I have always have a love/hate relationship with food. I absolutely love food, I just hate how I feel after eating it.
I was chubby child. I grew out of this and actually developed a waist line around the age of 15. I then went through a phase where I was able to eat everything and danced it off later. Upon entering the fashion industry I was back to feeling like the “fat kid”, and learned to live of off a bagel a day. I quickly dropped from a healthy 140 pounds to a bobble head look of 115 pounds. I have a huge head but that’s a whole different story.
The reason why I am writing this is because someone asked me recently to help her out with her eating habits which got me to think. I have zero will power: when there is food, I will eat it. When I crave my favorite thing in the whole world, French fries, I will go get them. I do not have the mentality for Paleo or any other form of “diet”. As cliche as it may sound; it is all about moderation and the amount of calories you consume in a 24 hour span. I used to use the Lose It app but became slightly obsessed with it. It did make me realize that I was taking in way too few calories in combination with the amount of daily exercise. A common misconception; you do need to eat in order to lose weight, especially when you exercise daily.
Food is fun though! It is a huge part of our social life. It enhances our experiences when we travel oversees, it makes a bad dinner date a lot more bearable and the pizza parties with your kids a lot more enjoyable.
It all boils down to this: a wise man reminded me that you will never have a different body shape then the one you had when you were 18. Read; if you didn’t have a flat stomach then you will not get one now without help from a plastic surgeon. For me that means my dancer legs are trainable and my round bootie may reappear with the right amount of donkey kicks. I will also try to maintain a healthy relationship with my food.