A Parable About Food and Morality
In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
Then using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy Kreme Donuts. And Satan said, ‘You want chocolate with that?’ and Man said, ‘Yes!’ and Woman said, ‘And as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.’ And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.
And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair.
And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.
So God said, ‘Try my fresh green salad.’ And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, ‘I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.
God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.
God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, ‘You want fries with that?’ And Man replied, ‘Yes! And super size them!’ And Satan said, ‘It is good.’ And Man went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
Then Satan created HMOs.
(I wish I’d written this. If anyone knows who did, please let me know so I can give him or her the credit.)
I’d love to never ask this question again.
What happens to a frog when you put it in room temperature water and gradually turn the heat up to boiling point?
The body doesn’t register danger and it boils to death.
Are humans really so different?
Over a long period of time we develop habits that slowly erode our health and sense of well being and chalk up ailments like heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, poor digestion, depression and anxiety to aging. And then when we’re asked, “How are you?” we say, “Fine,” as if all these ailments are natural and normal.
What would happen if we allowed ourselves to eat what truly nourishes us best physically and emotionally? Perhaps the temperature of the water wouldn’t reach boiling point or if it got close, we’d feel the heat before it got too late; before we developed these chronic and degenerative diseases.
Then it wouldn’t be necessary to ask, “How does that make you feel.” Go ahead, try it. Put me out of a job. I’m all for it.
Crying Is Good For Your Health – If You Think It Is
That last statement in this article is news to me. The power of belief is demonstrated yet again.
According to an article in Woman’s World, October 31 2011 — While it’s not something anyone wants to do every day, the latest research proves that a good cry from time to time can actually:
Detoxify your body!
Research shows that emotional tears – unlike say, those from cutting onions – remove toxins from your body that build up in response to stress you experience.
Prevent some eye infections!
All tears contain lysozyme, a fluid that can kill 90% to 95% of all bacteria in just 5 to 10 minutes.
Protect your heart!
Suppressing tears increases stress levels, which can cause blood pressure to spike & wreak havoc on your nervous and cardiovascular systems. But there’s a catch: To reap this benefit, you have to believe that crying is a good thing, not a sign of weakness, reveals a new study in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.
Holidays can be a dreaded nightmare for people who struggle with their weight. It often feels like there are endless parties and delicious food everywhere enticing us to indulge while tempting us to ruin our intentions to “be good.” Being good means not eating what we want or suffering the consequences by feeling guilt and shame for indulging our “weakness. “
The advertising in women’s magazines are major culprits in perpetrating the mixed messages about food. Around every major holiday, there are hundreds if not thousands of magazine and on-line columns advising women on how to not gain weight. Have you ever tried to follow those well-meaning but often ridiculous suggestions? Here are a few…
- Fill up on water before you go to a party (or out to eat). Really? It’s never worked for me. I just have to excuse myself from an interesting coversation to pee. How about you?
- Eat before the party so you’re not hungry when you get there. Hum… That’s rather like drinking wine before going to a wine tasting. Will you really drink less?
- When it comes to desert, limit yourself to the low calorie kind: Jell-o, shortbread cookies, ginger snaps or angel food cake. In-other-words, deprive yourself! Any time I’ve done this I’ve gone home to scrounge the fridge for something I really craved.
- If you must eat desert, eat something small and only one. The implication is that if you start you can’t stop. It’s just not true. You can — if you let yourself taste and enjoy what you’re eating in the first place.
- If you don’t do any of the above, make sure you exercise the next day to work off the calories. In-other-words, there is something inherently wrong with having what you really want and enjoying your food. You must pay for your pleasure.
In all of these “tips for not gaining weight during the holidays”, there is rarely mention of enjoying and tasting your food; just behaviors to reinforce the obsession over what you put in your mouth.
Weird strategies that make sense
- Tune into your body’s wisdom before, during and after the party so you can know when it’s hungry and when it’s full and feed it accordingly. Going to a party famished is a good way to eat too fast and therefore too much. But going full is no way to enjoy the festivities.
- If you’re really hungry before you get to the party, eat something small before you go. Don’t go to the party famished because it’s a set up to overeat. And when you get to the party, eat and drink what you really want; love what you eat, taste it, smell it and savour it. It’s OK for food to be sensuous. Don’t deprive yourself. This way you maximize your ability to trust your body’s natural knowing. The first few bites are when your taste buds are the most sensitive and the food tastes the best. After that you’re chasing the memory.
- If you’re at a buffet, take your food and move away from the table. It’s easier to notice when you’re satisfied when you’re not constantly reminded of what you didn’t eat.
- Divert your attention. There’s more to a holiday party than eating. When you’re eating, eat. When you’re done focus on something other than food. For example, find some good company and engage in a conversation.
- If you eat because you’re uncomfortable talking to people, take a walk or notice when you’ve had enough socializing and leave. If you came to the party with someone, agree on a signal that says you’re ready to go and then make a bee line for the door. It’s OK to stay only as long as feels good and no longer.
Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, food is part of the celebration and the experience doesn’t have to be dreaded or torture. Food isn’t sinful, good or bad. It’s fuel for our body — and it’s supposed to be pleasurable to eat. What these alternative tips are encouraging you to do is tune in rather than tune out and enjoy what you eat. I suggest doing this not only during the holidays but every day. Try it and see what happens. You might like it and I hope you do.
Photoshopping: Altering Images and Our Minds!
Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite, twin sisters have a passion for helping girls and women recognize and reject harmful messages about their bodies and what “beauty” means and looks like. In Beauty Redefined, their website and blog, they write:
“Photoshopping, digital alteration, image manipulation, blah blah blah. Everyone talks about the fact that so many images of women are “perfected” with the help of technology, but do we really understand how serious this issue is? Like exactly HOW MUCH these photos are manipulated and changed to fit some seriously un-human and unrealistic ideals that we view over and over again? And do we understand that it isn’t just fashion magazine covers that feature photoshopped images? It’s everywhere.
While the vast majority of images of women are being digitally altered, so are our perceptions of normal, healthy, beautiful and attainable.” Read more…
Glamour Magazine recently published a photo of and an article about plus size 12-14 model, Lizzie Miller. Almost immediately, over 700 emails poured in from women expressing appreciation for seeing someone who looks like them. This photo is not going to spark a revolution but women’s body image in the media took one step toward normal — and beautiful.