I used to watch people eating food and not understand. Why were they eating? Why were they eating more than necessary? Why were they eating such exotic foods? And how on earth could they actually eat something for pleasure? I used to ask A all the time why he was eating, much to his amusement and confusion.
So yeah, I was pretty stumped.
But anyway – now I have a whole list of reasons why I eat food. It’s pretty exciting! So if you’re the curious type or the eating disordered type and really have no clue at all why people eat and find it all rather fascinating really, this post is for you!
Why Rebekah Eats (and reasons you should too!)
1) The obvious. Food gives us energy to do all those mundane tasks we despise doing, like housework and study and driving and reading and lying down and sitting and breathing, and just being in general.
2) Our brains need food to function as they should. Not only just for study, but to be able to THINK, to converse with people, to articulate thoughts and ideas and emotions. Our brains also need food to think rationally, clearly and logically.
3) The wonderful feeling you get when you’re walking or swimming or running and you feel the stretch of your muscles; the burn as you push yourself a little – and oh how I hated that feeling when I wasn’t eating, because then it represented weakness – my body was craving fuel. Now it represents strength and my body is able to do the work I intend for it to do.
4) Hips are ridiculously lovely. Make friends with your hips. I can’t believe ever hated them. Eating food makes your hips happy.
5) I get hungry. And when I get hungry, I eat because that is what one does when they are hungry. Suppressing hunger is not normal, healthy or advised in any circumstance. Unless you’re fasting for a blood test. Which is different. So my point is, eat when you feel hungry and stop when you feel full.
6) Often I eat as a social thing – get a coffee with a friend and share some banana bread. Or go and celebrate a lovely persons birthday and eat Thai for dinner because it’s a special occasion and it feels good.
7) If you have an infection or flu or some other type of nasty, food can be useful in providing energy and vitamins and all that fun stuff. Even if you don’t feel like eating it, make yourself anyway. And don’t exercise, okay? No really, I have a cold and tonight I’m going to make me some lentil soup. So keen. So yes – follow suit, I dare you!
8) Eating food gives me an overwhelming sense of thankfulness. And it doesn’t end. I feel it at breakfast time, morning tea, lunch time, afternoon tea time, dinner time and supper time. And then I feel it all over again. Seriously. How is that NOT a reason to eat foodsies?
9) Food doesn’t just make your brain work or help you to do all the fun tasks of life – it also helps your INSIDES to work properly. You know, the ol’ heart beating, liver functioning, kidney/bowel/digestive system/every other system inside of you currently doing its job for you right this very moment. What a winner of a body you have.
10) There’s so much more I could ramble on with, but hot dang – how DELICIOUS is food? I like that God created food tasty so we could enjoy it – if He wanted it to be something we did just to stay alive, He probably wouldn’t have made it taste so good or given us taste buds at all. Top bloke.
If you struggle to see why people eat food, I hope this list has been somewhat thought-provoking for you. Perhaps make your own list – surely there are more pros than cons for food. Don’t let the eating disorder tell you otherwise.