Last week, I gave you a little insight into why fixing ourselves with food (i.e. dieting) doesn't work. We began with listening to our bodies. That's the first step.
Bringing awareness to our physical body allows us to understand how OUR body works. Instead of choosing foods because we "should" or we are "supposed to" we can choose foods based on how they make our physical body feel.
Today I want to talk with you about the mindset piece. Since transforming our relationship with food is a mind, body and spirit process.
When we're trying to fix something there's an inherent assumption that something is wrong, broken, or damaged. By dieting or rigidly sticking to someone else's plan you are assuming that you cannot trust yourself and your body needs fixing or is broken.
Thinking about our bodies this way, as broken, damaged or that there is something wrong has us believe that there is something inherently wrong with us too. The negative thoughts and energy trickle into every area of our life. For example, if you say "I need to go on a diet, I need to lose weight, because no one is going to want me like this." You have now declared that you are unloveable because of your weight, which is simply not true.
Time to time however, we do need to heal ourselves with food. There are particular foods that will support the healing of diseases because they provide the nutrients that allow your body to heal what is not functioning at optimum level. The word heal provides a whole other level of compassion, but as we talked about last week it applies to the physical part of our body.
Chances are that when you lose the weight because you needed to fix yourself, there will still be something else you will need to fix about yourself to be loveable or to be happy or to feel confident.
So we cannot fix ourselves with food. Instead we can transform the way we think about ourselves, we can heal and nourish our bodies with foods that make us feel our best and trust that there is nothing wrong with us and there is nothing to fix. There is always room for growth and development, but you can leave the fixing for handyman.
With that, I will leave you with a quote:
You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and work in progress simultaneously.