What does inquiry have to do with becoming free from food, eating, and weight issues? Only everything. By virtue of the fact that we are obsessed with food and use it to comfort and entertain ourselves, means that our thinking about must be inaccurate and deluded. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not judging you or insulting your intelligence. As a former, fellow sufferer, I’m sharing my two cents based on my experience of being food obsessed for most of my life.

When it comes to seeing the whole picture of food, the whole truth about what food can and cannot give you, inquiry is the machete that cuts through the densest, most impermiable illusary beliefs. Unquestioned beliefs are so powerful that they can keep you bound and suffering for a lifetime.

The questions that comprise inquiry can go toe to toe with these almighty beliefs because they challenge your precious assumptions. When we are unaware of our beliefs, we’re their slaves. Hence, inquiry forces us to investigate what our beliefs, caling up the story that’s causing us to reach for food in the first place. We can’t kill the enemy we can’t see. So by asking ourselves what story we are in, we make visible the invisible which gives the ability to see clearly the belief that’s been running us. Knowledge is power as they say!

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Your Achilles Heels

Everyone who has a challenging relationship with food and body weight, has certain Achilles heel situations, locations, and relationships. Don’t play possum with me. I know you know what I’m talking about! The mere prospect of talking to Aunt Millie can send you scurrying frantically down the candy aisle. Or the looming prospect of attending the annual school potluck dinner, with it’s milelong dessert table leaves you weak at the knees. Then there’s the dreaded office lunchroom, perpetually stocked with birthday cake, leftovers from the lunch meeting, or bakesale remnants. Inevitably, at some point in the day, the irresistible smell fresh popcorn will waft down the corridor and into your office. How the heck can you be expected to get any work done when the unearthly siren call of the goodies precludes thinking about anything else? You’re only human after all!

How can you deal with these provocative circumstances? Here are some steps:

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