I have a weakness for bread. Whole-grain. Rye. Unleavened. Foccacia. Suffice to say, that I'm enamoured with a multi-cultural tour around the bread-baskets of the world.
Butter? Who needs it when bread is melt-in-your-mouth fresh?
Last week, friends come over for lunch, bearing, not fishes, but loaves, or rather, variants thereof.
I paid the price, by tossing and turning my way through that never-ending night. I know that it was directly attributable to over-indulging in carbs. It was no surprise that I was not in the best of moods the following day. Mood brought to a body nearby, courtesy of food.
There was a time when I wouldn't have drawn a correlation between the sweats and what I had consumed earlier. It simply would not have been in my awareness.
That ability to see the relationship between what I do and how I feel is strengthened by regularly practicing stress techniques. This allows for a deeper understanding and a more intuitive approach to life. Stress distracts.
Here is how it works:
- Awareness - if you know you are doing something that is not your highest interest, you can catch it sooner
- Knowledge - of course, catching the behaviour doesn't make a big difference unless you understand why it's important to replace it and what to do in lieu of it
- Practice - lots and lots of time to practice, so that the target behaviour becomes an unconscious and wanted habit
Of course, there's more at issue, like why I over-indulged in the first place. I will slice into that in a future post.
Start noticing how you feel when you consume certain foods. Does the type of food you indulge in depend upon your emotional state?