(190) How does Food Activism fit into Food Peace? (with Christy Harrison)

Do you value sustainability? Vegan? Concerned about the agricultural impact on the environment? What if you want to improve the environment and have your food choices reflect that? Pull up a chair and let’s chat. This episode of Love Food features guest expert Christy Harrison, author of the newly released Anti-Diet.

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This episode is brought to you by my courses: PCOS and Food Peace and Dietitians PCOS and Food Peace. You CAN make peace with food even with PCOS and I want to show you how.

This episode’s Dear Food letter:

Dear Food,

I’ve been in recovery from anorexia and orthorexia for over 6 months now and have been feeling so much better! Digestive issues I’ve expereinced for years have finally cleared up, and I love the way my body feels when I am nourishing it and giving it what it wants. Nevertheless, I struggle with the ways my food choices impact the environment. For a long time, while fully enmeshed in my eating disorder, I set out to live without electricity and try to grow all my own food–anything I did buy had to be something that I could concivibly produce in my area. This was a lot of rules and Ed loved it. During times when I fell short of vision and ate imported foods, I was ashamed, and during times when I succeeded I felt superior to others who lacked the discipline to care for the Earth the way I did. All and all I was unhealthy and isolated.


Now in my recovery, I no longer have such high standards. I try to live simply but give myself the joy of buying foods and now use electricity to do some of the things I love and carea about. I’ve also become involved in environmental activism. In the climate justice sphere, veganism is often touted as a major step one can take for the Earth. Inspite of this, I know deep down that eating animal products can be done in a way that it in balance with Earth and my body. I also know that the more time I spend obsessing on food, the less energy I have for this activism I care so much about! 


But it is hard food, hard to be among people who claim that there is a moral imperative to eat in a certain way. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to find food peace while also believing certain foods are better for the environment and others aren’t. How can I have food peace when I feel my dietary choices are something I need to defend? How can I have food peace when a part of me knows that entire way we live now, including how we get our food, isn’t in balance with the Earth?


Sincerely,

Letter writer

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