Choose To Be Healthy - Stop Overeating and Start
would YOU do if you were told you were going to die? How would YOU
react if you were faced with a life or death moment upon hearing
those words from your Doctor that your time is coming to an end?
Why would you NOT act upon those words IF you were also told that
YOU had the absolute power to NOT die? When would you choose to
listen? Would it be NOW or a while later, perhaps a few weeks later,
maybe some months down the road, or would you choose NOT to act.
Life is all about choices. We choose to eat and we make conscious
decisions to put unhealthy food into our bodies. We are aware that
they are toxic and are contaminants for our system, yet we choose
to continue to digest them. This is akin to the same lines of smoking.
Everyone knows that smoking leads to causes of cancer and is also
linked to a series of health and well being side effects but many
still choose to smoke. Even though they are cognizant of the risks
involved and we're educated on the health factors on a daily basis,
it does not stop people from inhaling. Smoking, alcoholism, drug
use; they are all forms of self-abuse. Food is also another form
of this abuse that we penetrate upon ourselves, and with all addictions,
the ripple effects are very far reaching. The abuse transcends into
all aspects of our lives and ricochets into our entire existence;
physical, social, emotional, financial, sexual, spiritual and mental.
Yet with all of the above addictions, we can control them. I will
say it gain, WE CAN CONTROL IT.
We haven't been told we have cancer, or leukemia or Lou Gehrig's
disease; we CHOSE this and we CONTROL this!!! Being overweight and
killing ourselves isn't like some fatal demon that has gripped hold
and attached itself with a lethal attack. We have a choice over
being fat and we have a choice in becoming fat and we have a choice
in staying fat. It's the one condition that we CAN control in our
lives. A cancer victim does not have a choice. A person with a debilitating
illness has no choice. However, we have the absolute power over
When we're happy, sad, stressed, celebrating, in grief, aroused,
elated, food becomes like the alcoholic's chaser. It's part of our
every day regime. Why is this? Why has food become such a major
part of our makeup? Why do we associate cake, ice-cream, sweets,
potato chips, French fries, candy, and chocolate as the GOOD food?
Why do we turn to these foods when we are experiencing any type
of emotion? How many times have you ever heard anyone saying, "We
won the game, let's go eat a Waldorf salad!!!|
become accustomed to celebrating with pizza and hamburgers and associating
happy events with unhealthy food. We've conditioned ourselves that
"comfort" food is the necessary coping mechanism instead
of taking a walk, writing in a journal, going to a movie, visiting
a loved one, singing, dancing, reading. Why? Because food is quick
and it's the quick fix we need at that particular moment.
Overeating is akin to a heroine addict's drug addiction; it's the
'fix' that is never quite fixed. The high from the food takes over
and lasts for five minutes, a half hour, two hours and then the
urge reoccurs and the need to eat and choose something unhealthy
takes over yet again. It becomes the bottomless pit that never gets
we have to change our mindset and stop filling
that pit with crap. Changing our thought process can be the biggest
hurdle in the weight loss journey.
Gaining weight is all about losing control. You think you have
control so you eat to dull the pain and you eat to get back at those
folks that have hurt you. Yet the blatant reality is that you have
lost control and you've lost control on how to deal with your emotions
and how to deal with the good and bad things that happen. Don't
let your body be a reflection of people hurting you
We lose control and then we turn to food and then we find out we
are sick and that our bodies are shutting down and reacting in a
physical exorcism. We have control over getting healthy, eating
& exercising. Every single one of us has control to stop eating.
It's a curable disease. WE penetrated it upon ourselves. And it's
a perpetual motion that eventually spins out of control. We can
undo the damage and the abuse that we have done to our own bodies.
The answer is all within healthy eating and making more educating
and wiser choices with the right food and NOT going through the
With me, my health was spiralling downward and taking over all
attributes of my whole being, there was only one person to blame.
I chose to get unhealthy. And it was my choice to stop the insanity
and stop the abuse and stop the slow suicide. I chose to get healthy
and I also chose to get unhealthy. I had a choice. I choose life.
I had the power to NOT die.
My physician was quite blunt 2 years ago when he matter of fact
told me, "You're going to die if you continue this lifestyle".
I was killing me and I had the power to SAVE my life. I had the
absolute power to be my own doctor and my own medical intervention.
Anybody who is in the same boat as I used to be will find themselves
on the same path. Perhaps I didn't have control over the other elements
of my life such as; romance, job, finances, etc., but the one thing
I could turn around and control was my destiny. As all of the above
was going hairy and haywire, after I got hold of my weight, my life
suddenly stopped spinning and regulated it. Everything turned around,
revolved and evolved back to normal. It's amazing how it can be
turned right around
.and all of the things spinning out of
control are now IN control.
You can NEVER make the same mistake TWICE because the second time
you make it, it is not a mistake, it is a choice.
Choose Life!!! Take Back the Control & Be the person you were
always meant to be.
"If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can
dream it, you can become it" (William Arthur Ward)
It's plain and simple; Put Down the Fork and Get Moving!
By Joan Minnery