Do you have a complicated relationship with food? Yeah, me too.

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Me and food.

Let’s just say it’s complicated.

And I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this way. In America we are fighting a war on childhood obesity AND finding reports that there are more eating disorders than ever before. We’re either too fat or  too skinny. We’re nothing tastes as good as skinny feels and strong is the new skinny. We’re fat is fabulous but work out! Love your body but lose those extra pounds in 3 easy steps! Accept yourself just as you are but don’t be a glutton!

It’s complicated.

I’ve always struggled with my relationship with food. I grew up in the age of fruit roll ups and dunkaroos. I never learned to cook.  And my bleeding heart has led me to try many things. I read Skinny Bitch and The Kind Diet and went vegan. I watched Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and juiced for 2 weeks. I joined Weight Watchers and ate terrible processed, fat free foods and I lost weight. I started cooking from scratch every night and I gained weight.

Years ago I did the stupidest diets ever, The Atkins Diet and Medifast.

I’ve read Eat to Live and watched Michael Pollan on Oprah.

I’ve read Made to Crave and Eat Well: A Food Road Map and am working on Eat With Joy.

I know about Paleo and the Daniel Fast and Whole 30.

I know you should eat real food. Mostly plants.

I know to eat local! Buy organic! Eat macrobiotic! Support sustainable farming! Have a garden! Take vitamins! Buy fair trade! 

I know about non-gmo and non-processed and the ills of fast food and artificial food dyes and gluten.
I know how bad carbs and caffeine and sugar and apparently canola oil is for you.

And you know what?

I’m overwhelmed.

I don’t know where to start. Or what to do.

So I’m going to try something different- I’m going to start exploring. I know it sounds odd when I’m already feeling overwhelmed but I need to start somewhere. I’ve let the endless options keep me from making decisions about how I feel about food. I want to stop being it’s complicated and start being in a defined relationship with food. So I’m starting on this journey and I want you to join with me.  I want your support and your crazy ideas. I want that article you read about how terrible kale is for you (PLEASE let that exist). I want your prayers and your input and your friendship.

But for now, I’ll eat a cronut.

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  • Zoe Manolas

    When I watch morning talk shows while getting ready for my day, they’re always talking about cronuts and I cannot begin to explain how jealous I am right now.

    • http://andreaenright.net/ Andrea Enright

      Technically it’s a fake cronut from my sketchy local “Twin Donut Plus” but it LOOKS like a cronut and TASTES like a cronut and I didn’t wait in line for hours and it was $2 and it was amazing. But you should still be jealous. And you should come to NYC and I’ll take you to get sketchy cronuts!

  • Emily

    Amen to ALL of this. It all sounds VERY familiar.- I also lost weight eating processed low-fat food with Weight watchers, only to gain it all back when i tried cooking my food. I tried Paleo. hated. it. read this if you want a laugh http://www.mumanu.com/2013/11/06/archaeologists-officially-declare-collective-sigh-over-paleo-diet/ . . . and the only way I like kale is when I hide it in a lot of spinach. : ) Can’t wait to hear more about your food journey!

    • http://andreaenright.net/ Andrea Enright

      Haha I’m am right there with you. And I juiced kale this more and it was the worst decision of my life. Hoping to find some truth/come to a conclusion/ or SOMETHING soon! Stay tuned!

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