For so many people, food means something. It means celebration, comfort, love, success. We’ve mentioned before, food means nothing.
Food contains energy and nutrients to fuel your body to function. That is so simple. It’s so small in comparison with what we often equate food to be. But, it’s actually huge. Yes, that is a contradiction. Let’s run with it.
Let’s say food is actually comfort. Comfort means what it means to you. Whatever it is, pasta, pastries, something your grandma used to make, that is comfort. Is that really so big? Is that a vital part of life? Is it actually contributing to you in a multifaceted way?
Comfort isn’t a necessity for life. It’s not essential to breathing, pumping blood or firing brain synapses. It’s a conjured up feeling inside of a story we tell ourselves to escape from something. Lending that feeling to and giving power over to a food . . . can we just take a moment to get present to how ridiculous that actually is.
Now, for a moment let’s remove all of the non-essential reasons to eat and focus only on the needs of our bodies. Let’s imagine a space where we listen to and hear the actual needs of our bodies. There is no implied meaning there. There is no feeling or emotion attached to it. It is a primal function of filling an actual need.
That is what food is and should be doing for you.
Take the meaning out of it and see if you’d still eat it.
A seasonal latte.
Aunti B’s famous apple pie.
None of it means anything. It is empty calories and foods that lack actual nutrients, or fall no where near the high level of nutrition you could feed your body when the meaning is removed.
Remove the meaning and see what you’re actually left with.