“You don’t deserve to eat that because you were bad yesterday.”
“You can’t be trusted with XYZ food so you’d better not have it in the house.”
“You blew it again so you may as well eat everything and start over tomorrow!”
“You must be stupid to be this age and still have so little control.”
These are just a few of the real thoughts my clients and workshop participants share with me when we talk about the Food Police – that inner voice that monitors our food choices and consumption on a daily basis… the things we say to supposedly motivate ourselves to stick with whatever eating plan we have adopted.
And it’s no surprise given that the $70 billion dollar weight loss industry bombards us with messages that suggest we can’t trust our appetites and that we have to be in tight control around food lest we subject ourselves to insidious toxins, moral violations, or even worse – body fat.
But I have to ask you – what’s the impact of this on your SOUL? Does that kind of shame-based motivation make you feel uplifted and nourished, or depleted and hungry inside? (I think we can agree on the answer!)
One of the secrets to creating a healthy relationship with food is that you’ve got to choose a new kind of eating plan… in fact it’s not a plan so much but a whole new perspective on eating. You have to build up an immunity to the cultural conditioning that creates fear and anxiety around what or how you eat, and chips away at how you feel about yourself if you don’t follow the rules.
In fact, I’ve been noodling around with a new plan myself. Actually, it’s more of an anti-plan! I call it Soulful Eating, and I’ve been teaching it in my workshops to rave reviews.
So if your soul is hungry for a little something more than food fear and judgement, I’d like to invite you to try it on for size… It’s a way of looking at your relationship with food that takes into consideration not just your physical health, but also the vitality of your soul.
Soulful Eating rests on 4 Core Beliefs: