A couple of weeks ago, I talked about letting go of our food addictions, as part of the process of being a more mindful eater. Depending on your situation, you may be trying to let go of eating too much food. Or maybe you are trying to let go of having extreme control over your food and battling a restrictive diet. The idea of just letting go sounds easier said than done, don’t you think? Like I mentioned before, it’s a lot like getting rid of an old comfortable sweater that you’ve had for years. I understand how difficult such a separation may be.
Today, I want to focus on letting go of your desires to eat and eat, without putting thought into what you are actually doing. Without being mindful. I want you to imagine one of your most craved foods. For me, it’s nachos. Think of the details. Ooey gooey melty cheese. Black olives. Salsa. Tomatoes. Sour Cream. Yup, all the trimmings. As a mindless overeater, the anticipation of this desired taste can cause intense cravings. Sometimes to the point of manic behavior. In your mind, you just have to have it!
In eastern philosophy, it is believed that much of suffering comes from desire.
And once you obtain what you desire, you only desire more. Desire is without end. (click to Tweet this!)
Think about it. As soon as you get a brand new car that you have been desiring, it’s only a month or two before you desire something newer. It never ends.
You can see how this relates to mindless eating. It’s not the actual nachos you are wanting. It’s the desire for another bite. When you eat, you probably find that you want this experience to continue. The true challenge is to let go of something that tastes good.
Please listen to a few thoughts and tools I have for letting go of this desire:
Remember, the ability to let go won’t happen overnight. Just like anything else, it takes practice, and you will need to work on it each day. Just focus on continuing in the right direction.
I know that as someone who has eaten out of control and without much thought, some of these exercises may seem hokey and kind of silly. But I want to ask you how much it means to you to get out of this unhealthy cycle you’ve been in for so long? Maybe it’s time you make this a priority? Maybe it’s time that you actually need to put thought into the way you eat. Your health and well-being is 100% worth it.
Let me know, what desires do you have that you have a hard time letting go of? See that comment section down below? That’s where I want to hear from you!