I have been reflecting a lot lately about why we are in such a predicament about our weight and food issues.
People these days seem to be oriented around food, whether they are dieting or not.
Although it is natural to eat, because we need to, thinking about what to eat and earning the money to buy food, takes up a tremendous amount of our energy. In fact, it is the basis of everything we do in life.
If we are living in the poorest parts of the world and starving, then it is natural to spend most of our time looking for food. Indeed Maslows Hierarchy of needs puts the need for food and shelter right there at the top.
When we live as we do in a more well off country although there is plenty of food around, we still seem to obsess about what we are going to eat. Television is full of cookery programs, and there are even cookery channels dedicated to it.
The song from Oliver “Food Glorious Food” is so spot on. Sung by the children in the workhouse dreaming of the stuff! And of course when you are eating nothing but gruel, then it is no wonder.
So in the poorer countries, we are looking for something to eat. In the Western countries, while there are people who apparently can’t afford to eat, and have to obtain their food from food banks, most of us eat too much.
Particularly too much of the wrong foods.
Did you know that many obese people are actually malnourished?
This is because they are eating badly. Not all of them of course, I know many who are doing something about it, and by eating foods that are nourishing are feeling good while losing weight.
Supermarkets are bulging at the seams, and even throwing away out of date foods.
Restaurants are throwing away foods that customers are leaving on their plates simply because there is too much on them.
And last but not least, many of us are having to deny ourselves food because we have weight issues.
The world is a crazy place isn’t it?
How about looking at your weight problem in the light of all this and not seeing your diet as deprivation but as something that is good for the environment and your health at the same time.
Perhaps you could think about going without a luxury food of some sort and donating the money to charity.
That way you will be helping others and yourself at the same time.
There is no need to eat so much food really is there?
Do you really need that beer and crisps, snack bars, popcorn, wine and chocolate?
Or at least do you need to eat so much of it?
No food for thought?