Day 12

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We can't really talk about the body without talking about food. Food is such a touchy subject. It's deeply linked to our emotions and beliefs. No one wants to be told they can't eat a doughnut or a chicken wing or whatever foods make them feel like life is worth living.

You can let out a sigh of relief; I'm not here to tell you what you can and can not eat. 

Everyone has their own personal issues with food. I feel that the mind body relationship is a lifelong journey to understanding. There are always more layers. So start digging now. It will serve you.

What I want to focus on today is how your food choices are linked to your emotional state.

We all know the cliche grab-a-tub-of-ice-cream-when-you're-heartbroken deal. There's a reason for that. We reach for comfort in foods to avoid our emotions, and we usually reach for sugar or fat or sugar and fat.

I'm not going to get into the health issues when we do this. Instead, just notice when you want to numb your emotions. Maybe instead of reaching for food you will begin to choose to face into those uncomfortable feelings. Maybe instead you will sit down and let out a good cry. Maybe instead you will bust out your playlist and start dancing.

The emotions that are causing you to make unhealthy food choices aren't going anywhere. You might finish a case of cookies and guess what? The heartbreak/depression/shame/guilt/etc. is still there. 

Be patient with yourself through this discovery. It is usually very emotionally charged for people. You might already be feeling defensive. Consider taking the guard down and looking more deeply into your relationship with food without judgement. 

 

today's affirmation

I have the power to heal my body. 

 

gentle nudge

Get up and bust a move.