We have been beating ourselves up over something for ages. Thanks to this thing, we think ourselves as lazy, weak-willed, fat, ugly, spotty, bloated, unhappy, achy, depressed, windy and innumerable other horrible comparisons! What is this terrible thing that we have become involved with, this thing that is stressing us out and causing us to actively engage in a hate campaign against ourselves? What can we possibly be so upset about?
Think about that for a second. Just ponder for a moment that the stuff that keeps us going, controls our emotions, decides our appearance and generally tastes pretty good can have such a poisonous effect on our minds. How did that happen? Where did we start to lose trust in such a well worn human practise?
Everywhere you look, from red top tabloid newspapers to internet forums to tea parties, people are carrying out mentally self-harming attacks on themselves regarding food. If you think my language is strong, then think again: how many people do you know who don’t spend a substantial portion of their time regretting how food has made them feel, look and think? If you can honestly say none, then you are probably either a lonely island of a person indeed or live among very enlightened people. The truth is that the majority of people suffer in this dysfunctional relationship and I want to try and help people to have the natural, enjoyable and fulfilling relationship we should have with food.
So, to do this, we need to look at a few reasons people dislike themselves when it comes to their eating habits. Here are a few examples that are common causes for people resenting what they devour.
1. The sugar crash – A sluggish feeling that leaves you feeling tired, head aching and generally completely couch-locked, this is a common way for people to experience food resentment. Something that not many people had experienced with any great regularity until the past 40 years or so. Nowadays, it is a common thing to experience and resent, with the wide availability of sugary snacks. The increasing use of glucose syrup and HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup) in lots of modern foods means that this will continue to be a problem for generations to come.
2. The Post-Lunch Sleeps – After a big bread or pasta lunch, we can often feel truly wiped out. The temptation to lay down and crash out is huge but wait, it’s lunchtime, so you had better get back to work soon! Still feeling tired a few hours later? “Damn you, starchy carbs, I thought you were my energy-giving friend and all you have done is exhaust me! Why do I do this to myself?” Crashing out after eating is NOT a natural response, we have just been indoctrinated into thinking it is by a lifetime of hard-to-digest starchy carbs. Speaking of which…..
3. The Carb Bloats – Feeling swollen and overfull is a huge complaint people have with eating. Laying around and digesting like a herniated lion with sunstroke is fine if you have hours in which to recover but that simply isn’t the way we live and work anymore. Feeling fat and bloated after a big starchy carb meal can cause you to resent yourself and lead to further unnecessary self-analysis in an area that should be so much simpler. Repeating this feeling after every meal is a sure fire way for many people to dread meal times or feel depressed after eating.
4. Skin of Horror – Hitting people right in the sensitive ego area is this problem. Your skin health is a reflection on what you eat and if it is in poor condition, it can almost certainly lead to insecurity, anger, resentment or bitterness. Seeing yourself in a mirror everyday and aiming those weighty emotions at yourself can be very negative over a long, continuous period. We have become accustomed to being very judgemental of ourselves and others regarding skin condition and so this can be a much more serious problem than is sometimes thought.
5. The Weight Issue – One of the most common reasons for people hating the food they eat: being overweight. The fat issue is huge right now, with most major brands and food producers trying to claim the moral high ground on fat-free, slimming products. Buying “low fat” or “slimming” products is often a tactic we use to reduce our guilt about other eating habits, a sort of dietary self-deprivation tactic. Very bizarre!
6. The Terror of the Unknown! – The world of food has become a treacherous and sinister landscape indeed. From products that claim to be “zero calorie, no fat!” to hidden pesticides, poor quality produce, E numbers, artificial sweeteners, bizarre chemical additives and other bizarre food industry extras, it is almost impossible to know what is in our food. We no longer have a simple and uncomplicated relationship with our food and the reason is that we don’t know much about what goes into our food!
7. Forgive My Food Sins! – There are a large number of low fat, low cholesterol, low anything products that are currently on sale as we speak. These are the health claim and slimming foods, a sordid bunch that thrive on misinformation and ignorance and are there to punish us.
That’s right; we purchase these foods to PUNISH ourselves. Take Ryvita and products like it, a tasteless, dull food that has the texture of cardboard and the nutritional value of it too (except worse because it is coated with salt, additives and other disgusting filth). I know a lot of Ryvita eaters and they don’t munch it because it’s tasty, they often don’t even eat it for its bogus “health benefits”. No, they eat it because they feel guilty about a fatty meal they might have had yesterday or a bag of sweets they ate that morning or because they feel fat. They eat it to scour their guilt from them, like washing your sins away in additive-filled cardboard water. This is not the behaviour of a healthy, happy, well-adjusted person. Why not skip the self-abuse with this dietary equivalent of the cat-o-nine-tails and actually eat yummy, healthy normal foods that make you feel good before, during and after eating them?
So as we can see, this area is quite a minefield for your average person. This is not the healthy relationship that we deserve with food, far from it! So how can we go about becoming more positive about eating, consuming, digesting and regarding food.
Stay tuned for how PWG can help you in the fight of hating ourselves because of carbs.
@2014 Hillary Sepulveda