A Bodypositive point of view.
Dinners, brunches, lunches, meetings dedicated to the abundance of high-calories foo and low in nutrients. For many is a joy, for the most is a nightmare. With the resulting propaganda from this Holyday period, from diets and questionable methods to ‘back tobeing happy and fit’, that in itself should make us understand that perverse mechanism we are in.
Consuming large amounts of unnecessary food, bingeing mixed with pleasure and overcome with guilty feelings, then ‘dieting’ to eliminate the effects of the above behaviour.
Do not you find the whole thing really funny?
A series of shocks to our metabolism, a series of mixed emotions for our soul. I talk about how I see and I live this holydays abundance of food, and how many influential Bodypositive authors see it.
Concern about food, and fear of being fat are rooted and taken for granted in our society, the fat-sick association is taken as indisputable axiom. And everything is overrated, and stirred to profit (the ‘diet industry’ business).
We should learn to consider food as fuel for the incarnate life, live the relationship with food naturally and eat for surviving, rather than attributing negative valence or just pleasure.
Often, especially in this period, we consider the food as our enemy, as a yardstick of our willpower, when we resist to food’s call (forgetting that hunger is physiological and not a sign of weakness) or element to take up inner sense of emptiness. Even we use to prove our moral superiority!
The post-binges fitness activity is seen as a duty, the right penance for having eaten too much, instead we should move to the joy of feeling your body and strength of it. The food itself does not oblige us to be ingested in quantities exceeding our capacity, there is no one that binds us to a chair to swallow delicious Pandoro (a tipical Italian Christmas sweet cake, rich in butter and I do love it!), but just ourselves.
We have to learn to feel the food for what it is and to understand that the negative value is our construct, the food is a source of life, it is not our enemy but our fuel to survive.
If you just can not live peacefully with the usual Christmas time binge eating, and I can understand your feelings, just think that certain foods that we fear are available only in this period. It sounds a comforts to us? Not to me, I love the Pandoro! But this does not mean that I have to eat half Pandoro a day or feel bad as a murderer, because I have eaten a slice.
I remind you that even the most wise doctors and experts on food, advise against getting at the Christmas dinners hungry because it is precisely when we are starving our body in alarm it causes us to eat more and fat stores in the body more than in normal way.
I wish you happy Christmas lunches, see ya all in January.
yours, Samantha Schloss
“We are obsessed in looking for ways to change our bodies, when we should channel our energy thinking about how to improve the world.”