Thought for Food

by Frank Tybislawski,  Brisbane, Australia

I would like to share what I discovered through my recent sessions with a local Universal Medicine practitioner.

While I knew my diet was quite good, I had to admit that how I digested and reacted to the food was irregular. It seems like a simple process, one we have lived with (one way or another) since day one, yet food can be an issue throughout one’s whole life. I knew what tasted nice, I knew what didn’t taste nice, I knew what reacted with my body, so why then did I feel so up and down after eating? There had to be more to this and I needed to examine what that was, and why.

My practitioner and I discussed food and eating habits; most of our discussions centred on how certain foods felt when I ate them. For example, I already knew that a glass of milk caused severe pain, but I came to realise that other foods also had reactions in my body, perhaps in quite subtle ways which were easy to overlook. My focus throughout was to be very honest and feel each and every reaction to all the different foods I was eating. Another point discussed several times was that I often ate because it was that time of day, eg. breakfast time, so I must have breakfast. When I was asked if I was genuinely hungry on those occasions I had to say I was unsure – on some occasions I was, but on other occasions I definitely wasn’t.

The process then was one of self-reflection; firstly to be honest and ask myself, am I genuinely hungry? If the answer was no, then I had to determine why I was wanting to eat… was it to dull or override another feeling? If I was genuinely hungry it was then the time to consider exactly what I felt like eating, and how much I should prepare and eat.

Another factor also came to light; was I eating something just because it tasted nice and therefore made me feel nice? The unfortunate answer was sometimes yes, and I got to feel this quite strongly on one occasion. I knew I was genuinely hungry and was contemplating what to have for dinner. There were a few options available – a quick re-heat of some left-over chicken curry, I could steam some vegetables and have some fish, I could defrost some soup, and there were others. My first thought was the chicken curry (a typical dinner meal), quick and delicious, but that suddenly didn’t feel right. It then just came to me that what I really wanted was a green salad (a typical lunch meal); it would require more preparation, but it really felt like what my body was asking for. I made the salad like I have numerous times before with the same ingredients, but I have to say it felt more satisfying than it usually did, and I felt great after eating it. This was a pivotal moment, as I experienced an entirely different approach to the whole hunger/eating regime.

I haven’t got all the answers and I also know that this is an ongoing process which needs to be continually reviewed. Foods that suit me now may not in the future, and foods that I have dismissed previously may actually be beneficial now, or at some point in the future. What I now realise is that food is a daily choice which I actually need to consider every time I decide to eat, not just treat it as an automatic response to hunger.

1,111 thoughts on “Thought for Food

  1. Definite food for thought Frank, and if we us the KISS principle with food along the lines you have suggested then Keeping Interesting Simple Salads, which nourish us can be a great way to enjoy a delicious meal that does not cause a stress on our system.

    1. Wow Greg reading those words ‘stress on our system’ really highlighted for me just how often we ‘stress our systems’ out with food and just how abusive and ludicrous this is. None of us would flog ourselves with a stick but we readily gobble up food and drink that gives us an internal flogging.

      1. Thank you Alexis, as we can expand the problems we have with overeating and explore the topic. Thus alleviating the artificial way we eat comes down to the understanding of how much our digestive system can handle, which is an individual thing and then only putting that much food on our plate. Eventually our body starts to recognise the feeling of having enough food without over indulging, thus eliminating the internal flogging. Another area of food that will also help us from over eating is to understand i.e. with sugar, as it sends so many false messages to the brain and we can never understand or feel when we are full, or had enough, until we feel ill or over full, so at times it becomes difficult to stop eating.

      2. Adding to the conversation it can also be helpful to not eat for a day or two and thus fasting in this way, so that when we return to food we are understanding of how much food it takes to feel full and the dulling affect of over eating.

  2. The food choices I make is a reflection of how I am with myself and life. Observe, address and heal what comes up in the relationship with self and this no doubt has an impact on the food choices I make during the day.

  3. Food has a huge influence over our life and it is interesting how we know how to use certain foods to bring us down even though we are not always aware of it at the time. When I am feeling great or have had a day that has flowed I know this is when I will choose foods (usually a snack) that will dull and take the edge of what I am feeling.

    1. Especially the snacking we can do on Christmas Day, when in fact we know better. Instead we could choose to use our Will, because the Love we can reflect should be a staple that will continually expand under our Loving ways so we can stay sharp, as dulling does not cut the mustard.

      1. Snacking is a huge industry now, when I was a child you weren’t meant to eat between meals and parents were much stricter about this. Now snacking and grazing throughout the day is normal, and for many actively encouraged, I see it all the time at the check outs where parents are giving their children snacks, most which are full of sugar and or carbohydrates, all of which make sure we are constantly dulling our awareness.

    2. So true Alison, there is a whole industry built around confectioneries that are snacks, and as you have shared they are all sugar based, even the so called healthy snacks are laced with sugary syrups or copious amounts of dried fruits, then also as you have shared carbohydrates that then also turn into sugar are a part of the mix.

  4. There is no doubt that our relationship with food is a great indicator of our relationship with ourselves and life in general; I learn a lot about myself when reviewing this. The more open, understanding and honest I can be the more I learn.

  5. Food is one of the greatest medications used. To dull, numb, to speed up. These choices also depend on how we prepare, cook and eat what is in front of us.

    1. YEs very true, it is so easy to skip over the honesty that comes from this reflection. It is not just what we eat, but when, how, why, how we prepare and how we clear away afterwards. Nothing is nothing!

  6. I have often noticed that it isn’t so much what I eat (as it’s pretty healthy) but how I prepare it and how I eat it that can really make a difference to how my body feels… over eating the good stuff too also makes me feel heavy.

  7. Feeling what to eat is the key to looking after ourselves properly, there are so many things I can’t eat and react to but still so many I can, so its just a matter of going with the ones I can. The real no getting away with signs for me is heart burn or bloating, pointing out for me the real no go zones.

  8. The way that we digest food is a great indication as to whether what we are eating is good for us or not. Our body is such a great messenger of truth.

  9. I have noticed that depending on how I feel depends on which foods I reach for. If I have had a particularly hard day then I have noticed how I like to reach for foods that are comforting for me, and rather than allow the automatic pilot to take control, I need to be more honest with myself as to why I feel the need to eat something that is comforting, and maybe something else would be far more appropriate, or maybe I don’t actually need to eat anything but go for a walk and clear my head from the day.

  10. “What I now realise is that food is a daily choice which I actually need to consider every time I decide to eat, not just treat it as an automatic response to hunger.” Yes indeed. We generally have such an automatic response to eating when we are hungry without really considering what it is our body is asking for. What I have found very interesting recently is how, when I think I feel hungry, I have a glass of water instead and my ‘supposed hunger’ miraculously disappears. So when I do sit down to eat a proper meal, my body genuinely enjoys and benefits from it, and I do not end up eating too much in one day which otherwise takes a lot of excess energy for my body to process.

  11. What’s refreshing in this Frank is there are no rules. Just building a relationship with what we are feeling (and particularly the comment about whether we are really hungry). For me the next step is to identify why I’m feeling like that in the first place… all the decisions and movements that have led up to that feeling rather than obsessing on what is the right thing to eat or checking my personal rulebook.

  12. Interestingly salad is one of the things that I am most likely to feel a need for sometimes too, something fresh. Great to be giving more consideration to this, as the great title here says, thought for food, rather than the other way round.

  13. What a great sharing here – “What I now realise is that food is a daily choice which I actually need to consider every time I decide to eat, not just treat it as an automatic response to hunger.” This is still a work in progress for me. I suppose producing food has been a bit of a chore sometimes and it can be easy to get in a rut rather than discern each time.

  14. How many times have I eaten something because it tastes good but then makes my body feel out of balance or out of sorts in some way? This does not make sense – we would never put the wrong fuel in our car, would we?

    1. The simplicity of this relationship between food and how we feel is not to be dismissed. I know I also have to be super understanding with myself when I do review, so there is no criticism, just a willingness to learn and practice.

  15. Food is a great topic of conversation – for who does not love food?! There are a plethora of reasons why we eat food, other than the main reason which is to nourish the body with needed nutrients and it is great to explore these reasons so that we can get an understanding of what we are eating and why we eat these foods. These day so many people struggle with their weight and their moods and their health and wellbeing but not that many are ready to realise the impact of food, but also the way they are using food. Comfort eating is rife and is not limited to sweets and doughy foods as it can be as simple as overeating. What I have come to realise is how food is really a symptom or an outplay of what is going on in the body and this is how we can begin to observe our choices. There is certainly much food for thought here.

    1. I think many if not most people are aware that food has quite an impact on them but also many feel completely out of control around food, addicted, compulsed or need to eat to deal with emotions or exhaustion. I managed to get out of that cycle thanks to the power and support of Sacred Esoteric Healing as offered by Serge Benhayon although I am still tempted by a not needed crunch!

  16. If you have a conversation with someone else and all they do is give you the same politically correct answer every time, you are going to get pretty bored quite quickly. So why do we treat our body this way? It’s time we let our feelings speak not our dogma.

  17. Great title, ‘thought for food’, as it clearly refers to the relationship we know food, digestion and thinking and also feeling have. As much as our thoughts influence our food choices the food we consume will also feed the kind of thoughts we have and often there will be a cyclical repetition. It´s worth to observe one´s wellbeing and way of thinking after eating certain foods and simply learn from the experience of how e.g. sugar, salt, alcohol, caffeine, dairy etc will make us feel and function.

    1. And equally how lamb, fish, chicken, salad, soup, roasted, fried etc make us feel…. developing a relationship where when our body is calling for something to support it (or some crazy thoughts are out to destroy it!) then we know exactly what the relationship is.

    2. Yes, food is very much in our face ha ha. The same observation can be used to see how music, TV and other things we consume affect us.

  18. “My focus throughout was to be very honest and feel each and every reaction to all the different foods I was eating.” I used to try ‘dieting’ but never came across anything that really worked. On meeting Universal Medicine I too began to observe the relationship my body was having with the food I was eating. Learning how to observe this relationship has made an astonishing difference to my health, weight and diet and there is no end to it. Remaining open and constantly vigilant is important as our bodies are constantly refining and adjusting to what they need as we our selves become even more sensitive, delicate and refined in our awareness within them.

  19. Such a great blog and one that presses a few buttons no doubt as food can be used for such comforts and dulling of our body that we don’t really want to take the time to consider let alone even look at why we are eating what we are eating, when we are eating and how much we are eating. When we do bring this into our daily routine then our relationship with food can change complete if we so choose to listen to our bodies. A learning and evolving expressing for sure.

  20. I can feel that this is a big one; ‘Another factor also came to light; was I eating something just because it tasted nice and therefore made me feel nice?’ Reading this makes me realise that often we eat for taste rather than true nourishment and because we are actually hungry. I am also aware that sometimes I can eat out of boredom, for instance if I am on a long car or plane journey.

    1. Spot on Sylvia – foods can be there to nourish our body (and can taste good too) or foods can also ‘drop’ our vitality. This is something for each and every one of us to work out and keep feeling the effect. Sometimes though it can be hard to be honest about this if we have an investment in that food or are not really wanting to feel what is underlying.

  21. We have all been fooled by the model of life at some point and it is great and wise to challenge whether it is true or not for us, even if it means giving up something that gives us reward or satisfies our desires in some way.

  22. Self reflection is a powerful tool, and something we can apply to everything – how we eat, work, sleep, our relationships and so forth. We can continually develop in ourselves without always relying on others to observe our behaviours.

  23. As I read your blog Frank I could not but help realise that when we eat it is often a tick box exercise – I am hungry and I want to be fed now. But does that rush distort and compromise the detail of what nutritional requirements our body actually needs… and what it doesn’t.

  24. Its so interesting how our body knows what it wants but how we let our minds dictate what we should feed it. I used to wonder how just having a fresh green salad for my lunch could possibly sustain me, but now my body absolutely loves it, does not make me sleepy, and if I do feel a bit hungry at lunch time it is all I need until I get home in the evening.

  25. What may suit now, possibly will not suit in the future, this is how we need to be in life with anything.. This is a much more expanded way of living. Universally so. Equally, the Universe constantly expands too. So are we.

  26. Great sharing Frank and you touch on so many things that I’m sure a lot of us can relate to, I certainly did. To even pose the question am I eating because I am hungry is one that you don’t really think of and you can definitely play with that, feeling when you eat and why you are eating it can reveal so much as to where we are and what is going on.

  27. Love what you say here about bringing more awareness to what/ when/ why you’re eating, to actually honour more your body and what it’s truly asking rather than being in auto-pilot, this is something we can keep learning and developing I find too.

  28. There is so much to learn about why we eat what we eat, when we choose to eat, how much we choose to eat etc. When we are able to answer these questions honestly we can begin to have a real relationship wit food.

  29. I am realising much more that many times I eat for taste and to distract myself from being really focused, instead of eating because I am really hungry!

  30. Listening to the body and what it really wants is an art… it can be so easy to give into those cravings to numb or dull, but making a true choice, the body really does become vital.

  31. Beautiful, so true there is much more to food than just taste ! there is a whole process that we have skipped over so far, one of reflection, acceptance and awareness and letting go.. Do we take those things on board when we eat?

  32. “Thought for Food”, and ‘food for thought’ – when i visit a restaurant and eat a lunch or dinner i have noted how that soon afterwards i can feel hungry again as if i had not eaten anything. And yet when i cook myself at home this same effect does not occur. It shows that there is more than pure food ingredients that go into the food and how it’s the ingredient of energy and its quality that allows us and our bodies the fortification and nourishment [or not].

    1. Its a great point Zofia – do we really pay attention to all the ingredients that go into food? The time and space we give the cooking, the intention behind the meal, the love we are feeling inside…. all just as important if not more so than the physical stuff we can feel. Its this energy that nourishes the body.

  33. Food is such an interesting topic because it is something we all need yet something that often brings up so much. I know for me it is important i eat enough for my body and honour where I am at rather than say thinking I can eat less. So often we see people either massively overweight or underweight – there are not many people in the correct body shape and size for who they truly are. Neither extreme is good and it is not solely about shape or size either as I find that gets taken care of the more we truly value, cherish and nourish ourselves. Also we cannot simply blame food rather see it as an end choice and so by seeing what has led us to the food or not we can then see what we need to address rather than using force and will power to stop eating or doing something.

  34. Before food became a commercial commodity back when we were hunters and gatherers there was no such thing as three meals a day, instead you would be very lucky to have a meal of meat a week. Apparently intermittent fasting allows the body to heal and grow fresh cells. The way we eat today the body is so overloaded and overworked with digesting that there is no space to allow for regeneration.

    1. It is an interesting point, just like how Kelloggs introduced breakfast. We do need to allow our bodies space to heal and regenerate rather than constantly piling food in. I also find when I do not snack that my thoughts are much clearer as well. So for me it is about eating proper meals that fully support my body, which can change from day to day – and not over eating, but also not under eat, as both can be taken to extremes.

  35. I have often heard Serge Benhayon presenting on the body and food, in jest (but in all seriousness) what would happen if we interviewed our colon before putting food down it, how it would feel? I am sure it would come back with an interesting reply.

  36. When I connect to purpose I do not want to eat the wrong foods nor over eat as I feel the responsibility of what I am needing to deliver and I do not want to drop myself with food. There is no need for self discipline as the purpose is felt and the desire to adhere to it comes before my desire for food.

  37. There always seems to be two layers in my relationship with food.
    1. What I want to eat for the taste and texture.
    2. What I feel will be the most supportive thing for my body to eat.

  38. It can be surprising what we may want to eat when we take a moment to feel into what will support most in that moment. Any picture from the day before about what we have planned can go out of the window especially if we can let go of any cravings and wanting to dull the body from not wanting to feel.

    1. Yes the craving to not feel is often greater than the willingness to eat and feel light afterwards too. A very interesting realization and one we need to truly take deep into our consideration.

      1. It’s interesting to observe that in moments when I know that a certain food will make my body react or dull, and I am in the ‘I don’t care mode… I just want to satisfy my taste buds; I will eat it anyway. It’s like an inner stubbornness takes over and nothing will dissuade me. In that moment, it’s a choice to deal with the reactions of my body later no matter how severe the consequences might be. This might affect my ability to sleep that night, get a feeling of being denser and heavier, I might bloat intensely, get mucus build up or increase a sense of anxiousness. All this in the effort to not deal with an emotion and yet the emotion doesn’t go anywhere… then on top I have a body that doesn’t feel to great either. It doesn’t make sense, does it?

  39. Super article Frank, for the world to know. I went, and am still going, through the process of refining my food choices. Honesty is key: do I really need to eat because I am hungry? Or do I just want to eat to feel better? Often it is the latter, but hey, at least I am honest on that one:-) Step by step though, I see that I am letting go of this urge that I must eat sometimes. And that is something I fully appreciate.

  40. But are we even hungry 99.9% of the time when we think we are? Or are we confsusing anxiety, tension, fear, etc. etc. with hunger? We feel something, we know that eating will quell it down so we call it hunger and eat a bowl of pasta.

    1. Or ice-cream, chocolate, cakes, nuts, fruit, crisps, fruit … anything to not feel what we are feeling. Yep I know that one! The irony is I am actually feeling more and more in love with myself so why do I not want to feel that!

  41. It is really helpful to re-visit this blog as I am in the process of reviewing why, how, how much and when I eat. What I eat is not a problem as I have a really healthy diet and I don’t crave certain foods, but for me the change has been occurring in allowing myself to feel what my body needs, checking if it is from true hunger and not to avoid feeling something in my body. I am also giving myself permission to eat when I feel to and not be bound by certain mealtime routines during the day.

    1. I too am giving myself permission to eat when I feel to, some days it is in the morning and evening with no set times and other days it may be just a meal in the afternoon again no designated time and other days it may be an early evening meal. This is very supportive for my body presently but I am always adjusting according to what I need and what will best support me to work and serve to the capacity I want to

  42. I find there is a consciousness with food that currently holds a vibration that feels heavy, complicated and imposing. When we choose to step away from this, it feels easier to listen to our body and discern what to eat, when and how much. But if we align to the current heavy consciousness of food it can lead us to feel disempowered especially when it comes to our food choices.

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