In the book/movie Elizabeth Gilbert begins her journey in Italy where she “has a relationship with her pizza”, which is quite funny and even helpful because she stopped beating herself up for what and how much she ate. This is a powerful demonstration of self-love…to a point. Italy was certainly Gilbert’s journey of self-indulgence without self-punishment.
In the book it was much more evident that although Gilbert escaped her everyday life she had not escaped herself, as it would be with you or me. Where ever we go, there we are! We can run but we cannot hide. In Italy Gilbert was eating her pain and loneliness as many of us would do or do now. Another benefit for Gilbert was that after Italy she went to India where simple carbohydrates and cheese were not as readily available. Ha! A built in weight loss program, which is not part of our awakening journey. At home we can go to the store or to an array of restaurants to temporarily feed our pain.
Therefore our journey will take us first to God’s grocery where food is in abundance and feeds not only our body but our mind and soul.
I’m very aware of our society’s preoccupation with weight and food. When I work with individuals for weight loss rarely do they ever express a concern for the health of their body. They want to lose weight to look better more so than to be healthier, but studies have shown that those individuals that are motivated by the prospect of better health stick to a healthy diet and exercise program better than those motivated by aesthetics only.
As I mentioned in part I of this series, in order to transform the world we must transform ourselves first. When we raise our vibration we actually raise the vibration of the planet. The food we ingest plays a very important role in our vibration. It’s quite simple really. If you want to be energized, enthusiastic and feel alive you must eat LIVING foods.
Eating simply is a profound path to our Awakening. Filling your diet with fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and beans is conducive to a healthy body, mind and spirit. There are many, many books out there about eating simply so I will not try to give all of the information here. A book that I highly recommend is “The Kind Diet” by Alicia Silverstone. The recipes are delicious…and even I can make them.
In all honesty I find changing my diet the most difficult of the Eat, Pray, Love Awakening, so I recommend that you take it slow by adding more of these foods to your every day menu. Don’t try to change everything in one day. Also don’t expect to change your family’s diet just because you are. The best thing to do is live by example. I fix the meals that my family likes and I fix myself my food but it is always available to my children and they can eat it if they would like…and they often do.
A word about deprivation
You may have difficulty transforming your diet as you feel deprived. I’m going to give you a different perspective on deprivation. When you don’t “deprive” yourself of the junk foods that you want or crave you are actually depriving yourself of something bigger. You are depriving yourself of your health and longevity, your energy, your enthusiasm and dare I say a deeper more open connection to God.
Cravings of food are a sure sign that there is an addiction at play. We use addictions and food to play small. When you are so preoccupied with food or whatever addiction you may have you don’t have time to face your fears about living our dreams. Food becomes your distraction. My intent with this series of articles is to inspire you enough to stop playing small and start living large, to begin to BE the Divine Being you are. The world needs you! You can use the FREE EFT script to overcome cravings for the food that actually deprive you.
KARATE CHOP: Even though I’m craving (food you are craving), I deeply and completely love, accept and forgive myself. X3
INNER EYEBROWS: I’m really craving__________
OUTER EYES: I really want some___________
UNDER EYES: I would feel so good if I could just have some___________________
UNDER NOSE: I love the way ____________tastes.
CHIN: I love the way_______________ feels in my mouth.
COLLAR BONE: I really, really want________.
UNDER ARMS: I hate myself for wanting __________.
TOP OF HEAD: I shouldn’t want __________but I do.
Do a few rounds of these words until you feel your craving diminishing. Then do a few rounds of:
KARATE CHOP: Even though I still have a little bit of a craving for___________, I deeply and completely love, accept and forgive myself. X3
INNER EYEBROWS: I still have a little craving.
OUTER EYES: I still have a little craving.
UNDER EYES: But maybe this is just a story.
UNDER NOSE: And it’s a lousy story.
CHIN: I give myself permission to release this story right now.
COLLAR BONE: I give myself permission to embrace the truth right NOW.
UNDER ARMS: And the truth is that I truly want foods that support my body.
TOP OF HEAD: The only foods are really want are those that support my healthy and energized body.
INNER EYEBROWS: I only want fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans.
OUTER EYES: I love foods that love me.
UNDER EYES: I’ve made a decision to support my body with good foods.
UNDER NOSE: I’m even thinking of healthy recipes right now and that’s what I really want.
CHIN: I think of food as nourishment. Food is my nourishment. I only desire foods that nourish me.
COLLAR BONE: I enjoy good healthy, foods. I love how I feel when I eat simply.
UNDER ARMS: This transformation is easy and it’s even fun.
TOP OF HEAD: I am calm and peaceful.
COLLAR BONE: I am calm and peaceful, I am calm and peaceful, I am calm and peaceful.
Now take in a long, slow deep breath and tune into your body and feelings.
How do you feel?
Rate your craving…
Use this script any time you crave a food that deprives you of You. By the way, if you find yourself not wanting to tap away the craving tap on “even though I want to want (the food you are craving)”.

Author's Bio: 

Michelle Lee is a Certified Hypnotherapist, EFT practitioner and Soul Realignment practitioner specializing in self-esteem, women's empowerment and self-actualization. Michelle is the author of "Fall in love...with your Self" self hypnosis CD and "Self-Love...How to get there from here" DVD workshop as well as many other workshops. Michelle is available to speak to your group.