Giving food, giving love?

Is giving food giving love?

As we grow up, do we develop a connection between food and love?

As parents, often food is given as a gesture of love – a way of showing love and care for their family – and the bigger the portion, the greater the love. We carry this tradition through with birthdays, celebrations and romantic occasions. Food, in the shape of a good meal out and chocolates are seen as love and a way to express our love. We feel the good feeling in our mouths and, albeit briefly, we might feel loved.

We need food to live

From a practical point of view, we need food to live – that’s a given – but if we have to put something in our mouth every time we want to feel love, we are going to end up piling on the pounds . . . and many of us have.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO):[1]

“Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being overweight or obese.” [2]

Are we looking for a way to feel better? Are we are seeking comfort and gratification through food – a way to feel better through eating?

What are we really seeking? Are we seeking a feeling of love through food?

All the time we are seeking something to make us feel good, to try and change how we feel on the inside.

Is there another way we can give ourselves the love we are seeking?

Is there another way we can live?

Love is not something we can find through the food we eat – or through anything or anyone else – because it is within us and all around us. We come from love and we are love.

When we realise that love is inside us, and always has been, there is no need to seek it in food. We simply need to live in a way that acknowledges and reflects the fact that it is the love we have within that keeps us full.

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How love really works

True love is a livingness and a way of being with ourselves. All we need to do is to let our guard down and we are love and then everything we do is from love.

We can come to question if our use of food is for seeking love and as we do, we begin to gain a greater awareness of what brings us love and what does not.

Food is not the source of love, we are


  • [1]

    WHO. July 2013. Data and statistics. Retrieved from

  • [2]

    WHO. October 2017. 10 facts on obesity. Retrieved from

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