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Do You Lust After Food? - Newsletter Issue #38
October 01, 2013
Gluttony is a lust of the mind.
Learning to eat what we need, instead of eating what we want, whenever we want and in the amounts we want, is one of the biggest challenges overeaters face.
There is a reason gluttony is considered one of the seven deadly sins. Gluttony is a form of greed and selfishness. How many times have we told ourselves, “To heck with it! I’m going to eat whatever I want.” Many of us have felt that we had a right to eat whatever and whenever we wanted; yet after a while, the cost we paid for this behavior became too high. Eating more food than we physically need causes mental anguish in the form of guilt, shame, lowered self-esteem, poor body image, and leads to many diseases, including obesity; not to mention the resulting food hangovers and the mental fog that accompanies them.
Learning to eat less in the face of abundant and tempting food choices can, at first, leave us feeling rebellious, angry, resentful, and deprived. We may even feel self-pity and lament, “Why me?” Yet we must consider the alternatives. What has being overweight deprived us of? What about all the energy we have wasted trying to the lose weight caused by our gluttony? What about the future costs on our health and well-being? Are we willing to keep paying this price?
What’s needed here is a shift from selfishness to SELF-ishness: meaning a shift from the attachments of our ego and physical desires to the desires of our True Self. This requires a shift from self-indulgence to self-care by paying attention to ourselves. This means tuning in to our inner wisdom on a regular basis and nurturing the needs and dictates of our soul. For it’s only by establishing a relationship with our True Self and/or Higher Power that we can finally leave our old ways of overeating behind and live the lives we are meant to lead.
Higher Power, grant me the willingness to eat what I need, not just what I want, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Feast for the Eyes - Green Ginkgo - Photo by Catherine L. Taylor
I eat only what I need by eating only when truly hungry and stopping when full.
I pause before giving in to temptations and ask, “How will I feel after eating this?”
I practice restraint in the face of an overabundance of food choices.
Setting limits sets me free.
I can have it all. Just not all the time and in the amounts that I might want.
I eat slowly and mindfully so that I enjoy my food and eat less.
I am now nourishing my passion for life.
Is emotional eating keeping you from losing weight and living the life you want? Are you ready to get off the diet rollercoaster and master your weight and your life?
If so, you may be a candidate for coaching. Coaching can make the difference between success and failure.
I have found that people who struggle with food and emotional eating are released from that prison once they learn the skills of mindful awareness and mindful eating, emotional self-nurturing, developing a spiritual or meditation practice, and learning to set appropriate limits and goals.
This turns off the urge to overeat and engage in other compulsive behaviors. When you feel better, you eat better! I have walked this path myself, and it has led me to peace and freedom.
The goal of my coaching is to create a lighter, balanced, healthier, nourishing and joy-filled life. You will begin to see results in all areas of your life because How You do Food is How You do Life!®
I coach and mentor people in the areas of: permanent weight loss, food addiction, compulsive, emotional overeating, binge eating recovery, creative self expression, spiritual direction, mindfulness, meditation, self care and stress management, self esteem and body image issues.
Note: My work is spiritually focused, not religious, and fits with any belief system you may have, even agnostic. My work assumes that you have all the wisdom and answers you need inside of you.
What you call this place -- God, intuition, Higher Power, inner wisdom, or true self -- is up to you. I am simply a guide bringing you back to the truths that are already inside of you.
I hope you have enjoyed my newsletter. Drop me a line and let me know how you are doing. I love to hear what's working for you and read about your success stories.
Catherine L. Taylor
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