How I Learned To Eat To Live
In response to the Daily Prompt Live to Eat
Some people eat to live while others live to eat. What about you? How far would you travel for the best meal of your life?
I love to eat.
There’s no questioning that. And, when I say eat, I mean eat real food. By that, I mean I prefer to eat meals, not just snack food. Don’t get me wrong. Put a piece of chocolate cake in front of me and I’ll eat it. However, if you put a plate of fried chicken with some mashed potatoes and corn in front of me and then a plate with chocolate cake. I’d chose the fried chicken. That is of course if I ate fried chicken.
I don’t deprive myself.
Well, I do eat fried chicken. Just not as often as I once did. You see, about 10 years ago, I weighed around 275 pounds. I was in what I call a transitional phase. My relationship at the time, on the verge of dissolving. I was unhappy with work and looking for something new, and I decided to get back into shape.
I spoke to myself.
What’s funny is, I used the phrase, I once lived to eat, now I eat to live, as my affirmation at the time. I also used other affirmations such as I deserve to be happy and healthy, I can live an active life, and I choose foods that nourish my mind, body, and spirit.
I saw results.
All these affirmations eventually came to be. I became aware of my body and ate when I was hungry. I became more joyful and active in my life. And, I stopped eating fried chicken and other foods that affected my mind, body, and spirit.
Within a year, I was down to the weight I had set as a goal. I developed muscles I never thought I could. My wardrobe changed and I was wearing clothes you would never have seen me dead in. I was a new person, full of vigor and life.
So, even though I love to eat, I would not travel very far for the best meal of my life. Food doesn’t have a grip on me like that anymore. Every once in a while, I”ll have some fried chicken. For reasons unknown. Because, every time I do, it just isn’t the same.