Stop Dieting Part 1
Start Eating Real Food
Just Stop It. You have been hereby scolded (lovingly), so if you can, Please, Please Stop Dieting
You did not expect that from me? I have been thinking about some of the recent posts I have made and realized that the titles of my articles are contributing to a huge problem that we have here in America. Diet! Huge, massive, insane problem. How do I know? Because I have experienced first hand how being brought up on ‘American’ foods caused my body to go beserk, store fat, get husky and pudgy, and lead me into an endless labyrinth of Diets. I wish I had someone who lovingly told me, who even scolded me (with love though!) and said “Richard, Stop it! Stop Dieting!”. What right do I have to even suggest that a nation that absolutely loves to Diet, stop it? Let me explain.
Losing Weight, A Gold Medal in Life
When you grew up, was losing weight an important achievement? If you lost weight, did you get kudos, congratulations or other forms of praise from your family or friends? Did you ever feel that if you could only lose weight, suddenly, the world would open and shower you with the greatest treasures, you could walk in public with confidence, lose your shame of being fat, chubby, husky or pudgy, or downright obese, and partake rightfully in the pleasures of the world? Did you ever think that until you lost your weight, you almost did not exist? Did being overweight ever cause you to feel shame or humiliation? If you can relate to any of these questions, then you can probably relate to the sense that if you did lose weight, become slim, it is one of the greatest achievements in the United States. That concept is foreign to people in other countries who do not understand why losing weight in America is such a big deal, such a big drama. Why in America do we have disorders such as binge eating, bulimia, anorexia, all very dangerous to the physical and emotional health of the person experiencing it? As children, we learn from our environment. As a child, I learned from my environment that to gain the most approval from my family, I had to be slim. I also noticed that losing weight was not just a big issue to my parents, but to my Uncle and Aunt, to my cousins, to my parent’s friends. Was there anything greater than losing weight?
How big of a deal has losing weight been in your life, for how long?
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