First and foremost I’m no expert on the subject. This is a mother of a just turned teen sharing her side of the story. Also in this internet era information is very loosely available. Every WhatsApp forward has a nuska (home-remedy) and a life-changing experience. Well, my life has changed too. The fit food that all my life I’ve only been dreaming of eating (because junk food always tasted better and is available faster) is something I am cooking for my daughter.
Now what is fit food, the definition varies from one video to the other. My daughter has stopped eating healthier options like rice, chapati, lentils, and vegetables, as these do not qualify as fit food for her (Well, the parathas are served as wheat crackers served with yogurt dip becomes fit food!)
The other thing that has not changed since the universe came into existence is looking down on yourself. Seeing yourself through the lens of shapes and sizes. Hence, this kind of fit food foul-play. And respect to all those people for whom body-shaming is their favorite pastime. Because they are so much deep in this shit that they evaluate people the moment they meet looking at them, did you gain weight! They forget that they are judging, measuring a human full of emotions!
"Stop worrying about whether you're fat. You're not fat. Or, rather you're sometimes a little bit fat, but who gives a shit? There is nothing more boring and fruitless than a woman lamenting the fact that her stomach is round. Feed yourself. Literally. The sort of people worthy of your love will love you more for this". - Cheryl Strayed
Now eating healthy is not a bad thing to do, but defining what is healthy and following it blindly is. I'm amused at the organic food market that is sold a double or triple price the original ordinary product. Consumerism is at its best play and telling us what is good to eat and what is bad. Our culture teaches us to eat what is available locally and seasonal. Our festivals are celebrated with home-cooked sweets which are far better than healthy bars available in the market.
With food too, simplicity is the key. Simpler the food healthier it is. I'm a person who believes in a feel-good experience. Eating food for me is a feel-good experience too. I listen to my body and satisfy all my taste buds. It is only when I overdo, I harm myself. And like mentioned above if someone you would listen to on fit food, it's not me, maybe your grandmother!
One thing I do not do for sure is sulk while eating, binge-watch while eating, and count calories (I mean who counts goodness!). Eat, enjoy and stay merry!!