Raisin Bran is amazing

One time, a start-a-new-diet-every-Monday person in my life saw me drinking a V8. He proudly declared that he NEVER drinks V8 -- and do I know why?? It’s because it has way too much sugar in it!

Another time, he outlined the various cereals that he would NEVER TOUCH because of all the sugar -- first and foremost, the dreaded Raisin Bran.

At the time, I wasn’t as clear in my convictions about food and dieting, and I was deeply affected by his words. Without making a conscious decision about it, I gradually villainized V8 and Raisin Bran and stopped eating them altogether.

During that lovely permission stage of Intuitive Eating where you explore all the foods you’ve been restricting, Raisin Bran topped my list. You should have seen the look on my husband’s face when I skipped down the cereal aisle hugging a family sized box. People who haven’t been through this food stuff just don’t understand…

To this day, Raisin Bran is one of my favorite foods (I’m not sure why -- I don’t even like raisins that much). I eat it whenever I feel like it, which is pretty frequently -- sometimes even for dinner. I love the way it tastes, and I love the freedom it implies, and I love that it never kills me -- despite the mountains of sugar it allegedly contains!

Food is not evil. It doesn’t have that much control over you. It isn’t the enemy. And once you take the power away from it, you can see what it’s really for: to help you live, and to provide you pleasure.

It’s not about cereal and whether it’s good for you. It’s not about vegetable juice and the sugar content. It’s not about macros or carbs or paleo/keto/volumetrics.

It’s about trusting your body.

When you’re tuned in to your body, you’ll know if you’ve had too much sugar. When you’re listening to your intuition, it will be clear if you’re taking good care of yourself or need to tweak something here or there.

And you’ll know, deep down inside, that you’re safe...safe from all the monstrous raisins and poisonous V8s in the world.

Food matters, sure. But we’ve given it too much power. Many things contribute to your health, not the least of which is your happiness (my personal opinion is that your attitude about food and sense of peace in your life matters far more than the nutritional composition of what you eat...but that’s a different blog post).

Listen to your intuition. Eat what makes you feel good. Ignore all the diet talk. Relax and enjoy your life.

I’m gonna go have a bowl of Raisin Bran.

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