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Guest Post: ‘Food is my friend’ by Amanda Owen

I recently came across a wonderful blog, ‘The Power of Receiving‘, by Amanda Owen. This particular post, ‘Food is My Friend:6 tips for Mindful Eating’, is in complete resonance with my Serene Expression intent. So I am reposting it here with Amanda’s kind permission.

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Your body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha

Thank you for this food we are about to eat.

Many of us grew up with families who began each meal with a blessing. These prayers followed people from generation to generation like an affectionate family member showing up when everyone sat down at the dinner table.

These days, this honoring ritual is largely absent as we pick up food in a bag at a drive-through window, eat from cartons taken directly from the refrigerator without bothering to put the food on a plate or sit down, and spend meal times separated from family members.

When did our connection to the food we eat become so distant and problematic? Many people have a love/hate relationship with food; they disparage particular foods even when they crave them. They say, “I want you—go away!” Doesn’t…

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Are you nourishing yourself?

My client is a diabetic.  When I asked him about his relationship with food, he was surprised by my question.   He said he takes no interest in food.  He has no liking for it.  He confessed that the last time he relished a meal was 10 years ago, when he went on a holiday with friends.  For ten years, he has had absolutely no interest, curiosity or appreciation for the healthy food his wife cooks for him.  He says that expensive, fresh fruit lie before him, but he will not eat it, despite knowing it is good for him.  Meals are treated like inconvenient necessities. During the meal itself, his attention is continually on his business, or on the television news.  “Further,” he added, “I often repeat to my children stories of our difficult times, when having food on the table was a challenge. I have to say I tend to emphasize the poverty rather than any gratitude for today.”

He went on, “For that matter, I have lost touch with all friends.  I have no hobbies and I don’t take interest in grooming myself either.   I just don’t seem to care for myself at all.”  He was stunned by all that had been triggered by my one question.

Our attitude towards food is a great metaphor for the extent of nourishment and nurturing that we allow our self.  Just like the air we breathe, these inputs are what allow us to enjoy a healthy life.  If we treat it with casual disdain, or even worse, an inconvenience that we somehow have to get over and done with, what degree of self care and benefits are we affording ourselves?

Because he had recently purchased Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life, I asked him if he had read the affirmation suggested for diabetes.  With a sheepish look, he confessed he hadn’t.  I shared it:  “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.”  

In the last session, he had successfully learnt how to use EFT to get himself to exercise on a daily basis.  We now discussed how he can shift his relationship with food using EFT and awareness.

I would be happy if this article were to provoke a similar self appraisal for other readers.  Any issues that arise out of such introspection can be addressed through a conscious shift in habits.  If required, you may like to try EFT for yourself.   You can download a free one-pager here, or get my book Emotional Freedom Techniques.

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