Delicious, nutritious, and sometimes deceiving, what and how much we eat is a mark of physical health, culture, familial ties, stress, social stigma, happiness, and sometimes addiction. Whatever the proportion and contents of your plate are though, if you’re reading this article you may still be in a daily struggle, like many, to decide between what your body truly needs to thrive and what you’re eating on top of that for reasons A, B and C.
Thankfully, I am not going to recommend that you restrict yourself to two carrots for breakfast, some celery leaves for lunch and a good breath of air for dinner. However, my own experience has shown me that it’s impossible to truly conquer your food demons if you’re continuing to consume substances that weigh on your conscience, whether for ethical or health reasons. When we eat foods that we feel uneasy about, our natural response is to try and repress the feeling by eating unconsciously. The only way around this is to be honest about what these foods really are, and to eliminate the ones that have no place in the life you really want to be living.
Eating should be a joy, food is fabulous and we are designed to eat to our heart’s content. The question is though; do you really know what your heart wants? Or are you eating to make your day better? Eating because there are highly addictive chemicals in your favorite comfort foods? Or are you eating out of pure and simple habit?
As you start or continue down this road of taking control and ownership of your choices, it’s important to be gentle, yet always honest with yourself. You may not make “the right choice” all the time, but as you raise your level of awareness and drive, your bottom line (i.e. the worst thing you eat or binge on) will begin to rise. And each time that bottom line rises, you are moving closer to satisfying your hunger for balance and truly enjoying your dinner.
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