I wanted to share with you something that came up in our LBC private FB group. For those who participate in the LBC, we have created a private and lively community online where we all interact with each other, share recipes, stories, struggles and inspire one another. It’s really cool to see people who don’t even know each other support and help out, encourage and motivate. Makes me so proud!
Anywho, one of our participants posted this:
“My fiance just cut up some of the most amazing mangos I’ve ever tasted and we had them for dessert. I don’t know if it’s because of their tropical nature, or because the LBC has me feeling so good in general, but there is something inherently SEXY about juicy, ripe mangos. Yum!”
Now, I wanted to share this with you for a couple of reasons. 1) To share the success of our of participants and the benefits of the LBC and 2) mostly because I wanted you to start thinking about the connection between food, pleasure and sex.
Yes, even sex.
One of the things that has become very apparent to me as I’ve been working with clients is how important enjoyment is in our lives. Not just with things we like to do, but with food and exercise. I firmly believe that an overall sense of joy and fulfillment in our lives is a necessary component to a healthy lifestyle, just like eating organic foods and getting plenty of sleep. It’s that important!
When we enjoy the foods that we eat, and find pleasure from eating healthy, nutritious and organic foods, it not only nourishes our body, but it nourishes our mind and our soul.
If we don’t find pleasure in food, life can really suck seeing how much of a role food plays in our lives. And it’s through this pleasure principle that connects our thoughts and feelings around sex.
I feel that the more pleasure we can find in food, the more pleasure we can find in sex. And vice versa.
Using the example above, this is how food, pleasure and sex are connected:
This participant ate the mango, which she enjoyed, which triggered her pleasure center in her brain, which made her feel good, which triggered her to think about sex, which probably meant her and her man got busy.
So you see? Food = pleasure = sex.
That being said, are you always going to eat the chicken breast and sweet potato? No.
Are you always going to be 100% on track, 100% of the time? No.
It’s just not possible. And you know what?
Although it is uber-important to make the best food choices you can, don’t forget, that if you’re not enjoying what you’re doing (and that includes the food you’re eating), it will make it very difficult to create lasting changes.
Regardless of what you eat, just keep in mind that a stressed body will not metabolize food as well as a non-stressed body. And if you’re not enjoying it, if you’re frustrated with your diet, if you’re angry and bitter about your diet, you’re body is going to be stressed out. And a stressed out body will hold onto excess weight with a death grip.
So my challenge for you this week is two-fold:
1) Start thinking about the connection between food, pleasure and sex and what that may mean to you.
2) Take a life inventory, and come up with 3-5 things in your life that you find enjoyment from. And if you have a hard time coming up with them, brainstorm a few ideas of things that you would like to try that you think would be enjoyable.
Then leave your list in the comment section below.