Of course this doesn’t apply to everyone but you might spot yourself if it does apply.
Why is this?
But back in 2003, my life changed in many ways as I learned a lot about good nutrition. As I put my knowledge into action, I lost 18 pounds in weight in around 7 weeks, my skin tone even improved and I felt fantastic compared to how I’d always felt.
But I also started getting more colds and sore throats. To be honest, I’m one of those people who, up until that point, rarely got sick. In fact, the headmaster at my school announced my name on the tannoy system when I was 17 as one of only 2 people who’d gone 6 years of high school without missing a single day through illness. Actually, that wasn’t so cool for a 17 year old. 🙂
Eating chocolate no longer meant energy for me. Now it meant sugar (bad) and saturated fat (bad). So when I ate chocolate (which I find hard to resist), I was really telling myself that I was taking stuff that was bad for me into my body, whereas in the past I was affirming it’s good qualities. The shift was in my mind and it was creating stress.
I’ve been wondering if this could have created a negative placebo effect (a nocebo effect) that resulted in me getting more colds. I think it did. The solution was to change what I told myself about foods.
But we also need to think wisely about food. It would make more sense to think of the positives we get from all foods and then just choose the ones that we know to be better for us in the long-term.
And, of course, I don’t think it would be wise to test the power of food beliefs by eating typically high sugary, salty, and fatty foods and just telling ourselves that we’re getting good nutrition from them.
Eating healthy is a choice. But choosing to eat healthy foods is different from cutting out unhealthy foods. On the surface it’s the same, but the difference is in the mind. Cutting out unhealthy foods labels unhealthy stuff as bad, while choosing to eat healthy focuses, instead, on what is healthy. The difference is in the mind.
That’s how I think of things anyway.