Let’s face it: Food is awesome. All those different tastes, the celebration around the dinner table with family and friends. Food is am integral part of Earthly culture.
And despite the fact that we require it to exist, most humans have an ongoing love-hate relationship with food.
There are two trains of thought on food’s value in one’s life. You either:
Exist to eat.
Eat to exist.
Growing up in a large Sicilian family, my best memories were of family gatherings focused around food. And if you have ever eaten with an Italian family, you know that food is taken very seriously. If you’re not sitting AND eating, then Italian mothers question your health and your overall sanity. We ate well, and often.
There are other cultures in which food’s main function is as a tool to fuel the physical body. The attention is less on the community experience as it is on food’s utilitarian benefits.
So where are you on this scale? There is no right or wrong answer, and there can be a healthy balance between the two.
Once you determine your beliefs about food, we can delve deeper into what food does to your body after you eat it.
Western capitalism thrives on our addiction to food. Not just to satisfy hunger, but to address emotional issues that underly our actions. Corporations are banking on your addiction to food. Most don’t want you to understand your reasoning behind why you crave it; that would be loss in revenue for them if you become a conscious consumer. So food continues to be advertised in an emotionally-charged manner in hopes of selling you more.
And unconscious early programming instructs many of us to use food to solve our problems.
Early programming also determines how the food that you eat affects you. Do you believe that you can eat anything you want and not get fat? Few people do. More likely, you believe that the more you eat, the fatter you get.
That may or may not be true for you, but the belief that it is so, will make it so, in your physical reality.
And my answer is not to simply change your belief about food making you fat. My answer is to ask yourself what you feel when you’re eating the food that you eat.
- Does it make you feel energized?
- Do you feel full after you eat it?
- Do you feel “guilty” about what you’re eating?
- Do you recognize cravings and what steps do you take to satisfy them?
It’s questions about how you FEEL about your food that will help you determine how your body processes food.
So before you eat whatever you’re about to eat, ask yourself how you FEEL about putting it in your mouth. Is there another food you could eat that may make you feel better about eating? Are you even hungry?
Once you’ve identified the feeling, adjust accordingly, and dig in.
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