My goal is not to look hot in a bathing suit at the beach this summer. It’s not to fit into skinny jeans or be a certain weight by the time I walk into HealthMinder Day at BlogHer in July. Those are all by products because my goal in all of this gluten-free eating is to be well. It’s simple, but I want to feel my best and have energy to tackle my day, to live my life, to enjoy each second.
Virginia Woolf says, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” But I don’t think she meant eat whatever you want when she says “dine well.” And I don’t think she meant indulging every meal or giving into a demanding sweet tooth with chocolate several times a day. Dining well to me involves whole and unprocessed foods. It means following what my body needs to fulfill its nutrient needs. It’s eating seasonally. It means slowing down to savor my bites. It means enjoying a sometimes indulgence. And dining well, to me, means being wheat free.
Of course this is different for every person. Your dining well might involve crusty french bread or pancakes on the weekends. It might mean you eat paleo or vegetarian or vegan. And here’s what I say, if eating that way makes you feel healthy, if it makes you be well, then I say good for you for recognizing what you need. And good for you for enjoying what you need.
I say cheers to dining well and being well.
So tell me, what is your definition of dining well?