Today on the Diane Rehm Show, in honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday, Bob Spitz discussed his new book about Child, called Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child. On the program today, a clip from a 1985 interview by Diane Rehm, was played where Rehm asked Child how she managed to maintain a schedule that would tire a great many people. “Well,” Child quipped, “that’s because I eat properly — red meat and gin.”
While eating red meat & drinking gin alone do not constitute a balanced diet, Julie was one of the first to emphasize eating a whole, balanced, freshly prepared meal. As a foodie & novice chef in my own right, I adore Julia Child and what she did “for the servantless American cook who can be unconcerned on occasion with budgets, waistlines, time schedules, children’s meals, the parent-chauffeur-den-mother syndrome or anything else which might interfere with the enjoyment of producing something wonderful to eat” (Child, Bertholle, & Beck. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 1961).
As athletes or individuals who just want to live a healthy, happy life, balance is the key word. Diets never work because they always deprive us, limit us, put rules on us…and most Americans instantly buck at the sight of another RULE. When the body and particularly the MIND feel deprived then a state of wanting, grasping, and/or craving is created. When the craving begins, our rational, balanced thinking disappears and we become creatures desperate for fulfillment. It’s a basic instinct that is triggered and the only way to shut it off is to allow ourselves the opportunity to practice moderation.
Practice, practice, practice. Train, train, train. That’s all we do so we should be fairly familiar with it, yes? Food has become such a crutch or crucifix for so many, so don’t hear this as a flippant demand to “pull yourself together!” or “just do it!” If it was easy, our country wouldn’t have obesity, diabetes, and heart disease on the most wanted list of how you’ll probably die. The good news is that we do have control. It just takes practice. Mindfulness is what makes our performance improve, so let’s bring mindfulness into our eating.
Mindful eating saved me & many others from disordered eating and thinking about food. Eating is about nourishing our bodies, taking care of our minds and bodies like we care for our clothes or our cars. Bad gas in the tank = bad performance on the road. Click here for more on mindful eating then EMAIL ME for extra support on how to bring this piece of training into your own life.
Keep it simple: the fresher, the better. Good food doesn’t have to be expensive or extensive to create. Let me show some simple techniques so you can EAT BIKE RUN & REFLECT more efficiently.