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We’ve heard about the power of gratitude.
But sometimes, it’s very difficult to find gratitude when it comes to our relationship with eating, food and our bodies.
These have caused so much strife, hell, stress, desperation, self-criticism.
How can we find gratitude for the weird diet foods we’ve eaten, or the ugly foods we’ve placed before us, or the sick feelings we’ve had when it comes to eating, or the disappointment about our weight, or worst of all, the compulsion to eat when not hungry?
This is NOT a “should”.
But it’s worth trying anyway. The power of appreciation is immense–and maybe more magnificent than you ever imagined.
Take a moment today, and think about the service this relating to food, eating food has been for you.
When I think about my truly whacky disordered eating, it almost seems nutty to consider that experience in my life with gratitude.
But I can find examples of feeling appreciation for the wayI I’ve eaten:
- It led me to explore psychology, peace, relating to other people, learning about all relationships, and improving my communication
- it gave me a way to be different from my family, to rebel dramatically, to find freedom from rigid rules about life
- it gave me a big Left Turn in my own life–I dropped out, I worked on a ship, I went to therapy
- it brought me to my knees and put me on a spiritual path of acceptance, including myself and my emotions
- I love the very taste, texture, joy of emptying and filling up every single day–I love eating
- it’s helped me learn how to support other people also suffering from the same craziness with food
Today, you can try to simply find a sense of gratitude, of appreciation, for something about food, eating, and your body.
Especially before eating. Practice “thank you” and see what happens.
EVEN if you think you’re overeating, binge-eating, doing it wrong.