‘No thanks, I’m being good’.
So said me this week, to the offer of cake from a colleague.
I am being good.
Too often we categorise food into either good and bad with nothing in between.
Good stuff is green, fresh, nutrient rich, healthy.
Bad stuff is sugar, fat, processed, carbs. Or whatever the latest diet craze has banned.
We then go on to to define ourselves the same way. Depending on what we have eaten we are therefore either good or bad too. In my language to my colleague, it wasn’t the food to which I was assigning a binary value, but me. I was by extension, being good or being bad based on whether I said yes or not.
It’s an unhelpful narrative.
You aren’t what you eat.
The words you say to yourself matter.