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New Pleasures, New Joys

Friday, January 09, 2015

A lot of smart blogs have been posted related to FatLoser.com and recently the theme has been that "thin people eat to live, fat people eat for pleasure."

Certainly if we're going to shift gears from one way of living (eating for pleasure) to a new and healthier way of living (eating to live) we're going to have to be tough. It is tough to forego pleasure, unquestionably!

Is it possible, however, to re-define "pleasure" for ourselves? And I suppose we can broaden this to include ANY needs we previously fulfilled through unhealthy eating: can we develop new, alternative and healthier methods for meeting those needs?

Putting some energy and effort into pursuing new pleasures, new joys has certainly helped me to reduce the lure and seductiveness of unhealthy foods. I spend more time outdoors than I have ever spent throughout all those unhealthy years. Delighting in physical accomplishments, from something as seemingly small as bumping up the caloric burn on the elliptical to climbing the Catskill mountains, has been a new joy that makes leaving behind those unhealthy foods a little easier.

If I know binge-ing on some form of sugar / grain is going to make it less pleasurable to ride my bike or increase the sweat and struggle of a workout it takes less mental effort for me remove those trigger foods from my life.

So while we gotta be tough...absolutely! Don't forget to discover new pleasures or heighten old joys.

Crack the whip from behind, but also dangle the carrot in front.

Keep the SPARK everyone!

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    One of the hardest things for me to learn was that Food is Fuel, not my Friend. Finding pleasure outside of food and learning not to "self medicate" with it is so very important. Is key to how I got to where I am a how to never return there.
    1507 days ago
    What a great blog, Don.
    1526 days ago
    I have found pleasure in healthy foods and the old way of eating simply no longer appeals to me. In fact, it's a turn off!
    Go us!! :-D
    1529 days ago
    Great blog! I can't reconcile myself to not enjoying food. The ideal for me is to enjoy moderate amounts of healthy food, and yes, focus more on other pleasures, too.
    1530 days ago
  • GABY1948
    GREAT blog! emoticon
    1530 days ago
  • BILLB000
    "Crack the whip from behind, dangle the carrot in front".... I like that. Great blog Don as usual. I love reading your blogs.
    1531 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Being healthy does allow you to find new pleasures. Developing joy in exercise is certainly one of them! I also believe you can find pleasure in eating healthy foods! Nice blog and a good reminder.
    1531 days ago
    Great insight, Don. Glad that you have become more comfortable with your "new normal" of being on blood thinners.

    I wanted to say that I loved your comment on my sis ONEKIDSMOM's blog regarding the weights feeling lighter when you have built up a steam of anger. Long walks tend to help me get past the strongest emotional triggers.
    1531 days ago
    Redefining "pleasure" - yes! Eating healthy means that I can en-JOY doing things that I wouldn't be able to do if I were heavier and less fit. Too often we think of pleasure as immediate gratification of a (real or felt) need. Good thoughts!
    1531 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    healthy is the new mantra!!!
    great blog!!!
    1532 days ago
    Healthy food = healthy body = feeling good.

    Thanks for this reminder.
    1532 days ago
    I firmly believe that there is a lot of pleasure in HEALTHY foods! I often quip that I'm eating less but enjoying it more. Slowing down and savoring every bite? Enhances and puts food back into the JOY column... without "weighing" me down. emoticon
    1532 days ago
  • _LINDA
    New pursuits did help keep me off the boredom food bandwagon. First taking on the bridge club manager position and having to deal with people who were all highly educated and mostly well to do while I was a shy wall flower terrified of public speaking (taking zeros on school assignments rather then go up to the front of class)a one time factory worker and store clerk. So out of my stratosphere lol. I have always loved exercising, and yes, it sure is more manageable without the extra poundage! Trying new things and getting away from a focus on food is an ideal situation.
    Here is to eating to live, but also enjoying our choices!
    1532 days ago
    I agree. There is absolutely no pleasure in porking out on potato chips and then waking up the next day feeling thirsty and bloated and miserable.

    Much more pleasure (genuine joy!) in eating healthy and getting out for an XC ski: and that might happen this weekend, there is enough snow but it needs to warm up just a tad. Very very very cold!!
    1532 days ago
    I definitely need to revamp my carrots because I am getting bored with the ones I have been using. emoticon emoticon
    1532 days ago
    My goal this year is to say good-bye to my comfort zone. I have began trying new activities and new foods, and have been pleasantly surprised.
    1532 days ago
    Yes. A new carrot. We need a new carrot...but we need to try not to allow that new carrot to have the same lure and seductiveness that our old eating habits did. This addiction thing is tough. We need balance, and as I heard a very, very wise lady once say "Balance is the thing I wave at as I swing by!"

    This is why a coach/mentor/buddy is so important. They can provide outside perspective to our lives, that is not visible to us.

    Onward we go...onward we go...
    1532 days ago
    Food can and should be a pleasure ... those of us who use food for all the wrong reasons ... that's what we need to change.

    Love will never be found in the bottom of a cookie jar, energy will not be found in a Snickers candy bar, approval will never, ever come from a glass of wine.

    1532 days ago
    I eat for health and pleasure!
    1532 days ago
    I agree "Ferretlover1" !!! It can and is fun when you use your imagination!!
    The combo of the food and exercise is what works for a helathy weight and a toned body!!
    Have a great week-end!!
    1532 days ago
    Great blog Don!
    It's a great feeling once you acquire the "taste" of exercise and so interesting to see how we let the two ( food + exercise) compete to see the winner take it all once we do!!

    Right now 8 out of 10 times physical taste wins over my "tummy" taste ,thanks to what I've learned here @ Sparkpeople.com!!
    emoticon job!!

    1532 days ago
    Certainly re-shaping our taste buds is another important strategy!

    1532 days ago
    You know what? Why can't eating healthy be a pleasure, too? Well, guess what...it CAN!
    1532 days ago
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