Wednesday, February 25, 2009

pooh bear, winnie the pooh bear

So I wonder, can you have your cheese and eat it too? How can I ever be sure? I've read and re-read Mireille's stories and other articles that promote the response that yes, you can, as long as you have un peu de tout, an equilibrium. What can I say, I love the concept and I'd love to delve into that carefree balanced attitude towards food that I once had, and yet I still continue to question myself. I'm imparfaît.

It's true, I have yet to see a French woman that's overweight, and for that matter,  there aren't even that many Chilean women I met that were heavy, but I suppose that I will forever be marked by the all-American "fear," of food no matter where I travel to.
Food can be a lot of things... fun,  good-for-you, refreshing, delicious, comforting, adventurous, yummy, even sometimes not that tasty at all (how disappointing)... but terrifying? I'd like to think not. Whether I like it or not my body needs food for nourishment.
I'd prefer to like it. Because as far as this unhealthy mindset is concerned, I'm not sure what got us here, and I'm certainly not sure how to get back our eating innocence, if you will, but it definitely doesn't make me happy. I don't think being unhappy is ever worth it.

And considering the fact that we're about half-way through National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 22nd to the 28th,

I figured that this was as good as a time as ever to bring these thoughts to the table. I mean that quite literally, of course :). 

How important it is to nourish our whole selves, body, mind and soul; how necessary it is to bring back the joy to eating and, even more simply, living. If I eat well, most of the time, if I am active, most of the time, if I lead an overall healthy lifestyle, then I should have nothing to worry about? While I ponder that I'm going out to enjoy the beautiful sunny weather in Strasbourg. Happy Humpday bloggies!
"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best --," and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called."

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