Is Food My Drug of Choice?

on August 23, 2008

Below is part of an article I came across today by Geneen Roth.  It struck a chord with me.  Today I’m going to savor things in my life – including food.

For most of us, food isn’t allowed to be itself: a source of pleasure, joy, nourishment. Instead, food is the middleman between feeling something we don’t want to feel and numbing or distracting ourselves from feeling it. We don’t eat for enjoyment, taste, or particular sensations, we eat for the effect the food will have on us. Food is our drug of choice.

But there is another way to live with food. It’s called eating with gusto, joy, and pleasure.

After 30 years of working with emotional eaters, I can confidently say that I’ve never met anyone who has ever lost weight — and kept it off — by deprivation. We are sensory, pleasure-loving beings. It is not just calories that fill us up, but the joy we take from eating them.

We don’t overeat because we take too much pleasure from food, but because we don’t take enough. When pleasure ends, overeating begins.

Imagine what your life would be like if you let yourself eat with passion. If you felt entitled, no matter what you weighed, to eat with gusto. You may discover that foods you loved — as well as those you didn’t — truly do give you pleasure, and there’s no price tag attached. And that’s how it should be. Why not be astonished by the crisp taste of an apple? Why not revel in the smooth texture of an olive? Since you need to eat to live, why let one moment of joy — even one — pass you by?

Love Food to End Emotional Eating

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