Practicing Awareness: I don’t want to be that unaware white girl on a diet

3 thoughts on “Practicing Awareness: I don’t want to be that unaware white girl on a diet”

  1. scrupulousmind says:

    When I decided that I had to lose weight (I was 190 pounds at the time), I re-evaluated my relationship with food through the lens of privilege, too. Growing up on food stamps, I was hungry a lot. I became overweight when I had money as an adult. I never, ever let myself feel hunger. Hunger was a thing poor people or anorexic people did. But in reality, the cycle of letting yourself become a little bit hungry and then feeding yourself is how we’re supposed to live. Hunger isn’t a class issue, it’s just a message from you body that you need to feed yourself. Not being able to answer that message by feeding yourself with good food is a class issue. Having a choice about what I put into my body and when is part of my privilege, and I carelessly waste that privilege when I feed myself too much, or feed myself crap. And this sounds really maladaptive to some people, but the fact is, being a little hungry every day reminds me of when I was hungry all the time, and reminds me to see good food for what it really is – a valuable gift to be grateful for. Should it be a privilege to eat healthy food? I don’t think so, but it is, and I think we should be aware of that.

    1. says:

      You are so right…in fact there is a lot I could go back to and make more connections to now that you bring this up. It shouldn’t be a privilege to eat healthy food when we can grow a lot of it. I’ve learned that from some pretty amazing urban farmers! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Kay Anderson says:

    Finally took a moment to read this. I love your rawness, Sara… And I want you to choose healthy Sara too, because I want you in my life for a long, long time. <3

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