A Realistic Perspective: rules

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? Feeling guilty for eating something that maybe we shouldn’t have done or for skipping the exercise we were meant to do. Feeling as if we’ve failed.

You haven’t failed. In fact, you’ve succeeded. You have succeeded at being a real human being. Congratulations.

All this goes to show is that there shouldn’t be any rules surrounding food or exercise. Simply put we should try and eat/exercise how we want to. Rules are unrealistic. You are always going to slip at some point. Welcome to humanity.

I read an interesting article the other day in the I about Deliciously Ella and clean eating. As with many health food bloggers Ella has distanced herself from the “clean eating” recently. Is this because it is now not such a fad or is it because of the damaging behaviour surrounding it? Who knows. As the author points out, the problem is deeper than this.

Once we read blogs or books on certain diets we can begin to become obsessed by rules. No gluten, no sugar, no dairy, high intensity training every day and so on. Food bloggers are encouraging this obsessive mentality. In some cases, this obsession may simply be feeling guilty when we’ve strayed from the plan but in others it can become more severe, such as anorexia.

We don’t need rules. Eat what you want to eat. That is not to say go wild because the basis of a healthy diet is moderation but don’t restrict yourself to a specific diet. At the end of the day everybody is different and everybody has different needs. Personally, I don’t want to eat refined sugar often but if I eat a piece of cake do I feel guilty? No.

I am human. I am me. I don’t need rules to control my life.

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