On Feelings and Food

“How do you cut out sugar?” I was asked. My response was not to tell him that sugar is the devil and that he absolutely should stop eating it altogether, but to delve a little deeper. You see, we don’t very often overeat a specific food out of its sheer deliciousness, but often because of the feelings that food elicits.

When we talked further, I came to find out that every day his friend at work bought two bear claws and gave him one. He didn’t even love the bear claws; but he did love the camaraderie that he shared with his friend as they ate their treats together and had “man time” before the day began. As we talked, he began to see that he didn’t really want to give up sugar completely. He was trying to eat healthier and didn’t even want the bear claws every day. The problem was, he didn’t want to hurt his friend’s feelings or do away with their morning “man time.” Often we get stuck in our circular thought patterns and we can’t see our way out on our own. I believe that we always have the solution and this was definitely true in this case. He ended up talking to his friend and found that they both wanted to get healthier. They started walking to the corner coffee shop each morning, grabbing a coffee, getting a little activity and an occasional bear claw.

We often think that food makes us feel calm, secure and loved; but I challenge that. Food itself does none of those things. Our thoughts about food create our feelings about food and our thought processes are clearer the cleaner we eat. Please, by all things holy, I’m not telling you not to splurge on your special treats; but make them special. The rest of the time, make your life special by taking care of your body and brain by eating foods that nourish your body, brain and soul.

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