I wanted to post this as a different topic due to so many meanings behind it.
1.Naturally, we eat when we are hungry. It is how our bodies are supposed to work.
2.Many people have learned to eat due to an emotion. No matter what the emotion. Anger,Sad,Excited,Happy,Bored etc… Emotions can control us; unless we learn to control them. Our emotions are natural; until something comes along around the age of learning that “if we cry; we get picked up and cuddled” or our diapers get changed" or…
well… you get the idea.
In many countries around the world; food means "Love"
Or “I care for you” Our families become insulted if we don’t eat a special food that has been made for a special occasion or “because I love you, I slaved in the kitchen for you.”
I think this one is the hardest. Fear. We eat because at some point in our lives we did not have food available.
Yes, even here in America some of us have gone more than a "little hungry."
sigh… I have experienced being homeless. I’ve watched thru a window at a restaurant and to see people leave food on their plate. I’ve begged to sweep a parking lot for an exchange of a meal. I’ve been so hungry that when finally food came my way… I got sick and vomited after eating… It was too much,too fast.
Now, no longer living that life. I panic if there is not a certain amount of food in a refrigerator, the freezer and the cupboards.Now I feel rich. I have a roof over my head. I have a family. I need to change. I need to feed myself and my family the healthy way. I need to not give my children candy “because it is their favorite,because I love them, etc…” I don’t have to fix a celebration dinner for every meal. I don’t have to fix a celebration dinner just because it is a "holiday."
I can still show and tell them that I love them. I can say “I love me without food.” ( I think this one is the hardest. )
I still have many fears over food.
I think learning why we eat and how amazing our bodies are. What they do to keep us going. How they struggle to
process each bite of food we put in our mouths. How often our body over works because it does not reject what we give it. Our bodies “love us.”
Let us work to feed them well. To love them without over feeding them. To give them motion that helps them to process what we do give them.
I guess with this “Diabetes” we need to thank our bodies and encourage them to keep going for us. Because no matter what our bodies care for us.
ahh… Thankyou Andreina for sharing with me today. for helping me to express things I need to bring to the front of my mind.