Excerpt from Let Food Be Thy Gift
Diet is a four letter word
The old saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” is one of the biggest lies that we tell ourselves and others. The truth is that words do hurt and they can devastate us. Words have the power to immediately expose our deepest fears, vulnerabilities, insecurities, guilt, shame and pride. They can elicit a flurry of emotions and thoughts. Many times, even if a spoken word has no ill-intention behind it, the word itself encompasses a complete story that can never be separated from the feelings, thoughts and experiences attached to it.
“Diet” has become just such a word.
Diet is not really a bad word. The word “diet” can mean the kinds of food that we eat on a daily basis but, more often than not, it has been misused to mean denial, restriction, deprivation, pain, guilt, dread, failure and judgment. Because we have so much negativity attatched to the word diet, I believe that the word “diet” must be avoided at all costs. Especially, when history has shown us that our “diets” have led us down the path of thinking and feeling that has ended in failure most of the time. How do I know? Because 74% of Americans are currently overweight or obese. With these truths in mind, let’s stop using the word diet and think about eating as a way of gifting our bodies with nourishment.
Today, I am inviting you to create the space to “Let food by thy gift” that nourishes your whole, healthy, holy and human self and is part of a daily practice of caring for your spirit, heart, mind, body and relationships.