What is your Relationship to Food?
How many of us use food for exactly what its purpose is intended to be?
Do we even agree that the purpose of food is solely to bring nutrients to the body for energy, vitality and health?
This is a fundamental question, which can be confronting if we are in denial about how we associate with food, and use food. Food has many deep rooted connotations and cultural attachments, its tentacles wrapped tightly around our psyches, no matter where you live. The key to recognizing how food controls our thinking is to first be honest about the problems that food might be creating in your life. It could begin by recognizing that you have lost control, that your eating is out of balance, that it might be causing you to become depressed, or uncomfortable in yourself. If you have any of these experiences, it might be time for a serious conversation with yourself about the core beliefs that may be causing you to feel helpless.
We hate the word “diet” because it is so cliche and immediately feels restrictive. We associate lack with the word “fasting”, but in a spiritual/mindful context the fruit that is borne out of fasting is in finding the energy, fulfillment and inspiration from a Higher Source. That said, the focus is no longer on the “lack” but on the opportunity for growth. It all boils down to how you look at it.
Freeing yourself from the bondage of “wrong thinking” begins by acknowledging that there is a problem and you may need to change some things. If you can identify with any of the following behaviours around food, then you may need to get outside of your head by reaching out to a coach or mentor.
- Eating out of boredom
- Eating or drinking in a social setting because you don’t want to offend others around you
- Eating/Drinking to cope with anxiety
- Eating to relieve stress or depression
- Thinking obsessively about food
The upside of abstinence is enlightenment. The reality is that we are strong enough to stand up to cultural pressure, boredom, anxiety and worry. We have the potential, but maybe not the tools nor the strength training. How do we develop this? Get off of the wheel of “food-lies” and step up into the realm of abstinence.
How can you cope?
Coaching is the way to psychological change which is the only thing that will work for long-term success.