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Do you live to eat or eat to live?

Monday, May 20, 2013

It is really that simple, note that I said simple, not easy.
People who live to eat make me sad. As enjoyable as eating can be, there are so many other joys in life that we miss out on if we give food this much power.
I believe that people who live to eat are addicted to food in just the same way that alcoholics are addicted to alcohol, smokers are addicted to cigarettes and many people are addicted to legal or illegal drugs. Sometimes it is not possible to talk to the real person any more but you are talking to the drugs.
I have blogged about the dangers of sugar and wheat before and this is not going to be a repeat. I am not giving advice on how to deal with these addictions, as many people have written about it who are much better educated then I am.
I believe abstinence, together with a good support system and possibly counseling to deal with emotional eating issues are the only solution.
Participation in a healthy living program is voluntary. Everyone has the legal right to eat themselves to death, that's part of living in a democracy. Everyone also has the legal right to feed their kids processed crap and justify it by saying it only happens once a week and watch them get obese, get diabetes, get high blood pressure, get autoimmune diseases. On top of that everyone has the legal right to ignore any responsibility for their own and their family's well-being and simply follow the orders of doctors, dieticians, some TV authority or simply the fashion of the day or the advertisements on the internet.

But nobody can escape the moral responsibility of finding out the truth forever.










"Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."
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    I am eating to live definitely. I am still a work in progress, until I check in with the Dr. next month, I will not know if I am doing it correctly. Dang I have given up everything.
    I should be doing it correctly! lol
    1641 days ago
  • DS9KIE
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    boy is that the truth
    1641 days ago
    Great post. I aim for eating to live. 90% of the time this is true.
    There are moments when I enjoy the food more than I should.
    My weight is under control, but my blood sugar goes up.
    1642 days ago
    Awsome Valid points in your blog today, but as you said, its up to each individual and how they interpret what their rights are. Food addiction is not an easy thing to break, no more then smoking, drinking, drugs, what have you. I am working on emotional eating, and learning what the triggers are for certain foods I can't seem to give up no matter how bad I KNOW they are for me. I am just now getting involved in a book that the introduction was so compelling I bought it on my Iphone - 50 Ways to Comfort Yourself Without Food. As far as other people are concerned, you can only give them the information, its up to them to accept that information and act on it, and we all interpret things differently.

    Our social society today has a lot to answer for - many people would rather play games on face book then do something to loose weight - I know how addicting those games are first hand - and I see all the adds for this that and the other that are plastered all over the internet and even sometimes spark has some questionable adds. HOWEVER unlike other animals, we have the option to choose - to determine and reason and choose what we are going to do with that information.

    I am rambling. Thanks again for a great blog !!!! emoticon
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    1642 days ago
    I understand that abstinence from addictive food is more difficult than from some drugs, although alcohol is also widespread enough in our society that we run into it everywhere. I think the difference may be that alcoholism is much more recognized as an addiction than food addictions. There are still too many people who argue that eating in moderation is all about self-control or the lack of it.
    There is also the misconception among some that people who have food addictions are addicted to all foods. This may happen very rarely, but the vast majority of cases are addictions to carbs or carbs in combination with fat and/or salt.
    Finding a supportive environment may be a real challenge for people as codependence and family-wide food addictions are so extremely common.
    I don't have any easy answers. We need to clean up our environment as best as we can and be honest with family members about the seriousness of this issue.

    1642 days ago
  • BERRY4
    The book, "Hunger Fix" is something I'm processing. Food is the one addiction that you canNOT walk away from. With all other drugs one considers him or herself to be an addict and each day is a journey away from... to never have another snort or drink or shoot up or light up.

    The food temptations are everywhere and when family is NOT supportive, it feels like I can say "no" for just so long to everything "bad" for me--(last year I managed 4 months) before the gradual decline and slide into the hole.
    1642 days ago
    thanks so much
    1642 days ago
  • GLC2009
    it's hard to practice abstinence when you are a food addict. emoticon
    1642 days ago
    Great information thank you, because I certainly want to be on top of all areas of my journey. And not to let food control my life anymore. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1642 days ago
    emoticon I work in a group home, and one of our ladies who used to be quite obese and is a carb addict, has a sister who actually SAID, OUT LOUD, that her family thinks its fine for her sister to kill herself with food and cigarettes because it makes her happy!! I bet there are more people out there with this same twisted logic than we can count!
    1642 days ago
    emoticon for speaking from the heart. emoticon
    1642 days ago
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