Honor Your Body Challenge Day 2: Eating in Presence

Ok here we go. Day 2. Woohoo!

To me, eating in presence means truly enjoying my food. It means turning off the TV, putting away my phone, maybe putting on some tunes, sitting down with my food, and enjoying it. Alone. Without distractions. Not in the car, not on the subway, not hovering over the sink or standing in front of the fridge. 

When I first heard about mindful eating, I shook in horror at the idea of sitting down and focusing on my food while eating. I didn't think I'd make it. It sounded so BORING. And lonely. Really lonely.

Honor Your Body Challenge Day 1: Following What Feels Good

Our bodies' two biggest methods of communication are pleasure and pain.

Pleasure for what supports our life force, health, and vitality, pain for what doesn't.

Now you might ask: "If I just follow my pleasure, I'll eat all day, drink all night, and what's stopping me from going on a drug binge?" Well, the truth is, it doesn't actually feel that good to eat all day and drink all night. It makes us sick. And I've never gone on a drug binge, but I doubt it feels that great afterwards...?

Anyway, my point is this: our bodies show us what's good for us through what feels truly good, and not in a super dramatic or escapism way, but in a subtle, deep, and present way.

Let's test out my theory.

Ode To My Belly

Ode To My Belly

This beautiful belly of mine has been one of my biggest teachers.

It's been such a habit for me to try to suck it in, flatten it out, pluck it, sculpt it, hide it, make it something that it's NOT.

It can be a source of shame... I used to be so mean to my belly cause it wouldn't "behave."

Even when I eat "clean," exercise, and do everything "right," my belly is still round. It's always been round, and I think it will always be round. That's just the way my body is. It's healthy, happy, voluptuous, and fertile. My belly is round like the moon.

But there's an insidious part of me that's convinced it's not okay.