"You Eat What You Are."
Updated: Dec 28, 2021
Food - essential for our sustenance and vitality, is also a source of much anxiety and distress for many in the world. On one side, billions of people do not have enough to eat. On the opposite side, millions have a superfluous sufficiency. Yet, it is a source of much anxiety and stress for many of these people who self-talk themselves into seeing themselves as too fat, too skinny, needing to diet; should “I follow a low carb high protein diet plan; should I be vegan, vegetarian, stay a meat eater,” and many other such internal conversations.
This ‘food epidemic,’ especially amongst the “haves”, has given rise to a whole global industry focused on promoting nutrition and health with varying points of views, beliefs and (claimed) studies about nutrition, health products and food choices. Which is the right one? We have repeatedly seen what they claimed unacceptable, or acceptable, at one point, gets contradicted, even disproved by subsequent studies.
But what if the root source of our self-talk food dilemma lies in something entirely different, not on the food products themselves?
A lot of the nutrition-wellness market and industry seems grounded on the understanding and belief that “we are what we eat.” As we have adopted this to be “the truth,” we look to changing what we eat to change how we feel, look and what we are—a logical solution.
Adopting and following this simple equation should lead to a person changing how they see and feel about themselves. However, except for some, most people find it a challenge to make this equation work without consciously working “at it” continuously. Still many people don’t get to a point of feeling totally content with themselves. Some end up failing to maintain the diet disciplines; some chop and change between different diets, searching for “the one” that will work the “magic” they are looking for; others simply give up on the ongoing hard work and discipline required. Some initially achieve great results, then find it hard to maintain and soon fall back to where they were—perhaps even worse off.
The reality about this industry is that the only real winners are the therapists, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and others in the distribution chain—and a small percentage of the public
Why do people not succeed?
I believe it is because the basis of the equation is on the incorrect principle belief—that “we are what we eat.” This is simply not true. The equation needs to read: “We Eat What We Are.” This is not mere semantics. It is a life-changing formula as I discovered for my life—see my “A Life-Changing Moment”.
Food is the source of sustenance for our physical bodies. That is what we should view and use food for. Instead—except for those that simply do not have enough to even survive—we see and use as a means to satisfy many other things. Like greed, ego, power, control and other emotional needs we experience in our life. We make food and drink, a source of escapism from life issues; to provide a sense of comforts—or self-punishment for some people; a means for creating and bringing some meaning into our life; even use it as a motivational "tool" for societal acceptance, recognition and acknowledgement—he/she is a great cook, always puts on a great meal; to be loved, gain self-worth and confidence, etc. Those are all emotional needs and fears (of rejection) linked to and triggered by our feelings and beliefs of being “not good enough.” To "silence" these feelings we use and depend on food and drink to make us feel OK about ourselves. Identifying and eliminating the root source of our feelings and beliefs of being “not good enough” is the actual issue that needs to be resolved. That automatically eliminates any need and dependency on external “things,” such as diets or anything else, for our overall wellbeing and be Who We Really Are.
Having a healthy emotional state of beingness leads naturally to a healthy diet of eating and drinking. Because a healthy state of mind creates a healthy body that desires only healthy food and drink. That way, we will eat and drink whatever we want and maintain a healthy state of mind and body that will neither desire nor lust after anything that is unhealthy.
Read my guidance on how to Eliminate that Feeling of being “not good enough.”