I’m sure we have all heard that saying “You are what you eat”, well what do you eat, what are you?
Food is more than just something we consume that fills us up and provides energy. Depending on what we eat depends on what kind of energy we get. Consuming to much or too little can do major damage to our bodies. While not quite the instant effects of taking something like say heroine, over a fairly short amount of time the foods we eat can cause a big impact on our bodies. It’s amazing even when we think we are eating healthy the deficiencies in vital nutrients we can still leave our body with. Imagine how bad it is when we just eat junk. The problem here is it can be quite expensive to eat healthy. There is something seriously wrong when you can purchase 6 boxes of mac-n-cheese for less than what you pay for a bell pepper now. It is no wonder American’s are some of the fattest in the world.
That is just the financial side of eating healthy, then you throw in the emotional eating and things really get out of control. Most of us at one time or another as a child were told we needed to be a member of the clean plate club. When someone dies, gets married, has a party what do we do …we eat or bring food over. You’re sad, here let me bring you a casserole. Its no wonder many, many people associate food with happiness or love. This is defiantly something I myself struggle with. All my life food has been my comfort no matter what, that friend that wouldn’t leave me alone.
About 2 months ago I read Geneen Roth’s book, When food is love. This book seriously changed me and how I eat. (I know I know some of you are sick of hearing about it lol) My eating has not been an issue, I ate when I was hungry and felt true hunger for what I feel was one of the first times in my adult life. I started making healthier choices and craving things that were good for me. Life was grand. This book was not an instant fix though, or a permanent one. I still have to work at it. Last week instead of me working food, food worked me. My emotions got the best of me along with stress. Next thing I know I hear this little voice calling my name. Can you believe that I heard an Entemin’s cheese danish calling me all the way from the grocery store. It wasn’t even using a cell phone but kept saying …Misty oh Misty, come on you know you want to come buy me…Misty I’ll make you feel better. The damn thing just wouldn’t shut up. I broke, got in my car and went to bring it home….and then consumed about half of it that night.
This was the first time I had done something like this in a long long time. My stress has not lowered and wont till at least May 20th but for now I am back to controlling my food, not it controlling me. I decided to give #7daychip a try since I know I’ll have at least another 10 days of this stress. Today as I write this I’m about to start day 3, I'm fighting the battle with a huge ass salad and my new obsession ProBar Superfood Slam. Here is a picture because they are just that awesome! (It is a whole food, organic, raw, vegan, gluten free meal bar)
What do you use to wage your battle against the food war?
Peace, Love and Happy Blogging