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Mindful eating: what it is, and what it isn’t

As ideal as it might be to eat mindfully, it’s more important that you just eat.

Read that again.

Mindful eating is NOT another way to control, limit, or restrict your food choices and eating habits. It’s an awareness practice that helps you connect to your mind, body, and spirit. It transforms scared eaters into sacred eaters.

After years of body distrust and/or food morality, mindful eating can be used to bridge the gap from diet culture to Intuitive Eating and Health at Every Size. It encourages you to enjoy food again and appreciate your body’s brilliance. It examines your food rules and body dissatisfaction with curiosity. It integrates your senses with your thoughts for an embodied experience.

I take it a step further and use experiential eating to help intuitive eaters become more mindful of their relationship with food — not to lose weight but to communicate with their whole Self.

So go ahead and love that chicken!

Want to learn more? Read my book, download my FREE guided meditation, or get on the Mindful Eating Mentorship waitlist — because it’s time to honor your True Food story.

For the love of food

Food is the greatest facilitator. I have a great amount of respect for the human body; I believe it is integral to our eternal progression. We wouldn’t be here without it, and we’re here because we need it. But what does a body need? Food. You cannot, you will not, survive without it.

If our spirit needs a body, and our body needs food, then there must also be a spiritual purpose behind our food. In addition to physical nourishment, what if food could also feed us spiritually? Mentally? Emotionally?

The problem is that most people have a purely physical relationship with food, and a disordered one at that. Food is fuel, yes. And so much more! There is an untapped potential — One that I propose is worthy of exploring, because food also has meaning.

It’s not about what you eat, but why and how. When is the last time you experienced food? Did you engage your senses? Were you aware of your thoughts and feelings? What do your food preferences say about you? Why do you crave the foods that you crave?

This is what I do.

You don’t need more rules, or research. You need curiosity, and compassion.

Food is used to facilitate fear. It’s also used to facilitate faith, fun, and family. What will you choose?

The way we judge our food is the way we judge our Self.

Do you love food, too?

If you don’t, why? And what would be possible if you did?

It’s not about the food

It’s not about the food.

 

It’s about the best friend who stabbed you in the back.

It’s about your kid struggling with math and an impatient teacher.

It’s about the overdue bills and the suffocating debt.

It’s about the monotony of yet another day full of laundry/dishes.

It’s about your emotionally distant spouse sitting next to you on the couch.

It’s about wanting to start a family but can’t get pregnant.

It’s about the loss of a loved one, or missed opportunities.

It’s about disagreements, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings.

It’s about presenting your idea only to have it fall on deaf ears.

It’s about waking up tired.

It’s about unanswered prayers.

It’s about everything else that makes life hard, heavy, scary, and confusing. But guess what? You’re not alone.

 

It’s about your wants, needs, thoughts, feelings, stories, values, relationships, experiences, etc.

It’s about knowing who you are, why you’re here, and where you’re going.


If you’re feeling weighed down and find yourself consistently turning toward OR away from food, then reach out. I can help, because I’ve been there! And if for some reason I can’t help, then I know someone who can.

It’s not about food, it’s about you. And YOU deserve to eat.

 

Always.

 

Awareness practice: Journal about food. Let it all out. Brain dump. What comes up for you? Notice any trends? How will you choose to nourish yourself today?