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!