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Sleeping with the enemy

By Pamela Ghanem


We sometimes forget that the role of food is to nourish our bodies and not our feelings. Nevertheless, in my case, I think I have amnesia..

In fact, I don’t just eat my feelings.. I also eat my problems, my boredom, my hormonal changes and my depression.
Food is an important part of my life.. I cook it, I eat it and I absolutely love it!!

Food made me overcome a lot of emotional obstacles. But, alas, nothing is ever free. Like most things in life, there are downsides.

The cost for my faithful love is starting to show on my body.. I wish I could live in denial forever, but I can’t..
I guess my obsession started earlier in my life, when I was a teenager. Before that, food didn’t mean anything to me, I get hungry, I eat.

I’m not going to lie and say that I had a tough time growing up or that I was an unhappy teenager.
In fact, I was a little too normal..
So I turned to food to kill my severe boredom and I started cooking and learning from my mom who was actually very proud of me.

It goes without saying that we’ve all done it.hunger is not the only reason why we eat, and sometimes we don’t even realize when it’s happening. Maybe you graze when you’re bored, or reach your hand into the office candy jar each time you pass by. Perhaps when you’re feeling sluggish in the afternoon, you head to the vending machine for a pick-me-up. All of these are opportunities to eat for reasons other than hunger. No matter why food calls your name, one thing rings true: We have all eaten something when we weren’t truly hungry. While that’s OK from time to time, too much eating without thinking can really hurt you, emotionally and physically.

Even Gibran Khalil Gibran embraced food and knew about it’s power to the soul, and I quote him:
“And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart:

Your seeds shall live in my body,
And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,
And your fragrance shall be my breath,
And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”

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