By Michelle May, M.D.
Peace on earth may feel like an elusive fantasy these days. Along with all the other angst in the world, many people could use more peace with food. Think about it… do you feel like you’re “losing the battle,” “struggling to control your appetite,” “resisting your cravings,” “fighting the enemy,” “mustering your willpower,” or “avoiding bad foods”? (And don’t even get me started on the “War on obesity”!)
A combative approach is counterproductive and gives food even more power over you—the opposite of what you want: Peace.
You’ve probably heard the sayings “What you resist, persists,” “Where your attention goes, energy flows,” and “Focus on what you want, not on what you don’t want.” When you’re focused on avoiding, fighting, or resisting your urges to eat, you are still directing your attention and energy toward food. Could that be why food is frequently on your mind and why the foods you “shouldn’t” eat seem to show up everywhere?
Let go of the struggle!
What you may not realize is that the phrase “Let there be peace” means that peace is already here and all we need to do is let it be! And that’s true of food too: You were born with the instinctive ability to manage your eating effortlessly, without all the struggle. Admittedly, you may have forgotten those skills, but trust me, they can be relearned. In fact, that is the mission of Am I Hungry? – to change the way the world thinks about eating.
And there’s an a enormous bonus: When you relearn how to cultivate peace with food, you also learn how to cultivate peace in other aspects of your life and create space to focus on what you really want!