There was a period in my life when the highlights of my days revolved around food. My alarm would go off and my first thought was, “What am I going to eat for breakfast?” That thought propelled me out of bed and had me racing to the kitchen before I even had time to check-in with my body. As soon as breakfast was over, I was packing my snacks for work and preparing my lunch. My breaks during work were spent scouring over restaurant menus and deciding where I would eat for dinner with my friends that night. Once dinner was over, I would stop at a 7-11 and grab some sort of chocolate (God forbid I keep a stash of it at home, that is a whole other blog topic!). Then I’d devour my chocolate within two minutes of walking in my door and finish my night off with a glass of wine. The next day, I would wake up and do it again.
By reading that, one might assume that I had an empty life outside of food. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I had a good job, adoring friends, supportive family members, loving partners and I worked out on a regular basis. My life was full, but no matter what I ate, I was not.
At this point in my life, food has very little hold over my being. Food has become a source of fuel and because of that, I have become more present and incredibly happy.
What has changed and how can you make the same shift?
Obviously, I had a big issue with the role that eating was playing in my daily life. Once I realized this, it became apparent that it needed to change. I started paying attention to the small things that make me happy and have the power to feed my soul, not just my appetite.
Here is a list of what made me happy yesterday:
- A new client that radiated positive energy and potential. 10%
- Going to a yoga class. 20%
- My husband’s sleepy smile when he woke up and our morning conversation. 20%
- The furry residents of our household, Jack and Journey. Anything about them. 10%
- Another coaching client that is so young that I felt the beauty of her optimism and purity. 10%
- The hour-long phone call with a best friend who is chasing a scary, yet beautiful, dream. 20%
- Taking the time to relax by reading a Yoga Journal article and drinking my fav Apricot Beer. 10%
My challenge to you is to make a list of all of the things that filled up your life today. Then assign a percentage to each one and see what percentage of happiness comes from food in your life. If it is anymore than 10%, it is time to give credit to some of the other beautiful things around you. I promise you that those wonderful things exist and it is time that you chose to see them.
Leave a comment below with your findings and if you would like some personalized tips, I am happy to weigh-in.