Thursday, December 29, 2011
Years ago I listened to political speeches and figured out what was significant, what I agreed with, what I didn't agree with, etc. I made my own opinions on who to vote for. Then I got used to the analysts and commentators. Often I don't even form opinions until they dissect what I just heard. Is this laziness or what?
Sometimes I feel like I need a commentator for my life. Like there are things going on right in front of me, but I just can't quite see the significance or relate it to my own life. You may know my story. I was put on my first "diet" of skim milk on my first birthday at a weight of 31 pounds. I have often thought that my decades of struggling with food issues grew out of my early life experiences. I take care of my granddaughters now. I suspect there is some kind of lesson for me in what I observe each day, but it eludes me.
The 15 month old loves to eat and to feed herself. Sweet potatoes, peas, and bananas are her favorite foods, but there is almost nothing she won't eat. I have to determine when her meal is over. She does not seem to know when she's had enough. I've never known her not to eat when offered food.
The four year old, however, eats when she's hungry. Sometimes she eats a lot and sometimes not much and she's been this way almost from the beginning. She has definite food likes and dislikes, but fortunately she has likes in every category. Overall she eats a pretty good diet, although left to her own devices she would overeat cheese and sweets and would never drink milk.
What are the lessons? People are different even from the beginning. People/children have different tastes. People react differently to hunger. Humans start out very tuned into food and eating. When you watch children it is more obvious than when you watch adults that eating affects moods and behavior. I suspect that is just a beginning. Where's an analyst or commentator when I need one?