Posted: February 16, 2018
When Valentine's Day hit this past week, how did you respond? Do you have any thoughts or opinions about the day? Does it bring up food fears and issues for you with the chocolates and desserts? Many of the people I am working with, as a therapist who works with food and body concerns, are trying to make peace with food. All of our holidays and celebrations seem to have food involved. Checking in with your body....being in tune with your body....listening and trusting your body....this is one of the major keys to feeling at peace around food, and it is also key to showing some love and respect to the body. Take this opportunity, a couple days after Valentine's, to check in. First, take a few minutes to get into a calm environment and take two or three deep, slow breaths, and ask yourself these questions. Maybe even journal your answers.
- Did I feel my inner voice criticize all the sweets and treats around me? How can I answer that voice?
- Did I feel my inner voice criticize what I chose to eat? What would I tell a dear friend struggling with this?
- Was I harsh or mean about my body in response to eating anything? If yes, how does that feel?
- Did I tell myself that all foods are allowed? ALL FOODS?
- Did I eat something I wanted to and enjoy it? If so, what was that like?
- Were there other things going on around the holiday that might be creating an inner critic voice, instead of the food? Does the holiday remind me of my relationship (or lack thereof)? Were there feelings coming up? What were those feelings?
- What do I need right now?
- Is there something I need to make peace with? (Be specific)