When I hear the word “nutrition,” I automatically think of food for the body and giving my body the proper nutrition to function at its best. However, in the realm of self care, nutrition is also necessary for the mind and even the spirit. The nutrients are different, but the concept is the same. So let’s continue with some food for thought.
When we eat to live, we are honoring our earthly vessels. We are listening to our bodies and providing them with the sustenance needed to support our lifestyles. We learn to do this effectively either by trial and error or following a specific eating plan, always leaving room for a little indulgence every now and then. Feeding the body is not about deprivation. It is caring for ourselves in a way that promotes and fosters balance.
Remember the saying “You are what you eat”? Well, there is some truth there. There are foods that are good for us and there are foods that aren’t so good for us in the short and long term. We know what they are, but sometimes we defy or conveniently forget what we know. When we live to eat we are playing a dangerous game. When we use food to “fix” us, It serves as a defense mechanism against feeling our feelings. These are the times we eat “at” the world, him, her, them, it; it doesn’t matter who, what or why. “Using” food is simply an avoidance technique that sets up a field of landmines and triggers a false sense of being OK. What does matter is that this is one of the easiest ways to sabotage our overall health and wellbeing. The only one that hurts is us. What we consume literally affects how we feel, think and believe.