- Derek Walcott
What is Mindful Eating?
We are what we eat. Literally. When you look down on your plate, you will see who you are. When I was in the midst of University and an eating disorder, aspartame and fat free foods filled my plate. They made me pretty on the outside, but were so empty on the inside. Just like me. Now, I fill my plate with nourishing foods that fuel my body, mind and spirit. Whenever I consume too many empty calories or unhealthy foods, it is a trigger to look within, to find what it is within my own body that needs healing or nurturing.
By learning about nutrition, about your own body, and about your relationship with food, you can begin to see the kind of eating that will bring wholeness and connection to your life. Food need not be a source of stress, and when we give food the attention it deserves and not use it as a substitute for meeting other needs (for connection, love, rest or self-care), our bodies will find their own natural weight and shape. Peace with food brings lightness within and a strong, healthy body full of vitality and grace.
Once we put eating in its place, we may find that there is still a need to feel nourished, whole and “fed”. In order to meet this need, we can begin the practice of lovingkindness or self-compassion. The more we learn to love and accept ourselves as we are, the less we will need food (or the endless search for the perfect body) to fill an emotional void or a need for intimacy. The intimacy we seek can be found by relating to ourselves with warmth, kindness, and a loving embrace.
- Food Rules by Michael Pollan
For many of us, eating has surprisingly little to do with hunger. We eat out of boredom, for entertainment, to comfort or reward ourselves. Try to be aware of why you're eating, and ask yourself if you're really hungry — before you eat and then again along the way. (One test: If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you're not hungry.) Food is a costly antidepressant.
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Love After Love
The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,
the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.