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Talking About Food…

Talking About Food…

 

Food is fuel and food is medicine. Food brings people together and is supposed to be one of life’s pleasures. Shared meals are a vehicle for building relationships, enjoying conversations, and nourishing the soul.

Unfortunately in today’s society, too many athletes and fitness exercisers alike report they have no time to enjoy meals. Sports parents struggle to gather their student athletes for a family dinner; practices and games inevitably interrupt the dinner hour. And even when seated at the same table, some family members may be eating just salad while the rest of the family enjoys steak. So much for eating out of the same pot.

Today’s food conversations commonly refer to good food, bad food, clean food, fattening food. We all know athletes who don’t do sugar, gluten, white flour, or red meat, to say nothing of cake on birthdays, ice cream cones in summer, or apple pie on Thanksgiving. We live with abundant food, but we have created a fearful eating environment with our words. This article invites you to pay attention to how you think and talk about food. Perhaps it is time to watch your mouth, so you can start to change the current culture that makes food a source of fear for many athletes.

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Just what do you mean when you say you are “eating clean”?

Just what do you mean when you say you are “eating clean”?

“I’ve started eating clean,” my client reported with pride. While I understood what he meant, I decided to play devil’s advocate.

“What were you eating before… filthy food from the floor?”

“Do you actually think food in wrappers is dirty?”

“Are you concerned that processed food is filled with dirt?”

Clearly, the phrase “eating clean” is a bit too trendy for me. It implies that commercially prepared foods are unfit for human consumption. Not quite true. Some commercially prepared and  processed foods are indeed healthier than others; for example, munching on baked corn chips is preferable to  eating fried cheese puffs. But processed/canned kidney beans and tuna fish, Wheaties from a box, frozen broccoli, ZING Bars in wrappers, and numerous other foods that come pre-wrapped add to our ability to consume a wide variety of highly nourishing and wholesome foods. Continue Reading

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