Do you ever flick through a magazine and feel bombarded with food info you want to store away in some sort of room in your brain for later recall? In my work as a straight-sized model I came across lots and lots of people wanting to give advice on how to eat. First, of course, I believed everything, and kept adapting to new diets. When one particular diet kind of screwed up my body, I stopped looking at food as a tool to lose weight, and became more critical. Because what is good food?
I am not going to give you any advice, because honestly? I don’t know. I believe everyone is familiar with the specific don’t-eat-carbs diets or just-drink-juices-all-day diets, or, even more extreme, the drink-maple-syrup-all-day diet (What?). Not to ridicule anyone, because it’s hard picking and choosing what to eat if media keeps telling you how to, in many different ways. Myself, I have a cautious relationship with food, and I try to never feel guilty after eating something, because what’s the point? To a healthy body, eating should not be about excessively losing weight, or excessively gaining weight (I admit I ate lots and lots of pie and pizza after hearing I would now be considered a plus-model), it should be about maintaining that health, and energy.
Don’t trust anything you read or hear: it’s your body. Drinking 5 litres of water a day? I don’t think so. Stop eating after 8pm? Not for me. I’ve met the few people that used excuses like not eating carbs (sensitive stomach) or being a vegetarian (animal lover), simply for anorexic results, and it scares me. I am not going to follow certain eating rules for maintaing a certain lifestyle, when I don’t even know they work. So from now on, I’m going to focus on what my body tells me. Yes, this sounds cliché, but when I’m bloated every time I eat raw onion, something must be up, right? So listen to yours too, instead of to all those media that want you to buy stuff, and find out what makes you feel happy, healthy and energetic.