Swimming to Safety

Okay, so maybe you’re not binging. But what if you can’t stop thinking about food!? From what and when you will eat next, to doing mental calorie calculations of what you just ate – I get it! This preoccupation can overtake us when we least expect it. It can be so gradual that before we realize it, we are right in the thick of it, unable to tell the difference between what is real and what is “the food trap.” In fact, I had this realization just the other day – after having been off-balance for a little while, it suddenly occurred to me that “wait a minute, this isn’t ME!” The hungry kitty had been crying for weeks, and I just sunk deeper and deeper into the food trap. Since it can sometimes be hard to recognize we are there, here are a few telltale signs that old familiar patterns have returned:

  • You are overeating at meals (and seeking that “full” feeling)
  • You are eyeing your body up and down in mirrors/reflective surfaces whenever you get the chance
  • You are comparing your body to other people.
  • You are planning the next time you will eat before you have even finished the one you are on!
  • You are saying “yes” in your life when you want to say “no” and vice versa

If any of the above apply to you, it’s okay. There is a way out. Here are some tips:

  • Remember you have a choice
  • Stop all food related/self-critical thinking – just STOP. Period. Understand it’s not the truth, recognize it’s not YOU, and turn the channel. Move on. It really is that easy – flick the switch.
  • Come back into your body! Tune into your physical sensations of hunger and fullness. Similarly, come back to your feelings and experiencing them as physical sensations in your body. You can trust your body on this one; it won’t lead you astray.
  • Ground ground ground. Visualize a long chord going from the base of your spine down into the heart of the earth mother and know she will take care of you.

Once you swim to shore and reach safety, it’s a good thing at some point to investigate what set you “off” in the first place. How did you fall into the trap? What triggered you? Where are you feeling powerless in your life? Ask these questions, but be gentle.

I really really want to post about these fantastic stuffed portobellos I made this weekend, but I need to take some time to remember exactly what I put in them! So stay tuned for this recipe next week!

Until then, be well.


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