Today's Healthy Reflection from SparkPeople
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I generally hate getting daily emails...who has time to read all that email, even the inspiring ones? But at some point I signed up for the Spark People Daily Reflection, and I have rarely been disappointed in taking the time to read these. These healthy reflections have truly generated much self-analysis and instrospection.
I just feel the need to share today's with anyone who cares to read this blog, because it is one of those "eureka!!" ones, at least for me. It puts my whole life experience with food in a nutshell..and I just have this feeling I am not alone. Here is what it said, I hope it makes you think as much as it made me think, and I equally hope it leads you to a better understanding that none of us are alone in this journey:
Battle scars from the Diet War
Like Martha Graham, who said that "The body is a sacred garment. It's your first and last garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart life with, and it should be treated with honor," Jenny Craig seems to know a thing or two about caring for your body and your self. In the Garden of Eden, eating was modeled as one of life's most pleasurable experiences. But then Eve took a bite out of that apple (so much for the low calorie, low fat, high fiber theory), and women (and men) have been at war with food ever since. Both of these quotes reflect this fact. Are your weight issues really a symptom of something else--boredom, depression, regret, or rejection? At the root of many issues is our self-loathing at worst, our self-indifference at best. Food is not the enemy. We are. Break the cycle of dieting and replace it with loving yourself enough to make good choices about your diet. Examine your eating habits this week. Are you honoring your body with your food choices? How can you love yourself back to a healthy relationship with eating? Take steps towards defeating the natural compulsion or craving that might take you down a path of regretful eating. Remember the sacredness of your own skin.