Hi guys and happy Monday!! How was everyone’s weekend?? Another week is here, and another weekend is gone (which is crazyyyy)! But it’s another chance to accomplish our goals, get a fresh start, and remember all the things we have to be thankful for. Monday’s don’t have to be that bad! Anyways, going to be posting a Mental Health Monday and linking up with Julia today! Let’s get started. 🙂
When we think of eating, we think of giving our bodies fuel, duh! We eat when we are hungry because if we didn’t have food, we would die. Simple as that. And when we don’t give our bodies food, we get hella cranky and feel extra week. Everyone knows all that stuff. Fuel your bodies with all the nutrients, eat the fun stuff too; simple, right? But we all know that’s not true, because everyone complicates every sort of situation around food. I think Americans win 1st place at that!
Eating is obviously vital for us to stay alive, yet eating is something that is so much more than simple chugging a green smoothie every single day. There’s one important aspect I wanted to touch on today: the social aspects of eating. You know, going out to eat, ice cream, drinks, a party, etc. etc. All of that stuff is so much fun! But it isn’t fun when your mind is in the gutter and is constantly stressing about food. I’ve been there, you’ve probably been there at some point too. “This menu only has greasy foods and I probably shouldn’t get dessert because then I’ll feel too full and bloated etc. etc. etc.” I’ve had those exact thoughts before, and my goodness I am extremely thankful that my brain isn’t swarmed with those thoughts anymore. I was finally able to realize one day that there is a whole other aspect to eating different than filling our bodies with nutrient dense foods and eating to give us energy. There is the social aspect. The part of eating where you go out to lunch with a friend to catch up or grab ice cream with a family member to spend some quality time with them. Eating is a social activity, and it naturally brings human beings together. It is something we all have in common: we need to eat to survive. We all like the taste of food. And food gives us something to bond over. So the social aspect of eating is a very important one; and one that I neglected for far too long.
There are times when I go out to eat with friends and I’m not necessarily “hungry,” but I go to be social and I still order what sounds good to me and what I’m craving. There are times when I have some dessert because eating dessert with your friends is just fun, and I don’t want to miss out on that. There are times when I’ve gone home super bloated but didn’t care because the memories I created won’t fade but that bloated belly will. For me, creating these memories with the ones I love is so much more valuable than sitting at home and refusing to go out to a restaurant because it is not “healthy” or I am not “hungry enough.” I go and every time I do go, I never regret it. We are able to laugh and smile and chat over something so beautiful and amazing that God gave us: food. Something that should not be feared; but something that should be celebrated and enjoyed with great company and the ones that we cherish the most.
Just the other night I had one of these moments where I recognized how important the social aspects of eating really are. It was 12:30 a.m. and some friends wanted to get mozzarella sticks. So I went with them, and I got and enjoyed some mozzarella sticks. I wasn’t hungry yet I wanted to join in on the fun and bond with these awesome people. And I love some mozzarella sticks every now and then. So I ate and enjoyed those mozzarella sticks guilt free, because that’s how eating should be. Guilt free. I am so happy I went with them because if I didn’t, I would’ve missed out on some awesome conversations and being surrounded by some incredible people.
I really do understand that it is so incredibly difficult to trust this process; it is so hard to get yourself to go out to eat sometimes because you feel like you don’t “deserve it.” In those moments, you need to have faith. Because “Faith IS taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Accept the process, accept the fact that eating isn’t always going to be something to give us tons of energy and provide us with fuel. It can be fun and good for the soul. Accept the fact that the social aspect of eating IS actually fun when you take that first step, when you go out and you are more engaged with those around you than the worry and stress of the food that will be on your plate. Accept the fact that the social aspect of eating brings us all together and allows us to create such beautiful memories. Accept the idea that the social aspect of eating IS a crucial one for our well-being, because we should all be able to go out and get a freaking ice cream cone with our friends and the one’s we love without having a second thought about it or feeling any guilt over it.
Now tell me any thoughts you have on this! Do you agree that the social aspect of eating is such a valuable thing in our lives?
Thanks for reading loves and your constant support!! Means so so much to me <3 Have a happy Monday and a great start to your week! 🙂
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