In the past I used “bad” language when describing some food choices.
No, I didn’t swear about it.
Language as in – “x is a good food” and “y is a bad food”.
In reality food does not have morals, it is not “good” or “bad”.
And what I learned is it really is not helpful to me personally or people I talk nutrition with to think of it that way.
You know it’s true. Calling something a “bad food” usually just makes us want more of it. In reality there is no single food that we eat (or don’t eat) that by itself is going to make us gain or lose weight. It’s the decision made over and over again that lead to one of those results, and studies have shown over and over that when we do eat what is “forbidden” we eat more of it than if we think of it like we do any other food.
I admit it took me a long time to get comfortable with this. But now it is actually easier to make good choices, because I am not constantly thinking about food and what I do or don’t get to eat.
Now you know that I am not saying that all food is equal. Making a decision to eat a bunch of junk all the time is not going to help you lose fat, get lean and look and feel better.
What I am saying is I needed to change my mind about how I thought about food, so I didn’t obsess and stress about it all the time.
Would that help you too?