Much of our eating is habitual, i.e. under the influence of the environment.
I invite you to ponder the following question: Who (and what) influences your eating and how?
Who triggers me to eat well?
Who encourages me to eat mindfully, to savor, to eat healthy?
Who triggers me to indulge, overeat, go off diet/regimen?
Who gives me the permission to be “bad?”
Who “come-ons” me to “enjoy myself” only to justify their own urge to binge?
Who triggers me to stress-eat, binge-eat, cope-eat, react-eat?
Who do I cope with by eating?
Who is my “junk-food” person?
Who always dials up for a pizza or taunts your appetite with French fries?
Who is my “sweets” person?
Who always bakes cookies, invites me out for ice-cream, or brings in donuts?
Who in my life needs me to eat to connect with me?
Who expresses their love for me through feeding?
Whose eating do I influence and how?
How does your substance use (if any) affect your eating patterns?
Mindful New Year to you all!