• Talia Cooper

Raw Spinach

Many of you shared positive feedback about my Molasses Cake blog. Here's another intuitive eating story... though kinda the opposite. This story takes place before I knew about intuitive eating, back when I was tracking calories in hopes of being ever-smaller and evermore in control. I was also hyper-focused on "health" and raw spinach seemed the epitome of healthy. Everyday I ate a raw spinach salad for lunch.

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But weirdly, every afternoon, I got a stomachache! This did not compute: I was doing everything right, so why? But I ignored it (it being my body). Then one day I was out of spinach and instead used romaine lettuce. Lo and behold, I didn't get a stomachache! This was shocking. Could it be that the healthiest thing of all was hurting me? I still couldn't understand it, but I stopped eating raw spinach salads and my stomach felt much better. Back then I could only see food in black and white, good or bad, so you can see why this was confusing. What I know now with intuitive eating is much more complex and also feels much better:

  1. Just because something is healthy for one person, doesn't mean it is healthy for another

  2. I can pick foods based on what I want to eat, not what I think I should eat (AKA I don't ignore what my body tells me)

  3. It's not all or nothing: turns out cooked spinach never hurts my stomach, and periodic raw spinach is totally fine too! (it was just that eating it every day made my body go nooooooo!)


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(actual image of my stomach when I try to feed it daily raw spinach) Have you had that experience? A supposedly "healthy" food item that your body rejected?