Food is just Food

April 10, 2017 in Balance / Recovery

This is something that’s been on my mind lately. The past month actually. So after writing about gendered healthcare in our country why not spit this out into a blog post.

Food is just food.

That’s it.

Food is just food for me. There is no good, there is no bad. There is no right or wrong. There is no right time to eat something, no wrong time to eat something. There are no rules.

Food is just food.

It is not the most important thing in the world. It is not and should not be the most important thing in your life. It is not and should not be the most important thing in your day. There is just so much more to focus on. There is so much more to talk about, so much more to think about than food.

How sad would it be if you missed amazing opportunities because you were worried about the food? How crazy would it be if you missed out on trips because they wouldn’t have the normal “healthy” food you eat every day?

Food is just food.

Food is what powered me through an interfaith women’s retreat this weekend. Food: not kale salads and vegan protein balls; but biscuits and regular yogurt and normal fries.

Food is what powered me through a mission trip last month. Food: not green smoothies and chickpea pasta; but macaroni and cheese and spaghetti.

Food is what carries me through my weeks at college. Food: not the kind I pack in tupperware containers; but the kind I purchase from the dining hall: the bagels and cream cheese, the pb&jellies and caesar salads.

Food carries me through. 

Sometimes this is all the Siggi’s yogurts and edamame in the world. Sometimes it’s all the bagels and pretzels.

But the thing is, food is really just food. 

It gives me energy for when I am tired and lagging. It keeps me fueled through long hours of studying. It keeps my brain thinking about things that have been exciting me so much lately: things I want to do in the future; dreams I want to work on making happen and goals I want to reach. It keeps me fueled through weekends where I am blessed enough to be able to teach yoga, it keeps me fueled through workouts at the gym and walks with friends.

Food is just food.

That’s it. That’s all there is too it. So why put the main center of your life on something so small?

I challenge you today to step outside yourself. Step outside your bubble. Step outside your comfort zone. Do not put all the focus on this one thing. Change it up, switch up your routine, grab a new lunch. Put the sweetener in your coffee. Don’t be afraid. Because the thing is food really is just food. It will not hurt you, it will not harm you. It will keep you energized. For when we are energized, we have the power to make a positive difference in this world. To make a difference in not only our lives, but in someone else’s.


Remember what is truly important in life, and hold that close to your hearts this Monday.

Wishing you all a happy start to your week!! As always, comments are so so welcome. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by friends. 

Sending lots of love, 


Lyss <3

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  • Reply Stephanie April 10, 2017 at 11:07 am

    AMEN!! To the end of a powerful piece!

  • Reply Emily April 10, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    YES! Food should not control us or direct us; it is a gift, but it’s not the center of my life . . . When it starts to become that, we have to remember Who created it and made it so we could focus on the more important things in life! I’m so glad you challenged us to step outside of our comfort zones too.
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    • Reply Alyssa April 21, 2017 at 3:34 am

      it should not control us at all!! amen girl

  • Reply Sarah April 11, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Such a great reminder Lyss! Food is not inherently good or bad. It makes me so sad that our society puts labels on food, I think the labeling and black and white thinking just leads to problems.
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    • Reply Alyssa April 21, 2017 at 3:35 am

      thank you so much sarah <3

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law April 11, 2017 at 6:54 am

    YESSSS! Food is just food – not a God or something to be worshipped or worried about!
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  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot April 11, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    I wrote a post similar to this a coupe of months ago! So great to remind ourselves that food is just in fact food. Not sometime to rule over us!
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    • Reply Alyssa April 21, 2017 at 3:36 am

      most def not something to rule over us!

  • Reply Elizabeth April 12, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    OMG THIS. There is so much more to life, I love your outlook! I am getting better at not being nervous about what I eat, and life truly is so much more rewarding when you focus on other, more meaningful things and stop stressing about something that literally just gives you energy. LOVE.

    • Reply Alyssa April 21, 2017 at 3:36 am

      thank you girl!! love YOU

  • Reply kat April 12, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    LOVE THIS! I’m definitely in the “food is just” food mindset now. Of course I realize that there are some foods that are better for me than others, however I no longer focus on the “good” and “bad” – I just eat what my body likes and what I want!
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    • Reply Alyssa April 21, 2017 at 3:36 am

      exactlyyy- our bodies truly know best

  • Reply Jessie Felber April 12, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    PREACH SISTER. <3 connections are what matter, living your life is what matter, loving yourself and loving others is what matters. No one is going to remember you for eating all the quinoa and vegetables in the world, there are going to remember you for who you are and the positive energy you give out to the world!

    • Reply Alyssa April 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

      yes girl. ah i just love you/miss you <3 thanks for reading this babe

  • Reply Kate April 13, 2017 at 10:51 am

    You know I love this! Food is just food and our bodies can use it all the same.
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    • Reply Alyssa April 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

      amen <3 love you kate

  • Reply Melanie April 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    I have been feeling this so much lately- literally food is just food! Why worry so much about calories, fat, carbs… it’s all just food and fuel for our bodies! And also something to be enjoyed. Thanks for this great reminder.

    • Reply Alyssa April 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

      no need to put all our energy into that crap. thank you for reading <3

  • Reply Jess April 25, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    ahhh how refreshing to share the same mindset!! it’s pretty disheartening to think about the emphasis placed onto food nowadays. Sometimes we all need that little reminder such as this post. Hope you had a happy Tuesday!!

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