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Did You Know The Way We Eat Our Food Is The Way We Make Love? aka My Sensual Eating Reboot

If you’ve been anywhere around this site or my social media networks you are probably incredibly sick of seeing my 1950s pin-ups. I am posting them everywhere because I love them.

These photos are a reminder to stop the negative body talk and really enjoy the way I look. They’ve been Stage One of my latest efforts at Loving My Body Now.

Healthy Eating Habits, Shannon Bradley Colleary

Posting these just in case you missed them. Not because I want fawning approval and accolades, but just to make you happy. It’s all about you. Photos by Beth Sanders Photography, because she’s edgy.

Now on to Stage Two:

I realized looking good isn’t enough. Feeling good has to come into play as well and is, in fact, far more important.

I decided it was time to deal with my relationship to food and alcohol. This is how I eat:

Mindlessly shoveling spoonfuls of breakfast into my mouth as I sit in front of the computer watching funny cat videos instead of writing.

Mindlessly shoveling lunch into my mouth as I sit in front of the computer watching funny dog videos instead of writing.

Mindlessly shoveling dinner into my mouth as I talking with friends and family about the funny cat and dog videos at the dinner table.

Mindlessly devouring popcorn or ice cream in front of Dancing With The Stars at night.

This is how I drink alcohol. Mindlessly at 5 p.m. in front of my computer as a reward for all the work I’ve done watching funny cat and dog videos instead of writing (and I do check the time).

Mindlessly while talking with friends and family at the dinner table, not keeping track of how many times I refill my Cougar Town wine glass.

Mindlessly clutching a glass in front of the TV watching Game of Thrones while eating a slab of dark chocolate. And if we don’t have any of that, then out of the chocolate chips bag meant for when I bake cookies (which I never do because I’ve eaten all of the chocolate chips).

I often go to bed feeling too-full and too-soggy.

I think we can all agree that this isn’t very sexy. And according to my new Body-Food Relationship Coach, Anita Avalos, how we eat is how we make love.

She asks: “Do you want to be the kind of lover who rushes to get the deed over with?

“Do you want to be out of your body, thinking about your bills or obsessing with what you think is ‘wrong’ with your body the whole time?

“Do you want to partake in the kind of lovemaking that leaves you feeling empty inside, that never satisfies you in the way your would like? Do you want your lovemaking to be pleasureless, lacking real connection, leaving you unsatisfied?

“OR…

“Do you want to be the kind of lover who takes their time to enjoy the experience fully, unafraid to ask for the things you want?

“Do you want to feel so embodied, so fully engaged with your senses, that you get the full experience…you are there, in the moment, engaged and turned on…so much so that you don’t have time or energy to be worried about your perceived ‘body flaws’?

“Do you want to feel deep pleasure, true connection, and a sense of satisfaction?

“Do you want to be the kind of lover that is such a turn-on simply because she knows how to enjoy herself, honor herself, and is lit up from the inside out?

I’m going to go with Curtain #2!

And this is why I’m taking Anita’s 21-Day Sensual Reset™: Eat like a Queen: How to Eat for Nourishment and Pleasure. Because I don’t want to be a lousy lover!

Oh, and I really want to transform my relationship with food. I’m sick of food being the enemy. I suppose what I’m saying is that I want to see food as a lover I should linger over and enjoy so …

My healthy eating habits and body love for this week:

1. To eat using the 3 S’s.

My SENSES, smelling, looking at and tasting my food.

Eating SEATED.

Eating SLOWLY.

I always feel I have too much work to do to actually prepare a meal that isn’t something I just grab out of the fridge. I never feel I have time to set the table, then sitting down to slowly and sensually enjoy my food. Me pouty pinkPic2

2. I am to love the body part that I least like. And that would be my stomach.

As stomach’s go it’s just fine. But it’s my soft spot. I’m to be kind to my stomach this week. I am to touch it and think of it in a loving manner.

Yes, you can just picture me fondling my tummy all week and think I need to get a life. I will caress my tummy despite both our skepticism.

3. I’m to have only one glass of wine in the evening and I’m supposed to actually taste it and savor it and sip it slowly rather than looking for a buzz to take the edge off of reality.

So there it is. I’ll report my finding back to you next week or sign up for my free updates HERE.

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I’d love to know which body part you need to be kind to this week? (And not just your penis gentlemen). xo S


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  1. Tam Warner Minton
    Tam Warner Minton 29 May, 2014, 14:29

    Great blog! I’ll have to check it out. However, I simply can’t love my least favorite part, it is a scar of a skin graft from MRSA on my left tummy, and it bulges out. I hate it. Yes, I said I hate it. I need to have it fixed, but I need to lose weight, and no matter what I try, I don’t lose a significant amount. Thyroid disease, diabetes, arthritis, a back put together with titanium pedicale screws and rods, metabolic syndrome….hey, this isn’t age related. I’ve had these things since I was young, when I used to be too thin. I think I need to write a blog instead of answering you here!

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  2. Caryl
    Caryl 29 May, 2014, 20:02

    I tried to eat my fresh-from-the-garden arugula slowly tonight, but I was forced to suck it down like a Hoover vacuum because my wine glass was crying like a newborn….

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  3. Susan Bonifant
    Susan Bonifant 30 May, 2014, 12:17

    I knew it. I KNEW IT!!!! I always suspected that connection.

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 30 May, 2014, 18:19

      Susan I can’t type right now. I’m still slowly, sensually and seatedly eating breakfast at 6:20 p.m.. Wonder what that means for the bedroom tonight!!

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  4. Claudia Schmidt
    Claudia Schmidt 1 June, 2014, 14:02

    Hmmmmm……I can totally relate. I seem to have learned this speedy way of eating during my kids younger days when I had just moments to cram some food down my throat while they were otherwise engaged. Then it just became habit.

    And….can NOT wait for tonights episode of Game of Thrones! 🙂

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    • Shannon
      Shannon Author 1 June, 2014, 14:30

      Claudia – I am obsessed with Game of Thrones and only angry that one hour is too short!

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