It seems, tragically, that food and happiness have become mutually exclusive.

Many people have developed a confused, frustrated and unhealthy relationship with food (and to a large extent because of this – exercise).

Our focus this week is going to be on unpacking a very simple concept when it comes to how you should eat and what diet you should follow: do what makes you happy.

In a time where irony is deemed to be an acceptable response to everything, lets nip that in the bud and ask that you don’t respond with something like “but I’m happy when I eat donuts.” While you might find this type of thing funny, there are millions of people who don’t, because they battle with food every day of their lives. It’s a serious topic that deserves serious consideration.

And so we say again, do what makes you happy.

What we mean by this, is make a choice that makes you happy in the medium to long term with regard to your food and your exercise. If you’re someone who can eat loads of calories, put on excess fat as a result, and still be absolutely content with your body and who you are as a person then you’re truly blessed. This isn’t a sarcastic comment. You’re happy, and there’s not many more wonderful things that a person can be.

If, however, every time you eat anything unhealthy it tears you up inside to the extent that you either need to berate, starve or torture yourself in the gym, then you’re making incredibly poor choices – because they’re making you unhappy. That short term tastebud kick is making you miserable, and you can easily become a slave to it.

If you’re this type of person, then happiness will flow from better food choices. With that will come a healthier relationship with your body, and with exercise. Essentially what we recommend is that you take some time to seriously evaluate how food and exercise make you feel.

Give consideration to the feelings that flow from healthy food, junk food, a gym session or when you don’t exercise. Be honest with yourself with those feelings, and then take responsibility for them.

Do what makes you happy, just don’t be short-cited about it.