Want to Make: greater than or equal to Want to Eat

Thank you people for continuing to inspire me to write cool things about the culture of wellness and how we participate in it. On to this blog’s topic…

A recurring conversation that I have is:

Friend, “Well, what do you eat?”

Me, “Honestly? I just eat what I want.”

Friend, “Lucky!”

Me, “Noooo, not really.”

Friend, “If I ate what I wanted, I’d just eat junk.”

Me, “Noooo, I don’t think you would.”

I feel that quite often there is a fundamental misunderstanding over what we want to eat and what we want to make to eat. 

You and your body are super smart (most of the time).

You and your body probably agree on what you want to eat more often than you think you do. What you might disagree on is how much time and effort you are willing to put in to nourishing yourself.

If you had a world class chef and a cornucopia of amazing foods available to you at all times…Would you really only eat that giant bag of potato chips for supper?

Maybe. Maayyyyybe once in a blue moon…after having run an ultra marathon or something.

Really, it’s far more likely that you’d order something delicious, that met all your cravings and needs…and then you might add on a small snack after supper of something sweet or salty (depending on your leanings).

Please, toss that self-deprecating language in the garbage; you’re better than that.

If you ate what you wanted, I’m certain you’d eat far better than you think you would; you might just need to do a little clarification.

Next time you’re getting ready to nosh, clarify what it is that you’re doing. Are you eating what it is that you want? Or are you making what it is that you’re willing to make?

Is “wanting to make” greater than or equal to “wanting to eat”?


Wellness is not Separate

“I could never do that”

“I’m going on a diet” 

“I’m trying to eat clean”

“I went for a run today”

“New day, new you”

We are inundated with messages of wellness as other, or separate, from normal/average practices. We speak of clean eating as though everyone else is eating dirt, we speak of making exercise changes as if what we were doing before was absolute inactivity, we give up “bad habits” for “good” ones.

What if this forced dichotomy isn’t quite true?

What if real, sustainable wellness comes in the form of noshing on beaver tails while walking around the zoo?

Although we talk about lifestyle blogs, urban and rural lifestyles, athletic lifestyles, student lifestyles and many other descriptor variants of “lifestyle,” the idea of lifestyle rarely seems to encapsulate what, by definition, a life style is.

The pursuit of health or wellness is a component of many different lifestyles but, it is rarely (with the obvious exception of athletes) considered as an integral component of absolutely everything that an individual is already doing.

So, dodge that diet change and skip the guilt trip about the gym and start unpacking all of the ways that you pursue wellness in your day-to-day life.

For me, it involves not only my identity as an athlete but my decision to cook my food from scratch, my walks with my dog, walking to work, being obsessed with tea, gardening in the evening with my partner, and running away to play in the mountains as frequently as possible.

With all that on my plate, it hardly matters (from a wellness perspective) if I miss a date at the gym.

Sailing is the best.

Your Clothes Should Do Something

I’ve never considered myself a stylish individual, see above sailing picture.

My process for item selection is incredibly simple: garments and accessories should do something.

Whether they’re keeping me warm, cool, holding my stuff, facilitating movement (yay sports!), helping me get a job, or even making my legs look longer, my wardrobe consists entirely of items that do something.

You know that saying, “Honey, that shirt/dress/pair of trousers do(es) nothing for you.” 

It’s like my inner rationalist took that saying on and beat it up until my mother would approve.

When we select items to represent ourselves to the world, the semiotics are more than I could ever hope to break down…even if I were to write a novel. This confusion over representation is one of the reasons there is a fashion industry and why there are so many fashion bloggers out there. So, I’mma dodge that bullet (at least for now).

But what I can contribute to the discussion is a somewhat Durkheimian perception of item selection.

Owning clothes or items simply because they appeared appealing does very little for our day-to-day needs. When we cave and purchase something for purely symbolic value (because it’s pretty), these items often end up living on a hanger or in a closet somewhere (hehm, those painful shoes).

So, I challenge you, walk into your closet and ask yourself, what do your garments and accessories do?