The word “calorie” has a negative connotation.
In reality the word is very neutral, even positive.
Calories are how we have begun to measure the energy in food- which is a potentially harmless concept if it is seen as a positive thing. Calories are our sustenance and life force. It is the energy we consume in order to live and thrive. Not to mention one of our biggest biological pleasures.
But then, of course, somewhere along the way, calories suddenly became something we all were apparently getting too much of. Excess calories were bad. Hell, calories in general were bad. So we deprive, and count, and measure and worry and restrict and rebel and binge and worry more and count more and restrict more.
And then calories are your drug and you are convinced you are addicted to food and can’t listen to your hunger or stop with a normal portion.
Nah. You and sufficient Calories just had a falling out.
Calories are not a problem. Calories are essential- and lots of em. Not to say that consistent excess calories won’t make you gain weight. Or that sufficient calories in a compromised metabolism won’t make you gain weight. It can and it will. But that is not because Calories are bad. And it is not because Calories can’t be trusted.
- Calories can be trusted. Trust calories more than a disordered relationship with food and calories.
- Sufficient and even some excess calories speed up your system.
- Restricting calories leads to food fixation- as a starving body’s main goal is finding food.
- When trusted, the body will regulate it’s need for calories with your desire for them.
Instead of worrying… Fuck It.