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.
This episode’s Dear Food letter:
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?
- Julie Dillon RD blog
- Link to subscribe to the Love Food’s Food Peace Syllabus.
- Christy Harrison’s website
- Food Psych podcast
- Anti-Diet book (aff)
- Intuitive Eating book (aff) and website
- Find an Eating Disorder Dietitians near you.
Do you have a complicated relationship with food? I want to help! Send your Dear Food letter to LoveFoodPodcast@gmail.com.