The Way You Eat is the Way You Live

I was driving in the car with my sister. She was talking about the last 4 lbs she has to lose. This succinctly was followed by a “and you need to gain 4 lbs, Andrea! You are way too thin.” We discussed how my sister was doing everything in her power to try to lose these 4 measly pounds but they just wouldn’t seem to budge. I was also explaining how I am trying to gain 4 or 5 lbs but I just can’t! It was funny because we both described what we are eating and I am actually eating more than her.

I know what you are thinking. How hard can it be to gain weight? Just eat a chocolate cake or something! *And just a side note, I have never really had a hard time gaining weight so this is a first for me*.

I thought I would turn that comment around and say well how hard can it be to lose a few lbs? Just run a mile or two a day. Or stop eating bread.

Although these scenarios are going to be different for you, as you are unique and not my sister or I, this same rule applies:

The way you eat is the way you live.

Repeat that to yourself and let it sink in for a second. The way you eat is the way you live.

In this moment in time, I am mending an intense break up that I recently went through. An event that shook my life up and has caused me deep pain that I am healing. My body is not worried about food. It eats to live, not lives to eat.

The way I am eating right now is the way I am living. I am purging. I am purging emotions and deep trauma that has been locked up in my body for a long time. I am in a stage of releasing. And this explains my body’s inability to hold onto calories. I am running around for most of the day to dodge the sadness and fear that wants to come out. Until it is too strong and I surrender to the tears.

For my sister, I cannot speak for her. But for most people, they are running away from something as well. Your body is holding on for dear life to these last few lbs just like you are holding on to whatever it is in your life that is causing you suffering. And it may just be that until you are ready to let go of that pain, your body will keep holding onto that weight.

Your body is like a mirror of what is going on in your emotional life. And it is not a mistake. It is a beautiful reflection, regardless if you are trying to lose or gain.

What’s going on for you?

Andrea Rodgers