As I was preparing food today, I was considering why we’re so
reluctant to eliminate food that we know “intellectually” is bad for
us. For me, it’s because I don’t relate the food with the bad other
than sometimes, how I feel the next day or even on some occasions, in the next hour, but mostly I relate to how good it tastes and the good times I’ve enjoyed.
Consider this ~ IF you have a bad experience with something, do you
tend to return to it? For instance, if no matter how many times you
go to a restaurant and enjoy the food, if you have ONE bad
experience, say, food poisoning or seeing a cockroach running across the table, wouldn’t you be reluctant to go back there? I know I would and, in actuality have. I went to a restaurant in Santa Monica one evening and within 3 hours, I was in the restroom doing something very unladylike. That is one restaurant I will never go to again.
The problem I see here is, it takes excess fat a bit of time for it
to cling to our hips, bellies, thighs, etc. It takes YEARS very often for us
to develop a lifestyle-related disease. By the time these things have
manifested, we’ve enjoyed YEARS of cheese-laden pizza; YEARS of meat, fish and poultry; YEARS of sugary sweets, YEARS for alcohol to destroy our liver, YEARS for cigarettes to destroy our lungs and now they’re bad for us? Since it took so long, itâ€™s really tough for our minds to make the connections that what we did is causing the problem(s).
Then again, what about all the fun? The family get-togethers? The holidays? The bar-b-ques, picnics, etc.? AND, we LOVE this stuff! (Well, some of us love some of these things, some of us love all these things and some of us… well, don’t).
True that! Question is, how much do you enjoy life and living it?
People will tell me that if they can’t have a juicy steak, a glass of
scotch, a pizza whenever they want, then life isn’t worth living. My
question is, is this true?
As humans, we are VERY capable of change. For me, if I couldn’t ever
eat a ripe, juicy peach, or have watermelon juice dripping down my
chin, as much as I love them, I could live without them (hoping I
will never have to). The difference is, one is life-giving and the
other (pizza, steak, alcohol, etc.) is not.
One is full of life force, nutrients and health and the other is not.
So, the challenge as I see it is, what can we do to heal ourselves
and still enjoy life? Being someone who really enjoys fruit and many
veggies, it’s not as hard for me. But what about people who don’t?
Who’ve never gotten the taste for a sweet juicy melon? Those who feel
a meal isn’t a meal without a dead animal carcass on their plate?
I personally know hard core meat eaters who, previously, thought vegetables meant a piece of lettuce and slice of tomato on a burger, French fries, and ketchup and have become vegetarians.
Do we have to reach bottom before we can go back up?
Iâ€™ll be discussing this more thoroughly in my next post.
In the meantime, I’d suggest you pick up this GREAT dvd for anyone you know who could use some help in healing, eliminating excess weight, or just wish to be educated on how to upgrade their level of wellness.
Ease, not Dis-Ease,