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Food: The New Morality

  1. White Mom says:

    I can totally relate! Why does every decision become a moral choice these days? Can’t we just feel good cause we ARE good? This reminds me of a point made in the book “the willpower instinct”. It talks about how we moralize decisions and have a balance sheet going in our heads without being aware…so if we are “good” in one area, it gives us license to be “bad” in another. Total mind f#*k.

  2. Brilliant and I’m trying very hard to be just like you 🙂

  3. Kerry says:

    Great post — the “good” and “bad” is a huge pet peeve of mine. And…I am totally collecting my bonus points for getting the Cake reference. 😉

  4. mmapes2 says:

    Gotta love a Cake song!

    I only recently discovered Nanaimo bars, and they are so different than anything I’ve ever had.

    Thanks for posting!

  5. Kelsie says:

    I swear, Glenys, every word out of your mouth (er… out of your keyboard?) is a direct reflection of my thoughts! I love it to pieces! And that Amy Schumer video is absolutely hilarious. I’ve now listened to the first 5 podcast episodes and still loving it. You and Aaron are so fun to listen to! I was telling my friend about your podcast and I was like, “Yeah, they’re just cool. Like… I would hang out with them in real life, I think.” Haha. 🙂 Keep up your awesome work. Today I became a Healthy Lifestyle Coach, and I’m hoping to use a lot of your philosophies to help people create a positive relationship with themselves (and food). So glad I found your blog! 🙂

  6. I dont have the energy to preach this any more- I used to, but I got so tired. It takes serious tenacity in the culture. I’m glad you’re doing it, and doing it so well. Trying to help this world make peace with food so we can instead direct our collective focus on value dichotomies that actually matter – that’s GOOD.
    p.s. I love Amy Schumer’s take. Well, on just about everything.

  7. kritishastry says:

    I can relate to your thoughts! I have been trying to spread the same message to people. 🙂 Love your writing. <3

  8. Couldn’t agree more.

  9. fireflyby says:

    O my goodness! I’m so glad you’ve written this post.
    It is such a relief to read some BLOODY COMMON SENSE!! Thank you so much.
    I hate it that I overhear conversations ALL THE TIME where people are discussing how they can make their ‘bad food’ more okay by going to the gym for a few hours. They make excuses if they choose ‘bad’ food… “The diet starts tomorrow (guiltily)”. They talk about how they’ve completely cut out this and that…
    Thank you!!

    firefly

  10. Becca says:

    I love this so much!!! I am right at the brink of figuring all of this out… I will never diet or own a scale again, and I 100% agree with all your posts. My problem right now is the APPLICATION. My binge eating is such a habit that once I start it lasts days and days and I’m constantly thinking about food, even though I love my body and I’m happy the way I am! How do I get out of this rut or this habit chain?

    • GlenysO says:

      My suggestion is to first read Intuitive Eating. I list a lot of books on normalizing eating in my Resources page – they are enormously helpful in getting over binge eating. Overcoming Overeating is also enormously helpful. Best of luck!

      • Becca says:

        I’ve read Intuitive Eating and I am currently meeting with an Intuitive Eating counselor 🙂 I have changed a lot and I’m mostly working on my emotional eating. It comes and goes! But I’m learning a lot!

  11. Gail says:

    Thank you! I’m not a follower of diets. However, I’m currently under Doctor’s orders to cut carbs and lose weight in order to lower my blood pressure and blood sugar. I think I’ve managed to do those things along with losing 15 lbs. I’m not strict about counting carbs, just trying to shift towards more veggies fewer starches and sweets. I have to say though, there are times when I CANNOT eat another salad! Just the title “Intuitive Eating” resonates, as does this blog post. I hope I’m headed for a more balanced approach, so I can enjoy my food. Again, thank you!!

    • GlenysO says:

      I would ask your doctor what evidence he’s using to show that weight loss is actually helpful in the long run and not more harmful as it could create disordered eating and eventually more weight gain. Even the ADA recommends a consistent carb diet over lower carb. If you are looking for some good reading, I recommend Michelle May’s book Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat With Diabetes. Best of luck.

  12. Everything in moderation surely? Hopefully? A little of what you fancy does you good, so we are told. We just need to fancy it a little less often.

  13. The last part was in jest. Wrong place. Wrong time. As for permission, who do we need permission from? Only ourselves.

    • GlenysO says:

      It’s true that we need permission only from ourselves but many people have a hard time giving it to themselves when there are so many societal pressures around fat=bad health, don’t eat too much, etc. When societal approval is threatened or at risk, people will go to great lengths to try to keep it.

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