OK stalkers, I’m going into territory that might offend some, but because I’ve been there, I’m allowed to think it, believe it, say it, and write it. What I’m going to state is not new news, but it’s the unpleasant truth that we need to hear, and I continue to need to hear it, and will continue my entire life to work on it.
Most people are overweight because they don’t care about themselves.
Only the tiniest of a percentage of population have some real physical reason they can’t lose weight. Like .0021%. OK, I don’t have the actual percentage, but you know what I mean. The rest of us simply eat for comfort.
And for stress. And for celebration. For disappointment. For fun. For boredom. But mostly, because we are unhappy and we are medicating with food.
The thing that makes me maddest about my journey to health is the fact that our society is so messed up with portion sizes, processed foods, and fast foods. Why aren’t there drive-throughs for fruit? Or for vegetable trays? Why don’t insurance companies pay for prevention? Yes, they are getting better, but it’s not where it needs to be….not by a long shot. If we were where we needed to be, my Ideal Protein space food would be at least partially covered by insurance. Heck, it doesn’t even qualify as an FSA expenditure! Being healthy is not cheap, and that is yet another reason why so many obese people are lost as to how to begin.
Why not just eat less and move more? OK, that works for part of the population. But for the truly addicted, and I’m one of them, unless you remove carbs and sugars from your diet you just continue to have the spikes in blood sugar that ultimately makes you crazy because the cravings never go away. This is why after 3 days or 3 weeks an addict ends up binge eating.
We are unhappy because of something in our life, so we eat. Then we are not only unhappy with the thing we began medicating with food, but we compound it by being unhappy with being overweight. A vicious cycle. And the only way to stop the cycle is to lose weight, and find other ways to deal with the unhappy something that started it all.
And for true food addicts, you need a plan that supports you fighting your addiction, which for me is no carb/no sugar. And actually I’m really beginning to see that it is sugar more than anything for me, at least mentally.
It’s so sad for me to be around people who do not recognize that they are in the middle of this struggle that I know so well. Certain people in my life continue to be in the gaining weight pattern of unhappiness. I’m in pain for them, and wish I could do more to help. All I can do is live my life and support them in whatever ways they are able to accept.
Food addiction as a “thing” is just starting to get recognition in the medical field. It is no different than a nicotine, alcohol, gambling, or drug addiction. Sex addiction is still in that same space as food addiction….most people scoff at both of them and think that it’s mind over matter. However, anyone who has ever truly battled an addiction knows that there is a tiny, evil voice in our heads that drives us to the destruction. So while I would also like to scoff at the concept of sex addiction, I do believe it must be real because I know how addiction works. I also know that when we are healthy of mind, we can stomp out the evil voice…..but it is difficult. The evil voice is always there, it’s just some days the voice is louder than other days.
I briefly dated an alcoholic (yeah, great idea for one addict to date another…..duh and ugh at the same time) and he was forever telling me that I had a more difficult addiction to overcome because, while an alcoholic does not need to drink to survive, and they never have to go into a bar again, a person DOES have to eat food to survive. And not only that, but “bad” food is constantly in our faces. Daily we have to make the commitment to ourselves to eat what is healthy instead of what is unhealthy. I always just thanked him for those comments, but I don’t like it when something as serious as addiction to turn into a competition….”I have it harder than you do” doesn’t really serve anyone positively. And anyway, there are no gold medals or blue ribbons being handed out for most difficult addiction to overcome……
Or maybe there is. Let me know if there is because I’m always in the market for a gold medal or blue ribbon.