I am now a Certified Level 1 Precision Nutrition Coach. Finished it on Thanksgiving. While the scale hasn’t budged much and I’m still not 100% where I want to be, I’m happy to say that I feel better about my relationship with food.

Precision Nutrition has a saying something like “food is not a moral issue.” For many of us, we grew up hearing quite the opposite. Don’t eat that, you’ll get fat. Fat is bad. You should eat this and not that (I went to college with that guy). Work off your sins.

All of this is fusion – well-meaning, but fusion nonetheless.

I also love the fact that Precision Nutrition focuses on crowding out less healthy foods with more healthy ones. Have the cheesecake, but also eat your vegetables. When we eat higher quality food, all of a sudden that stuff we used to call junk is less reinforcing.

I have to say I did the opposite game with eating to help with this. As I ate the cheesecake, I said, “I can’t eat this cheesecake.” As strange as it sounds, it really does help. (I looked for a link and can’t find one). Also giving those rules a persona – oh, Grizelda! – helped me realize there is no good or bad, just a continuum of better.

I’ve also added fish to my diet after being a lacto-ovo vegetarian for over 20 years. This journey helped me realize that some of those rules were fusion, too. I don’t know if I’ll go back to meat entirely, but I’m not ruling it out.

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