I often ask my clients to write a letter to people who have caused emotional harm to them. I encourage them to be brutally honest as we are not going to send it.
The benefit of doing this is it brings to the surface all the emotions they feel in relation to the person they are writing too.
The additional benefit is that it also gives them a sense of relief as they are finally being true to themselves and are getting how they truly feel off their chest.
With this in mind I have decided to write an honest letter to Junk food. Yes, I know it’s not a person, but the fact remains that we all are in a relationship with food. Some better than others. So I am hoping that this letter resonates with some who struggle with Junk food.
Dearest Junk Food,
I would like to take this time to thank you for coming into my life. I have learned so much about myself since I let you in. So much so that it has given me the strength and courage to know that I no longer need or want you in my life.
I have learned that when you realise what you don’t won’t it helps you to know what you do. As whatever I choose to focus on draws closer and then expands. I know this to be true as the more I focused on you the more you became present in my life and the desire for you increased.
At first you offered me comfort, company, taste sensation and excitement. But sadly this was short lived. As within 10 minutes of consumption the negative voices in my head would appear. “Why did you eat me?” You are going to get fat!” ‘Look at your cellulite” ‘Everyone is judging how big your bum and belly are”.
This would lead me to deep feelings of regret, insecurity and sadness. I then found the only thing that could comfort the void of low self esteem, was more of the junk foods that caused the problem in the first place. You became my drug of choice and I was entangled in your grip.
Every morning I would wake up, look in the mirror and be reminded of all the reasons why I should fall out with you, but once again the cycle would repeat and I would fall under you sugary, salty, fatty, colourful spell.
As I began to be mindful of the thoughts and feelings in my head, I became empowered by the understanding that I have the power to change my focus and place my attention on what I want, moving my focus away from what I don’t want or desire.
I have taken time to be grateful for my amazing body. It has carried and birthed 3 healthy Children, it takes me to work every day and has enabled me the ability to write this letter. My body’s ability blows my mind.
As I began to realign my focus on healthy, wholesome, nutritious foods I realised how much energy I had. My emotions were more stable and I had real clarity in my thinking. Which, ultimately led to greater productivity in my place of work. Considering I am a Personal trainer and Lifestyle Coach this was very helpful.
Confidence is now my best friend and people often ask me what has changed. I tell them our story and it has inspired them to break up with you too.
I now realise that its you that needed me not the other way around. You tried to control me and my desires. You manipulate me emotionally and mentally and kept me feeling insular.
I am reminded how many years ago we built a slave trade on sugar, coffee, alcohol and tobacco. Thankfully slavery has been abolished but we, as a nation are now enslaved to you. How ironic is this?
I believe that you really helped me to be awakened to my truth which Is that I do not want to be a prisoner and held captive in a free world. I am powerful and have the strength to be the change that I want to see happen.
I am not choosing to have a bitter perspective towards you. Instead I want to conclude with a big thank you. As, it is my real intention to inspire people to take better care of themselves and their children so that your diabetic, heart condition, cancer causing call has no voice at all.
I am serving you you’re notice. It’s official you are FIRED.
I do hope that this has inspired you to take pen to paper and write down all that has caused you harm or concern. In doing this you are letting your light shine on the darkness. Be encouraged that when you go through bad things there is always someone who is struggling with the same thing. Be helpful, kind and caring. As what’s goes around comes around.