If You Overeat, You’re Treating Your Body Like A Trash Can.

I’m fairly sure, as children, we’ve all been told to eat everything on our plates because there are starving children in Africa.

I can remember chocking down mussels in a restaurant because I didn’t want to disappoint my Mother or god forbid, the children in Africa. They would be given a message that there was an over privileged 8-year-old girl who refused to eat everything on her plate and I’d have to live with that.

I know you hear me out on this one.

This pattern and behaviour percolated into my adulthood and there were years where I finished every morsel on my plate – despite the fact I was full and feeling sick.

I’d hear my mother's voice in my head and I felt compelled to eat every last bite. This behaviour was because of a deep rooted story that I’d disappoint my mother as well as the children in Africa.

“I have to eat it all” 

We believe this when food is free, and we also believe this when we have paid for food.

A wedding buffet for instance… “It’s all available, let’s go for it”

..or a dining at fancy restaurant, “This food is expensive, I have the finish it all”

We completely disregard the fact we have an inner system incredibly capable of telling us when enough is enough.

This being said – this internal place, or ‘intuition’ if you will, is impossible to access and follow the guidance when we are combating mental noise.

When the inner voice is justifying the need for overconsumption, we can’t hear our bodies communicating its needs to us.

And here is the thing – when we decide to overeat based on beliefs from our childhood we are using our bodies as trash cans rather than using the trashcan itself.

Fundamentally, there is no difference between overeating past our basic needs and throwing the rest of the turkey pie in the trash. Equally, it’s both wasted, neither useful nor valuable.

Your body is a temple, not a trashcan. How much respect do you have for your grimy trashcan that sits under the sink?

The respect level of your body is equivalent to that when you decide to stuff it unnecessarily.

Take note of these beliefs – observe the stories you’re holding onto. Think back to you as a child at the dinner table, what were you told about eating?

Are these stories still a part of you?

Are they creating behaviours that aren’t in alignment with the needs of your body?

Once you figure out these stories, write them out. Get them out of your head and onto paper. Repeat them to yourself, look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, ‘is this true?’

Repeat the belief, and question the truth. If you come to an agreement that the belief you’re holding onto isn’t serving you at the highest level, create an affirmation to install a new belief.

‘My body is a temple – it’s enough, when it’s enough”

You’ve got this. 

22 Comments

  • Greta
    Posted at 4:06 am, Reply

    That is also what my mother tells me! “You’re lucky you have food! Look at the children in Africa, they are starving.” This is my body and I know when I am full or not.

  • Anna
    Posted at 3:55 am, Reply

    Im so guilty of all of this. I didn’t realize I was treating my body as a trash can in doing this. 🙁

  • Sunshine
    Posted at 6:28 am, Reply

    We should listen to our body and feel when it says it hungry or not.

  • Dorothy
    Posted at 4:15 am, Reply

    Our body is a representative of ourselves. Love it, listen to it, respect it. Learn to calm yourself and feel your body. 🙂

  • Therese
    Posted at 3:57 am, Reply

    Don’t blame your moms. 🙂 maybe other people also told them that or they just want you to finish your food. 😀 But I do agree with you ladies, our bodies knows best since it is not corrupted by other thoughts, it just knows and feels by itself. we just have to learn to listen to our intuition.

  • Faye
    Posted at 3:34 am, Reply

    Learn to listen to your body, it will tell you when it has enough. 🙂 I am trying to be familiar again with intuition.

  • Ginger
    Posted at 2:39 am, Reply

    Trust your body to tell you it has enough already. Don’t force yourself to finish your food. 🙂

  • Rossie
    Posted at 5:37 am, Reply

    hahaha I remember my mom telling me that. 🙂 Now I know I won’t tell this to my kids. 😀

  • Andrea
    Posted at 4:25 am, Reply

    I agree with you Rossie. 🙂 That is why I ask my kids if they still want to eat or if they are full already.

  • Patrice
    Posted at 4:11 am, Reply

    Don’t force yourself to eat. 🙂

  • SERENA
    Posted at 5:22 am, Reply

    Full stop to rationalization. Halt to excuses. Such an awesome read. 😀

  • JO
    Posted at 2:27 am, Reply

    Once you feel full, then your’re full. NO need to consume that giant piece of cake. Such an eye-opener.

  • BERNADETTE
    Posted at 3:26 pm, Reply

    “Fundamentally, there is no difference between overeating past our basic needs and throwing the rest of the turkey pie in the trash. Equally, it’s both wasted, neither useful nor valuable.” – Struck me big time! If i overeat, it doesn’t do my body any good. I always need to make sure that I know when it’s already enough.

  • GRACE
    Posted at 2:01 pm, Reply

    “Your body is a temple, not a trashcan” – I have to remember this. I have been taught to consume everything on my plate but it’s true, that if I eat something and I am already full, it doesn’t nourish my body anymore, what it does is actually destroying it. I should learn for myself that I should not destroy my vessel, my body.

  • CANDACE
    Posted at 8:30 pm, Reply

    I should always put to mind that my body is my vessel and my temple. so that I will be able to give it the best treatment! 🙂

  • MAKAYLA
    Posted at 4:05 am, Reply

    I should refrain from treating my body like a trashcan. It’s my means to do everything I need to do everyday. I need to love it and treat it the way it needs to be treated.

  • JENNA
    Posted at 11:37 pm, Reply

    My body is not a garbage can. It is my vessel. It is my capital. I should take care of it the best way possible 🙂

  • FRANCESCA
    Posted at 12:02 am, Reply

    My body is as important as the other parts of my body. It should be taken cared of and provided with utmost service.

  • MADELYN
    Posted at 10:57 pm, Reply

    I have never loved my body more than anything after reading this 🙂

  • LYANNA
    Posted at 11:35 pm, Reply

    Treasure your body’s worth.

  • MAGGIE
    Posted at 10:54 pm, Reply

    You don’t want others to laugh at you and treat you like garbage, right? It’s best that we fully accept ourselves and cherish every bit of it (yes! Including imperfections and flaws).

  • Shelley
    Posted at 4:31 pm, Reply

    I like the sentence about how the intuition is hard to access when we are combatting mental noise. For me, it isn’t so much that I feel like I “should” finish my food, but more that I want to keep eating it because it tastes good, is providing me temporary pleasure, etc etc.

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