In this issue of Food for Thought entitled Letting Go of Food Rules, we invite our readers to consider flexibility and internal wisdom as hallmarks in the practice of mindful eating. In our lead article, How Food Rules Influence Mindful Eating, Sandra Aamodt, PhD identifies the challenges and fears that arise when considering letting go of food rules, and shares that moving out of our comfort zone established by food rules can give rise to greater freedom around food and a gentler approach to our relationship with ourselves and eating. “Re-learning this inner listening takes us back to the way we ate before the outer influences silenced our trust in our bodies and what they tell us.”
In The Healthy Diet Dilemma, Lynn Rossy, PhD, tells a client’s story that illustrates how our culture’s obsession on weight and weight loss consumes us. “Mindful eating is not a diet plan but a way of learning kindness toward food, yourself, and your body. A healthful way to eat naturally occurs in the presence of kindness.”
In our educational handout, Claudia Vega, MD, writes “The trouble with food and eating rules is that many of them are not even based on scientific facts. They promote a sense of inadequacy about ourselves, our bodies, and our behaviors.”
This issue includes a led meditation called Body Lovingkindness, written by Lynn Rossy, PhD, that can be used to reverse the negative messages we often send ourselves by replacing them with kind wishes for yourself and others.
Thank you to our contributors and to all our readers. May this issue shed light on a controversial topic while bringing peace and greater kindly awareness into our mindful eating practices.