Food is just Food
It doesn’t come prepackaged with emotional ingredients.
It took me awhile to understand that concept. Because our culture teaches us to associate emotions with food.
I woke up to the realization that my thoughts are 100% incapable of making me feel guilty, fat or scared. In fact, food actually can’t make me feel guilty, happy, loved, comforted or any other emotion. We add the emotion to food.
Food doesn’t have any emotional ingredients! It’s just food. We add emotions to what we eat.
The other day as I was baking while listening to my favorite holiday jazz music, I was sampling the dough, of course, because it’s my favorite part.
I had a familiar thought “Go ahead, indulge. You can start fresh again in January”.
I’m smarter now. I’ve negotiated my release from “thought prison”. I am no longer a hostage to my thoughts.
Here’s how I used to think about food around the holidays:
“Ready, set, go”.
“Eat now, get as much as you can while you are able to”.
“Come January 1st you’re done”.
“You’ve got to lose all the extra weight you packed on during the holidays”.
“This summer you want to feel confident and not hide behind big clothes”.
“Let’s get this weight thing done once and for all”.
This is worth repeating.
I’ve negotiated my release from “thought prison”. I am no longer a hostage to my thoughts.
I simply gained an understanding of how thought works through insights, which happens in REAL-TIME!
This changes your perspective. It’s like putting on a new pair of eyeglasses for the first time and seeing the world as it really is – not as you have become accustomed to seeing it.
I’ll share with you my top 5 “AHA!” moments – the ones that changed my life for the better:
1. My thoughts can’t hurt me, they are incapable of doing so.
2. My thoughts can’t scare me, they are incapable of doing so.
3. My thoughts can’t make me feel guilty when eating, they are incapable of doing so.
4. I don’t have to do anything with those pesky thoughts.
5. When thoughts are left unattended to, they leave.
The best part, I can still have a thought like, “go ahead, indulge, you can start fresh again in January”
and it no longer bothers me. It’s simply background noise now. When I started seeing the truth of how a thought is actually fleeting, temporary, it gave me a new perspective.
A temporary thought doesn’t give me any information about my reality.
This realization was pure freedom to me!
All of a sudden, I had a completely new way of looking at food and my relationship to it.
I realized that feelings only come from thoughts, not food, and that food is just an inanimate object that can’t actually make me feel guilty, loved, fat, scared, happy or anything else.
It’s the way that I was using thought to think about food that creates those feelings – those beliefs.
Our life experience is only created one way, through thought. We live in a thought-created “reality”. We have the ability to choose which thoughts to pay attention to, which thoughts to believe, and which thoughts to associate with specific emotions. So I can enjoy whatever passes my way this season.
A bit of this, and a taste of that, guilt-free. I am no longer out of control and that old Guilty Eating License has expired.
Experiencing food without the emotional meaning I gave to it allows me the freedom to simply eat my holiday favorites without overindulging.
Would you like to “expire your guilty eating license”, too? I bet you would!
The key to freedom lies in getting to know and understand the nature of thought. If you don’t know how thought works, how could you possibly understand yourself?
Do yourself a favor and join me in my Inner Circle. It will absolutely change the way you look at and experience your life.
You’ll gain immediate insights into how thought really works and your innate ability to choose what to give your attention, and emotions, to.