This post is by Nacie Carson, one of my favourite bloggers. I think you will find it personal, passionate as well as down-to-earth and sensible all at the same time. Enjoy!

These days, the idea that food is simply nourishment and fuel seems lost on most people. Food is fat, food is carbohydrates, food is the Atkins diet, food is the South Beach diet, food is your friend, food is your enemy. Food is both self-destruction and a form of personal medication.

What happened to food just being food?

Since I was a little girl, I’ve struggled with what food really is and the role it plays in my life. At my home growing up, cookies and candies were given as signs of affection and rewards for good behavior. As a teenager, food helped identify who you were; if you were thin, the amount and type of food you consumed was a badge of honor, if you were heavy it was a mark of shame. And now as a 20-something struggling with a chronic lack of thyroid hormones (due to a thyroid removal procedure when I was 17), food is just a major puzzle.

Just a few months ago I thought I had food all figured out. I joined Weight Watchers last September and by February had lost the 30 Ibs I had put on as I dealt with some personal challenges and the stress of a job I hated. I felt trim, I felt slim, and I felt like myself again. The only issue? My old relationships to food began to slowly resurface as I felt more confident, and I ended up gaining 6 Ibs back.

What I’ve come to understand is counting points – or following any restrictive, limiting, or super-rule based program – for every meal, every day for the rest of my life isn’t the answer. Weight Watchers was a means to an end, but not an end in and of itself.

I now find myself on a journey to craft a new, healthy, and natural relationship to food and recenter my perspective on the simple fact that above all food is nourishment. It is fuel for body, fuel for the mind, and sometimes (only sometimes) can be food for the soul. I’ve found Paul McKenna’s “I can Make You Thin” Hypnotic Download to be a very effective tool for working on this mantra, and can honestly say I feel a difference in my thought process surrounding food.

We as a global culture need to get away from these warped perceptions of food as anything other than what it is: a wonderful source of energy. Through the diet industry, we’ve been taught that our bodies are wrong the way they are and food is to blame. We’ve been brainwashed to see food as something we can manipulate to our own ends without a thought to what it is really doing to us. Have you read the ingredients label for some of these diet products lately – how can all those chemicals be good for you?!

Forging a personal and healthy relationship with food is one of the most important things any of us can do – almost as important as identifying our authentic selves. And just like our authentic selves, that relationship is going to be unique for every person.

My plan is to keep listening to the Hypnotic Download, read ingredient labels, and keep doing my homework on nutrients, vitamins, and what they do to food before I eat it. I am also starting a one month organic diet trial to see how it feels to me and my bank account. These feel like good steps and I’m comfortable with them.

The question now is: What’s your plan?

Nacie Carson is the founder of The Life Uncommon, a personal development community that provides support and information for individuals seeking to identify, transition, and flourish in a career and lifestyle that is meaningful to them. You can contact Nacie through email at Nacie (at) The Life

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9 Comments to “A Return To Nourishment”

  1. I was a foodaholic when I was younger, and it took me a long time to find other things I loved more than eating. That was the trick for me. Now I have a healthy lifestyle and enjoy the way my body feels.

  2. Thanks for this post. I liked what you said about ending the war against the part of us that really doesn’t care and wants to eat whatever tastes good. When we stop hating that part and pushing it away, we free up energy to actually go out and exercise and change our lifestyle in healthy ways.

  3. Evan says:

    Sounds like the best way to go Jean (from Evan).

  4. Evan says:

    Well said Chris, I like your perspective – a lot!

  5. Nacie Carson says:

    @Jean, I think you hit the nail right on the head in terms of finding a way to replace the unhealthy spot food has taken in our lives. Congrats on finding a lifestyle that works for you!

    @Chris, That is a really insightful thought that hadn’t occurred to me: hating our habits with food is in a way prolonging and restarting the whole cycle – thank you so much for sharing that!

    @Evan, thanks for this great opportunity!

  6. Eric Tsai says:

    Evans good job for putting Nacie on, I love food and have always had issues dealing with over eating. I never thought of the perspective of building a relationship, the hard part has always been taking the time to enjoy, chew slow and I’ve recent started reading Dr. Andrew Weil’s book and I think he’s got some great healthy eating advise as well.

  7. Evan says:

    Hi Eric, glad it gave you some new ways of thinking. I like Andrew Weil too. Evan

  8. Nacie Carson says:

    Hey Eric,

    over eating is so hard to deal with – it is a habit that gets slowly reinforced over time, and I don’t know where you are from, but I can tell you that here in America portion sizes everywhere are really out of control (can you say supersize me?). I’ll have to check out Dr. Andrew Weil’s book – thanks for mentioning it!



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