Sorry we didn’t have a post yesterday, guys—Morgan’s away and I was working on the book all weekend! But always keep checkin’ back; HealthyGirl.org isn’t goin’ anywhere.
I loved this sentiment from a reader named Han, who has come up with an interesting way to think about the extra food she no longer wants to put into her body:
I wanted to share an epiphany I had yesterday. I, like many people, love watching the Food Network. But a part of me loves those decorating makeover shows even more, particularly the ones that deal with decluttering and organizing. I scour DIY blogs for inspirating storage ideas, and I admit I love a good purge and clean once in awhile. I’m very proud of my home, it’s decorated to my taste, it’s neat, organized, and most of all it feels like me.
I guess I could say I clean because I HAVE to (I don’t want to end up living in an unhealthy pigsty), but mostly I do it because I like the way my house looks afterwards, and mostly—the way I feel in it.
Then I had a thought—my body is not unlike my house. Too much food, unhealthy food, is like bringing in new clutter into an already full house. And not exercising is like letting the clutter build up without doing a good cleanup and decluttering.
As much effort as I put into making my house feel like a home, I should be putting the same care and thought into my own body. Everyday maintenance is necessary of course, so we still need to eat and move every day, just like we need to buy toilet paper and do the dishes. And indulgences are okay too, just like buying that fabulous lamp or like that sushi outing.
I should also see exercising and eating well not as a chore, but as a way to ultimately feel awesome, the way you feel after a good run, or the way you feel once your home is all neat and nice. I’m not pretending this is a novel idea (Peter Walsh, the organizer on the TLC show Clean Sweep, wrote a book on this subject—I haven’t read it, nor do I have shares in it!). But for me it just suddenly made a whole lot of sense. I’m finding it easier to stop eating when I’m full, and even leaving food on my plate. After all, at that point, extra food is indeed just clutter. —Han, 27
What do you guys think of this “clutter” idea? Do you have a different concept you keep in mind to help you avoid emotional overeating?