tri31, I love the Rebelle Society website!
About my own approach to nutrition, I keep seeing my interaction with food as a relationship, as I think I've already mentioned. Lately, I've been getting more and more focused on learning what is a healthy amount for me to eat -- not in the sense of scrupulously measuring and counting calories, but in the sense of living as one who is connected 24/7 to the Source of everything I need.
With human relationships, do I think in terms of taking all I can get from a particular interchange -- of sucking that person dry? I hope not! I'm sure that I slip into that clingy, needy role at times -- but hopefully less than I used to. These days, I try to approach interactions with others as lovely opportunities to participate in the give-and-take of boosting one another's morale and energy levels. I don't see other people as my Source -- we are simply all connected to the same Source, and people in healthy relationships try to help one another really feel and experience that connection within themselves.
Food is not my Source, either -- but, just like other people, it is also connected to that ever-giving Source. So I'm endeavoring to approach eating at the same relaxed, peaceful but also joyous, pace that I approach a get-together with a dear friend whom I get to be with quite frequently. As some dieticians have said, we shouldn't sit down to eat with the idea that it's our last meal.
I'm realizing that I can feel energized and sustained after eating much smaller amounts of food than what I'd have previously considered even a serving -- and I think that as living this way becomes ingrained in me, the transition to eating sustainably is going to become a lot more natural. Currently, our family consumes such large amounts of certain food items -- such as cow's milk -- that dh and I can't even imagine buying that many gallons per week from an organic farm.
Right now, the change is occurring in me, but I'm praying for it to spread to my whole family. It's not something I want to talk about with them directly, because I have a 13 year old who worries about getting fat like me, even though she's a perfectly healthy weight for her height, and I wouldn't want her to start cutting herself short on nutrients.
I'm just really excited about being able to model a healthy lifestyle for my girls, and I believe it will rub off on them over time -- and hopefully dh, too.