Monday, July 08, 2013
I am incorporating my insurance health management program with Spark People. For the first week, the program asks us to focus on the mind-body- food connection.
Today's question - What does food mean to me?
Food is both my friend and foe. It is my friend when it is time for celebration - family events, gathering with friends, etc. I look forward not just to the eating, but the company of the event.
It is also a reliable companion. It is always there when I need it.
It is also an activity. I enjoy cooking, shopping and experiment with new recipes or varying my own.
It is a foe because it beckons me when I am not in need of nourishment. I overeat because I enjoy the taste. It acts as substitute for companionship when I should simply pick up the phone. It steals my rest when I should simply take a nap or go to bed. It makes me lie to myself and justify my eating by the fact that I am tired, stressed or simply deserving of overeating.
Lately, food is stealing my joy. I hate the fact that I overeat because it takes me away from reaching my goals. I want to be healthy and confident. Not prediabetic and insecure about my physical appearance.
As my foe, food is also sneaky. It makes me forget the consequences of unhealthy and/or overeating. I temporarily forget about the X sizes I am forced to wear or the limitations on my mobility. This becomes a ridiculous circle of love, hate, love and hate.
I must not allow the evil food to continue to wreck havoc in my life. I must allow food to take a back seat in my life and serve as nutrition, not a companionship.