Maybe we forgot about them. Or maybe we’re trying to hide them and pretend they never existed. But… they’ll always be there. The pantry may be dark. It may even be locked, boarded up and forgotten about. But they’re in there. Those food skeletons of years past that we pretend didn’t happen are still there…
Some of us have lots, others just a few. Some of them are old and buried at the back, some are brand new. Some are mild, others are down right scary. Some of us store ours in plain sight while others do anything to keep theirs hidden. But no matter who the person, how healthy or sick, righteous or shamed, we all have food skeletons in our closet (or pantry, cupboard or restaurant closet).
Massive soda consumption in college. Krispie Kremes and chocolate milk to start the day. Mocha Frappaccinos. Skittles, Starburst, Mamba and Now-N-Laters. Hot Pockets. Cherry Coke Slurpies. Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburgers and Criss-Cut fries. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (cringe). Hostess Cupcakes or gum and a Pepsi at break in high school. (Insert nearly any sugary cereal here) for breakfast. Kool-Aid. The list goes on and on and it’s simply what I can remember off the top of my head. This is even coming from a guy who 1) grew up with a pretty healthy diet and parents who did a good job with real food, 2) went to graduate school in Kinesiology to learn about the human body, 3) has been a personal trainer for a dozen years and 4) writes a blog on health and wellness!
My point is this: I am human and I have a lot of food skeletons. We all have food skeletons. Let’s not forget this when talking about, critiquing or criticizing personal nutrition because we’ve all been there and we can’t pretend we weren’t in the same place at some point in the past. Let’s focus on how we can get healthier without passing too many judgements because we all have some pretty scary food skeletons in our closet.
Anyone else have some skeletons to share?
Thanks for reading, have a great day!