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For most of us, food plays a big role in our lives.
Food is often a part of how you enjoy time with friends and family. Food can be a reward for a job well-done, and food can also be something you turn to in a time of need. Emotional eating without guilt is just listening to your body and giving it what it needs in the moment. Because they are delicious, hearty and they make you feel physically and emotionally good.
Food has the power to make you feel good—physically and emotionally—so we should work to harness that power for good rather than for evil.
Using the power of food for evil means eating to ignore your problems. It can mean eating to punish yourself for feeling a certain way or to punish yourself for the way things are going in your life. The guilt is what makes eating emotionally a bad thing. The only difference between using the power of food for good or for evil is awareness.
Getting real with yourself. Choosing to make a conscious decision based on that awareness is what helps you use the power of food for good. A food only has power when YOU give it power.
Know YOUR nourishing comfort foods. Be deliberate about comforting yourself with food. Know what foods you love and know which of those foods you really enjoy eating. When you have a list either on paper or in your head that are designated as YOUR comfort foods, it can change how you feel about eating them and increase their comforting power.
For example, I have dark chocolate sea-salted caramels from Whole Foods on my nourishing comfort food list, so when I make the decision to eat them, I appreciate them for how they make me feel, rather than feeling guilty about eating them.
If having dark chocolate sea-salted caramels on your list of nourishing foods is scary like you might eat the whole box and then feel guilty about itstart off with some of the foods you know make you feel good PHYSICALLY— like fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Listen to your inner body cues and that little voice inside your head.
When comes to eating and emotional eating in particular, I often find myself having a conversation with that little voice inside of my head.
Listening to this little voice will only help you make an informed decision about whether to choose a comfort food and what kind of comfort food to choose. Listening to that little voice will help you make the conscious decision to comfort yourself with food, and give you some clues as to how to solve your problem.
The most powerful thing about the power of comfort foods is knowing that these foods have the power to comfort you, but not the power to solve your problems.
Find other, non-food activities that also comfort you. Comfort food is best used along with a non-food way of making progress toward solving your problem.You were once my comfort, Clarissa; you made all my hardships tolerable:—But now!
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