Eat. Stay. Love.

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Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love book has become an international best-seller.  The story of a woman facing a life crisis and reinventing herself, or perhaps finding herself, through a year of world travels.

Plenty of people face life altering crisis situations, and most of them would love the chance to soothe their aching hearts with a yearlong trip around the world.  But especially in this economy, who can really do that?

A recent Good Morning America article outlines just how we can capture some of this spirit without leaving home.


The book’s “eat” section, taking place in Italy, has the protagonist finally giving herself permission to eat what she wants.  Take the time to examine your own relationship with food.  Food is fuel, but it should also be enjoyable and fun.  It should not be about guilt.  Even someone struggling with weight problems can, with a little planning and effort, learn to enjoy healthy foods that nourish your body.  Set some general rules: nothing is forbidden, everything in moderation, and know yourself.  Listen to your body’s cues and take it from there.


In the book, this is an amazing adventure in India, but this might be the simplest one of all to do at home.  Go to church, say a prayer, meditate, get more sleep… just concentrate on something that makes you feel recharged, recentered, and invigorated.  It doesn’t have to be about God or religion.  It just has to be something that helps you focus on yourself and feel a sense of peace.


Even the author is quick to point out that her own story, finding a new love and eventually remarrying, isn’t the point.  In fact, it doesn’t have to be about romantic love at all.  Open yourself up to love by volunteering at a homeless shelter, fundraising for a childrens hospital, or working with any cause that speaks to you.  Sometimes the best way to find love is to give it.  And don’t forget yourself.  You need love too.  Make a list of the things you love about yourself, and read it when you need a lift.

In the end, it’s about giving yourself permission to just be.  Without explanation or obligation.  Without judgment or blame.  Try something new, take time out to find your own peace.

Eat, pray, love.

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5 Responses to “Eat. Stay. Love.”
  1. writerdood says:

    I’ll watch it when it comes out on DVD.
    Was it something I’d let a ten year old watch?

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