Sunday, February 09, 2014
Day 38--Food as Power
Eating can become linked to your need to become stronger or have more power in your life! Sometimes food can make you feel more powerful or confident. You may get a huge amount of accomplishment or a sense of conquering the meal. If you feel powerless in other areas of your life, you may feel food provides a boost of overcoming feelings of insecurity. Do you reach for food when you feel insecure? Do you eat to feel courageous before meeting with your boss or before making an important presentation?
Eating can provide the holes in your emotional life so you don't have to face them. Learn to recognise the times you eat to gain courage or to fill a void in some area of your life! Try to become stronger without reaching for food!
-Think about situations or places in life where you feel you do and don't have power. Make a list of each!
-Write down several ideas for how you can feel powerful without using food to meet this need!
-Do something today that makes you feel powerful and strong as a person!
Day 39--Flavour or Texture
Do you like sweets & desserts or do you prefer salty items such as chips or crackers? (kayah raises her hand for the crackers) Would you rather eat a crunchy oatmeal cookie or a cinnamon roll? A bowl of spicy chili or a green burrito? You answers reveal an aspect of what you love about food. Often its not the flavor but the textures of food that keeps you going back for more. When you can't stop eating a particular food its likely because you like the way it feels in your mouth. So flavour may not matter as much to you.
Think about what textures appeal to you the most. Crunchy, smooth, soft, chewy, harsh, slippery or tingly? Consider the mouth feel of the foods you like best. What sensations do you get with the first bite? Mentally feel the contrast between eating an ice cream cone and eating a strip of beef jerky. What do you think makes the difference in why specific textures appeal to you? You may discover the appeal of certain foods is all about the texture of the food. When you are eating think about what the texture is doing for you. Maybe it feels hard and crunchy or soothing and comforting. Does it cause you to eat more so you can feel specific emotions again? Try to identify what you need emotionally so you can address the needs emotionally instead of using food to take care of them.
-Pay special attention to the flavour and texture of the foods you eat today.
-Select one of your favourite textures with specific events, people or emotional needs. Plan how you can handle these in other ways!
Day 40--Having an Eating Experience
Many times the joy of eating food isn't about the food as much as it is about sharing the company of others, social events and the like. Separate the quality and quantity of your food so you can manage how much you eat at these gatherings. Sometimes we don't want food, we just want to be around it. Its the experience not the eating the food that brings pleasure to a lot of people. Shopping, cooking and serving it to others!
You can create an atmosphere that meets your needs without depending upon food to make an event enjoyable. Intentionally plan to have an eating experience. Do you want it to be romantic & quiet? Or maybe energetic and upbeat? Let the food become a minor part of your event, perhaps eating a simple meal of soup and salad for the experience. If you go to a restaurant, then choose a specific establishment that suits your mood.
-Recall your most enjoyable eating experiences, what made these times so special?
-Describe some of your most enjoyable eating experiences.
-Using this description, plan an eating experience that matches your needs. After you finish the meal record some of your favourite moments and details from it.
Congrats to the Russians who won the team ice skating gold, loved watching Evgeny & Julia skate! Canada won the silver and USA the bronze~ We're off to a good start!
I was a little tired but I walked earlier 12,325 steps so far and that may be it for the night seriously~