• the traveling yogi

Making peace with food

Updated: Mar 7

I had mentioned that I do not want any restrictions with my food. That is true. I also do not want to make rules with regard to the food I eat. i.e. when, where and how much. I have been practicing these self-made rules and restrictions for decades now. But let me be clear, my intention is not to go on reckless abandon this year and gain a lot of weight. Rather, my hope is that I learn how to make peace with food.

I am not a world traveler by any means, however I have been to Europe a few times and I have noticed some things with regard to me, food and eating. Let me share. Food there does not seem to exist in big portions, nor does that seem necessary. When I was there I was very mindful of how the food I ate would make me feel. For instance, if I knew we would be walking a lot and had hours of sightseeing left, my inclination was to order something light. I wanted to have energy for that day. I was not too uncomfortable with being hungry because I would prefer to be pleasantly hungry when I ate my next meal. I noticed things were slower around mealtime. I tried every food that I wanted to and I did not think about gaining weight while I was eating it. I really enjoyed eating! Mostly, I really enjoyed eating without the fear of gaining weight or being hungry. Both of those being very conscious and unconscious fears that I have when I am home.

So, in a nutshell, that is what want....I want to live in Europe! No, I am just kidding. What I want is to learn how to think and behave that way around food from now on. Also, I no longer want to place a lot of value around how much I weigh and what size I am. As they say, "Life is too short."

So again, how will I do this? I do have a few ideas.