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Judgment Day

I have a Facebook friend who posted the following

“My life is a constant battle between love of food and not wanting to be fat”

And another friend who posted:

“I ate too much candy last night”

See – today is All Soul’s Day.  Or as it’s more commonly known, the day we all suffer from a sugar crash after over consumption of Halloween candy last night.

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Although we can all relate to those above posts, it seems that as adults we would have a few things riding in our favor.  A few things that would keep us from over-indulging and suffering both physically and mentally today.  But, we are all so hard on ourselves.  Food has become this ‘weird’ judgment – almost a measure of self-worth.

See:

#1 – we are the adult now; every day we can decide when, what and how much we eat

#2 – wanting to eat, actually eating food – it’s necessary for our survival

#3 – no one besides yourself is keeping track of what you are eating

Yet, somehow in this messed up world of too many meals out, too much processed food, too much obesity combined with skinny celebrities, we have turned the act of eating into another item to manage, to fret over and and be worried about.

When I started this blog, I subtitled it “Love to Eat!”  Why?  Because I love to eat.  I really love food.  I love the social aspect of eating.  I love trying new bars and restaurants.  I love CHOCOLATE – especially dark chocolate.  And I love to talk about food and write about food.

As I started to realize this, I decided to embrace the fact rather than to constantly judge, punish and be consumed with the feeding of me.

Having said that, I do worry about feeding my kids.  They can feed themselves but only with the food I provide.  And I’m trying to teach them life-long skills – good eating habits.  I’m trying to teach them how to enjoy food – the good for you variety and the indulgences also.  Boy do we love the sweets around here!

Here’s what I’ve learned: when I gave up worrying about judging myself, eating right got easier.

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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Love To Eat!

As I started this blog, I subtitled it “Love to Eat!”  

I used that tagline because it seems most of us are focused on what not to eat… will eating this/that make me fat, is it unhealthy, is it setting a bag example for my kids.  

I thought it might be better to focus on enjoying eating. 

This past weekend at mass, our priest began his homily sharing how he was a picky eater as a kid: pb&j and pizza.  That was about it for him.  Scarf it down as fast as he could and back outside to play.  And he realized that as he’s gotten older, he not only likes most foods but he enjoys trying new ones.  

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His homily led into the celebration of one of the mysteries that the Catholic church celebrates in the weeks after Easter – Corpus Christi, also known as the Body and Blood of Christ.  

Father told how Jesus shared the last meal of his life with his disciples and not only did they share the meal, but he led the conversation with phrases we repeat weekly at the Eucharist:

For on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread, and giving you thanks he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying: 

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT: FOR THIS IS MY BODY WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.

In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice, and giving you thanks he said the blessing, and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:

TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT: FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT; WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

 

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Perhaps the reason we eat, the reason to celebrate, is only partly for the nourishment of the body.  Maybe we eat to nourish our soul… through gathering and conversing with others.  

Maybe we should love to eat, because Jesus wants us to.  He wants us to sit with our friends, share conversation and nourish ourselves.  Food isn’t to make us feel guilty or worried; it’s good for us.

Here’s what I’ve learned:  Don’t Eat Alone.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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