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Dieting. Are you a weekday angel and weekend devil?

How many of us eat well during our working week, reining in our cravings to keep our weight under control, only to let loose on the weekend?

The ‘Weekday Angel / Weekend Devil’ scenario has us juggling the duplicity of striving to be 'good' during the working week, then on the weekend being ‘bad’ and making up for it afterwards by being doubly good... until it is time to be bad or naughty again. There can be a crazy logic that calculates gains made during the week that we can then afford to splurge on the weekend. We end up with an identity crisis that leaves us feeling like we can’t trust ourselves because we don’t know who we are: are we bad or are we good?

Food advertising constantly plays on this to sell us products with emotional words like:

  • Indulgent
  • Wicked
  • Tempting
  • Naughty
  • Sinful...

...that play on our choice to be an Angel or a Devil, 'good' or 'bad', making right or wrong decisions and breaking or keeping our rules around food and eating.

We can imprison ourselves in a yo-yo relationship with food when we make it about being an Angel or a Devil, keeping or breaking rules about what to eat or not to eat and all the while bypassing remembering who we are at heart . . . knowing to the bone that we are not bad, wrong, hopeless or weak-willed, but actually completely aware and capable and perhaps merely using food to reward or satisfy and even dull or distract ourselves.

"From the inner heart, we can make the body what we truly are."

Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations, p 91

We’re so busy playing the game of following or breaking the rules of what to eat and how to lose weight that we’ve forgotten that we innately know, without needing to be told by ‘rules’, what to eat and what to avoid to be well and live a vibrant and vital life.

We already know that we have a totally different relationship with food and eating when we are:

  • Out of sorts
  • Emotional
  • Anxious
  • Bored
  • Self-critical
  • Depressed
  • Tired
  • Stressed
  • Over excited
  • Worried
  • Lonely or uncertain...

Dieting in these states is nearly impossible as our will goes out the window along with our inner steadiness.

What would happen if our focus wasn't on maintaining a diet, but on maintaining our state of being?

If the state we are in determines what passes our lips more than any other factor, it makes sense to put this at the forefront of our awareness. We can focus not on calories and crunches but on building a connection to ourselves, where we get to feel and develop a steady state of being; building confidence, presence, joy, appreciation and a deep trust in ourselves and our ability to live evenly, not at the mercy of ups and downs that fling us so easily into eating in ways that leave us worse off.

When we stop driving ourselves with food rules, striving for ideal weight, size and looks, being Weekday Angels and Weekend Devils, falling on and off the 'good' eating wagon and other diet issues, and begin to focus on living connected to an awareness of our inner state of being, we come to know ourselves not by weight, width or wobble, but by feel ... how we feel in ourselves.

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