Perhaps the most important element at any meal is the role we play and the lessons that role teaches us.
At any given time in life, we act out a particular part or personality. We may be in a rebellious mode, conservative mode, a good girl phase, a wandering period, a health-conscious stage, or a crisis time, for example.
Each part we play stays with us for a while, teaches us important lessons, then changes to whatever is next.
And each role is associated with a particular way of eating.
Teenagers, for instance, often play a rebellious role – they constantly challenge old values and explore new ones. They tend to act with regard to immediate gratification rather than future consequences.
Telling most teenagers what to eat is often ineffective.
They’ll choose whatever is most pleasurable and exciting, with little thought about its impact on their long-term health.
The teenager’s diet is simply a reflection of their state of consciousness and development – they don’t want rules, they just want options.
Many people who follow any kind of strict diet are also going through a phase of great discipline.
They might choose to avoid all meat, or eliminate gluten, or let go of all sugar, or eat only organic food, or any kind of highly systematized or regimented diet.
Not only can such approaches lead to positive and powerful changes in health and weight, but we also learn something about ourselves, and about life.
We learn structure.
We learn to make great effort.
We learn to value every act of nourishment.
The way we choose to eat is simply a reflection of the way we choose to see life.

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Emily Rosen is the co-owner and CEO of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating where she oversees business development strategies, student affairs, marketing and public relations, and keeps a pulse on the fields of eating psychology and nutrition to ensure the Institute’s position as a leader worldwide. Emily makes things happen. Her passion for health and transformation has provided her the opportunity to speak and present internationally and be at the forefront of a new generation of women leaders committed to making a heartfelt difference in the world. Her tireless work and faithful commitment have touched the lives of millions of fans and followers worldwide.