Sunday, May 12, 2013

Cake

...If there ever was a day to eat cake.....

 "Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life."

~Jeanne Ray from Eat Cake
 


I read this excerpt a few minutes ago and I thought it was beautifully written. I really related to it--I realized sometimes I am the person eating cake and sometimes I am the "good" person. It reminded me that what myself or anyone else chooses to eat doesn't make us "good" or "bad". I need to work on NOT calling myself "good" or "bad" based on what I put in my mouth.
I was listening to my favorite radio show Friday and disordered eating was the topic. It describes those issues some people have with food that are not clinical eating disorders. I know I have been there before. And I have used tools such as the book, Intuitive Eating, to make peace with food. Because I LOVE food and it was a really hard time in my life when food and I had a love/hate relationship.
Anyways, the radio show discussion reminded me to remember the intuitive eating principles...which are... listen to your body, eat when you are hungry, stop when you are fullish, and eat WHATEVER your body wants. Easier said than done, I know.
I've been really caught up in eating "healthy" and wanting to "look good in my wedding dress". But the radio discussion reminded me that for every diet or restriction there is an equal and opposite binge. It made me remember how I don't want to go there. SO I am going to accept and love my body how it is right now no matter what. I am going to listen to it and even though I really want to eat super healthy....when I want cake....I'm going to eat cake.


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