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When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a firefighter. Imagine it. Me, running into burning buildings carrying an axe. It wasn’t about the fires. It wasn’t even about the flashing lights and the big truck speeding through town. It was about doing something epic.

What did you want to be?

A veterinarian?

A nurse?

An astronaut?

Whatever it is you chose, I’ll bet you had a reason. You knew it would be extraordinary. We anticipated our future, our career, our life, knowing that it would be magical, unique, and completely free from parents forcing us to clean our rooms.

Yet somewhere in between our childhood fantasies and present day, something changed, and we settled for normal.

“Normal Eating” is a phrase that is thrown around a lot when discussing a healthy relationship with food. I used to yearn to be a normal eater. And in my quest for “normal eating” I found myself eating the way everyone else I knew ate.

  • Milkshakes and fries on the weekends? Check
  • Pizza for lunch three days a week? Check
  • Skipping a meal and getting a candy bar instead because I just didn’t have time? Check
  • Sugary 500 calorie drinks in the middle of the day? Check.

And while I thought “normal” is what would make me happy, I realized it wasn’t the case. Just because everyone else was mindlessly munching day in and day out, it didn’t make it my best option.

My energy decreased, my fitness levels dropped, my clothes stopped fitting well… and I found extraordinary slipping through my fingers like butter on a hot August day.

Normal is broken — at least the Standard American version of normal. So I’m creating my new normal by being an extraordinary eater.

What does extraordinary eating mean?

It means eating in a way that fuels my body best.

It means eating in a way that helps me live my life fully.

It means eating in a way that helps me reach my goals.

It means eating in a way that creates peace with food, not obsession or diets. 

It means eating in a way that still allows for pleasure, my favorite treats, and zero guilt.

It means not falling prey to the fads, hype, and pseudoscience that is everywhere.

It means not judging or shaming the way others eat.

It means having compassion for myself as I learn better how to take care of myself.

It means eating in a way that aligns with what the best version of me would do.

Your childhood vision of your future may not have come to fruition, but you still have opportunities to live an extraordinary life. Extraordinary includes feeling extraordinarily awesome, being the extraordinarily best version of myself, and enjoying foods that are extraordinarily delicious. 

Because the truth is, extraordinary is a choice you make each day.

Want to create an extraordinary eating habits without crazy diets or awful restrictions? Get my free checklist of daily, weekly, and monthly habits for lasting nutrition success. 


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Ashley Palmer
Ashley is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. Ashley loves her son, her husband, and lifting heavy things then putting them back down repeatedly. She is a nutrition, fitness and weight loss coach and blogs at www.youtrition.net.


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