Because I ate pizza for breakfast.
I ate pizza for breakfast after eating pizza for dinner the night before (isn’t that how it always goes?), and I don’t feel really good about it.
BUT FIRST, let’s dissect this question a little bit.
Is it bad to eat pizza for breakfast?
Deeming a food as good or bad can be harmful in itself because it’s neither of these things, it’s just FOOD. As humans we need it to survive but still we create rules around this biological need, a need that screams at us when it’s not met (hey hanger, I feel you) and puts us in pain if it’s suppressed. We vilify certain foods for having too much fat, sugar, carbs and oil, or for not fitting into a certain category because of a diet we’ve chosen to follow.
So in recognizing this, is food truly good or bad? If we need it for survival, and we know this, we’re better able to think of it as something that keeps us functioning human beings. Able to live our day to day hustle without falling over, and then we can slowing begin to lose the labels.
Maybe all foods serve a function?
Maybe we can choose foods based on a wide variety of purposes beyond just protein, carbs and fat?
GOOD FOOD can be a kale salad because it provides nutrients and makes us feel good.
GOOD FOOD can be a donut because it brings us joy and makes us feel good.
BAD FOOD can be a kale salad because it’s all we’re allowing ourselves to eat, causing shame, guilt and self loathing.
BAD FOOD can be a donut because it’s all we’re allowing ourselves to eat, causing shame, guilt and self loathing.
Food is both good and bad. And this has little to do with the amount of sugar/fat/carbs, and more to do with the function WE choose it serves.
It’s something that holds a lot of emotional weight, cultural significance, social memories or moments of joy - making it an important aspect of fulfillment in our lives - and this shouldn’t be overlooked.
Which is why, when the guilt started to arise after my pizza breakfast, I sat with it for a minute to figure out why.
In my physical body, that much pizza doesn’t make me feel well, and I know this. I get a little achy, my stomach feels bloated and my energy levels are low. I fall into a state of bleh, while eating it the night before had none of these effects.
So for me, eating the pizza for breakfast was a true example of allowing my body’s signals to dictate what I eat and tell me when I’m fulfilling my needs and when I’m not.
That morning, the pizza wasn’t a good choice simply because it wasn’t what my body was asking for. I made the decision based on convenience rather than taking the time to think about what I truly felt like eating.
INTUITIVE EATING IS SUCH A JOURNEY.
It can feel like second nature some days and a whole lot of work others. But this way of approaching food allows you to work through any food-guilt in a way that serves you and your bod a whole lot better than “I’ve eaten too much pizza today so I should probably restrict my food consumption forever”.
Looking at food in terms of abundance rather than restriction - it’s a great place to start.
Michelle is an RMMTT student and Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) with a focus on digestive health and learning to love the body you're in through intuitive eating and self love over dieting, always.
Michelle currently sees clients who wish to improve their relationship with food while sorting through any funky digestive issues at Inland Island Wellness Centre. Feel free to contact her with any questions, for more information on her practice, or to book a free discovery appointment.
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