We start our lazy holiday Monday morning together, cozied up in bed. And then you stretch and smile and start listing off what you’d like for breakfast, including ice cream and lemonade and pasta made from sweet potato and peas, with lots of pecorino cheese.
These details are important to me, because I know you are still choosing foods based on what you love to eat, instead of what you think you ought to eat. You are still listening to your tummy and your tongue, and then actually not only asking for those foods for breakfast (even if neither one is considered a traditional breakfast food), but giving yourself permission to eat them and enjoy them.
This is a miracle to me, because by age five most children have stopped eating intuitively (if I’ve got my stats right, it might even be by age three). Somewhere along the way, we begin to replace listening when we’re hungry with diet books, caloric calculators, the shoulds and the shouldn’ts..because somewhere along the way, we begin to believe, falsely, that we can’t be trusted.
Somewhere along the way we begin to believe in a diet industry worth billions and billions of dollars that tells us we are not worthy, simply because we can’t twist and turn and contort our bodies into their rigid, narrow moulds.
But beautiful wee bee, please know that this is BULLSHIT.
The diet industry tells you these lies in order to make more and more money. And the worst part is, they are so successful because it is so frigging hard for people to feel worthy, to dance in their own sunlight. We’ve been told to play small when we ought to be playing as big and bold and beautiful as we actually are.
And so, you eat that ice cream for breakfast and enjoy it, every last bite. Because life is meant to be enjoyed and savoured and gobbled up, one delicious bite at a time.