Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to bear arms, freedom to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Every single day, we have the freedom to make choices. All kinds of choices, including how we want to feel and what we eat.
And usually, it’s those choices that lead to our feeling free. Or not…..
But what is freedom when it comes to food?
Whether we want to lose a few pounds or live with the best possible health, we often find ourselves in bondage when it comes to eating. Dieting is like a prison. It is the opposite of freedom. We easily become a slave to the system, to authority and lose sight of discovering what our unique needs are for our own beautiful body.
Feelings of deprivation, denial or resentment around being bonded to a diet inevitably lead to “cheating” so we can experience freedom, even if it’s just for one day a week.
Isn’t it ironic that when the word free when used with food it usually has a negative connotation? Eating gluten free or dairy free often implies something is missing – that you are missing out. When done properly, eating “free” is really a vehicle for getting unbelievably clear, calm, focused, while sleeping soundly, losing belly bloat, living without pain, and many other amazing benefits.
Really, freedom with eating isn’t about being able to eat whatever we want. Eating sugar, for example, makes us feel like we’ve escaped when it is really just an illusion, a quick fix that leaves us feeling physically or emotionally worse in the end. The key to freedom with eating is learning how to find and embrace the inner beauty of our body, then let go and surrender to it’s power to not only heal but thrive. It will tell us what to do.
If you crave freedom in eating, from dieting, from a nagging health issue or need help on how to stick to what works best for you despite temptations, I hope this little Freedom in Eating constitution I created may offer some insight or helpful tips. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think:)
Freedom in Eating Constitution:
- Put food in it’s proper place. It is a physical substance, not a friend, lover, or therapist. (Don’t put it on a pedastool or let it be in control of you.)
- Honor the chemical nature of food. It has power to harm or heal. Eat real food.
- Listen to your body. What is it telling you? Instead of tuning out, TUNE IN…..
- Embrace a lifestyle that nourishes your mind, body and spirit, no matter what. Give yourself permission to make it a priority; so, it doesn’t have to fit into life, but instead, life fits into your lifestyle choices.
- Let go of expectations. Dig deep. Allow your true self to shine so you can be your best you without guilt, shame, deprivation, or denial.
- Bless your body, all of it, even the parts you don’t like. It’s all yours. Love it for what it does for you every single day. It’s all a part of who you are, and it starts way deep inside. The outer appearance is merely a shell for your loving spirit.
Now, imagine a clean slate. Freedom is yours – you can do whatever you want. It’s your choice – what do you choose?