Recently it’s been a busy time for me attending several functions that all involved eating food.
I’m reminded of a conversation I was involved in with some ladies at the gym who were discussing how they planned to cut back meeting up with certain friends because they always ended up eating something they didn’t want to eat.
They felt compelled to eat even though they weren’t hungry. So, we came up with various activities we could do with friends that didn’t involve eating food. (I’ll share that another time).
Many people (mainly women) complain about their bodies, their weight, want to eat healthier, but their eating is the problem. They feel the need to eat anything that takes their fancy because they like it.
So, what I’ve noticed at these functions is how people approach the matter of food. Some of us enquire if the food will be “healthy”, whilst others enquire if there will be “dessert”. At the actual event, some get stuck in (especially if it’s a buffet), pile up their plates and eat as much as they want. Whilst others choose to eat a modest amount to satisfy their palates and stomachs. Then there are those who insist on having every food item that is available.
Here in the Western world a majority of us have the privilege of being able to eat what we want, when we want, so much so, it’s easy to take advantage of the availability of food around us.
We eat to satisfy our emotions (comfort eating) rather than fuel our bodies.
Personal responsibility and self control is governed by greed, and gluttony.
Excuses and justifications come into the equation of:
“Oh, it’s only the one….” (how many “ones” have you been having?)
“I couldn’t help it, he/she brought the biscuits and it would be rude to say no….” (blame)
“I’ll burn it off….” (yeah, right…!)
“I deserve it….” (rewarding yourself with food?)
When it comes to food and your eating what is truly going on?
For a majority of people their subconscious mind is running the show. They’re unaware of the thoughts and patterns that are controlling their actions. Their emotions are taking over and they’re on auto pilot. Some don’t know why they’re eating what they’re eating, whilst others are conscious of the food they’re putting into their mouths, but feel they lack the self control to “stop” themselves from eating foods that don’t benefit them and are having a negative effect.
Food is essential to fuel our bodies and keep us alive.
Are you driven by thoughts of FOMO of food? Fear of missing out of food?
How we manage our thoughts around food and eating is what determines the life we will have, and body we live in.
Health Fitness Expert & Mind Body Coach.
I Want My Body Back.