Diet With An Attitude

An approach to weight control that delves into attitudes about weight, shape, appearance, and health. It requires a re-alignment of America's infatuation with food and painless dieting.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

The Perils of Choice.

"What would you like?" is the first question asked before a meal, whether at home or at a restaurant. Once we reach adulthood, we don't have to eat, or not eat, a meal set out for us (except for those occasional rubber chicken banquet arrangements).

How do we decide what we will eat? Our choices are limited only by what is available, at home or on a menu. And the choices keep on growing.

It is rare to find a one or two page menu anymore. No longer is the fare for the day written on a chalkboard. Even fast food outlets no longer confine themselves to varieties of hamburgers and buffets have evolved into moveable feasts. The lettuce on a salad bar is dwarfed by dozens of ingredients that have little to do with traditional salad. At home, we fill our pantries and refrigerators with packaged foods that run the gamut from the exotic to the familiar, from raw staples to fully prepared meals.

We look over what is available and decide what to eat because we "feel like" a certain food. We are fully aware of which items are healthy, which items are questionable, and which items should be avoided at all costs. We tell ourselves that we "should" have this or that. We engage in an inner debate about what would be the best selection. Our logical mind makes suggestions but our emotions make the final decision.

To love what we eat, we eat what we love.

Look where those emotions have taken us!


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