Today I found myself wanting some overly sweetened coconut bar and luckily for me the first thing that popped into my head was how it made me feel afterwards when I last had one. I remembered it clearly enough to actually know I didn’t want it again. I had tried hard to focus on that feeling when I was having it and I talked about it to people who nodded and said oh I know what your talking about! We have all had that feeling, yuk Why did I eat that?? It is the afterward feeling, if we have the feeling right before we eat it otherwise we are not so tempted. If we clearly remembered the actual feeling before we bought into the same old storyline and same old habit the outcome might be different one of those times that we are being tempted.
Openly listen in to all aspects, good and bad! And just note them to yourself or in my case out loud (it did make it more memorable for me to have talked about it) and just asked out loud why do we do that? Why do we repeatedly intentionally do something which ultimately is not a positive value of happiness. I mean the net of good to bad feelings gained isn’t favorable. Why do we all do it? I think sometimes it is simply because we are too distracted to notice what is happening and we don’t want to look because we are going to judge ourselves and enter the shame blame game. Maybe the answer is to cut out the middleman! Cut out the judge, just have the experience and listen with an open and curious mind. Try something and listen, then try something else and listen and compare. What is the product? Listening as kindly and compassionately as possible you will be able to hear it all each time and you may begin to want to try something different just getting tired of the same old routine. Oh yes I say this to myself and walk by this store and then I am feeling this and make this decision and then afterwards I experience bloating, heaviness, some sugar high/low, and then I feel guilty…whatever it is you experience, that is your experience that you are not having. Have it! Be there. That is all we are anyway is here.
Lets drop the storylines we have about grapefruit and have one of those instead, hell have 10 of them instead. That is interesting, that is what I read recently is that rawfoodist in the beginning transition with fruit then they get more addicted to the green food flavors. Tastes do change. It helps if you are actively searching for delicious replacement foods and recipes. Empower yourself with variety by research, there are countless kinds of raw foods to eat, I haven’t had a “normal” salad since…I can’t even remember. That is because I am always making new recipes these days still very very impressed with Living Cuisine (or see my book reviews). These are DELICIOUS and easy, no stove, no pans…you will want a food processor though for some of them…and if you want she does have a number of recipes that are heated slowly and steamed veggies are included. Really amazing food, I am looking forward to receiving her second book in the mail any day now, that one might even be better! Also I am in the middle of 4 other raw food books. These book reviews will be added eventually.