An article in CNN details all the little moments in life that are keeping us fat and gives pointers on how to combat them– most of which revolve around having zero fun.
The author of the post, Elizabeth Cohen, is definitely right about bad habits that can make our waist spill out over the top of our pants like a delicious banana walnut muffin, but man, if I've been looking forward to plopping down on the couch for Law & Order SVU while eating a burrito as big as my head and chugging some red wine, let me have that, okay? The work week can really suck sometimes and that's one of my favorite Wednesday rituals.
I feel the author could have added a positive statement in her article about how food can make a person happy. Obsessing over food is what makes people miserable and what also makes them overweight.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that saturated fat and excess calorie consumption will also do the trick but food is a joyful thing if it's not the only focus in your life. We need to eat to live, not live to eat but at the same time there's really nothing wrong with feeling joy when you're excited over demolishing a plate of ribs.
I can speak for myself with great awareness when I tell you I held onto extra pounds when I was totally stressed out about some weight I gained a few years ago. Every day was like waging a war against myself where I only thought about food and calorie counting and what a horrible person I was to have let myself pile on pounds from some emotional eating. There was no joy, only regret and then that crazy spiral would happen again and again and I just couldn't get my weight or attitude to budge.
Finally I came to some level of acceptance of my pudgier self and tried to focus on all the reasons I am a swell person and how these attributes make me likeable. By taking the focus off of food and building up esteem in many other areas, I slowly and surely started finding joy in eating again and I wish I could explain it, but my body and mind shifted and my weight returned to normal within a few months. There was no extreme diet that happened and I certainly did not train for a marathon. I just got stoked about food again.
Do I believe that people should practice some moderation and be really active? Of course! Those are keys to good health in general. But being happy is one of the most powerful ways you can regain control in your life. I am in Texas right now eating tacos and BBQ for every meal because I love it and I am so happy to be here having fun! I'm like a self-satisfied little piggy rolling around in a puddle of queso right now. I've got no shame in my game and believe it or not my pants still fit.
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