In today's cacophony of fitness and nutrition discourse, we're all choosing who is worth listening to. This is especially true when it comes to bloggers like me, who are informed aficionados rather than trained experts. I am decidedly average in terms of athletic ability -- and maybe a notch above average as a home cook -- but optimal health has been one of my passions for over two decades.
This introduction to How I Think About Food, together with its companion, How I Think About Fitness, is intended to lay out my philosophy on the subject. I don't mind if you disagree; I just want you to know where I'm coming from so you can decide whether you want to follow along. I'd love it if you do.
Food is Not a Moral Issue
Modern culture loves label foods "good" or "bad." The nomenclature is so ingrained that I use it myself sometimes, even though I reject the implication -- which is, of course, that consuming unhealthful food is a moral failing on the part of the consumer. It isn't.
My diet is a nutritional choice, not a religion. I make exceptions without guilt. There are no good foods or bad foods; just choices and consequences.
Food is Love
When did food become a necessary evil? Why do so many people believe they must earn the sustenance they require to survive?
I am not an employee of the refrigerator, being paid in calories for minutes on the treadmill. No more am I a child who needs to be bribed or rewarded for going to the gym.
My Food Biases
I am not a nutritionist, a dietician, or a functional medicine practitioner. I'm just a layperson who has drawn informed conclusions over the past twenty-something years of reading across the spectrum of nutrition-related literature. I've changed my mind before based on the evidence, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. But for now, here's where I stand:
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Thanks for dropping by! I'm an endurance rider in the northwest region of the United States. I believe that how I eat and move impacts not only how I ride, but how I think and feel. This blog is about the practice of being my best self for my horse. I hope you'll come along for the ride. ~ Tamara
The Sweaty Equestrian