Thank you so much for your kind comments on my post from a few days ago about my experiment with Bright Line Eating (BLE). Announcing publicly that I moved in a new direction (which is still plant based), and feeling the painful and deeply confusing backlash of that, has me thinking:
I am officially resigning from the debating society.
I just don’t care anymore what diet we are on, as long as we feel good (about ourselves and our choices) and we are happy.
So from now on, I’m going to try my darndest to remain plant based diet neutral.
I’ve always said that I am not a doctor and I’m not a nutritionist. I’m just a girl (well, 46 years old now, so that’s wishful thinking) whose been in a lifelong struggle with food and weight. Eight years ago I got wind of “plant based diets” and I’ve been fascinated ever since with their potential for human health and wellness. Prior to this, I spent 11 years as a vegetarian for the simple reason that I was disgusted by conditions on factory farms, so that definitely tied into my deep desire to see if a plant based diet could cure my overweight problem.
But I’m older now, and so the saying goes, hopefully wiser.
And I just feel that I no longer want to debate the merits of this plant based diet vs. that one.
Are you a Furdugeller or a Starchy Nutritarian? Good for you! Are you straight up Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease or an avid juicer? Whoo hoo! Do you UWL and love it? Amazing!
I actually believe they ALL work for some of the people, some of the time, and for some of the people, all of the time.
But I haven’t seen any plant based diet that works for all of the people all of the time. Have you?
That’s why as of today I’m resigning.
It’s up to each and every one of us simply to experiment to find one that works for us. And if it stops working, to put in the effort and find a different one that works.
If you’re tired of it all, just take a break. Breaks are good too.
Here’s what I am interested in right now, like really, really, really fascinated with:
The nature of thought and how it effects our food decisions. Did you know that humans have 60-70,000 thoughts per day? That 80% of our thoughts are subconscious? That we can question all of our conscious thoughts because so many of them are simply false (lies)???? That the right and left hemispheres of our brain have distinctly different roles in our thought patterns and that this can create tremendous inner conflict for many people?
I’m closer than ever to understanding compulsive eating behaviors. I’ve spent years personally developing my mad skills and I feel pretty darned comfortable navigating a world filled with junk food landmines.
But I’m still not perfect.
Close, maybe (LOL), but . . .
Do you know what? I DON’T NEED TO BE.
Who likes perfect people anyway? I sure don’t. And I don’t want the pressure to be perfect.
I love you because you are human. Flawed. Messy. You.
And I don’t care what diet you are on. I don’t care if you are on a special diet at all.
So like I said in my last blog posting, I’m just gonna do me.
If you’re interested in engaging in a conversation with me about the thoughts that are behind all compulsive behaviors, healing of all kinds, new habit formation, and whatever else just happens to tickle my fancy, stick around. This might be fun.
My sincere hope is that we can all come together and engage in respectful conversation about what is really underlying this epidemic of overeating, emotional eating, compulsive eating and the like. And I’m pretty sure that it’s not the nuances of a variety of plant based diets.