So many social media friends photograph a special piece of cake, steak and chips, a sundae, cake with ice cream, or pizza that they are eating out. Nobody criticizes their choice of food. But when I photograph a very special juice that I am enjoying, I often get the Food Police onto me.
I used to Reiki my food and give it a blessing. When I was little, I sometimes used to pray over my food. Now I made the few mistakes of photographing it and sharing it with my social media friends instead. And why the double standards that my friends show? Why do they "Like" pictures of cake, sundaes drizzling with sugary syrup, French Fries that almost fill a large plate, but when it comes to a litre of water mixed with half a tiny beetroot, one kiwi fruit,, quarter of a cucumber, a thin slice of ginger, and a sprig of mint, why oh why do they jump on me with both feet, saying I'm having too much sugar?! What about their cakes, why are they OK and not my small indulgence as part of my meal? I don't like cake much, I cannot stand the texture of sundaes, and I would only eat vanilla ice cream if you paid me a lot of money, I just can't stand the taste, why attack me for my own luxury food?
What about their French Fries cooked in rancid oil, full of both carbohydrates and horrid fatty greasy oil? I never would dream of criticizing their choices. Why do they feel they have to criticize mine, and so very harshly? I actually had to take time out for two hours and give myself healing with Reiki and EFT, until I stopped shaking and crying. Then I carried on till I reached a point of calm. Then I got an insight.
This is how I think it goes. People view fruit and vegetables as healthy and cakes and chips as unhealthy. They also view me as a healthy eater (I try but it is not something I rigidly stick to by any means). So, when someone posts about something perceived to be healthy, such as fruit or vegetables, then exactly how healthy that is becomes the subject of scrutiny that people feel entitled to do. If I had posted a picture of a cake, I bet nobody would say "that's fattening". But if I say my drink has one tiny slice of beetroot or apple in it, I am immediately given a lecture about their sugar content. In other words, if you eat fruit and vegetables in a public place such as social media, you will be scrutinized and attacked.
I am now going back to doing Reiki and prayer over my food. My enjoyment and gratitude will be between me and God/The Universe. God never judges.
by Suzanne Zacharia