I know when I am in my own controlled environment, it’s A LOT easier for me to be mindful. But, we have to leave our bubble and go out in social settings to that birthday, wedding, party, work event, school event, family gathering, and etc.
And, they ALL have food. There is no way to hide from it.
I know for me in the past, I would look forward to birthdays and weddings for the cake. For family gathering I would be thinking, what we would be eating too.
Pretty much any event I was always thinking, “what food would they be serving?”
Then, after I was becoming more conscious about my eating habits and how they were becoming completely opposite of our society and culture, it made it SOO MUCH harder for me.
This was because I was looking at it from a lens of ME VS THEM attitude and felt separated from everyone at the social event.
I felt so disconnected. Have you ever felt this way too?
This is because we connect so much with food, which is completely natural until we go extreme with it.
It’s all about balance.
So, how do you bring balance back into your social setting? Next time you’re in a social setting, ask yourself:
“Why Am I Really Here?”
Is it really just for that cake?
Are you really there just for Auntie’s Famous Mash Potatoes?
Or, are you really there just for that open bar?
In the past, I would say, “HECK YA” with no hesitation.
Because I ain’t going to lie, that’s yummy and amazing! But now, I dig deeper to the root and discovered this:
“I am really here to connect with so and so.”
When I become mindful and aware of this and start to act on this deeper why, things come into balance again.
That cake loses its power.
I don’t need 5+ servings of Auntie’s Famous Mash Potatoes.
The open bar doesn’t become the highlight of the event.
It’s the connections I made with so and so.
Try it out next time you’re in a social setting and let me know if it helps you as much as it has for me. I would love for you to share your experience in the Living Mindful Eating’s Facebook Community.