless you want to label yourself then do that).
So, may your health and wellness journey take you wherever you may please!