They've read it all, tried it all, and they can tally up the carbs/calories/protein/fat in the meal you're eating in before you can say "Does this fit my macros?"
So, why is it that those with the MOST nutritional info seem to be struggling so hard? How can you know, and continue to gather, nutritional information and not find any kind of PEACE with food?
But more importantly, I think we need to acknowledge that intelligence, or knowing a lot, does not equal wisdom (i.e. the ability to use that information well).
Charles Haddon Spurgeon said: "Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom."
Okay, so, easy there Spurgeon (super intense baptist preacher). I'm not calling everyone a fool. I just think it's important to point out that facts can't pull themselves together and tell a complete story. You have to do that for yourself....or find someone who can help you. Wisdom comes from knowing the information and then having the experience, understanding, common sense, and insight to use that information in a useful way.
What is a useful way to use food facts?
What does food wisdom look like?
I think it helps to start with what food wisdom DOES NOT look like.
When most people are seeking out nutritional information or ways to be healthy what they are really seeking out are ways to lose weight and/or control all aspects of their health (i.e. live forever, never die, control everything).
"Healthy" becomes the socially acceptable code word for skinny or perfect....and when those blinders are on it becomes very difficult, if not impossible, to use nutritional information wisely. In these cases, people tend to filter out all info that doesn't lead them to their ultimate goal of body manipulation, while latching on to (often ridiculous to outright dangerous) tidbits of info that fit their drop-weight-fast-control-the-world mentality. Nutritional facts become overwhelming, anxiety provoking, dogmatic, and challenging. It becomes difficult to leave the house for fear of breaking a food rule.
Only when we are able to eliminate the attachment to a very specific, unpredictable, and uncontrollable outcome - like a number on the scale - can we learn about food & nutrition and integrate it in a way that makes us happier and healthier: taking the facts at face-value, trying them on for size, and deciding what fits into our life and what doesn't.
Food wisdom is sustainable. You can abide by wise food "rules" every day, all day.
Food wisdom leads us to make decisions that feel good and peaceful and EASY. (Imagine that!!!)
Food wisdom doesn't get "blown" by a party or a vacation. It endures age and stage and season.
Food wisdom comes from within.
Most of us didn't gain this wisdom growing up. We were raised by parents who themselves were raised in a diet culture - and so, chances are, this is all new. Wisdom, the ability to apply nutritional facts in a healthy, useful way to your life will TAKE TIME to develop. And you might need help.
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