The foods we eat can be a very personal subject.
We often identify with what or how we eat.
Sometimes we use such phrasing without really thinking about it.
Often, however, we use such phrasing because we truly identify with how we eat.
We feel it says something about us.
About our beliefs.
About our values.
About who we are.
We feel it says something about how we view the world.
What we prioritize.
Yet no dietary strategy is adequate to represent who any of us are.
First of all, different people might be eating the same way for different reasons.
Further, different people might be eating different ways for the same reasons.
We all express our values and beliefs in different ways.
Food is only one of those ways.
One way of many.
Yet so many of us turn to our food choices as our primary expression of who we are.
Are we not more substantive than that?
So simple as to be reduced to what we eat?
What happens as our values or beliefs change but our food preferences don’t?
Or as our food preferences change but our values and beliefs don’t?
Often, this causes us to feel a disconnect.
All because we’ve become so tied to our diets.
This is no way to look at food.
You are not your diet.
Your food choices may reflect your values.
They do not define your values.
Your values shine through in all that you do.
How you act.
How you speak.
How you treat others.
How you spend your time and money.
You are so much more than what you eat.
It’s an important part of who you are.
But it’s hardly a defining factor.
How else can you define yourself?
How else can you live out your values?
How else can you be you?
Because that’s all you are.
Regardless of what or how you eat.
You’ve got this.