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Like many girls, I’ve been on several-too-many diet-spurts in my life. It’s only been 27 years and I’ve foolishly tried the Atkins, South Beach (just a less dangerous Atkins), Low-calorie, Low-fat, Vegetarian, and most recently, Dukan diet! As if that wasn’t silly enough. I’ve tried many of these more than a handful of times. Although I am not a big fan of the movie, Eat Pray Love, there is one scene that struck a chord with me.  When Elizabeth is in India, she meets Richard from Texas, who recognizes that she’s got a mental block and says:

“If you could clear out all that space in your mind, you’d have a doorway. And you know what the Universe would do? Rush in. Everything else will take care of itself.”

Often, I find myself thinking that if I could just let go of all my “food noise” (as Bethenny Frankel would call it) and obsessing over diet/calories/fat/weight, I would have so much more room/energy/heart/time in my mind & heart, and subsequently–in my life, to embrace more of life.  When I think of all the time I’ve spent studying, analyzing, planning diets.. and just overall, dwelling on weight/size/image, I get sad. There are many time where I wish away all those thoughts but the obsession takes over and I quickly forget those wishes.

I’m plainly aware that it’s not as simple as wishing it away. I’m also aware that just as I’ve fed this unhealthy mindset all these years- and I can also stop feeding it. I don’t want to wake up 10 years from now, still upset that I’ve given up so much of myself to this. I want to make that effort to “clear out all that space” and let the rest of my life that’s meant to be lived “rush in.”



Written by crimsoncoffee

June 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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