Monday, August 23, 2010

Monday Motivation

I had an entirely different post planned for today but what I'm about to share with you had such an impact on me, I couldn't let it wait.

Yesterday, I mentioned that we were watching Gordon Ramsay traveling around India. In the final episode, he visited an ashram in Kerala, southern India, where the majority of the residents are vegetarian. Gordon meets with the guru of the ashram to share a meal and discuss the vegetarianism. Gordon mentions the perhaps false morality of vegetarianism to which the guru replied...

"Food is not a morality,
it is a question of well being."

Wow! That hit me like a ton of bricks. Not so much in the context of vegetarianism versus eating meat but in the context of the perception of good and bad often comes up when one is "dieting" or trying to lose weight.

Have you ever said something like this to yourself?~ "I was so good today, I ate oatmeal and apples and brown rice and chicken..." Or "I was bad today, I ate a piece of cake at work and only did half my workout." I know I have and never to a positive outcome.

So, when I stared focusing on my health or "well being" as the guru so beautifully put it, I wanted my life to be well rounded, balanced. I want my body and mind to be fit and healthy by feeding it quality whole foods and giving it movement but I also want my pleasure center to be satisfied. This may mean the occasional day off from a workout when I'm feeling like I need it and a cupcake or come chocolate ice cream or an Indian meal complete with a tasty beer. None of this makes me good or bad. I'm promoting my well being, all aspects of it and making a happy life for myself in the process.

"Food is not a morality,
it is a question of well being."

2 comments:

  1. That is an awesome quote...I am pretty good about not fat-talking myself, but I am a habitual, "Oh, I was good today..." because I ate good stuff or "I was bad today because I...". I love that...food is not morality. I didn't even realize I was viewing it that way, but I totally was.

    Good post.

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  2. Stealing this quote! It is something I definitely need to be better about. I am really bad about giving myself a hard time when I make "bad" choices. Thanks for sharing!

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