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An insiders look at what your eating reveals

Aug 14, 2018 | No Comments

Last Thursday around 7:30pm Ava* stood in her kitchen and, using the edge of her thumb nail to cut open the adhesive labeling on the packaging,  pulled one gluten-free oatmeal cookie out of it’s neatly arranged row of six, tore off a bit-sized piece, popped it in her mouth, and enjoyed a few blissful chews.

Soon enough said cookie was gone, and she found herself quickly going back for a second…

…and shortly after, a third.

Uh oh,” she thought, knowing what clues to look out for, “Something must be off for me right now.”

 

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I’d recently shared this observation on Facebook and Instagram:  ”The more you say the truth, the harder it is to binge.”

Although having a few cookies in the story above is not a binge in the intense way true binges are known for, I can still say with a good deal of confidence that some little truth is hiding within any ‘interesting’ eating habit.

Today this is what I’m sharing: An insiders look at what I’ve noticed our eating habits may reveal.

(Take note which ones you find pause in).

 

 

A whole number of things I’ve noticed our eating can reveal:

Your relationship with pleasure

Improper macronutrient balance

What you feel you deserve

Your tolerance for feeling good

Your tolerance for discomfort

Nutrient deficiency

Your sensitivity or disconnection from physical sensation

How on board you are with Being Here

How you navigate ambiguity in your life

Your relationship with Nature

The pace of your life

Your relationship with your appetite

How you feel about your body

Areas of self-containment in your life

How you respond to hunger

Food sensitivities

Your trust in your body

Your comfort being seen or visible

Issues around self-attack/judgment

Undernourishment in certain areas of your life

How you feel about your sexuality

Your unique body chemistry

How you process inner and outer conflict

The ways shadow parts work through you

Boundaries you have not spoken yet

Challenges unique to your introversion or extroversion

The pressure you put on yourself

Your actual dietary preferences

The wisdom of your symptoms

Pain

Desire

…and more

 

Pretty interesting, huh?

And this is not an exhaustive list.

Here I am making the point that there’s a lot of gold hidden within eating habits.

On the surface, I know quirky eating habits seem like problems that need to be eliminated or controlled.  But as the nearly platitudinous quote by Pema Chodron states, “Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.”

Sometimes we simply need to learn how to feed ourselves properly.  Sometimes we are actually outgrowing old ways of relating to eating.  And still other times, eating and body challenges are pointing to other core lessons.

 

I hope this has your gears gently turning…

With love,

Laura
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