This ditty has been rattling around my head for the last few days. This and, ‘love your body – don’t hate it.’ Two things very easy to say but, for me, not at all easy to accept.
Although I am no longer a slave to scales, food still exerts a fair amount of control over me. I plan our weekly meals ahead of shopping and know exactly what I am going to eat the following day. This structure keeps me sane and on track…until an additional factor in my life rears its head. Then, all my plans, good intentions, dietary knowledge and sense seem to go out of the window. The sense of ‘me’ and the importance of looking after me disappears. The first thing that happens is food becomes my enemy and very quickly I start on a negative spiral. Sugary foods become really palatable, comforting and of course addictive. I forget to drink enough fluids and eat when I know I am actually thirsty etc.
My life has been hectic and somewhat stressful over the last couple of months (hence no blogging). I have never loved my body but have over the years come to accept it and wanted to look after it. But, as soon as there is imbalance and disharmony in my life the very first thing to suffer is me. I know, from talking with others, that this is not just something that happens to me.
Why? Is it because being kind to ourselves is not a natural human trait? We spend our lives looking and caring for others so why can we not treat ourselves in the same way regardless of external factors?
Would love to hear your thoughts…