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Day 38-Eating for Power?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The idea of this lesson is that at times we can eat to feel powerful or in control.
At a business dinner the one that eats freely without concern has the appearance of
being the more powerful,,the one in control.

The other idea was that feeling of satisfaction that is achieved when you finish off a big ole plate of food. The sensation of "there I handled that I can handle anything." Not my words..this is what the lesson put forth..I am not sure I agree but that is just me. If those words or that sensation hits home..then this lesson applies to you.

The other idea was eating when stressed..gulping down that donut before the meeting with the boss..or munching a buncha chocolate after a blowout with your mate or a person you work with. Seeking a sense of comfort or security with food. Now that I can identify with ..for sure. Emotional eating..ya you got me baby...I'm there!!!

That is a truth for sure ..for certain! But so often when emotionally in turmoil...grab the goodies is the training of my childhood & has become such an ingrained habit that it happens without thought..just that ole kneejerk reaction. I wanna cry..eat chips..I wanna bust someones head...eat chocolate..etc..etc..as many reasons as there is food!

So we need to find words,,actions to take to handle those times.
The many affirmation statements listed lately on many pages is one positive way.
Find those that mean a lot to you ...print & post where you can see them..on the fridge..in your cubical, in your day planner..on the back of your phone..just where they are handy!

If you are able to ..often physical action will lift your spirits more than food ever will...& feeling fit & strong will also give you the confidence to know you are capable. Just look at what you have achieved..there is nothing you can't do!!

The old way was to find food..the new way is to find YOU!

We are on a journey ...each supporting the other..yet each knowing their fate is in their own hands & under their control! A team united..yet strong individuals growing every day.

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    I'll accept that there is a certain feeling of competence that comes with eating a big meal. After all, our ancestors grew, gathered and/or hunted and killed their food, so it stands to reason that we would have vestiges of that triumph over hunger, over our quarry, over our adversaries, etc. It would also mean that eating in front of others would connote power - look at the big beast I killed and am eating, and you guys have got what? A salad? With soup, no less...that's nice. But I've got this big beast on my plate. and it could have killed me, but I'm eating it, see?

    By the same token, eating before facing the boss would be an effigy of eating his power - of consuming more 'meat' than he's aware of and so having more energy in reserve, and also more information than he's got, since he doesn't know you just downed a supersized burger meal.

    I've found the goal board to be an excellent place to post affirmations, which I recite out loud every morning. It has made a HUGE difference in my life.
    2064 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    I love the idea of getting up and exercising to lift the spirits.

    Have a great day
    2064 days ago
  • ROBYN168
    You are right on with this thought. I don't know how you keep coming up with such amazing things to tell us - but I am really enjoying it.
    2064 days ago
    What an interesting idea... food and power. I guess when I feel powerless then I turn to food as an illusion of control. And the irony is admitting powerlessness over food is the basis of the 12 steps and OA. Food has the power over me!

    You are doing an excellent job at this. THANK YOU! emoticon
    2064 days ago
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