I have decided to do a special fast for the next 21 days. In this fasting period I plan to spend more time meditating instead of eating. There are multiple issues I plan to battle in taking on this fast. I feel that I have become too dependent on food in my life to bring me comfort. I feel in order to be happier and healthier I need to remind myself that food is simply to fuel my body and not a hobby. Since I am very busy working two jobs I cannot go completely without food. My plan is to eat very minimal with fruits, vegetables, and water.
My hope is that I will not only change my dependency on food for more than just fuel, but also become happier and healthier mentally & physically. When the hunger or cravings become strong or I feel tempted I plan to turn to meditation and prayer. I hope this process will also help me realize that I can be strong enough to overcome my stress, worries or fears on my own, without turning to habits like eating to self sooth instead of actually being hungry. Just like some people may depend on smoking, drinking or medications to overcome boredom, stress, or anxiety. Usually when we can identify a bad habit we can monitor ourselves and each time we turn to the habit ask why? What is going on in that moment that made us reach for the snack, cigarette, drink, or Xanax? Once you can identify the trigger then you can reroute yourself.
I realize that I often reach for food out of habit and boredom. When I am at my desk working on my computer, studying for school, or watching TV I find myself reaching for food even if I am not really hungry. Keeping healthy snacks is not the goal here. Eating only when I am hungry is my goal. Letting my body feel hungry is not a bad thing. So I have decided to stop the habit by being more aware of how I am feeling when I am working, studying or watching TV and not allow myself to just zone out. By fasting for 21 days I will be more aware of what my body really needs and when it really needs it. Turning to prayer and meditation creates an inner peace within us. With practice we learn that we can naturally sooth ourselves. Being able to self sooth is like a muscle that needs to be trained in order to get stronger. If we constantly reach for other methods that muscle begins to atrophy. Stop turning to food, cigarettes, alcohol or medications & drugs to help you cope. Learn to depend on yourself. Join me in this 21 day fast and rid your life of some unhealthy habits.
In Happiness, Health, and Strength for a Better YOU