We've all heard the adage "when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade". Well sometimes you get a bumper crop of lemons and life just plain sucks for awhile.
The secret sauce of success is to love the lemons life hands you. Easier said than done, you say? I say easier done than living with bitterness and waiting for it to pass.
When does a healthy approach to fitness become obsessive or problematic? When you find yourself doing any of these things:
● Skipping meals
● Making excuses for not eating
● Eating only a few certain “safe” foods
● Adopting rigid meal or eating rituals
● Cooking elaborate meals for others, but refusing to eat them yourself
● Collecting recipes
● Withdrawing from normal social activities
● Persistent worry about being fat or gaining weight
● A distorted body image, such as feeling fat despite being normal- or underweight
● Not wanting to eat in public
● Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws
● Repeatedly eating large amounts of sweet or high fat foods
● Use of syrup of ipecac, laxatives, the over the counter weightloss drug orlistat (Alli).
● Use of dietary supplements or herbal products for weight loss
● Food hoarding
● Eating in secret
--from Mayo Clinic, Signs of Disordered Eating
Be careful little eyes what you see.
Be careful little ears what you hear.
The internet is full of opinions and misinformation.
So when a website uses the word "Authority" in the URL to publish that food addiction is a serious problem with a simple solution, it gets my attention.
Food is not foe. Nor is it friend. It simply is. It is life-giving. It is mood-elevating. It is sweet, salty, bitter, or sour.
Everything else is layered with our emotions and imagination. We imagine it brings people together, or makes us feel loved. We use it to distract ourselves from unfinished business of the past, or of the present in the form of procrastination. We make it our god with control over us, or we call it the devil whom we are powerless to resist.
More like superstition that nutrition, don't you think?
Share your comments below.
Author Kim Halsey
I love to co-create new lemon recipes with people who think they hate lemons.