/ Living our healthiest lives is so far from deprivation, it’s not funny.
August 23, 2018

“Just eat the cake…”

“Why don’t you have a slice…?”

“YOLO!”

When did cake, sweets, over-eating, or over-indulgence become major markers of living our fullest lives?

When did supporting local producers, movement and mobility, cooking at home, minimising waste, and eating quality get the backseat?

Far too often I see “healthy choices” being equated with deprivation and joylessness… and it baffles me.

I see many people being torn down by what can only remind me of tall-poppy syndrome…

We live in a world where junk is often the standard…

And it’s up to us to shift that.

If we only live once, wouldn’t we want to define what a rich life means to us, according to our values, and learn to find joy in eating or moving in a way that serves those values – especially if one of those is FAMILY or HEALTH?

Wouldn’t we want our choices to reflect our values?

Wouldn’t we want the highest quality food?

Wouldn’t we want to push ourselves to great heights?

Wouldn’t we hire the best trainers? Follow the best fitness program?

Wouldn’t we want to share joy that lasts?

“Life’s too short to not eat cake…”

“My grandfather ate cake and drank wine everyday and he lived until he was 94! See, there’s nothing wrong with it…”

Too quickly attitudes like these can lead us down the garden path. A little cake or sweets are fun, but when you look at how much sugar is in almost everything we now eat or drink, it’s important to rethink how we “YOLO.”

Treats quickly become life.

Life’s too short to eat junk consistently. Cake can be nice and if you put the right sweets in front of me, I’ll eat it guilt-free, but I will not attach myself to it because I know I’ll be living my happiest and fullest life without it.

Food is exciting whether it’s sweet or not.

Cake is not the marker of joy, we are.

After experiencing IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for a number of years now with great discomfort when it flares, I am conscious of the choices other people are making and why – and I try to be mindful in how I communicate my needs too, so that people see I’m still laughing.

Be mindful of what you’re communicating.

There’s a chance you’re talking to someone trying to wean themselves off junk food, recharge their mind or body, heal themselves, eat more, or prevent disease; to feel their best. The next time you say “just eat it, what’s the matter with you?” Remember, there’s nothing wrong with them and in fact, they could just be nursing one of the world’s fartiest tummies. So everyone benefits if we don’t aggravate that, trust me!

Living our healthiest lives is NOT deprivation.
Eating the best foods that we can is NOT joyless.
Moving our bodies is NOT a chore.

EACH ONE OF THESE IS LIBERATING.

Each of these is necessary.

That’s my two cents (in a pudding).

To learn how joyful and liberating fitness can be for you, pre-order ‘Fit For Life’ by Daniel Freeman today.

About the author:

Julie Freeman is a pocket rocket who hails from the Sydney’s Upper North Shore. She’s a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Coach & Group Exercise Instructor studying towards her Certificate IV in Fitness while learning from her husband Daniel, who runs Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio in Hornsby. It’s her mission to open space for more women to dive deeper into their fitness journeys and experience the courage within. When she’s not in the gym, you may find her outside hiking mountains or volunteer firefighting. Read more about Julie and Soulful Fitness at www.juliefreeman.com.au/about

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