It is low fat so I can eat twice as much – the slippery low fat slope

Low fat foods give us permission to eat twice as much but when we want to care for ourselves we choose differently

It is low fat so I can eat twice as much – the slippery low fat slope

Imagine something low fat that tastes amazing in your mouth, every spoonful a delight to the senses, a song you can swallow from a bowl, plate, bucket, jar, tub, bottle or stick.

Do you feel like you want more or are you perfectly content with what you have had? Or at this moment does the “It’s low fat so I can eat twice as much” rule kick in, starting you down the slippery low fat slope of overeating what tastes so good?

If what we ate had no effect on our waistline or our health, would we really worry about what we eat and drink or how much we exercise?

Or, would we just keep eating as much as we pleased and not care if we ever lifted another weight or ate another steamed green? Our body is the only thing that stops many of us from munching through a life of unrestricted indulgence and emotional eating – we don’t like how being overweight feels or looks.

Lovingly, our body puts up warning flags letting us know when, what or how much we’re eating is compromising its exquisite and miraculous functioning. Weight gain (or loss) is often not the first flag, but something that actually comes after a lot of flags have already been overlooked or misunderstood:

Sleeplessness, bloating, lethargy, dizziness, vagueness, indigestion, irritability, tiredness, discomfort, wind, belching, diarrhoea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, bloating, itching, watery eyes, smelly poo’s, bad breath, runny nose, phlegm, raciness and headaches.

These many bodily signs of food affecting us adversely can easily become regarded as ‘normal’ and something to just live with or try to medicate our way through. Looking at how many of the things we love to eat that don’t actually love us gives us the opportunity to connect back to the elegantly simple requirements of the body.

What is it about us that knows what is needed,
but instead consumes what is wanted
. . . and lets the body pay for it?

Sometimes it is only in the absence of something that we can feel the difference not having that something makes. One thing our modern diet and all the delicious treats available to us does is dull our senses, and in particular our connection to how our body can feel without a cocktail of foodstuffs getting in the way. There is a connection we can tangibly feel when food is eaten not to hinder the body, but to support it to feel alive, not dull; awake, not drowsy; hungry not craving; clear, not clogged; light, not heavy.

We think we are just eating, but really, are we mood-making with every bite? Have you ever questioned that what you eat and how you feel may be connected? There is a vitality to us that diminishes or grows directly in relation to the food we choose and the way and how frequently we eat it during our day.

"We are what we eat" isn’t just true of our physical body alone. It equally relates to the quality of our mood and overall sense of wellbeing and vitality. We are, in every sense, affected by what we eat.

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One day, no matter what producers put before us on the supermarket shelves, the slippery low fat (or low sugar, low carb, low anything) slope will no longer be a ride we’d be interested in taking. We will be enjoying a way of eating that comes not from the overwhelm and drive of desire or need, but from the simplicity of knowing first hand how great we can feel in a body that is free of compromising consumption and left to be its naturally vital self that is so very lovely to live in every day.

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  • By Adrienne Ryan

    I’ve always been interested in understanding the underlying cause and effect behind what we experience in life and for this the heart is the greatest teacher any student could have.