I’m all for giving up food that doesn’t work well with your body. If you drink dairy and it doesn’t feel good in your body, then don’t drink it. If sugar makes you hyperactive then settle down on the sweeteners. If wheat and gluten clogs up your digestive system then don’t eat that either. There are certain foods that we’ve somehow made “normal” in our western diets that aren’t particularly good for any of us, no matter what size or shape or constitution we are.
Where the problem comes in is what I call the mind-body-food connection. When my acne was severe and healing I became obsessed with what I ate. So obsessed in fact that I was verging on an eating disorder. I’d be riddled with guilt when I consumed a single slice of white bread or a bite of my friends ice cream. I was certain that even just a tiny bit of “bad food” would result in a pimple, or three or four and that my lack of discipline was the cause. I’d even at times consider the idea of throwing up after I’d just eaten which rang huge alarm bells for me. Luckily I was aware and conscious enough to realize that my thought patterns were stupid enough (and serious enough) to do something about before I actually did develop a full blown eating disorder.
I guess sometimes we forget that eating disorders or obsessions with food can manifest themselves in ways more than just for people feeling as though they’re fat. I’ve met many, many men and women dealing with troubled skin who are happy about their weight but unhappy about their skin. They’re battling with the beginnings of an eating disorder brought on by anxiety over the food they’re eating to clear their acne.
I cannot stress how important it is to work on our emotional well being in combination with switching to a healthier diet for the skin. In the past we’ve all throught it was just overweight or obese people that needed to undergo counseling and mind work throughout a diet. But in my opinion we all do.
Many of us have such a strong attachments and addictions to food. For me personally there are many foods that I hold an association of comfort with. Most of my comfort foods are “kid foods”. They’re foods that I was given as a child so I associate them with the loving sweetness of my mother when I was growing up, or the time I spent hibernating in my room as a teenager. Whenever I’m feeling stressed or sad and every time I detox I crave these comfort foods – hot english tea with milk, toasted sandwiches, sweet pudding, mashed potato, cookies, chocolate, and even kid meats like sausages believe it or not!
Please know that these cravings are completely normal, there is nothing wrong with you if you get them. We are very complicated little beings with very complicated minds. And sometimes our emotions and energy wants something different to what our body or minds want. This is where the guilt sets in.
Say for example you’re craving sugar so badly. You are just dying for anything sweet. What’s likely happening is your energy and emotions are craving the sweetness in life. You’re craving that love and nurturing that only a a parent, lover, best friend or open hearted connection to the universe can send your way. You may be feeling a little lost or empty so your energy truly believes that a hit of sugar can fill you right back up again. But your mind and body disagrees. Your intellectual mind is certain that the sugar will give you a breakout and your body knows that it’s not going to make your physical self feel very good at all. See the pushing and pulling that’s going on here? This is where the internal tug of war and guilt comes in. If your emotions win then guilt comes with it, but if your mind wins then you can get a little resentful and annoyed with yourself and the situation that you’re in.
This is just one very common example of our mind-body-food connection. It’s this mindset of what we put into our bodies and this internal tug of war that we need to emotionally work on. Only then can we fully and gloriously glide into a healthy new way of eating without any form of struggle or negative emotion. You can try putting on a brave face and pretending that you’re all good and strong and you can make huge shifts in your diet without any internal struggle, but I challenge you to remove all masks and look within to see if there really is truth in that. Because only when we’re honest with ourselves can the ease of the flow begin to happen.
So where to from here? Consider doing your mind work in conjunction with any new changes to the way you eat. Keep a food diary that has a space for how you feel about what you’re eating, and any negative or positive emotions that come up. See a counselor, energy healer, or some other form of mind worker that takes your fancy. If that’s not your thing then get a friend to work on it with you – you can help each other out. At the very least go and tell a tree.. just get that emotional stuff out, start to shift it and let it reveal itself.
I want you to eat well but I want you to LOVE to eat well, I don’t want you to have any negative emotions about it. I’d much rather you ate what makes you happy and keeps your mind settled than you eating something because you feel that you should. Because in all honesty, our minds are more important and stronger than anything else. It doesn’t matter how much organic foods you eat, if you’re not feeling good about it then it’s not going to make any difference.
Good news is, with the right healing you can break down those walls of internal mind struggle and dissolve all negative thought patterns you associate with food. And with that healthier food choices will just come so naturally and easily.
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