With the holidays upon us, I just want to remind everyone there is no such thing as bad food or good food. It’s just food. You may like something; you may detest something. But whatever you think about food, remember it’s your opinion not an objective judgment on the goodness or badness of a food..
Chances are during the holidays some friend or family member is going to start in on their “diet talk” and about how bad they were, or how bad some food is.
Go ahead and ask them, what makes a food bad? Did it do something awful? Is it thoughtless or cruel? (Please let me know what they say!)
How do you punish bad food? I guess, by not eating it. So, you reward good food by eating it? Hmmmm, sounds like I’d much rather be bad food.
Seriously, the only way food is “bad” is if it causes a medical reaction for an individual. The term, food going “bad”, simply means that it has spoiled and may make you ill if you ingest it.
What makes a person who eats a certain food bad? Did they inflict pain? (Well, maybe if they took the last piece of chocolate – the bastard!) Did they commit a crime?
I will agree that food can make you feel “good” – because certain foods cause chemical reactions in our bodies that our bodies interpret as pleasure (like chocolate). Otherwise, food cannot make you feel good or bad. You and your connection to that food are what make you feel good or bad.
All the emotions we attach to food can get in the way of enjoying what we eat; and enjoying the process of eating, and the good company with whom we share food. So even if you can’t stop Aunt Petunia from bemoaning that extra cup of egg nog, you can help her out by drinking it yourself – or better yet, convince her that food is not the enemy and you can both toast to a happier more self-accepting new year!