We clearly love our food. You only have to look around at the number of different types of restaurants, take-a-way shops and TV cooking programs to see that.
You may be happiest eating a burger, bun and chips, or prefer some fine dining in a high-end restaurant, or somewhere in between, but the truth is, we all have our own unique and intimate relationship with food.
Considering our apparent love of food, I feel many of us simply take food for granted and will eat for a multitude of different reasons such as, we’re feeling hungry, to distract us from something we do not want to feel, as a form of comfort, to be sociable, to give us a boost of energy, or just for the sake of it etc.
How often do we stop to consider what it is we’re actually eating and how it will impact us? How often do we eat when we’re not hungry?
There are many ‘experts’ who will advise us on what we should be eating for optimum health, and there are so many varied opinions from these ‘experts’ that our heads could easily be in a spin trying to decipher what is best with all of the conflicting advice.
What I am learning is to listen to my body and let it tell me what it needs. This is very much a work in progress and I may choose to ignore it, but I am coming to the understanding that my body knows best! We have become so good at over-riding the messages that our bodies give us (and one very good way we do that is with food) that we don’t allow the awareness that we innately have within ourselves to surface.
I’ve always loved my food and been a bit of a foodie, however, it’s only in recent years that I have come to realise that I have a relationship with food that I had never previous considered. Food was just food and was there to be eaten when I felt like it. Yes, our bodies need sustenance to survive, but we have developed a way of eating and living that goes way beyond eating to nourish our bodies.
In the past I had never stopped to really ponder on the underlying reasons or motivations for my eating choices or the fact that much of the time I was reacting to an underlying emotion or hurt which governed when and what I was choosing to eat.
What’s wrong with a bit of comfort food you may ask? Good question. Our particular taste in comfort food may vary from person to person, however, it serves to achieve the same results, and that is to distract us from what is going on at a deeper level for us, to dull or dampen our awareness of something we don’t perhaps want to feel or acknowledge.
When we do this, are we denying ourselves the opportunity to heal a long held hurt which leads to behaviours that keep us embroiled in a way of living that doesn’t truly support us or our health and well-being?
These are the kind of questions that interest me, and as I’ve continued to explore my relationship with food, I realise more and more that I need to begin with exploring my relationship with myself first and foremost. I know that I like to eat food that doesn’t truly support me at times, but I know from experience that it is futile to try to deny myself something I really desperately want to eat, because I then just end up in a cycle of giving myself a hard time. This most definitely does not help!
It is abundantly clear to me that my relationship with food is forever evolving as I am. I notice all of the time how my food choices reflect how I am feeling about myself. If I find I am craving chips or certain 'comfort' foods that I know don't feel good after I've eaten them, then it's a sign that I need to look at what's going on for me that day. It’s never static, but always adjusting and flowing according to where I am at with myself.
I have found that the more I appreciate myself and make choices to take greater care of myself and my body, the more willing I can be to let go of foods that may give me a short term high or pleasure but in the longer term I will be left feeling muzzy headed, racy, tired etc. in favour of foods that will support me to stay clear, vibrant and alert.
Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine has often talked about eating food based on vibration – how the vibration of the food will support our body’s vibration. I can feel that there is a whole level of responsibility that I have yet to explore around that, but it’s an interesting concept and one that I feel is true. It’s interesting how we seem to do the complete opposite and we, in the main, appear to have very little respect for our body – the only vehicle we have to see us through this life.
What is it about us that is so willing to trash this vehicle? What is that part of us that over-rides our common sense when choosing what to eat? We often treat our cars with more respect?
‘Everything in moderation’ is a popular belief I hear quite often when it comes to justifying our consumption of something that is harmful to our body. Could this be a convenient tale we subscribe to so that we can continue to indulge in something that doesn’t truly serve us?
One thing is for certain, there is so much to explore around our relationship with food. Imagine if our food choices really served us to live in a way that truly supported us to feel great on all levels . What would that look like?