How do you view your identity?
Identity is to do with your individuality and how it is that you view yourself. In this day and age we have a tendency to be post modernists and the post modern view is that we invent ourselves, depending upon our context. We all have many faces that we take with us no matter wherever we go and pull our whichever identity is needed at the time. When we are at work we construct ourselves to reflect upon who we need to be when we are at work. When we are at a party we construct ourselves based upon what our personal identity needs to be socially. When we are at home we construct ourselves based upon our home life experience.
This is very different from a modern view of self identity. The modern view is that of authenticity, our self identity is universal no matter what our context. We are the same on the outside as we are on the inside.
So the question is ‘who are you really?’.
When I think of myself and food I look at myself now as authentic. My identity in regards to food is that I am all things keto and so no matter what my context, I act in ways to promote all things keto. I used to base how I looked at food depending upon my context, if there was a buffet I would hoover down as much as anyone else, but now looking at myself differently, as needing to maintain authenticity, I no longer do that. I maintain my view of food and myself, so that when presented with non kept food, my response is ‘nope’. I might construct myself differently in other ways, (professionally, psychologically, emotionally, personality wise), but in regards to food I have an authentic view of self, which I take with me no matter where I am.
So when I take a look at what gives me meaning and purpose, the most important thing is that my new view of self as being all things keto creates a spiritual connection of self-meaning that is larger than me and transcends my immediate self concerns. When I feel negative feelings I associate my core identity of being all things keto, which separates my sense of self from those negative feelings because they don’t undermine who it is I am as a person, because I maintain my core identity values.
This reconditioning of how I look at myself works by me associating my core values with my physiological arousal to eat, which means that I have associated my meaning and purpose with eating for health and well being. I therefore no longer attack food, or have the need to overeat or eat food that is not keto. This is something that I have practiced hourly, daily, weekly, since I have started this blog, and I take my reconditioned self-identity with me everywhere, at work, at a party, at home, I can feel my core value identity as my driving force.
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