food. it's getting really-real, up in here.

Food is funny business. Not funny ha-ha, but funny interesting, to me. There are over a dozen messages in my inbox right now asking for collaboration or partnerships with quick fix teas, bars, powders, juices, fruit and veggie poppers, vegan this and/or gluten-free that. The second most asked question, next to my “yoga journey” is what I eat. What kind of label eater I am. What I want to say is: “I eat the food. I drink the drink. I never skip dessert. I eat what feels good.” Because that’s what’s true for me.

Sometimes I am brave enough to say this. At times, I’ve been asked to give more, advice, if you will. An interview of mine was pulled because I refused to offer 5 tips to better eating for yogis. I get it. We all want more. Will this more ever be enough? My answers are not packed with punches and secrets on the skinny. When confronted with food asks, I am riddled with boredom. I have no wisdom for anyone. No advice to give. I can only offer my experience, and it doesn’t make yours less than or not enough. I feel I have no business offering advice on the next buzz word to detox your way through food. And I would be wary of any untrained teachings and teachers hellbent on controlling your life through food, heck, through yoga. I have nothing to offer than a recipe that tastes like heaven in your mouth and hopefully has your belly partying with each spoonful.

We’ve become so obsessed with fact-checking our way to feel good. If you fear your food, you are simply biting into fear, swallowing a less-than belief system. Maybe it’s time we change the thoughts around our mouth-holes. Turn off the tube of photoshopped perfection. Close the magazines with the bullshit quick fixes. Shut down the obsessions. And conjure up some balls to feel good about ourselves. To fucking love the shit out of ourselves. That my friends, is food for the soul. It is my calling to love, keep on lifting. My calling does not come in swinging from controlled regimens.

Please know that there are people out there that can help cultivate food for life relationships. One of my most favorite humans in the world is an expert, I am grateful to work alongside of him. Meet Joe Eiben. He’s your man. And so much more.

As for me, I’ll keep offering the no-bullshit stuff. That’s my jam. #foodtalk

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