“you are what you eat“, they say as they judge you for the delicious stack of pancakes you had for breakfast. “you are what you eat“, they say as they share recipes for sugar-free, low-calorie, low-fat, carb-free alternatives. “you are what you eat”, they say as they post pictures on Instagram hashtagged #eatclean and #rawfoodie.
i’m sure you’ve heard the cliche a million times, whether it’s from your mother or the healthy cooking blogs you read every morning. people say it ALL THE TIME. but if i could wish one thing for you right now, it would be that you had never heard those familiar words. because you are not what you eat.
choosing to eat a slice of cake for breakfast instead of a green smoothie does not make you any less of a human being. it does not mean you are bad or lazy or a failure. nor does it mean you are awesome or happy or a great friend. do you see where i’m going with this?
what you choose to eat or not eat has absolutely no impact on who you are as a person.
your actions, the words you say, how you treat the people around you… those things are what determine your worth. not what you had for dinner last night.
so stop beating yourself up for what you eat. stop feeling guilty because you had a doughnut. stop believing that you are worthless because of food.
you are worth so much more than. you deserve so much more than that.
the world needs YOU. it needs what you have to offer: your grace, your laughter, your friendship, your compassion, your heart. don’t let something as insignificant as food take those beautiful gifts away from you.
so eat your chocolate or your vegetables or both. be paleo or vegetarian. do whatever you want when it comes to food and enjoy it. love it. don’t let guilt or shame or feelings of failure anywhere near you. because everything beautiful and valuable about you is in your heart, not in the reflection in the mirror.
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