Let mindful eating guide you instead!
I was hiking with my husband in beautiful Utah and I can’t resist a good metaphor. Following a hiking trail instead of 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 places was Arches National Park. We drove in before 7:00 am to catch a sunrise on the trail. We hiked for about four hours, discovering about a dozen arches – not all of them named on our map. (What do you think of my photo at Partition Arch just after sunrise?)
When we finally emerged from the trail, I was surprised to see how many people had arrived in the parking lot!
I noted that most followed the paths to the first three arches then headed back to their cars to continue the scenic drive. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! After all, we are 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
This keeps you on the scenic route of your life – familiar and seemingly safe because it feels predictable: Eat. Repent. Repeat.
The truth is, our approach to mindful eating might get you out of your comfort zone, but it will open up 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 that always made our trail clear and easy to follow.
Hey, I 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 are a person who has struggled with your eating for a long time and have tried one diet program after another, perhaps it is 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? 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 on our journey.
If you just might be ready to begin your journey to a more peaceful, joyful relationship with food, I would love to guide you! Download this packet to learn how you can grab one of the few remaining seats in our next Mindful Eating Virtual Retreat!
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).
- 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 me 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!
Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly!
Michelle May, M.D.