Su B Food

Are you tired of being browbeaten about what you should or shouldn’t eat?

These days, we find ourselves making judgements about everything we put into our mouths, and – if we’re not careful – laying those judgements on other people too. And because the ‘bad’ foods are also usually the quick, easy, addictive ones, they come with all sorts of tags: lazy, self-indulgent, naughty, hedonistic, and so on.

It’s easy to become a rebel, to feel as though you’re somehow outwitting the food police when you tuck into a piece of cake or a fried breakfast. Or even that it’s life-affirming to eat the food you love, rather than sticking to a joyless diet of quinoa and supergreens.

But there’s the problem. It’s not a case of either a ‘full English’ or a beansprout salad. That sort of oppositional thinking just makes it harder for us to make sensible, grown up choices, to tread the path of moderation.

Healthy foods need not be joyless, and processed foods are certainly not full of life force.

The patients who are hardest to treat are those who make rigid rules for themselves, and never break them. If we’re not careful, we stop noticing what really works for us and what doesn’t; I’ve seen plenty of patients who have carefully controlled diets, ‘perfect’ by the rules of the day, and yet are still getting troubling symptoms and lacking joie de vivre.

The personality traits that are associated with good health outcomes and quality of life are things like flexibility, curiosity, optimism and sociability. They may well matter more, in the end, than what you eat and how you eat it.

EDITOR:  Su has an excellent Herb Handbook available to buy directly from her website or from Amazon.

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