I’m sitting on the couch and I’ve had a week of hard work. I am tired and satisfied. I look back on a week in which I have achieved many results. I have been productive, I have asked a lot of myself and I have been immersed in everything with conviction.
It sometimes fails to cook extensively for myself, but fortunately I managed to eat healthy despite the hustle and bustle. I think I have earned something nice. I am allowed to reward myself with something tasty because I try so hard.
In the closet a box of delicious chocolate beckons. I’d like that. I doubt for a moment and think that it’s not really that good for me. Yet the lust conquers the lust of love. I take the box of chocolate and eventually eat it all empty. Because if you have started anyway, it doesn’t really matter anymore. Then I just keep on eating. It feels like pure lust, in the long run you don’t even really taste what you’re eating anymore. So the way you look at food can make the difference in the choice of your food and the quantities you eat.
Hedonism: feeling good for a moment
The goal of a hedonist is ephemeral pleasure, the sensation, the feeling it gives you. The nice feeling you get from certain things can be addictive. For some it’s the blissful feeling of playing sports, for others it’s that good food. It makes you feel good physically for a while. You ‘enjoy’ it. If you actually label this as such, there is a chance that you will increasingly feel the need for it. You associate a good feeling with food. Once your brain has gotten used to looking for this reward, it won’t give a quick stop signal. You give in to pure lust.
By being aware of what you eat and also in the moment consciously enjoying the food, you will eat more out of love than out of lust. Mindful eating is also called it. Eat consciously, smell, look and taste consciously what you eat. Consider the size of the portion, your hunger, the mood in which you are, the situation, how you eat and how you feel an hour after eating. This ensures that you become aware of what it will bring you. You can keep a diary about this for a while to see what you eat out of lust and what true love for your body is.
Love for your body
Out of lust, you can admit to anything that briefly gives you that feeling of happiness. Nice for the short term, it only doesn’t do you much good in the long term. Often shortly after you have given in to your need for bad food, feelings of regret and shame come to the fore. It doesn’t make you happy. When you start to see good food as something that makes you happy, your body starts asking for it. By eating healthy food you show love for your own body. Why should eating badly be a reward? Good food is a reward for your body and ultimately also for your mind. Because you are comfortable in your skin, feel fit, you experience a feeling of being happy in life. So it’s just a matter of what you see as a ‘treat’…