Monday, July 30, 2012

Food is Good

I love to eat! 

Phase 2 of my Texas trip has been a lot of Eating Out.  Here is a venue where I am more comfortable...lots of choices, and I get to do the choosing!

The other day, my sister and I finished eating a particularly delicious and healthy meal out.  I noticed that I felt light, energized and happy!  This was a sharp contrast to how I feel when I overeat, overindulge, overdo the food.
Used to be, my norm was to (1) promise myself I wasn't going to overeat, (2) proceed to eat everything within reach, (3) immediately regret having eaten too much because I was so stuffed and uncomfortable, and (4) loop back to (1).

But now I am truly enjoying, and looking forward to, that refreshed and energetic feeling I get after eating a light, healthy meal.  There is no denying that eating the Other Stuff is fun.  I'm talking about pizza, donuts, cheeseburgers, nachos, cheesy casseroles, pies, cakes, french fries, cookies, ice cream.  I still do eat these things occasionally.  I am learning, however, to eat them as "treats" and not for "recreation.

I know I have talked about that scripture before, the one that says "All things are permissable, but not all things are beneficial."  My job these days is to explore the freedom of giving myself permission to eat whatever I want, but learning to want to eat what will give me that sweet energetic feeling when I'm done.   This job doesn't stop with what I eat, but extends to all the choices I make in my life.  What would my life be like if I learned to choose those thoughts and actions that would leave me feeling light, energetic and happy afterwards?  It's something to think about!


1 comment:

  1. Hi Cindy,
    I love that you wrote this post sitting on my couch! I miss you!
    Your sister


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