Things in life are rarely ever black and white, so why should the way we nourish ourselves be any different? Get to know the beauty of a life lived in the grey.


Scare tactics, health threats, worst case scenarios, erring on the side of caution.

All of these methods are the popular means to tricking, duping, or manipulating you into purchasing or buying into another health product, supplement, program or set of rules for pristine, whole and well-lived lives.

But whole living implies a balance of all parts.

You can’t have a whole life if you look at all things related to health in black and white, and ignore certain aspects of your life.

There’s beauty, balance, and wholeness in the grey area.  So what about the grey area when it comes to food?

There are only three things you have to concern yourself with when it’s time to eat.

1. Are you eating a broad spectrum of foods – in all food groups and categories (yes, even sweets)?

2. Are you enjoying the ritual of feeding yourself?

3. Are you present?

If you’re hitting all the stops, trying all the dishes, making variety king in your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack planning…you’ll get what you need.

You also won’t get stuck in a food jag (eating the same meals, day in and day out).

You also won’t explode from your attempts at perfectionism.

You also won’t run off the rails into a sugar-saturated fat-processed foods-alcohol-heavy downward spiral of perceived “bad” choices.

You’ll have all of it…the “good”, the “bad”, and, dare I say, the delicious.

If you ENJOY what you eat while varying what fills your plate, you’ll connect with your food and the way you are nourishing yourself. You’ll have a positive experience to associate with mealtime.

No matter what else is going on in your day, week, month or life…

Mealtime is a time to indulge.

This could be an indulgence in your health, an indulgence in a sweet treat, an indulgence in the great company you share your meal with or, simply, indulging in the joy of eating.  

And if you are mixing it up and enjoying the variety…you’ll stay with the experience. You won’t get distracted by the “to-do” list, or the components of the meal. You won’t worry about how you look, who you are, or whatever else you daydream about during your ”you time”.

Yes, meal time IS “you time”.

Everybody else and everything else, take a number and wait.

This time is for you.

Explore the grey area. Stop your rigid rules and connect with yourself during the time you spend throughout your day meeting this basic need.

That’s a healthy, whole way to eat.

Adapted from the original article.

Rachel Harvest, MS, RD, CDN is a NYC-based Registered Dietitian, behavioral health nutritionist, and wellness coach.  With her philosophy centered around the love we need to give ourselves before finding our health and happiness, Rachel is on a mission to help you dig deep within to create the life you want for yourself.  To work on you with somebody who loves you no matter what, visit Rachel at The Harvest Method.