Eating to live or are you living to eat? This has to be a question that we have all come across at some point in our lives. Is eating the only reason why we are living or are we eating so that we can successfully live our lives. So to try and make sense of all this, I am going to share a perspective with you, a perspective that could change your views on the whole process of eating forever.
Now before I begin to discuss the whole premise behind the eating process I would like to make one clear distinction. This distinction is that the body and the mind are two different entities. The reasoning behind this distinction will become more apparent as we go along, so to start with lets begin with ones body. The human body as it stands is a perfectly designed machine, a machine designed with such great precision and ingenuity, it is nothing short of a masterpiece. To see it, feel it and understand it in its entirety and complexity alone will blow your mind away. To make this machine function and to function it must it needs to be fed. It needs to be fed with the right nutrients, of the right quantities and at the right times. Only then can this machine function at its optimum and consistently deliver peak performance. This machines functioning is controlled and managed effectively by none other than the brain. The brain is the bodies power house, it determines how to best operate and regulate the bodies functions always trying to keep everything running in perfect order. So when the body is hungry it will give you signs and signals that it is time to re-energise… This is when you are eating to live.. Eating purely to keep you system functioning at its optimum levels and continually ensuring that the body remains in perfect harmony.
Now if the body tells you when to eat… then why is it that many are finding themselves “living to eat”. You will find the reason behind this has something to do with the distinction that I had made earlier. The distinction that the mind and body are separate entities. It is the faculty of the mind that creates the desire to always want to eat. This distinction alone could be the largest reason why the world has seen such an epidemic in obesity. Now to add some justification to the former statement, let me explain a little bit about the mind. The mind in itself is nothing more than a storage facility, a super warehouse full of information that has been collected over your lifetime. This information has been filtered through your 5 senses both consciously and unconsciously which has become imbedded deep within you. When information is needed it is retrieved and then used accordingly when you make your decisions.
You may now be asking the question “thats all being well but what has this got to do with living to eat? This my friends is the reason why people overeat and overindulge, not because there body is asking them too, but because there senses and mind are overruling everything they know. Everyone eats through there eyes, they taste with there mouth’s and smell with there noses. These are the three filters that dominate your desire to want to eat. Now to get someone to over eat is easy… Over time all you have to do via various sensory methods is persuade them that the body needs food. It can either be by stimulating there eyes, creating a smell that they can relate to or even giving them something to taste so to fire-up there taste buds. Once that is done all they need to then find is an attachment to food via an emotionally draining episode whether that be hurt, fear, loss, pain, stress, anxiety etc…. Thus every time a mind created scenario plays out which leaves one totally drained. The lack of energy draws one to overeat to re-energise creating a pseudo-positive outcome. You have just witnessed how a mind created scenario, coupled with a sensory stimulant can easily lead to over consumption.
It really is that simple, by manipulating how one thinks “eating to live” suddenly can be turned into “living to eat”. By unconsciously feeding ones mind with images, sounds, smells, tastes and negativity anyone can become a slave to there senses and mind controlled desires. So now you can see why gluttony and obesity could have the possibility of running hand in hand. Just take some time to think about how your mind has been manipulated to do such things? and why it may have been done? The challenge now is to work on breaking free of such cyclical processes, by making sure that you mind what matters the most…. YOU
‘Your body can stand up to almost anything. Its your mind that you have to convince.’ – Anonymous