I’ve recently watched the movie, The Hunger Games – where, in one world, excess exists and the other depravation – and there is no middle ground.
Are we playing a game with food at every turn? If so, does the body always lose when we are extreme with food?
When was the last time you actually felt hungry? Eating is obviously essential to our survival, but nowadays we don’t have to get it with a bow and arrow. Though sometimes the market on a Saturday morning feels like a battle field!
I’m sat here now on a Sunday morning having just returned from a walk and done my stretched and weights. My tummy is rumbling a little and I’m pondering the connection I’ve just made with my body and how that needs nurturing and building.
Consistency with my connection to myself is something that has been a challenge for me. I connect deeply and return to myself quickly. I have chosen not to build that in my body to have as a reference point or marker to return to. Hence, the relationship I have with food can either build love in my body, or take me away from myself.
I’ve never been in a situation where I have been neglected or hungry. My life has been relatively middle class, so I’ve always known there would be food on my table. So there’s a comfort for me with food. It fills me up and satisfies me. It’s not like we are eating to survive anymore – or am I still playing out some old pattern of filling the void that isn’t needed anymore?
When I am in disregard with under or over eating, my body hardens. The hardness doesn’t allow the flow of my natural expression and I shut down my light. The middle ground is to be aware and slow down and allow myself to truly listen to my body and what it needs.
My Hunger Games are about how I playfully engage with food and the choices to build or to diminish love in my body. There’s a deep underlying care I have for myself and a wisdom that doesn’t need the extremes of excess or to deprive myself of anything. A simplicity that only eats when I need to and listens to my body’s signals.
Race ya? First one to the fridge wins!