(Would love to see an opera here some time soon; they are all done in English!)
(Note: I eat gluten free because I have to or my brain does not work. Quite literally. This post is not about real, serious food allergies.)
Sometimes I eat chocolate for breakfast. You read that right. Don't go all Food Police on me, either, because I Do. Not. Care.
Yep, I am sticking my tongue out at you Food Police out there.
I am being a little silly but also very serious, and I am pretty mad right now about all of this.
Many of us (most of us?) have had problems with disordered eating, and so many of us have worked really hard to create better relationships to our eating, to food, to what should be a sensual and beautiful part of our lives -- meals and friends and wine and chat and all that surrounds taking in sustenance.
How we put food into our bodies, how we think about food is about as important as the food itself, and some would assert (and I would agree) that it is more important than the food itself.
So when I read a blog that presents itself as woman and body positive that then challenges its readers to food "fasts" of any kind, I get downright pissed off.
How dare they?
We do not need any more rules! Rules are what got us into trouble to begin with:
Rules about what "pretty" is.
Rules about what "fit" is.
Rules about what "good" food is.
Rules about how much "exercise" you "should" get.
Rules about "burning off" celebration related calories. (UGH!)
Rules, rules, rules...I AM SICK TO DEATH OF RULES.
Here is the one rule you need: Love your body and give her what she asks for.
If she wants chocolate for breakfast now and again, so what?! Maybe there is a deeper reason than our small brains can ever fathom.
Rules are all about control and control is about fear. When you come up against a rule that you've not noticed before, the key question to ask is: What am I afraid will happen without this rule?
And here is a Fast, I would love to see more of us participate in and I would love to hear how you plan on following the Fast.
I officially declare now and forever to be:
The Most Auspicious &
Totally Rad Fast from RULES!
Step One: Stick your tongue out at all those people out there who would have you CONTROLLING yourself rather than LOVING yourself.
Step Two: Do what you like.
Step Three: Have fun and ENJOY LIFE!
That's it. It's that simple. Will you join me?