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Content over Calories – Trust Your Inner Guide

June 22nd, 2013 / admin / 2 comments

As I journeyed to kitchens, gardens, co-ops, farms, and cafes, I discovered a huge obstacle to discovering healthful food with flavor. It was not due to my lack of food education, and fact-finding was not a real issue.

The real problem was my lack of awareness of how owned I was by the numbers we have assigned to food. I was so devoted to adding up calories that I didn’t listen to my body — or give it what it needed. And boy was I missing out.

Because it is the contents of our food that matters. Not the counting of its calories.

If I was going to surmount this high hurdle, I had to overcome the mental games, the rigid belief system, and the “for sure facts” I had formed concerning calories.

Calories: those evil little critters that could play havoc on my body, and my mind. Calories: that are, after all is considered, not the be all and end all of good, healthy living. Calories: oh, just forget it!

Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that eating a literal bus-load of cream all day every day is good for you. My point is that eating for nourishment takes away the “need” to think about calorie counting. Tell me, what quicker way is there to take away the joy of food, than by assigning it numbers that redefine its meaning to you.

Not only did I have to unlearn, I had to let go of all the things I read, assumed, bought into, and most of all, became so attached and fixated with. Despite the experiences that awakened me, so powerful was the urge to control my body and how food affected it, my diet may as well have been made into a spreadsheet. What I needed to be doing was to nurture my body and to feed it with love and care.

I seemed to go back and forth on my approach to eating. Eat this! No, don’t eat that! It took me a while getting sucked into different rules and diets for the notion to set in that our relationship with food is really about joyful dining, feeling good, eating well, and honoring our bodies! Let us not forget choosing real, slow food shows our respect for our farms, the farmer, the cook, and the caretakers of our shared planet.?

We could discuss the empirical  data, detailed science and proof behind the calorie story – but as you can tell I am a “feeling” kind a girl and well, is seems to work well for me. Facts are true until you tap into the heart, and from there the truth only gets bigger and better. Intuition and the desire to tune in have given me amazing results – which I am grateful for. When you choose to begin the journey of self-discovery it should always begin with YOUR heart, and then your mind will follow.

Labels seemed to get in the way of my willingness to go for the taste, flavor, and the pure YUM behind my love of food. I seemed to get totally stuck on the first line: calories! Once in a while I would venture to the sugar, often even the sodium numbers (which can be of value – most especially in canned items such as soup). So I was moving onto some of the content concerns we should have, but let’s be frank, I, like many, was stuck on calories.

Yet in truth, the real information comes as you scroll further down, down to the real truth: contents. And not just what a product is MADE of, but also who grew it, what farm it come from, who baked it. Whose love is in that container?  It goes without saying that less is more, and quality rules.

Anything you can’t pronounce or that sounds like it comes from another planet—or even worse goes on and on and on—back away and move on. Keep that inner compass on! Listen to your intuition.

Time and time again the branding and the labels are not in synch. That beautiful picture of a glorious farm with the words, “natural,” “wholesome,” “healthy,” is designed to look dreamy and perfect but what is the reality of the place your food was made in? Plus, labels can be so confusing. Flip the carton and you see a ton of items you know you do not want in your body and reams of ingredients you have never even heard of, let along know where they came from. How about some truth in our food labels?

So this “feeling” kinda girl might suggest you learn to look for love in those labels. Look for less: the fewer ingredients, the better. Look for the thing that sings—LALALALA—I want to go home with you…and by that, I mean simple, fresh ingredients that inspires and excites you.

Look beyond the labels and their numbers.  Labels can be a sure fire way to learn the basic facts; consider them your guides that support you in your journey towards self-empowerment when choosing what to eat. The question is which part of the label will help you decide what is right for you?

Choose well, as you are choosing not only a product but a way of life. A moral decision on who to support – a deeper decision based on you following your inner compass!

It’s your birthright to know what is in the food you are eating. Enjoy your creative desire to do the best thing for you and your family! Look for the LOVE!

Because when you look for the love, you are most likely to find the real, nourishing food. And when you eat what nourishes you, your body will be satisfied. When you are satisfied, you will find happiness. And when you are happy, and healthy, and I say the word “calorie” to you, you will look at me with an awareness that no label can express.

Have a delicious day. Eat well – you deserve the best.

Your foodie friend,

Susan Huff

TheSoulfulseed.com

2 Responses to “Content over Calories – Trust Your Inner Guide”

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  2. BILL AMOS says:

    THE PICTURE LOOKS GOOD AS PRETTY AS EVER BOTH YOU AND THE COUINTRYSIDE.. QUIT COUNTING CALORIES IN 04..WHEN MY WIFE DIED SHE WAS ALWAYS OVERWEIGHT SHE THOUGHT..AND WE TRIED EVERY DIET THAT CAME DOWN THE PIKE THE LAST THREE YEARS OF HER LIFE I TOOK OVER THE KITCHEN..I COOKED FRESH AND LIMITED HER AMOUNTS TO 1/2 CUP…SHE LOST WEIGHT AND IT STAYED OFF..STILL COOK FRESH IF I CAN FIND IT..ITS BETTER THAT WAY LOVE BILL…P.S.. I LIKE YOUR BLOG……

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