Pleasures of Nature can replace the Pleasures of Food

2530108341_3d65c76766After a long needed relaxing weekend I find myself right back to Monday morning with a workweek knocking at my door and the thoughts of my morning workout. I am delighted with both my blood sugar and body weight and feel totally motivated to work my body this morning. Once again as I haven’t worked this area of my body in weeks I will be taking it easy to not cause any type of injury. As we get older having a strong back can make a huge difference in the quality of our lives and keeping it strong means that we must work it, but not injure it.

One of visions I had over the weekend of hot springs meditation was that of a thinner version of myself. I saw myself eating a diet of less calories and higher quality foods while utilizing the energy of nature to sustain my being. In other words I was eating simply for nutrition and while allowing the joys of life itself to fill the void of the pleasures that foods sometimes brings. It made me really think about the action of just eating a cookie. Because of the contents of the cookie arouses the pleasure senses in my brain I enjoy eating it. But what if I already felt the sense of pleasure, like I did this weekend? There would be no need to even think about that cookie. And this is exactly how I felt this weekend. Food was of little importance as far as bringing me joy as I was surrounded by it and right in the middle of it. Even sitting down to dinner I ate very little.

Is it possible to bring about this feeling each day even while living in the sometimes stressful world I live in? What if eating the act of eating foods with no nutritional value is just as bad as smoking is for your body? It would certainly explain many of the health problems our society now faces. But how do I relearn this on a daily basis? I know that the answers can be found in certain practices like yoga and meditation, but can I possibly fit these things into my life?

Blood Sugar- 104, Weight- 180.4

Bowflex- BACK
Pulldowns- 260- 15, 15
Rows- 260- 15, 15
Revere Flys- 15, 15

6:30 AM- Oatmeal, Banana
9:30 AM- Sardines
12:30 PM- Steak, mixed vegetables, 1/2 baked potato
6:30 PM- Chicken, cabbage, carrots

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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17 Responses to Pleasures of Nature can replace the Pleasures of Food

  1. All that walking would make me hungry!

  2. josie416 says:

    Sounds like you are ready to consider mindful eating. I have recently started this and it is pretty eye-opening, and has upped my enjoyment of food while decreasing the amount I eat, and cutting way way back on the junk food. This is without setting any limits on what I “allow” myself to eat, and completely without guilt trips. I am reading Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays. It has a CD in the back with guided exercises.

    The question is not “can we find time to make our lives better through meditation, (etc)”, but “can we afford NOT to find the time?

  3. New Journey says:

    good post, great thoughts, even better actions… not only relaxed your body but your mind open up to bigger and better idea….wonderful…….kat

  4. jncthedc says:

    To answer your question, “but can I possible fit these things into my life?”…. if you choose to. Life is always about choices. Our choices demonstrate the reality of the path in life we follow. Many wish or want a certain life; some create a plan of action. Only those who commit their lives to themselves and LIVE the plan of action achieve the wishes and wants.

    • Yea, it’s the 12 hour workday that gets in the way sometimes. But this is the life I choose as I am on a mission to be void of all debt in my financial life. All I have left is the mortgage and I am making giants strides to getting that done soon. But your right, if I chose to fit something else into my life I can do it.

  5. fithotbod says:

    12-hour workdays are killers! I understand your reasoning behind it, but it must be hard to balance your life. I sometimes worked 12-hour days, even 24-hour days, but never for the entire week. I crashed and burned from exhaustion as it was back then. And I was in my 30s and 40s at the time, too.

    I agree with you that taking the time to relax, to enjoy nature and our surroundings, is one of the best ways to rejuvenate ourselves. There should always be pleasure in food, though. To eat a nice, crisp Granny Smith apple – to really savor its flavor and texture- is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

    Once I cut out sodas, fast food, and junk food, and began to commit myself to eating clean, my taste buds changed. Most of the desserts I used to eat were mostly processed and really didn’t taste good. But I ate to fill a void in my life, or to comfort myself. And I used to eat so fast, I didn’t really taste the food. It took me years to realize, after I had eaten a store-bought piece of pie for example, that I didn’t really enjoy the taste. It was too sweet, not well made and the crust wasn’t flaky. So why did I bother eating it if it wasn’t good? Habit, for the most part.

    So yes, if I feel the need to overeat, I go swimming, read, talk to people, enjoy nature… just doing something helps. But now I no longer dream of eating candy, cakes and pies… Although, I still love Skinny Cow ice cream bars as long as it don’t have carrageenan in it. But I always make sure to pair with a protein-rich meal and I track it in my food diary. When I have food cravings, it’s usually for pasta.

    I haven’t had pasta in months because of my pre-diabetic condition. So I made a chicken, spinach and mushroom pasta dish. I had a lot of chicken and limited the pasta to one cup. But it was enough to satisfy my cravings, and I no longer felt deprived.

    However, I also make a conscious effort to throughly enjoy the food I do eat. I use the free app, My Fitness Pal, to stay on track.

  6. I am 57 and trying to relearn my eating habits. The problem with me, if I eat a cookie, I can’t stop at 1, because I enjoy them.
    Immersing myself in nature like this, would be something I could also try.

  7. Tony R says:

    I love this post. I think that this is a very good idea. I don’t believe that yoga and other similar practices is necessary. I think that it is as simple as thinking about things that you know to be soothing and relaxing that will put your brain in a different mode especially about 10 to 15 minutes before time to eat. I am going to be trying this and I will let you know how it works for me.
    Tony R

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