Eating To Live, Or Living To Eat?

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Hello all my Blissful Beings! I hope your day is going awesome! I know if you’re here you’ve come to feed yourself with something amazing. Well as always I will provide you that sweet sustenance that you need to improve your health and increase your happiness. Let’s dive on in then shall we my Blissful Beings!

Today’s topic is the issue we all face on the day-to-day, “Am I truly eating to Live, or Am I Living to Eat?” I’m sure you’ve been in the grocery store check out line and you spot a “delicious” candy bar and suddenly, in a blink of an eye, your mouth is salivating. You hear the delightful crinkle of you tearing open the wrapper. You feel your heart knocking on your chest, as you let the deceptively delectable treat enter your mouth.

You weren’t craving that candy bar at all, your mind was focused on making a healthy change until you were railroaded by shiny wrappers and catchy slogans. Don’t fret my Blissful Being we’ve all been there. In this moment, Here in lies the question presented to you in live living color. Am I Eating to Live, or Am I Living to Eat? It can be a challenge when you’re first starting out on your journey to be that Blissful You. That You, that you dream of. That You that is screaming from the pit of your belly, ” Let me be me! I wanna be free of this bondage!”

   There Is Hope! Don’t worry! There is a silver lining, trust me. I didn’t just have a sweet tooth, I had what I like to call a, “sugar mouth”. Every chance I’d get I would be stuffing my face with something that had no purpose in my body besides to satisfy my untrained taste buds. If you are anything like I was, candy wrappers were not uncommon on the floor of your car. Sadly, too many of us believe that it is normal and okay to live a processed food diet filled with anything quick and easy to prepare. Anything that makes our taste buds jump with excitement for a brief moment. Later on we pay the price with sugar diabetes, obesity, unhealthy skin, dysfunctional digestion, heart problems, and chronic fatigue and that’s just to name a few issues that arise.

I would like to share a few tips with you that I’ve learned on my adventure in life that helped me Eat to Live, and Not Live to Eat. These tips aren’t in any particular order, use whatever resonates with your Blissful Being. Please feel free to show some love with a like and don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Let me know if these tips helped you or if you have any ideas that you’d like to share with your fellow Blissful Beings reading.

1.  Drink Plenty of Water: 

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   Water! We cant live without it, it’s a big part of who we are. When you make it a conscious decision to drink plenty of water and drink it often you’re making your body extremely happy! You see, when you’re thirsty you are not able to make the best decisions in your life, because your brain isn’t getting the hydration that it needs to think critically. When you aren’t drinking enough water you can mistake the feeling of being thirsty for being hungry. One suggestion I recommend is to keep a water bottle with you when you’re out, and whenever you get that craving for a bag of chips, sip some water. You’ll be doing yourself a huge favor.

2. Pack A Snack:

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Have you ever just pulled into a fast food restaurant out of desperation. Not even out of desire? You just have to get that bite to eat in before that big meeting. Or right before picking your kiddos up from school, because you know, once you get to work you’re going to be super busy and wont have a second to even think about eating healthy food. We’ve all experienced the mid day tummy growl, where anything will do just to quite the beast beneath the belt. To avert the dreaded fast food line one thing I learned to do is keep a healthy snack handy and easily accessible to ward off the hunger bug. It’s really easy to go unconscious whenever were hungry and make regretful eating decision that we’ll suffer the consequence for sooner or later in our existence. Be smart, Be prepared!

3. Exercise: 

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Have you ever sweat so hard in the gym or working out at home, thinking about your future image of yourself that the thought of eating a bag of chips or a whole package of Oreo’s ( I’ve done this several times in the past) absolutely disgusted you. Disgusted you to the point of puking? There’s something about working out that makes one’s mind transcend the thoughts of eating unconsciously. Having a goal that you’re working to is an extreme motivator to keep you eating to live and not living to eat. Imagining yourself going from feeling glorious to garbage in as quick as twenty minutes. That feeling really pushes you on a more healthier eating path. Try sticking to a regular exercise commitment and you’ll definitely define those curves as well as curve those urges!

4. Pantry Purge :

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Tell me if this sounds familiar. You eat dinner, watch a movie, and right before bed you decide to look in the pantry for a late night snack. As you open the door, turn on the light, and behold before your eyes. A miniature size grocery store snack aisle filled with all the food your inner Blissful Being abhors but your untrained taste buds flip bananas for. This is definitely going to inhibit your growth in the eating to live department. Don’t worry, one evening before bed or early morning grab a trash bag and ditch the junk. You’ll feel the agony at first as you watch your favorite cookies, chips, and dare I say honey buns be fed to your trash, but once they’ve found their new home (your trash receptacle) you will be able to take a deep refreshing breath because you did it! You Purged your pantry of all the things that was holding your blissful being in chains . Congratulate yourself with a bowl of tasty strawberries!

5. Make a List and Check It Twice:

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My last tip is crucial to your survival in eating to live and not living to eat. You have to make that list and since you’re being your own Santa Claus you gotta check it twice. When you go shopping for food, you have to have the mindset that you are buying gifts for your body. Whats your body worth? Are you gonna buy it those cheap presents just because they’re not expensive or are you going to treat your body with the gift of life? Don’t short yourself when it comes to your earthly vehicle. So when you’re making that list leave off the potato chips, soda, and Twinkies. Your future self will Thank You. Once you make a solid list then you gotta check over it and make sure you are covering all your nutritional bases. Most importantly all my Blissful Beings you have to commit and never waver.

I hope you enjoyed and found these tips useful. They’re things I practice and they’ve made a great difference in my life. Eating to live has impacted my life and so many people around me lives that I feel a duty and obligation to you my Blissful Beings to share this age old philosophy with you. Once again please drop a like if you enjoyed this and I would love to read your comments on what you think and how this post has helped you in your life. Please share with your friends and family and lets spread the love and light . We are infinite beings, we are Blissful Beings, and its our birth right to live in this truth!

Peace and Love,

Tyreice

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2 thoughts on “Eating To Live, Or Living To Eat?

  1. Pete Lee says:

    A MINIMALIST’S GUIDE TO ENLIGHTENMENT

    PRESENCE:

    Be here now.

    Pay attention.

    Do one thing at a time.

    Do everything in a sacred manner.

    Your purpose is to awaken, and to remain awake.

    Let present-moment awareness be your spiritual practice.

    This moment is the only reality; all else is abstraction, a mental construct.

    Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being inwardly still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you.

    Attention is primordial intelligence, consciousness itself, the living God. It joins the perceiver and the perceived in a unifying field of awareness.

    The present moment is deeper than what happens in it. It is the space in which it happens. Eventually, the focus is on the inner, silent, still presence of awareness itself rather than on its passing content.

    You are responsible for reining in your attention, taking command of this power of focused awareness, and purposefully choosing how you will live the moments of your life. You can waste and dissipate them, or you can center yourself intentionally and live fully in the present moment. It all begins with a decision to live in such a way, a decision that you refuse to betray.

    SILENCE:

    Things are the meaning of things.

    In the godhead there is no thought of God.

    Stop thinking, and there is nothing you will not understand.

    Spiritual awakening is awakening from the dream of thought.

    You are here to learn something. Don’t try to figure out what it is.

    You are not the voice in your mind, but the one who is aware of that.

    Call off the search for self-definition. Being must be felt; it can’t be thought.

    The single most vital step towards enlightenment is learning to disidentify from your mind.

    Observe all the content of evolving life without making any mental comment, criticism, or judgment.

    It is when you are trapped in incessant streams of compulsive thinking that you lose the ability to sense the oneness of all that exists.

    The world does not really need your personal opinions about anything at all. Attachment to views is the greatest impediment to the spiritual path.

    When the criticalness and discrimination of dualistic perception are set aside, the absolute perfection and beauty of everything stands revealed.

    Enlightenment happens when you have become capable of finding the inner being, the meditative quality within, the gap between thoughts, the inner silence and emptiness, so that it becomes a natural quality. You can find the gap whenever you want. You have found the door to God. You have come home.

    ACCEPTANCE:

    No drama.

    No whining.

    This, too, will pass.

    Merge with the situation.

    Enlightenment is the quiet acceptance of what is.

    Surrender to the natural course and sequence of things.

    Why is there so much suffering in the world? No reason.

    Cast aside the mind that says this is good and that is bad.

    When you become a lover of things as they are, the war is over.

    Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When you don’t struggle against it, you are in harmony with reality.

    All you really need to do is accept this moment fully. You are then at ease in the here and now and at ease with yourself.

    Weather comes and goes, but the sky remains unchanged. Enlightenment is merely the shift of identity from the cloud to the sky.

    The world is neither bad nor defective, nor is it in need of help or modification, because its appearance is only a projection of your own mind. No such world exists.

    What will be left of all the fearing and wanting associated with your problematic life situation that every day takes up most of your attention? A dash, one or two inches long, between the date of birth and date of death on your gravestone.

    REALIZATION:

    God is not a being, but a state of being.

    You are awareness, disguised as a person.

    You are not in the universe; the universe is in you.

    You are here to awaken from your illusion of separateness.

    Your state of consciousness is primary; all else is secondary.

    “In here” and “out there” are mirror reflections of each other.

    Heaven is not a physical location, but a state of consciousness.

    All the consciousnesses in your life are your own consciousness.

    All the separate activities in the universe are actually one activity.

    You are an aperture through which the universe is exploring itself.

    Consciousness is continuous and present in everything; it is the one reality.

    The eye by means of which God sees you is the same eye by means of which you see God.

    There is neither a perceiver nor that which is perceived because they are one and the same.

    Nothing in the universe happens by chance or accident. Everything influences everything else and is in perfect balance.

    The entire universe was designed for the purpose of creating and expanding a consciousness capable of observing and understanding itself.

    The very ground of the enlightened state is the absolute, unequivocal, unshakable confidence in the perennial mystical revelation that IT IS . . . and I AM THAT. It is experienced as a clarity that is empty of content; a weightiness that is full of nothing in particular; a profound knowing that dissolves all questions. You simply know, unequivocally, before thought, that I am. That’s the only answer: I AM. There is no why.

    PRACTICE:

    Don’t try too hard.

    Practice and enlightenment are not two.

    Laugh! Even seriousness itself is humorous.

    The mundane and the sacred are one and the same.

    Generate consciousness through the activities of daily life.

    For most of us, enlightenment comes little by little — otherwise it would overwhelm.

    Enlightenment is not the end, but the beginning of an unending process in all dimensions of richness.

    Your life is your practice. Your spiritual practice does not occur someplace other than in your life right now, and your life is nowhere other than where you are.

    The essence of spiritual practice is to activate by inspiration, dedication, and decision of will those aspects of consciousness that become progressively self-actualizing.

    Seemingly small steps in spiritual evolution often occur almost unnoticed, but it is the small shifts which occur out of sight below a mountain of snow that result in an avalanche.

    Live effortlessly. Enlightenment is not a desire, is not a goal, is not an ambition. It is a dropping of all goals, a dropping of all desires, a dropping of all ambitions. It is just being natural.

    Enlightenment is not a destination or graduation into a permanent higher state of consciousness, but a moment-by-moment experience constantly fluctuating between degrees of wholeness and limited consciousness.

    A given level of consciousness is not better than another but merely represents the level that is being worked on. It is the basic building blocks that enable a structure to ascend, and it is the dedication that ensures the completion of a cathedral.

    Spiritual commitment simply means recontextualizing the meaning of your life. This needs to be done totally, all-inclusively, so that life does not become segmented into spiritual work versus ordinary life. All life now becomes spiritual practice. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

    * * * * *

    Published in The Mindful Word, 12/24/2018. Thanks to Alan Watts, Evelyn Underhill, Anita Moorjani, Meister Eckhart, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, and especially Eckhart Tolle and David R. Hawkins.

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    • Great comment Pete I felt every word written very deeply. I am grateful to you for sharing this on my page for myself and others to read. You and your comment came at the perfect time in my day today, the universe worked through you to do me a great service in my life and I hope all my readers can take away something from your awesome post. Thank again Pete Lee!

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