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Fuller Than You Think

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Last week I was trying to write an article that just wouldn’t flow. Over the course of the afternoon I must have looked in the fridge at least a dozen times, and I’m not exaggerating.

Because I’m working on changing my eating habits, I was acutely aware of what I was doing, so the last time I opened the fridge door, I finally closed my eyes, took a deep breath and asked myself, “What am I feeling right now?”

The answer hit me right in the heart. I realized I wasn’t trying to numb out or fill an empty, emotional hole – but rather, I was trying to drown out a feeling of expansiveness; an inner voice telling me I am capable of everything I dare to imagine for myself and so much more.

THE THOUGHT THAT SOMETIMES I EAT BECAUSE IT DROWNS OUT THAT VOICE I’VE FINALLY TUNED INTO – SO I COULD STAY IN MY COMFORT ZONE – BROUGHT ME TO MY KNEES, RIGHT THERE ON THE KITCHEN FLOOR.

For so long I believed all my issues with my body and food were because there was something wrong with me. We live in a world that constantly tells us we need to be fixed. There are books and courses and diets and programs and lists of things we can do to become smaller and smarter. I’ve spent my life feeling as though I’m always falling short.

There’s nothing wrong with me. And there’s nothing wrong with you, either. Yes, people do eat to numb out negative emotions and experiences – and I will never forget how that feels. Sometimes I still do that. But how about considering that there are also times when you eat because it feels safer and more comfortable than daring to shine your light?

The Pro-Body Project is published fortnightly. You can read the first entry here or the next entry, “Do You Weigh Yourself?” here

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7 Comments

  • Reply Haralee March 27, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Interesting concept for sure!

    • Reply Esther Zimmer March 30, 2017 at 11:49 am

      Thanks for commenting, Haralee. I believe that finding peace with how we feel about food and our bodies is an individual journey – there’s no map to follow – but hopefully by sharing my discoveries and thoughts I’ll give others something new to consider! Esther xx

  • Reply 1010ParkPlace March 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I totally get this, Essie! Again, you’ve hit it square and center! I love this series you’re doing. xoxox, Brenda

  • Reply Brenda Coffee March 27, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I know I just posted a reply, but I have to add that I think this is just brilliant!! xoxox, Brenda

    • Reply Esther Zimmer March 30, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Brenda, I love you! Thank you for both of your comments, what wonderful words of encouragement. And I love that you get where I’m coming from, I really do believe that so many of us eat to hide our light – it may not be the only reason – but it’s certainly one I hope more people consider. Essie xx

  • Reply Rena March 27, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Very eye opening. Since I began my own business I’ve gained 10 lbs. and this got me thinking. Thanks!

    • Reply Esther Zimmer March 30, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Thanks for your comment, Rena! I’m glad this has given you some food for thought, so to speak. I really do believe what I wrote to be true, I hope it helps! Esther xx

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