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.
How Many Tries Does it Take…
… to get one good video?
And you thought I was talking about diets.
Diet’s don’t work but having fun does.
I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing!
You’re staring at the bag of chips or the container of ice cream or tub of hummus contemplating your next move.
One voice warns you, “Don’t eat it!’
Another voice commands, “You want it! It eat now!”
And then in a flash, after you’ve spent the next two minutes in a feeding frenzy — another voice laments, “I can’t believe I ate the WHOLE thing.”
Then you know the next tactic in this mind game is that shame and guilt join the battle. Like the man in the Alka-Seltzer commercial, you feel awful; you’re bloated or your pants are too tight or you’re so full you can’t lay down to sleep.
What’s worse is that you ate so fast you didn’t even get the pleasure of tasting the food you craved. So you had to eat more and more just to prove to the voice in your head telling you to, “eat it now” that you actually ate it.
What if you …
- Allowed yourself to eat what you wanted?
- Ate it slowly?
- Tuned into the experience of eating moment by moment so you could taste and enjoy the food you craved?
You might actually not eat the WHOLE thing. It’s called, Mindful Eating and it really works; not immediately but over time, it will. Try eating with your eyes closed for a few minutes during a few meals and see what happens. You might find that your cravings are satisfied so you don’t, “eat the whole thing!”
If you try this exercise, let me know what happens. I’d love to hear your story.