For women, in particular, our self-image has suffered at the hands of marketers and advertisers who tell us how we should look, while shoving food in front of us that will keep us from ever looking that way. Fast food ads at 9pm are targeted at our brain’s dependence on the salt and chemicals we’re already eating, not at making us look like fast food commercial models. We receive mixed messages all the time. So, what do we do?
We need to start looking to food for empowerment, in my opinion. We need to start seeing it for what it is supposed to be, rather than what it is being portrayed to be. And, we need to start treating ourselves like we deserve better than $1, fat-laden burgers. Food can make us beautiful. Food can help us sleep. Food can ease our stress and our pain, lower our blood pressure, and uplift our mood. Food can stimulate our metabolism and even contribute to weight loss.
If that all sounds like an advertisement for a prescription medication, there’s a reason for that. Food (be it vegetable or animal) carries with it just what our bodies need. Instead of being our enemy, in the fight against weight and ill health, food is the very place we should be turning, along with water, exercise, and creativity. The key is that we need to educate ourselves, while listening to what our bodies are telling us. And, if we do that, we can start to feel like getting off the couch and walking a little further in the parking lot and dancing a little in the rain.
One of the prescriptions I offer, in the upcoming book The Unchained Spirit, is a new way to approach food and eating, that is really not all that new. With the right foods, with meditation/prayer, with a return to your roots and your passions, you can turn your life around and feel empowered to find a new way to live it… and live it well.