Monday, January 28, 2013

some thoughts on food i wrote a while ago

I have such a complex relationship with food, as I'm sure many others do as well. It's strange and yet completely logical that something which is such a basic need for survival should be a large part of my life. Growing up and even now, so much of my life is centered around food. Family gatherings are based around a meal, be it a summer BBQ, a holiday dinner or even cake and ice cream for a birthday. Food brings us together and can tear us apart. For instance, that same birthday cake which brought all our loved ones together to share joy and celebrate, probably left most of us feeling guilty for indulging in a sweet treat when we should be trying to cut back and lose weight.

There are many options for weight loss and fat loss. A myriad of diets and quick-fix claims confront us everyday on TV, in magazines and on the internet. Even for those of us who are successful in losing some weight, it is a constant battle to keep the weight off. We can blame genetics, lack of motivation, stress, not enough free time and many other things. It confuses me how something so great as food can be all at once one of my greatest loves and one of my biggest enemies.

There's no perfect answer for anyone. I've been trying to make myself more educated about where my food comes from and on different theories of how we can lose or gain muscle and fat. It isn't going to solve my issues with food, nor quench my love of it, but information is power. The more knowledge I gain, the more informed of a decision I can make with respect to what food I do or do not eat on a daily basis. Eating is something most of us just take for granted. I'm lucky enough to live in a society where I can make educated choices about my food intake and have the options available to me to purchase that food. I feel like I owe it to myself and to others to take advantage of the tools and opportunities available to me to make the best choice possible. I don't have my perfect answer yet, but I'm still reading and learning and I encourage each and everyone of you to do the same.

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