Pretty much everyone I know loves doughnuts. What is not to love? The only down-side to doughnuts is they are junk food. What I saw on the face of those people, in general, was a general disdain for themselves and even a downright disrespect for their "weakness". These people have no idea what they are up against. If you think you can just stop eating junk food, you need to think again. What you are dealing with is evolution, genetics, programming, addiction, science, technology, marketing, peer pressure and popular culture all conspiring against you. To be able to give up such things is a monumental task. It really is a very big deal.
The recently released movie "Forks Over Knives" has a section regarding the nature of diet as it relates to obesity. Psychologist Doug Lisle, PhD., states, "It isn't that people become more self-indulgent, it isn't because they are lazier than they ever were, what is happening is that their mechanisms of satiation are being fooled." The narrator goes on to describe how refined and "calorie dense" foods don't trigger our "stretch receptors" and "density receptors" properly which causes us to overeat. Processed and/or unnatural foods fill us less and fail to trigger the sensors properly. That makes those sensors tell our brains, "You need to eat more food!" As Doug Lisle continues, "The problem with weight management in humans is that if you make these foods completely artificial, which we do today, you wind up with a problem that the people have to overeat just to be satisfied."
As I watched the pained expression on these people's face (for the most part, though some were pretty happy) my heart broke. I wanted to do something, but really, what can I do? Do these people need one more person in life telling them what to do about their weight issues and how they were weak? I don't think so. If those looks on their faces told me anything it was that they already knew this. What they needed was for someone to tell them that they were wonderful, valuable and fantastic human beings who deserved better. They needed to know there was a way out of that mess. Sadly, today was not that day. Sometimes you need someone to come along and help you out of the ditch in the road and sometimes you need to pull yourself out of the pit.
As my heart grieved, I continued to watch this seemingly endless conga line of despair. One after the other they would walk up and take the "drug" and walk away. Why do I think of Jonestown and Kool-Aid? I guess I'm maudlin.
After I finished my duties and left, all I could think was "The fly on the wall would have been more nutritious."
|I am 85% through the 60 days.|
Weight: 146.5 lbs.
Food: Clementines, Cherries, Bananas, Almond Butter, Mixed Nuts, Raw Cacao Goji Seed Chunks, Salad, Broccoli Slaw
|The greens and purple cabbage are buried.|
|I love how these look in salads.|