Food, emotions and intuition
We all have a relationship with food, conscious or not. Maybe yours is pleasurable and gratifying. Or maybe it’s filled with confusion, animosity or fear. No matter how you feel about food, you would probably acknowledge that food has power. Once you recognize the profound physical and emotional power of food, you can start to eat in a way that supports your body, for the rest of your life.
Most diets, nutrition plans or eating regimens tell you what to eat. And it’s essential to learn which foods nourish and support your particular body, and to pinpoint and eliminate food sensitivities.
But it’s also vital to understand why you eat. Even the best eating plan won’t work if you don’t do it. Most people hire a nutritionist, walk away from the appointment with a list of foods to eat, lose a few pounds or improve a health condition, and then drop the diet. (Maybe that sounds familiar to you.) Eventually, they go back to the same way of eating–and the same problems–because nothing internal has shifted.
And here’s the thing: even if you don’t have emotional eating issues, you still have some kind of relationship with food. For most of us, we’re choosing food, either consciously or not, at least three times a day. That’s a lot of eating, and a lot of choices.
Do you treat food–and eating–with respect? Do you think about where your food comes from, the hands that planted and harvested it, the soil and sun and rain that nourished it, how it’s packaged and processed? Do you think about what it’s doing in your body, if it’s helping or harming your well-being? In a world of conflicting advice and shifting fads, it’s hard to know what “good food” means any more. (You can read more about my beliefs, here.)
The bottom line is, you need both the right kind of food and the right thinking around food. If your relationship with food is stressful, tense, rigid, chaotic, controlling or painful, you can learn to make peace with food, and eat with comfort, pleasure and ease.
Any Google search will net you a lifetime’s worth of advice on how to lose weight, live longer, slow aging, prevent disease and generally remain invincible. Some of this is accurate information that can help you make dramatic changes in your health and well-being.
But it’s still advice from outside, based on calories, protein, fats, nutrients, and their theoretical impact on a body. All bodies are different, though, and what works for one person may fail spectacularly for another.
At some point, you have to be your own expert, to be moved by your intuition, your particular body’s wisdom, your passion for foods you love.
My goal, through writing, classes and one-on-one consultations, is to help you be inspired about eating: inspired by a passion for clean, beautiful food, and inspired by inner wisdom to choose the foods that work best for you.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND ON THIS SITE:
- Easy, stress-free recipes for fresh, creative dishes
- Dozens of articles on health issues like preventing inflammation and balancing blood sugar
- Details on simple detox plans, sans starving
- Tips for eating a clean, balanced diet
- Lots of information on mindful eating to help you understand food cravings, emotional eating, and chronic dieting patterns.
- Information on breathing, embodiment and meditation practices.
To learn more about my classes, consultations and writing, email me at Lisa@InspiredEating.com.