And by YOU, I mean your body, thinking mind, unconscious mind, the spark of light that is your life-force - all of it!
What part of "you" makes most of your food choices? Our bodies sends us the signal that it's hungry, but then our analytic brains get all up in our face and take the fun out of eating. Or, the conditioning and habits that are the realm of the unconscious mind cast their spell and make choices we later regret. If you're eating something "healthy", but not delicious, chances are it's the poor brainwashed and bombarded thinking mind doing all the choosing. If you're buying a triple-thick Harvey's milkshake to suck back in the car, you could be following the commands of your shadow-side, to your body's chagrin (or perhaps delight!).
What about tuning in to what the body desires, or what will truly satisfy your soul? How about making food choices that have balanced input from all aspects of yourself, instead of letting one facet dominate the rest? Mindful eating is like a democratic revolution of your self! Don't most grass-roots revolutions start in the kitchen, or at least involve pots and pans?
This post was inspired by several things that have happened in the past few days. I heard this fascinating interview with Nina Teicholz, the author of "Big Fat Surprise". I had a great discussion with a good friend about a cleansing diet she did, how she felt, and how she wants to integrate what she learned into her life. I've been reading "French Women Don't Get Fat" (more on that another time), which is really a manifesto of the French approach to mindful eating, with some weight loss tips thrown in. And I read this excellent blog post from a woman advocating size acceptance (as opposed to judging fat people).
Remember grade school biology? The definition of a living being is something that eats, digests, breathes, and reproduces (basically). I'm so done with the miasma of information and mis-information that has turned one of our most elemental functions into yet another plaything of capitalism, politics, scientific debate.
I've been researching and considering my food choices to ensure that they are healthy, ethical, and environmentally sustainable for over 20 years. There's just one piece of advice that I bother trying to follow anymore: