At 9am today, I was craving pizza. The thought actually crossed my mind "I wonder what time they start delivering?" I don't do pizza very often -- I mean it's white flour, cooked tomato (tends to be acidic), meat, and pasteurized cheese. There is good reason why people get constipated and heartburn after eating pizza. Usually I'll indulge in a slice of gooey yummy-ness every 3 months. You know. For balance. But this morning, the craving for cheese and bread was strong and not to be ignored.
I've been going through a few challenging moments in my life recently related to my career and relationships, so the cravings make total sense to me. I know the benefits of eating healthy food, I know the benefits of detoxing the body, I know how much my body DOES NOT like pizza, but it's a comfort food. And that's what my heart wants at this particular moment, comfort and soothing -- even while my brain protests.
This early morning craving reminded me of a passage in a book I read called "Heal Thyself for Health & Longevity" by Queen Afua. It's great reminder for me that's it really never about the food. Well maybe if you're Anthony Bourdain and gastronomy is your livelihood. But personally, I've gone extended periods on raw foods, juices, or just fruits and felt energized and amazing, so I'm very much aware that the feelings normally associated with "hunger" and the "cravings" have little to do with my body's nutritional or energetic requirements, and everything to do with negative emotions I'm avoiding and not ready to deal with just yet.
If you're thinking you may have some abnormal, emotionally driven, unhealthy relationship with food at any level, I hope the text below helps you put your cravings into perspective and give you insight into your patterns, so you can work towards changing them if they are no longer serving your best interest.
"Eating until you’re full and still you can’t stop.
Eating yourself to sleep.
Eating to numb out your troubles and suppress emotional and psychological pain.
Eating for fulfillment and still coming up empty.
Eating because you can’t have it; the thing, the person, the money, etc.
Eating in this low vibrational manner is what’s causing our lives to be stagnated and filled with grief.
eat; then force themselves to throw it up.
Eating and you’re not hungry;
Eating misery away,
Eating in place of sex,
Eating for sex.
Is what you’re eating, eating away at your good, your peace, your joy?
that you know are causing your bodily harm i.e. headaches, high blood pressure,
asthma, obesity from such foods as fast foods, junk foods, flesh foods sugar
and salt, is destructive. We must purify
out of our system foods and non-foods that are non-nutritious, that cause
bodily harm i.e. such as the previous foods mentioned.
You can’t seem to say no?
Do you sneak and eat behind close doors and come up feeling guilty about what you ate?
If you want
to stop overeating, but the food keeps calling you: Know that you are trapped into eating blues;
you are addicted to a disorder of a legal drug called food...
The Voice of Relationship Addicts, to Toxic Food and Other Vices
I’ve got to have him or her, although I know deep down inside that she/he is no good for me – pass the chips.
We have nothing in common; I don’t even like him but the sex is good – pass the ice cream.
We’ve been together now for two years; I know he’s married, but he promised to leave her for me – pass the rolls.
She verbally abuses me, but I love her. He slapped me up, but I was asking for it. I can’t leave him; he means well – give me some beer.
This is the last time I’m going to forgive him for sleeping around; he said he’s sorry and he won’t do it again – pass the smoke.
Yea, she puts me down all the time, makes me feel like nothing, but we have children together – I’ll take a double serving of fried chicken wings.
If you hit me one more time, I’m leaving – cut me a second slice of pound cake.
If you find yourself making any of these statements or excuses for staying in a toxic union, then know that you are strung out and in an addictive, abusive relationship that will overtime distort you.
Detox your life, your thoughts, your actions, your words, your diet, your home, your body Temple. Maintain a holistic life style and overtime you will flush out the many levels of relationship blues."
LaShanda Greene is a Holistic Health Practitioner Certified in Detoxification and has spent the past 3 years educating people and guiding them on their detoxification and healing journeys. She routinely offer easy to understand wisdom about how the body works, how the body heals, and the process of detoxification. She is based in Oakland, California, but consults with clients located in all parts of the world.