This post is dedicated to those who struggle with emotional/stress/OMG it is just so good food issues.
I was born and raised in what is now known as “the deep south”. I’m not sure when we went from being the south to the deep south, but whatever.
In the south everything is celebrated with food. Birthday’s, weddings, deaths and everything in between. It’s just courtesy. We want folks to feel the love and feeding them has always been the best way to do that.
I used to live by that same thought process. Food fixed or healed everything. That is so not true so banish that thought from your excuse list.
For some people there is an illusion that food has power. BIG power. They can’t have a small portion, piece or serving. They end up plowing through multiple servings before they realize what they’ve done.
This is a perfect example of giving food power. Notice I said giving the food power.
Food is simply food. It is there for the nourishment of our bodies. It is not there to defeat us, we do that on our own.
Some how we decide we are not worthy of greatness so we in turn, give over the power of our greatness to food instead.
There is absolutely no food that we can put in our mouth that will fix a broken heart, a broken relationship or broken self-esteem.
How do you break the cycle of giving your greatness over to food?
First there must be the acknowledgement that the fork doesn’t fly in to your mouth without your own assistance.
Secondly, when you start randomly grabbing this or that to eat mindlessly, it is usually because you want to become numb. You give the food the power to make you forget, even if but for a very brief moment.
Phhhfffttt…that never works. Food won’t fix anything, in fact it will likely make it worse. That vicious cycle of eat bad, feel bad so I’ll eat more bad is a very tedious cycle to break. That being said GET TEDIOUS right back with it.
You will find things that hold you back are often so much greater when you leave them stuck in your head. Get them out of there. Write them down and burn them if you don’t want anyone else to know. Better yet, hold on to that notebook because one day you’ll have the ability to reach another person who may be struggling with what you have already overcome.
Each time you stop yourself from reaching for food to solve your problems, the more empowered you will become.
YES, you may have a set-back or twenty set-backs; just keep asking yourself the hard, painful questions and the result will start showing.
The only power food has is the power that you give it.