Do you ever get tired of the argument for or against what food to eat or not to eat? Does your head spin with all the different diet advice out there? Does trying to be a perfect size leaeve you distressed, discouraged, or at odds with your body?
What if there were a different way that lead to greater ease in and with your body?
I may no be a societaly sanctioned size. Just recently I am actually OK with my body! For instance, I used to be stressed out when I went to the gym. Now, when I go to the gym, I let my belly hang out. I relax, soften, and expand out my energy to be space. I don’t make the judgments I perceive around me true about me. It is just an interesting point of view. This belly is the same belly that my 2 year old delights in when she exclaims, “You are so squishy, mommy!” She has said this multiple times over the last few months. This is one reason I am aware I choose to be the size I am. It is a soft place for my daughter to receive cuddly nurturing.
I am currently a size 16. And, I have made peace with that, for now. Because, the old way of judging myself thin wasn’t working. I yo-you dieted since I was 10 years old up until I became pregnant with my daughter 3 years ago. It wasn’t until I studied Access Consciousness® tools that I began to reclaim the potency of my awareness amid the afflueva I was aware of constantly around me. I was constantly trying to make it mine. I didn’t know it wasn’t mine. Then I came across the Access tool “Who Does This Belong To?” I started receiving a greater ease and peace throughout my day, because I recognized 98% of the thoughts, feelings, and emotions were not mine to begin with. I was merely picking them up from people around me!, like a big psychic receiver. What I have since come to understand, is that I Be a Space that goes beyond the contracted reality that we have been taught to believe is real since we were very little. Were you told the way things must be, the way they should be? Did you choose to absorb the insanity around you?
Your body has its own awareness. Your body is constantly with you this lifetime. Wouldn’t a little regard for its’ preferences when it comes to food be called for? Try this experiment with me. Ready? Let’s go! Acknowledge your body by saying, “I apologize for all the times I wasn’t able to or willing to listen to you. I am sorry for all the judgments I have made real. I now clear them.* Show me how you communicate with me and how I can honor you. I am willing to give it a go. What else is possible, sweet body?” Then, pay attention to any awarenesses you receive. It can be a moment, or next week that you receive awareness about what your body would like.
Be willing to experiment with eating preferences and times. Have ice cream for breakfast. Eat very little. Stuff your face if required. Go on a no judgment diet, like Katherine McIntosh suggests. My 2 year old honors her body. For example, she ate very little on a day to day basis for the last month. Then, just yesterday, she at all day long. We are talking 3 bananas, apple, cheese, protein bars, ice cream, etc! I could have been worried or concerned if I had been looking at this behavior from society’s nutritional / dieticians’ point of view. However, I know that my daughter knows precisely what and when she needs to eat. And I honor her knowing.
One tool I have learned from several certified Access Facilitators is that when you are eating, eat whilst the food tastes orgasmic. As soon as that sensation is no longer present, that may be a good time to stop eating. Another tool is to ask questions, and follow the awareness you receive. For example, you can ask “Body, what would You like to eat?”
Here is another fun tool to experiment with. When you are out eating at a restaurant, ask your body to show you what it would like eat. Once you have asked, close your eyes. Then open them and glance at the menu. The first thing your eyes pop on is usually what your body is asking for! I have been super pleased with this tool, which has lead to being much more satisfied with the quality of food I am choosing.
The short and sweet of it? Stop judging what you eat. Is it time to have allowance for others’ interesting points of views on the subject while not making any of them greater than your awareness for what is true for you? What if vegetarian, carnivore, vegan, or a-la-carte are all just interesting points of view? What if you could choose for you, on a moment by moment basis? For example, my body requires more sugar than the average person. I have eaten large quantities of sugar. Am I aware of all the interesting points of views and judgments that others have? Oh yeah. Just this week I did listen to my body’s signals, however, to go green for a day. I bought some kale and juice it along with carrots. It tasted so good! Juicing is not something I normally do. Yet, I honored my awareness and my body. What would change for you when you honor your bodys’ awareness? Welcome to a different point of view: I am a choice-a-tarian! It tastes GOOD!