Why is it so hard to live in this world that’s packed with restaurants, fast food places, bakeries on every corner and candy on every shelf in every store? I think it’s so hard because it’s so completely abnormal. It’s not real in any sense of the word. It’s only been “real” in the past century or so.
Lately I’ve been feeling like I must be strange or odd because I have no interest in eating anything that I don’t make myself. Eating for entertainment is simply not any fun at all anymore-it’s what’s taken so much of my life away. I’ve been wondering, is what I’m doing “normal”? Will I revert back in the future? Personally, as far as it’s possible to see into the future, I don’t think that I will, I feel I’ve turned the corner.
I think that trying to watch our intake of cream cheese, bagels, donuts and candy bars and hamburgers and fries and Doritos is the wrong approach to take. Until the past 150 years or so these sorts of things weren’t available, they weren’t an option so we didn’t have to avoid them and we didn’t have them as “treats” or sadly, as a regular part of our diets.
My thought lately is, why can’t we just live our lives nutritionally as our great Grandparents did, as people have done for hundreds and thousands of years: eating whole foods and things made out of whole foods? Why can’t we see “going out to eat” as an oddity, eating jelly beans and Krispy Kream donuts as being something that’s really out of the realm of what we would consider eating? Instead, we feel really tragically sorry for ourselves because we can’t eat pizza when other people are and we HAVE to eat a salad while co-workers are eating chicken nuggets with fries on the side.
I KNOW that you can take all sorts of good, healthy ingredients and make any number of dishes that will clog your heart up pronto. I get that. What I’m trying to address is that deep-seated thought that it’s somehow our right to have chocolate chip cookies or potato chips or deli meats; that it’s not fair if we can’t have them, that we should juggle our food for the day and make it work so that we can “at least” have an ice cream bar for desert.
I’ve been there, for decades. I’ve been wondering lately if this is the thing “they” talk about when they say you have to “make a total lifestyle change” in order to keep the lost weight off. It feels a little like being an addict and an addict can’t have just a little bit of their drug, can they?
Do you flirt with sweets and snack foods or do you turn away from them completely? CAN you flirt with these foods, these products of the corporate food giants, and still maintain a healthy weight and level of fitness? I know that some people can, maybe most people can, but if you have a problem with these foods, can you dabble with them, or would you do better to turn away and to consider them as something that you’d have once in a blue moon-something that you shun? Wouldn’t it be better to find or create healthy foods that you love just as much? Is it possible to make this much of a lifestyle change? To change the way you see food in this world?
I don’t see myself as a perfectionist, I do eat those “treat” things from time to time and I don’t get my panties in a knot over calories consumed every day, though I do track them daily. I hope you get where I’m coming from. In my mind, it seems a wholesome shift to think back to the time my Grandmother was alive. My family comes from a long line of farmers and they didn’t pop into town and buy Ho-Ho’s and bags of Fritos, they cooked their own food and they worked hard to put it on the table, appreciating everything they have.
I see the opposite mindset as well, allowing “treats” on a regular and constant basis…which seems to almost always lead to not being able to lose any weight, which leads to not being able to maintain a healthy weight and then often, leads to rebounding into weight gain in big ways. So today, I’m just presenting another viewpoint and I would like to hear what others go by and why. I’ve been wanting to write this post for about 4 weeks now but have been thinking about it for while, getting it straight in my own mind. I’m pretty certain that most people will disagree with me, but I’ve always marched to the beat of a different drummer in everything I’ve done and, for the most part, I’ve never been sorry about that.