Let mindful eating guide you instead!
My husband and I went hiking in beautiful Utah during the pandemic. I can never resist a good metaphor, so here it is: Following a hiking trail instead of the taking the scenic route is like letting mindful eating guide you instead of remaining stuck in old patterns.
Here’s how this metaphor came up… One of our favorite of The Big Five is Arches National Park. We drove in before 7:00 am to catch a sunrise on the trail and beat the crowds. (What do you think of my photo at Partition Arch just after sunrise?)
We hiked deep into the park, discovering over a dozen arches, not all of them identified on our map. When we finally circled back to the main trail four hours later, I was surprised to see how many people had arrived!
Most tourists followed the paths to the first three arches (which are awesome!), then headed back to their cars to continue the scenic drive through the park. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! After all, we were all just trying to experience a bit of nature and a change of pace.
However, it occurred to me that sticking to the scenic drive instead of exploring the trails is like (here comes the metaphor…) following familiar patterns of yo-yo dieting instead of letting mindful eating guide you.
The scenic route is safe
I get it! Following a familiar variation of “eat less, exercise more” keeps you on the scenic route of your life – seemingly safe because it feels predictable: Eat. Repent. Repeat.
The truth is, the Am I Hungry? approach to mindful eating will take you out of your comfort zone and open a whole new world for you to explore!
The Mindful Eating Cycle will serve as your ever-present guide to eating, like these rock cairns in Canyonlands National Park that always made our trail clear and simple to follow.
I obviously had a lot of time to think while hiking!
Stick with me here… again, I am not judging people who can’t or don’t want to hike. You do you.
My point is, if you’re a person who has struggled with your eating for a long time and have tried one diet program after another, perhaps it’s time to get off the beaten path!
Can mindful eating guide you to a peaceful relationship with food?
I took this photo to show you what inspired the metaphor of your mindful eating guide. We were following a trail to Double O Arch when this trail sign seemed to point to the end of the giant rock “fin” we were walking on – see our shadows below?
It was a little scary, but we had to simply trust that someone knew what they were doing! Sure enough, when we got to the end, there was an easy way down to continue our journey.
If you just might be ready to begin your journey to a more peaceful, joyful relationship with food, we would love to be your guide! Click here to see the different ways we guide you to eat mindfully. (And here’s how you can grab one of the few remaining seats in our next Mindful Eating Support Community Level 1 series!)
Your Guide to Mindful Eating
I know it can feel a little scary, even risky, to try something new, but believe me, you are not going there alone. You will have a guide and a map to take you to a completely new place in your relationship with food.
- You will discover amazing new things about yourself and why you do what you do.
- You’ll learn to trust yourself to make decisions about eating without looking anything up or writing anything down.
- Enjoy eating when you’re hungry.
- Decide when you’ve had enough (with ease), and what to do when you eat too much (it’s normal).
- Eat what you love (without guilt or fear of losing control).
- Discover joy in moving your body instead of punishing yourself for eating.
- And most important, you’ll create space to really live that vibrant life you crave!
Please join us to find your way back to a peaceful, joyful relationship with food!
Kind of the way I feel when I see my favorite photo of the whole trip: Mesa Arch at sunrise in Canyonlands National Park!
On to the next adventure…
Enjoyed this article? Here are three more to help you:
How Mindful Eating Helps End Yo-Yo Dieting
Get off the diet tightrope and on a wide path!
How mindful eating opens the door to mindful living
This article was updated from a previous version.