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I don't know about you, but I've been seeing a lot of “holier than thou” attitudes in the real food world recently and it makes me really sad. And it also makes me rather irritated. It bugged me so much that I took to the computer to type up some thoughts over on my other website here.
It all stemmed from a discussion on Facebook that bugged me. The conversation took place on a food related post that was geared towards diet and chronic illness. Essentially the discussion boiled down to:
“I think people who don't eat right and take care of themselves are stupid. Why don't you just make better choices?”
This discussion made me mad for a couple of reasons and again reinforced my belief that there is a MAJOR disconnect in both Western and alternative medicine when it comes to creating true health around food and body.
While yes, I do believe that we all have the ability to choose what we eat and how we behave, our habits and behaviors go FAR deeper than just “right” and “wrong”, “good” and “bad”. Our behaviors sometimes transcend common sense.
Sometimes we behave in ways that are unexplainable to us. We may have moments where we do something that we don't remember doing. Or we may feel out of control and like someone else is in the driver's seat instead of us. Ever had those “out of body” experiences?
This is called disembodiment and it's something I talk a lot about because it's important. It literally means that we have checked out of our bodies. That we are acting on a purely subconscious level and our conscious mind is not in running the show during these times.
Binge eating is a perfect example of disembodiment. Many people who find themselves dealing with binge eating will report that they don't actually remember the act of eating. Perhaps they remember getting the urge to eat and walking to the kitchen. Then afterward, they saw the results of the binge, but if you ask them what they remember from the time during the actual binge itself they will likely not be able to remember.
While this post is not specifically about binge eating, I wanted to use it as an example because it is one that many people can relate to and understand. I'll be writing more about binge eating in the coming months since it's a topic that is near and dear to my heart and one that is highly misunderstood in today's world.
This post IS, however, about not judging people for where they are in life. It's about recognizing that your view of the world is just that. YOUR view. And just because something feels right, clear cut, or easy to you does not mean that others feel the same way.
Want to read the full post? I'd love to have you jump over to my other blog and read it here and then I'd love to hear your thoughts!