Gluttony, derived from the Latin gluttire meaning to gulp down or swallow, means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or wealth items to the point of extravagance or waste.
During my recent travels to New England, I felt exactly like Scarlett O’Hara on her honeymoon with Rhett Butler wanting to eat everything she saw and I didn’t know how to deal with it – at first. Whether it was Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont or Maine, we managed to hit the some of the most acclaimed seafood and Italian restaurants and I found myself completely overwhelmed. What a trip it was. It taught me that I have absolutely no skills in finding the balance in healthy eating & drinking while traveling, and that it is ok. The temptations of choosing authentic Italian dishes like Zuppa di pesce served over linguini, or butternut squash ravioli with diced asparagus in a prosciutto and mascarpone cheese cream sauce along with all the fabulous bottles of red wine, was far too much for me to handle saying no to for some lame skinny house salad. In fact, I believe that would just be insulting to the entire restaurant! The endless array of fresh seafood, particularly whole 1-2 lb lobsters served with butter, was so abundant that it felt wrong to look for anything else.
How torturous, I thought! Is this really “vacation”? Where is the fun in this? I’m going to get fat and lose all of the momentum I’ve gained by eating, drinking & exercising and doing all things “right”. Right. There is my ego and vanity and blah, blah, blah. After a quick pep talk from my husband, who could clearly sense I was struggling, I realized I needed to truly relax and “dig in” to my vacation. I did this by also remembering that by stifling my desires or demons (gluttony) or shadow side of myself, I could do just as much damage to my soul and mental health as fatty food could to my physical health. If I could let go of my fears of overeating, becoming obese, losing control, etc., it could actually mean that I find freedom. I know that we are being our authentic selves when we allow both sides to play out. We are both light and dark, which makes us whole. If we pretend to be just the light, we are delusional to say the least. Instead of cutting myself off from my intuition to indulge and order all that delicious Italian cuisine, along WITH the red wine, I surrendered to it and ordered it all, day after day, and found my freedom. I got over myself and let it all go to be glutinous, overindulge, eat like a pig, drink like a fiend and had a fabulous time! What a relief it was, too. If we choose to hide from those parts of ourselves that we are afraid to see, they will have even more power over us and potentially do more harm to us later in different forms. Feed your demons and be immune from shame and fear and find yourself whole.
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