Thursday, March 17, 2011

Making Food Choices from a Place of Love and Awareness

The theme of my life this week seems to be awareness. First, I was asked to write a guest blog posting for a friend's spirituality blog, which I did, and chose the topic of awareness. Next, my sister-in-law (thanks Caroline!) sent me a link to a beautiful article on awareness and food choices from http://www.dailyom.com/. It's a short article, you can read it here if you'd like.

We've never talked about spirituality here. Politics and Religion are not something I'm comfortable blogging about. Way too controversial.

But what if "spirituality" is a key component in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight? And what type of spirituality am I talking about? A sense of faith that there is something other than yourself that is going on? The thought that you are not in control of the universe? A connection to a community outside of your immediately family?

In AA there is a popular expression "Let Go and Let God." Taking a deep breath and letting go of the junk that is going on in your life is certainly a powerful tool against emotional eating. But you need a certain amount of awareness even to be able to get yourself to a place where you can take that breath. Me? I'm always wanting to increase my awareness, take more of those deep breaths and eat less emotionally. And I'll embrace whatever tools are at my disposal!

What do you think?

Is there a connection for you with food choices and spirituality?

Or does this conversation make you uncomfortable and want to run for the hills?

6 comments:

Ruchi Koval said...

Wendy, this is so interesting. Yesterday we filled out a grant application for our next annual Shabbaton in 2012. For the first time, I decided to choose a theme. Our theme? "Healthy Body, Healthy Soul." Is taking care of your body a spiritual venture? If so, why? This is a fabulous conversation to have. Of course, I AM comfy talking about religion :) Politics, not so much...

Alipet813 said...

Well, there is a new book called Crave by Lysa Tykehurst. She discusses that God created us all to Crave more of him, but many of us replace material things such as food for the thing to Crave. She discusses healthy eating and "taking care of your Temple" (not a quote from the book, but slang). I think it is a very interesting concept and since thinking about it I have put a lot more thought into what I am eating and how often I am putting food at the front of my thoughts.

Sindy said...

Love the question - I love talking about everything! I think having spirituality in your life can definitely shift your perspective about, and contribute to, healthy eating. For me, the idea that I am not just a body, but also a soul (or whatever you want to call your inner self) is a good first step. I've found myself not eating crap that will make me feel bad, or getting over it when I do, just with this awareness. I agree with you, Wendy - the more tools the better! And Ruchi, I'm drooling just thinking about next year.

Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day said...

It's so interesting your posting about this... I have been thinking so much about Spirituality/Religion/God/Universe..... and the other day was talking to my (VERY Christian born again in an intense way) SIL ... I think I just might add this component to my Cross Country Road Trip... because it is a topic I have always been so confused about. I grew up in an extreme version of an Eastern Indian "cult".. but never believed what I was taught... I have longed for other spiritual connections. I've TRIED to be a Mormom.. and other religions with NO LUCK.. I have always said my life would have been so much easier if I could JUST BELIEVE...

.. so I am a seeker, a searcher.. but also, a cautious and very strong willed and minded agnostic! ...

but I want to hear people's stories and find out what makes them "tick" as a whole being... spiritually, psychologically and everything else..

Anonymous said...

Last night I was reading the Esselstyn book on reversing heart disease. He described how oils suppress the release of nitrous oxide at the epithelial level of the arteries, which relax the arteries, which allows for increased blood flow. Which leads me to think that relaxation (a glass of wine, meditation, a big breath in/out, eating with good friends) is a good thing, regardless of the cause. Now, combine a non-fat meal with good friends - and think of the increased oxygenation happening during that meal! versus an uptight mother-in-law meal, during a stressful fat filled holiday. Just think how constricted those arteries would be!

MissNollé said...

as long as we see ourselves as ''sufficient without God'', we will always be frustrated by what is trivial. God wants us to return to His arms. He is a healer... JESUS can save your life too! Just Believe and stop being so sceptical:)

 
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