2. Body bestowing
Listen to your body the way you would an important person in your life. If you don’t understand its language right away, start to get curious.The body is a magnificent machine. When things go awry, it generally doesn’t just shut down without warning, like an incandescent light bulb popping its filament. Instead it sends us little signals (think of them as gentle biological taps on the shoulder) letting us know that something is amiss. Exhibit A – If every time you eat cheese you get gassy, your body may be telling you that it is having trouble digesting dairy. if you have not eaten any fibrous food you start feeling constipated.
However, if you aren’t listening to your body, it may need to get louder before you hear the message. And we know what happens when the body starts getting ” loud ”? The last thing you want is your powerful body to give up and your system to shut down. Your immune system could be strong, stronger than any armed force on the planet, but how long can it sustain a hostile environment?
Notice – how you feel when you eat different kinds of food. You will have different feelings when you eat different types of food. It is important to take note of that and ensure that your body has the best way to bestow it’s energy, stamina and beauty by eating the best and most nutritious type of food available to you.
Listen to your body – it has all the answers.
3. Respect and gratification
There’s an incredible amount of energy and resources required to grow, harvest, and prepare food for consumption. From that perspective, food deserves our respect and the factors involved in food reaching your mouth, need gratification.
Now I don’t mean instant gratification – this is not about an indulgence or a cheat day. This is about the wholesome, long lasting and sacred impact of food on our body. Gratification to your parents for working hard to get food on the table, gratification towards yourself and your job to make you earn the money to buy food, gratification to the higher power to bless you with senses to be able to appreciate the food.
Spend some time in a garden. Understand what it takes for food to come from nature and get to our plates. Visit your local farmers’ market. Talk to the farmers. Buy home-grown produce. Create a relationship with your food and the place where it comes from. Ask a cook who spends time in the kitchen about their love affair with food and they will have stories to tell.
In this age of processed everything, it’s easy to become disconnected from our food. Slow down. Touch your food, cook it and eat it with love. Dont eat junk, dont eat processed food.
Your body deserves much much much more than that.
Dont be lazy. You’ll receive your energy back as you make a ritual out of eating or cooking. Yes, karma is true for food too. Have an attitude of gratitude before and during your meals. Relate to food with an element of the sacred. You are literally taking in the planet and the cosmos when you eat. You’re eating a bit of earth. Be a little humbled by this as you partake. These habits can go a long way in healing your relationship with food.
Whatever your relationship with food has been, forgive it. Call a cease fire. Let the past be. You’ve done your best so far. And now it’s time to start fresh. It doesn’t mean that you’re perfect, or that you will eat perfectly. It means you are allowing for life to be imperfect.
We can start with a fresh perspective when we forgive ourselves. We let go of all the old judgments so that we can find some compassion. It’s time to truly forgive yourself for any challenges you’ve had with food and body.
Whatever drew you to fighting with food, there was a reason (emotional), but it probably had little to do with food itself. Hopefully you have identified what it means to keep emotions aside and not let it affect your relationship with food and your relationship with your body. Both are sacred and deserve alot of love and respect. Be kind and gentle with yourself.