In my first blog, I opened up with the idea that our feelings truly affect our food choices and that the more emotional awareness we have when we are eating, the more accurately we can place ourselves on our “life map”.
So I am going to ask you to go a little deeper now and experiment with me. For the perpetual great works of progress that we all are, I invite you to get to the real “nitty gritty” when it comes to your food choices.
So WHY do I want you to do this? Just to see….Really, why not? If you’ve never done anything like this before, why not give it a go? You may actually learn something new about yourself. Isn’t it true that the more information we gather, the more empowered we feel? Well then, give it a try and find out where you are on your own “feelings map”? You may be surprised at what you discover.
It may be that you are are just plain hungry and that’s a good thing! You are responding to the biological need to eat. But when you are not hungry and you still want to eat, I encourage you to ask yourself these questions:
- Firstly, am I even hungry?
- What emotion am I experiencing right at this very moment?
- Do I feel under duress, or am I tired? Am I experiencing a negative or difficult feeling that I am consciously aware of?
- What feeling do I want relief from?
- How am I hoping this food will make me feel?
Whether or not we want to admit it, we all use food as a way of dealing with “IT”, whatever that “IT” may be. I will be the first to admit that I have and more so this year than at any other point in my life. The first year after you lose a parent has to be one of the toughest milestones anyone has to go through. This challenging year has opened up a deeper level of awareness and understanding behind emotions and their connection behind our food choices. When you feel sad, deflated from stress and empty from grief, sometimes food can seem like your best choice for joy as silly as that may sound. Yes, even me, the transformational body and mind coach is human and vulnerable too. Thankfully, my knowledge and awareness kept me in check and I surrendered to circumstance viewing it as an opportunity for deeper learning, growth and perhaps most importantly, more relatability to whomever I may help in future.
So, again, I ask you, “Why are you really eating that?”