Hi again! Thanks for stopping by. How's your week going? What's your favorite accomplishment this week?
Instead of a recipe, today I wanted to spend a few minutes reflecting on something with you. I recently met this incredible group of female entrepreneurs who have inspired me on so many levels. Even if I tried to tell you everything, I couldn't. Anyway, two of them did a live Facebook video talking about money energy. It was incredible. The main message, as I took it, was that you are basically going to get your attitude back. Whatever you throw out to the universe is going to come back to you tenfold. If you throw out stress and worry, you're going to get back money problem after money problem. If you throw out positivity, that's what you're going to get back.
Just as an example, I tried it. I'd been super stressed out about the battery in my car being weak, but the dealership had quoted me about $150 to replace it. Gasp! I couldn't possibly part with $150 right now because I'm saving for X, Y and Z. So each morning I would close my eyes, cross my fingers and say a little prayer as I started my car. On this particular morning, it barely turned over. The colder it gets, the harder it is to start. An hour or so later I found myself completely drawn in to this message about positive money energy. Okay. I'm in. I stopped thinking about the cost. I stopped worrying about whether or not I could afford it. I drove to Sam's Club on my lunch and talked with the auto department about getting the battery replaced.
Something incredible happened, and I do not believe it is a coincidence. The battery was on sale for $107, and they did free installation. Positive money energy. I truly believe this is a result of letting go and just taking care of what needed to be done.
I got talking with a good friend of mine and realized this concept of energy can be applied to almost everything in your life - particularly your relationship with food. All too often we get caught up in eating what we think we "should" eat, feeling guilty for things we "shouldn't," and all the while cycle through negative feelings about our food. This feels so wrong! Food is meant to be enjoyed. Yet we attach so much negativity and pressure to it that it becomes more of a burden than something to be savored.
Food is fuel, but it isn't just fuel. We toast in the new year with champagne. We have cake and ice cream at birthday parties. We go out to dinner with our families to celebrate a big promotion. I can't think of a single culture that doesn't use food to celebrate in one way or another. It brings us together and keeps us close. Think about your childhood memories - I bet more than a few involved baking cookies with grandma or making a favorite meal with a parent.
So why do we allow ourselves to feel like crap over the things that we're eating? We restrict, we deny ourselves, we fight - until we can't, and then we end up binging on the very things we were restricting in the first place, and feel guilty. The guilt drives us to restrict and deny ourselves, and so the cycle goes. Hands up, who's been there? I bet we all have at one time or another, haven't we?
I wonder what would happen if we just let go a little bit? What if we just decided that it's okay to eat that cookie your co-worker made? What if we didn't feel guilty about eating cake and ice cream at the family get together? What if we actually took a few minutes to enjoy that piece of pecan pie after Thanksgiving dinner? I'm willing to bet that the energy concept will apply here, too - you get back what you put out.
Now, I'm certainly not saying we should give ourselves license to shovel junk into our bodies just because it tastes good. That's not going to do anyone any favors. I just think there's something to be said for eating well, and eating well should include some chocolate and a glass of wine - guilt free. :)
What are your thoughts? What do you think would happen if you gave yourself permission to enjoy food again?