Associating the sound of a dentist's drill to an item is one sure fire way to give a negative value to any said item.
But ya know..its a revelation for me that you say that in that way, "our bodies should be more worthy than a cookie."
I for one have to pay very close attention to how I think, assign value to things, and the words I use when talking to myself.
NOW, I dont value a cookie much at all and completely concur with the wording of your statement.
*(The cookie is made from bleached overly processed white flour, overly processed sugar, fatty butter and or fatty milk....processed milk chocolate chips with even more added sugar...plus gobs of other fake unhealthy junk that ultimately slow me down longterm and lower my stamina and vitality. Eating one mini disc sized cookie is about 220 calories if not more, depending on the cookie. Its bad for my heart, my blood pressure, my arteries, my insulin production, my thyroid, my triglycerides...and makes me hungry faster for more JUNK. I could eat much more of tasty wiser food choices, feeling satified and nurished for a greater leangth of time for that same 220 squandered calories wasted on something that makes me CRASH.)*
But back when I was so terribly over-eating, that statement would'nt mean much to me or make it through my critical thinking barrier...it would get rejected as an untruth or just fall on def ears like everything else my mother told me. lol
My body value compared to cookie value...I hated my self image, hated being/looking/feeling FAT.
Meanwhile...I loved the taste of the cookie, the pleasure it gave me, the escape from being/feeling/or caring about being Fat. (addicted to sugar high) I was always given the cookie as an expression of love, as a reward of good dead, as in commemerative feast celebrating the wholeness of the family unit.
To deny eating it would define my sense of self as being unworthy of the cookie, me as unworthy of celebrating, unworthy of love, and alone...while eating it meant to be good to self.
Any attempt to DIET with this old value system, relationship with food, or method of thinking was fighting my own insticts and completely counterproductive. So in the same way as the sound of the dentist's drill...I brainwashed my mind with self talk to diminish the value of said cookie while promoting and elevating the value of wiser choice foods for myself, body, mind, spirit, my health, my stamina and vitality.
I have learned why and how my mind works and by purposely CHOOSING the value I invest in things, choosing where and on what my sights focus, by firmly setting my own beliefs I can MORE EASILY MODIFY MY BEHAVIORS to be inline with those truths......then I can use my own human nature to work Towards acheiving my goals rather than against me.
Its up to ME what I tell myself, what values I choose to believe, and finally what I prove to be true by my actions and behaviors. With each success I spiral upward with improved self esteem. Because I believe I have grown and am a better person, I automatically behave more as I think one such person is supossed to be.
Failure- a stone on a path not the last one called success.
Planless gaol=a wish
Faithless dream=fleeting & amiss.
Progress-little to do with speed-much to do with direction.
Wiser to replace with better choices than to deny human nature-small smarter choice substitutions.
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