Food has nothing to do with our identity. Yes, we as human beings have particular foods that fit us better than others, just like all the other species around the world. However, whatever we decide to eat is not going to interfere with our true identity. We are souls/spirits having human experiences and this fact is not going to change, despite the food we choose to ingest. By now, I am sure you’ve experienced the clear certainty that you will keep being a human being whether you eat a banana or a potato, as we don’t turn into those by eating them.
Because we got so confused and worried about what we should eat, what we don’t want to eat and what we feel like eating, especially during the last decades and particularly due to many health conditions, we started to divide foods into groups and naming each of them. The worst part is that we now call ourselves according to that, such as vegan, vegetarian, paleo, carnivore, keto, plant-based and raw.
I have this feeling that the affirmation “we are what we eat” got too far. In the beginning, it was all about giving us a push towards a more conscious diet, in case we wanted to feel better for any particular reason, or simply to reach our full potential. It also gave us the idea that eating could be one of the keys to allow our bodies and minds to heal. Now, we all got into this food’s confusion, where we argue about what are the best foods to eat and we judge ourselves and others for whatever food we decide to swallow. We even struggle with our own dietary decisions, feeling bad for our previous choices, and anxious about the results of our current ones. We change our diet over and over again, hoping to achieve the absolute truth, and then we believe everything that happens is due to that single action, and we feel deeply responsible for any “food mistake” we make. This happens because we allow ourselves to identify with the foods we eat. Today we are omnivores and tomorrow we call ourselves vegetarians. Then we have no other choice than dealing with the emotional consequences of it.
The thing is, we don’t even know what we are fighting for. We have no idea what is happening in our bodies or someone else’s bodies while eating this or that food. Everybody is unique, despite the obvious similar characteristics we all have. The only thing we can know and describe is how we feel, and even that is mainly due to our personal believes, thoughts and emotions.
We live by experience. Nobody can experience someone else’s life and vice versa. If we want to truly know something, we have to live it. In what comes to food, the only way to know if some food works for us is to try it and feel the result of it, just as we do with everything else. No matter what name we give to food, it’s just food and it’s there only to feed us as fuel, with the right amount of pleasure that comes with it.
We are not what we eat, otherwise, we would be a broccoli or a tomato. Food matters in what comes to the well-functioning of our bodies, and depending on what, when and how we eat, we feel better or worst. But food is just food, and we better remember that we are above all those concepts. We are all one, a perfect symphony of musical instruments, in which each of us plays a marvelous unique note, despite what we choose to eat.