As a Wellness Coach, I hear a lot of people telling me ,”Oh, but I looove food! “. This post is in response..
- That is actually lust for food, not love.
- Try being an Epicurean, not a ” foodie “.
- How about loving your Self?
When we actually love food, we take care to enjoy every bite with gratitude, so we eat a bit slowly….kind of like taking our time with it. When we actually love food, we do not feel guilty about it. When we actually love food, we eat only what is best.
An Epicurean comes in with that last statement, eating nourishing and satisfying food. Not fretting over a strict diet. The best is what will do. The definition of best solely depends upon getting in touch with our bodies and knowing what food is doing it’s best for us. That is the opposite of killing ourselves slowly.
Here, is where the loving ourselves point comes in. That is like taking care of ourselves and every aspect of our being…including the physical. We listen to our body, each time it is hungry…or not. Feeling happy about feeding ourselves… till much after we finish feeding ourselves.
Our love for food needs to stem from loving ourselves, our lives. That makes us peaceful and happy and these are the only two purposes I know for our lives, be it from any walk of life…anywhere on the planet.
So, here is the practical guide to being an Epicurean:
- Before putting anything in your mouth, ask yourself, ” Does my body really need this?”. (Fake foods is not what the body recognises. Try to use a Real food option just to see what the body really needs.)
- Whatever be the answer, after putting it in your mouth, imagine the nourishment it is giving you. Remember, ALL foods have some nourishment.
- After you swallow it down, be grateful for the nourishment and allow joy to rise. What we think and feel while eating could be crucial to our health. I really feel Gratitude is the best replacement for greed and guilt.
Mindful eating gets one to being an Epicurean. Wishing you well..:-)