Food, Love, Nourishment
From a very tender age we associate food with love and our mother because it fist came from her. She would hold us in her warm loving arms and feed us when we were little.
When we get older we split these three things firstly because we don’t always like the way our mother cooks anymore, but mostly because we now believe in a link between food, love and emotional nourishment.
Think of you as a little baby or of the little ones now. When they’re hungry they ask for food or usually by crying if they can’t speak. When they are fed and full they lock their mouth and don’t allow another mouthful or drop in.
They eat intuitively using their natural inbuilt instinct. We all have that.
What about when we grow? Now we use food to feel love (we binge and over indulge) or to win love (by making cookies for our loved ones).
The sad part is when food is used as a punishment tool to deprive ourselves because “we were bad’ and gained too much weight. We also use it as a reward to over indulge after a hard day at work and then we feel guilty about it.
Whatever the reason, we are doing it to feel better, feel good. Deep down we know that food can’t make things better or problems disappear.
It will just be a short gratification, a temporary feeling of satisfaction and never a true emotional fulfilment.
What can you do about it?
Tune in and start listening to your body. Intuitive eating is the right way to go about it.
Eat when you’re hungry. Stop when you’re full. Respect yourself. Just because food is offered for free it doesn’t mean you should stuff yourself. That is abusing your own body.
If you can do that, you don’t need diets, food deprivation and excessive “gym torturing” sessions. You can be active because you enjoy it and it’s good for your body, mind and soul.
Practice this for a few days:
Notice when you start feeling hungry and eat only then.
Eat slowly and stop just before you’re full.
Drink water 20 minutes after the meal.
If you think you’re hungry 2 hours after the meal, it’s false alarm. Drink a glass of water. It will go away.
Will be waiting to hear your comments on how it went.
In the meantime