If the ONLY thing I took away from you was processed foods, fast foods, poor quality restaurant foods, and any other food void of real nutritional value, how happy and fulfilling would your life be? I pose this question, because I believe people place more value and importance on unhealthy eating than they do on most categories in life. It is my belief that this path has destroyed more lives and continues to do so today. A “time out” from this thought process is desperately needed. I believe a REALISTIC solution can be found by each person suffering this affliction. I also believe that people suffering from various diseases can change their status by following this approach. See if you agree.
How often do we ask ourselves:
What is my purpose?
What are my passions in life?
What in life is meaningful to me?
What do I get pleasure from doing or being part of?
What makes me happy?
What do I need to do or be part of to feel fulfillment?
These are important questions that each person needs to answer for themselves to achieve a life of quality. If we sat down and answered these questions honestly, food would no longer be a focal point in people’s lives. The temporary comfort we experience when eating unhealthy foods would no longer be needed. We would have constructive beneficial things to do that would enhance our experiences replacing our need for self destructive behaviors. Food could still be a part of enjoyment. It would simply lose its place in its hierarchy of life’s experiences.
I believe this is a unique approach to overcoming weight management issues. We typically think in terms of diet, exercise, metabolism, hormones, etc… when addressing these problems. We attempt to fix eating disorders, conditions that contain huge emotional components, with scientific, logical and rational approaches that mathematically (on paper) correct these issues. Do you wonder why we are failing to help people? It’s not only about science; it’s about people and their fragile personalities that we impose our logical answers onto without any real insight into the underlying problems these people face.
Instead of focusing on the tangible components that deal with eating disorders, I suggest we start with the questions mentioned earlier in this article. In my opinion, it will be easier to help people help themselves if they develop greater understanding about who they are and what their meaning in life is. As they begin to grow as a person and transform their current thought process into a greater awareness of self and purpose, food takes on a whole different perspective.
I challenge anyone suffering weight problems, diabetes, cancer, depression, and any other condition that impacts your quality of life to TRUTHFULLY answer the 6 questions listed. Once you do, design a REALISTIC game plan to achieve these answers. This approach requires TIME and PATIENCE. How many years did it take for your current health status to evolve? The more effort you place in creating realistic action steps to answering these questions, the sooner your health condition will likely show improvement. These steps help rebalance the body and allow it to function the way it was designed. We don’t need to “fix” each broken piece. We need to restore the body’s capabilities to mend itself.
Accomplishing these six aspects will place food in a whole new perspective. It will no longer be your source of temporary escape. You will now have places to turn that offer better healthier solutions that will provide a sense of self empowerment. A new level of confidence will develop providing new opportunities for unlimited possibilities in the future.
This is a better path than most people travel. If food is your primary source of happiness, why not try this path I have shared. Diets deprive; passions enhance. Isn’t it time to start feeling better about yourself?