Excerpted from the book (“Your Emotional Fitness“)
We are all on a diet. A diet is simply your eating habits. Some diets are more beneficial to health and well being than others. If you go on a specific diet to achieve a goal, and when the goal is achieved you “get back to normal”, the diet has not changed anything. However, when you see your body as energy, and you see the food you intake as energy, you will make the right choices and have good health and proper weight. It is through not being aware of your own body that you become unaware of what you are ingesting. Make the food you eat a conscious choice, not something ruled by habit. If you make food choices out of an utmost respect for this miracle that is your body, your weight will be at a healthy level, as will your energy and general health.
There is the raw food diet and the macrobiotic diet. Both consist of healthy eating habits. The raw diet consists of uncooked food, and the macrobiotic diet consists of all cooked food. Both are good. Both are healthy. But they are opposite. Which one is better? Depends which expert you ask. Is dairy good or bad for you? How about animal protein? Again, which expert are you asking? How about coffee? Red wine?
The conclusion to be found is that what works for one person may not be the best for another. We all have different sensitivities, tolerances, and body types. You know best how different foods make you feel. Maybe you get tired and lethargic after certain foods. Maybe certain foods make you feel light and good. Be aware of your energy levels after eating. Choose to create eating habits that work for you. In fact, if you ask yourself the following two questions and obey the answers, your quality of life will improve. What should you eat less of because it makes you feel tired or sluggish? What should you eat more of because you feel energized and healthy? Your body is always talking to you. You must take the time to listen.
A person who is overweight and “can’t” lose the weight is simply asking themselves the wrong questions. They might ask “What would fill me up” or “what would taste the best?” These questions only lead them to more unhappiness. A better question might be “What would really be healthy for me and make me feel good?” or “What is something light and tasty that would give me good energy?” A really good question to ask would be “What will it cost me in quality of life if I don’t give up this overindulgence now, and how great would I feel if I did?” That question will associate pain to overeating and pleasure to not overeating, which will cause a person to choose more wisely.
Some people think they can change how they eat using will power. However, this approach is in direct contrast to how we are wired. We are wired to seek pleasure and avoid pain, and in this scenario we are using will power to avoid pleasure. So if you want that jelly donut, please do not try to resist it in all its flavor and goodness. You will just be torturing yourself and might eventually give in and eat the whole box. Instead, see the jelly donut for all the pain it will cause you. See the extra fat around your body and how the donut will make it worse. See your reflection in the mirror and know that the donut will just add to your pain. Now…you probably have no interest in that donut, because you want to move away from the pain it causes. Remember, your mind is very powerful when you choose to be in control of it, and nothing means anything until you give it meaning. So…make up stories and meanings that work for you, not against you.
The message is to choose the foods that make you feel good, light, and energetic, and choose the thoughts and beliefs that allow you to experience happiness…it’s that simple. Bottom line…good nutrition and disease prevention is about more than just the food you eat. It’s also about the thoughts you think.
When you get on a scale, remember that the scale will not tell you…how great a person you are, how much people love you, that you are amazing in ways a scale could not even begin to measure, and that you have the power within you to choose happiness. Furthermore, your greatness will not be found on a scale, in the mirror, in a classroom, from reading articles such as this one, or from flattering comments from friends, family members, or lovers. It is within you, so become conscious of the greatness that flows through you…and have gratitude for this beauty within you.
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