It's not so much WHAT I eat, but how much I eat. I'm an emotional eater and always have been. I'm angry, I eat. I'm happy, I celebrate by eating. I'm bored, I fill the void by eating. I'm stressed, boy, do I eat!
So this year is about reframing this mindset and figuring out how I can be happy and tolerate these mood shifts WITHOUT eating all the time. I keep reminding myself, I don't NEED to eat right now. My body has stored more than enough food and fat to keep me going for a long while.
For anyone who thinks that "starving" myself is bad, that's not what I'm doing. It's small bits of fasting during the day. And then I do my best to choose a nutrient dense food that will fill me up AND nourish my body.
Food is fuel.
I still love food. I still want to eat the good things. Last night I had a turkey burger and a couple beers. It was delicious and at no time did I feel like I was going overboard. I ate until I was hungry, until I was satisfied. I didn't miss the food that I chose not to eat. I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. I felt satisfied, both with my food and drink choices.
And that's how I want to feel. My body is a machine and I want to treat it well by giving it good things to eat, treating it well, and respecting it the way I should have been doing all along.