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How My Version of Eat Pray Love Changed My Life

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Eat Pray Love details the journey that Elizabeth Gilbert took to discover just exactly who she was. For as long as she could remember, her life had become melded with those of the men she shared her life with. Somewhere along the way she lost track of who she really was and decided to embark on a mission to reclaim her life.

Whereas I don’t think I had quite lost myself to the depths that Elizabeth Gilbert had when my first husband asked for a divorce I was thrown into a tailspin. I had never had a long period of time without a boyfriend when a relationship ended, it was usually me who was doing it. To have been dumped in such a fashion was a huge wake-up call.

I was a miserable person and therefore made the people around me miserable. Suddenly I had to spend a lot of time with myself and it gave me pause to reflect on what my life had become. At first, I can’t say I was thrilled to have the time, but gradually I really relished the alone time as I discovered, or re-discovered who I was, what I liked and why I was so unhappy.

I began to travel. Alone. I was lucky enough to be working in a position that afforded me a lot of business trips. I started extending them and exploring Europe and Asia. And what I discovered was the passion that many cultures had for food. Eating was not just a utility, an exercise to get you from Point A to Point B, but rather an experience.

I brought the experiences home with me. Gone were the microwave dinners eaten in five minutes over the sink. I started buying cheeses and wines and gourmet food products. I started setting myself a spot on the bar and enjoying either a meal I made or one that I had carefully selected. I stopped eating fast food and starting thinking about my meals and enjoying the tastes and textures and pleasure.

I enjoyed life and I became happier. I decided that if I could change my life with food, I could change other parts of my life as well. I decided to be happier. Consciously making the decisions to be happy opened myself up to the Universe and let good things come to me. And I have not ever looked back.

If I ever found myself in the position of being alone again I would travel to where people embrace life, celebrate it. Through food, through wine, through everything in life and I know that I would be okay. When I read Eat Pray Love I was reminded of that, it was something I had not thought about in many years. I am thankful that Elizabeth Gilbert shared her experience in a way that teaches other women that they can rediscover themselves as well.

What would your version of “Eat” be?

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Thursday 27th of May 2010

As a young man I was hiking around different areas in Europe. In the Burgundy region of France, I met a couple near the village of Uxreau. They ended up inviting me to stay at their farm for a couple of days. They had a large family, of which most lived close by.

When it came to meals, it was an event that would last for hours. All the related families would gather at one place. There was much conversation and laughing and a great variety of delicious foods. They treated mealtime as it should be - a time for family and a time for building community. It was also about passion and love for good food and one another.

Those two days have been an enduring and influencing memory to me for over twenty years.


Thursday 27th of May 2010

@Werner, wow that sounds absolutely fantastic and I can see how they would be a treasured memory.


Thursday 27th of May 2010

my version of eat would be to go to a cooking school in France or Italy


Thursday 27th of May 2010

@phxbne, oh that's a good one!


Wednesday 26th of May 2010

To me, eating is a joyful experience in which one partakes in the consumption of calories.


Sunday 23rd of May 2010

Am I the only one with negative connotations regarding food? I mean, I love food. That's the problem. I love food too much. It has far too long been my master, instead of being mastered by me.

I love to cook and I love to bake.

It's an addiction...we eat all. the. time. Someone has a party? We eat. Someone gets married? We eat. Someone dies? We eat. Someone gets sick? We bring them food.

It's not like being an alcoholic. People HAVE to eat. That's why it's one of the most difficult addictions to overcome.


Sunday 23rd of May 2010

@Kerri, totally agree. The hardest thing in life is to find a level of moderation, once you do that you can go to any party or event and enjoy yourself, partake of the food and still no way enough is enough. You can cook and bake to your heart's content, but eat it only in moderation.


Saturday 22nd of May 2010

I'm a super adventurous eater living with a hubby who has a much pickier palate. Though he would be quite content to eat the same meals EVERY week that would undoubtedly drive me mad. Since eating & preparing dinner together (as often as possible) is important to us, we had to come up with a compromise. We do something similar to what @Sabrina mentioned above. Each week we try something brand NEW. The "adventurous" meals aren't always totally tasty, but the experience of trying something new together has been great for our relationship.


Saturday 22nd of May 2010

@Molly, sounds likes you have the perfect compromise!

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