The BEST answer might be a breakfast that is twice the size of yesterday’s, eating while standing up and fixing your kid’s meals, or having a meal when you aren’t quite hungry yet before a long flight. The BEST answer sometimes doesn’t involve a veggie or is made completely of pantry staples. The BEST answer is sometimes homemade and sometimes from a drive through.
In an intuitive relationship with food, the best answer is full of curiosity, attention to and boundaries for one’s needs, and what will get you through to the next part of the day. Our bodies are pretty cool in that they don’t need perfect amounts of everything, all the time.
Before Instagram, people ate food and ever showed anyone what it looked like. There was no documenting of colorful, perfectly plated meals. While social media can be helpful in sparking creativity, it can also be a catalyst for perfectionism and comparison. Eating can turn into something manipulated for a certain ‘look’ or body shape. It becomes all or nothing, good or bad. It can turn into something that consumes most of your time, energy, and brain space.
If you find it helpful to reflect, grab a pen and paper! There are no wrong answers and all thoughts/feelings are valid. Turn off Instagram or any other external source that serves as a guidepost. How might eating be different for you? What might it look like to do what’s best for you vs what’s ‘right’? How does it feel to think about solely relying on intuition to make food choices?