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My life's purpose is best described by: Be the change you want to see in the world: Gandhi. Smiling is my "botox"-FORGET THE DRUGS AND SURGERY. I spice up my life, not my diet, which is SIMPLY DELICIOUS on its own. KISS: I Keep it simple sugars-from whole, fresh, ripe, raw, organic fruits (veggies,some nuts/seeds too). The 811rv motto is: simplicity at mealtime, variety throughout the year. My motto is: I live in my own little world, but it's ok they all know me there. At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart, but not in your life.


Emotional Eating, My Take On It

Sarah from going bananas "http://www.goingbananasblog.com/" just posted her thoughts about emotional eating and how it affects our abilities to go and maintain a raw food lifestyle. I thought I would chime in with my own experiences with this.

People use food with the mistaken belief that it will comfort them and shelter them from negative, destructive feelings. Whereas, it is very well known in psychology that the only way to truly heal an emotional wound is to fully express it.

In my experience, I have noticed that everytime I've turned to food after an emotional upheaval it was not to comfort myself, but to punish myself. If I fight with a loved one, like my child or my spouse, I blame myself for my part of the problem and invariably my thoughts turn to bad food choices, choices I know will have a negative physical impact on me. This starts a vicious circle of more self-loathing if I do succomb to the bad choices.

Dr. Rozalind Graham has explained in the video "How to Make Friends with Your Food", that these thought patterns come from unresolved feelings of parental abandonment and disapproval from our childhood.

I now take comfort in this knowledge because I can reason with myself when unhealthy food cravings occur. I think it truly is a question of learning to love and accept ourselves completely. Still on the road to health and happiness...


Sarah said...

Makes sense, Via :) What a strange vicious cycle the whole comfort food and punishment thing is!!!

Ana said...

Via, Hi! I KNOW what you mean!! Ugh! I hope you get happier soon. You are an inspiration to me and I appreciate your sharing!