“We are the most obese, medicated, addicted, and in-debt Americans EVER!” Brene Brown
Brene Brown’s words shared below ring so true for me. For decades, I “knew” all I needed to do to lose weight and get healthy. I’d tried so many different paths each one with varying degrees of success. I “knew” if I could focus on meal prepping consistently with lots of good protein, veggies and little starches it would do the trick. But “knowing” did nothing for me, because I didn’t want to do meal prep all of the time. I didn’t want to think about food so much. I didn’t really want to do any of the extra stuff I’d need to do.
See the problem wasn’t what I “thought” I knew about food. The problem wasn’t even what I judged to be laziness about meal prep on my part. The real problem for my steady, deep decline into the darker places of my health was my emotions. The depth and breadth of my overwhelm finally took over completely and I used food to mask, soothe, “heal”, reward and deal with all of the pain and stress in my life.
I for sure don’t beat myself up about any of those choices I made as I firmly believe that was doing the best I could throughout it all. But wowza, am I ever grateful that I am learning to feel my feelings in every given moment, instead of feeding them with foods that leave me feeling worse than I did before I ate them. It can be a harder road to travel at times, but most of the time it is a freeing, joyous one to journey. And the reward is spectacular – a body and mind that is free to move through the feelings and not allow them to become barriers to growth.
From the Gifts of Imperfection…
“We know how to eat healthy. We also know how to make good choices with our money. We know how to take care of our emotional needs. We know all of this, yet…
We are the most obese, medicated, addicted, and in-debt Americans EVER!
Why are we struggling like never before? Because we don’t talk about the things that get in the way of doing what we know is best for us, our children, our families and our communities.
We don’t talk about what keeps us eating until we’re sick, busy beyond human scale, desperate to numb and take the edge off, and full of so much anxiety and self-doubt that we don’t act on what we KNOW is best for us.”
YES, YES, YES!!!!! It is time to ACT!!!