I don't talk a lot about food because, for me, it's not about the food. It is not about managing food, it is about managing my emotions...so that I don't use food inappropriately. Food is nutrition, not medication.
It's not about the food!
So I have been trying to change my thinking about food...how I view it....to sort of put it in it's proper place, it's true role.
I want to keep me focused and not drift off into having a party in my mouth, eating soley for taste. I want to make my nutrition choices on the basis of health, not just what tastes yummy. Here is the little list I have to help me do that:
I want to remember that Food:
- is my BUILDING MATERIAL
- is for ENERGY
- stokes my METABOLIC FURNACE to burn fat
- is for my GOOD HEALTH
I have gone through phases in my life where I tried to lose weight and eat healthy:
My vegetarian phase...
My tofu phase...
My wholewheat/whole foods phase...
My Superfood phase...
My herbs and supplements to excess phase...
My juicing phase...
And there are probably a few more I am forgetting right now...but the thing they all had in common was that I was looking for "the answer", the magic bullet, a cure, that final way that would fix me. But the answer was not outside of me... it was INSIDE of me.
When I finally GOT IT that it was NOT ABOUT THE FOOD...then I could put my focus where it belonged...changing ON THE INSIDE, so that whatever decent nutritional program I chose would be just fine, and would work. It was secondary to the REAL problem for me, which was inside my head...my thinking.
I finally got it...that I don't have a WEIGHT problem...I have a MENTAL problem!! I had to change my thinking...which will change my relationship to food, and how I use it. I want to USE food, not ABUSE food.
It is just that...food. Not comfort, not a medication, not an entertainment, not a distraction, not a way to avoid pain, not just for immediate pleasure or a lift of mood.
For me...IT'S NOT ABOUT MANAGING THE FOOD, IT'S ABOUT MANAGING MY EMOTIONS.
From Dr Phil's book: "You will want to resist things that are new and that you don't understand...you can overcome this by consciously taking on the attitude of a willing spirit."
My verse for today: "The Lord is my strength and song...and I will exalt Him."
My quote for today: "Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom."--Viktor Frankl (1905-1997), Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor.
Enjoy the Journey,