How being healthy made me sick

Jun 4, 2020 | blog

I like to talk about food. 
 
Not just to lecture people about junk food. Or to say there is certain protocol that is best. But because cooking and eating bring me joy. When I put on my apron at the end of the day, I’m filled with a sense peace and creativity. I’m not an amazing chef with years of experience – no, it’s about the adventure!! 

I’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food; even the healthy kinds.

One time when I was low carb, I ate so much peanut butter I made myself sick – meaning I finished off a 5lb bucket in a week. You see, PB was OK because it’s low sugar. #obsessedwithmacros

Another time, I brought peppers to a Mexican restaurant because I wouldn’t have tortilla chips; I didn’t eat them all so I stuck them back in my purse and, oops, forgot about them for at least week – in my purse!!! Those fresh veggies weren’t so fresh after that. #cornisthedevil
 
There was also the time I *had* to bring my ghee with me to a retreat in California because who knows what would’ve happened without my bulletproof coffee?!?!  #foodcodependence
 
Ever heard of orthorexia? It’s basically when you become obsessed with healthy eating; so much so that it become unhealthy. Can you tell that was my path? 
 
My goodness, I have come so far…

I’m proud of letting myself be human. I’m proud of being a health coach and my training with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Mostly I’m so happy that I don’t outsource my taste buds to someone else’s rules or industrialized food corporations. 
 
Don’t get me wrong, I have very strong opinions about the Standard American Diet – aka the SAD diet. There’s so much about it that sets us up for failure from a health and weight perspective.  
 
But my journey isn’t about weight loss just for the sake of conforming to society. It’s about feeling ALIVE. And strong. And energetic.
 
Cooking does that for me. Eating real food does that. Being around other people who get excited about coconut aminos and different ways to make a good tomato sauce makes me giddy. 
 
So, I created Joyful Kitchen Talk!!  Short conversations with other people who like to eat and cook and talk about real food, too. 
 
When I do something, I commit to it with joy. I hope that comes across here, too. 💜

Check out Episode 1 
Luke and Laura chat about the best way to cut an onion, the importance of limes and how cooking and experimenting is fun because there’s no such thing as kitchen hell!  

May the next bite you take be one that brings you joy! 
Many hugs,
Laura

An important message: 
I’m sending this out during a very hard time for our country as racial issues are coming to the surface and we’re still dealing with the pandemic and its health and economic impact. I’m still processing all that is going on, especially as things change so quickly. I’ve committed to learning more about how I can be anti-racist; examining how my being white influences how I think and act. I’m doing what I need to do to take care of my heart and mind and my community ~ and hopefully that will have a positive impact on the world at large. I found this podcast episode to help me during this growth process: https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/

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