I never thought about food. Until I started dieting. Then I thought about it all the time.
And while I focussed on what would make me fat and what would mean I got thin, I had a tormenting recollection of a time when I simply ate without giving any thought to it at all.
And an even more tormenting recollection that whatever I ate made no difference to my size or shape or weight whatsoever.
And yet here I was carefully selecting items that were low fat or no fat worrying that a gram or two over the recommended level would have me piling on the pounds I had so painstakingly just taken off.
Because as we all know, when you put on a pound everyone can see it. In fact, it’s all they can talk about. You know the sideways glances people give you at work, the mutterings in corners, it’s all about you and your pound. Obviously.
Or is it? Really? Come on, let’s get real.
The only person obsessed with your size, your shape and your weight is you.
No one else is noticing or even bothered unless they’re part of the diet club too. But then in that case they’re actually bothered with their pound, not yours.
So how come I went from eating what I wanted without having to have 3 different sizes of clothes in the wardrobe (just to cover all eventualities you understand) to having to have a major debate with myself every time I was shopping for food?
Actually the answer’s very simple. Food only became the focus of my attention when one day some smart a**e told me I wasn’t as slim as I used to be.
Emphasis on the word ‘as’ here, which is important because it’s inclusion in the sentence doesn’t actually mean I was fat. It suggests I was still slim. Just not as slim in comparison to some time previously.
But to be fair, it’s a little word and so I didn’t hear it. What I heard was the inference that my weight was now becoming noticeable to the extent that it was worthy of comment.
And being an “I’ll show you” sort of person, that meant (obviously) that it was time to diet!
And so began an obsession with what was ‘good’ and what was ‘bad’ in the food stakes.
Of course, a diet doesn’t begin with obsession, it beginswith a desire to reduce one’s size, so that one can fit into clothes that have become tight, feel good in a bikini in six months time, or get back to being asslim as one used to be.
But it doesn’t take long for a diet and the desire to reduce in size to becomean obsession because once you’ve started to lose weight by eating ‘good’ food and not eating ‘bad’ food and you’ve been charting your results religiously (at least ten times a day) then the desire to keep on going increases.
And at the same time, your cravings for your favourite ‘bad’ foods start increasing too. And then you’re into the next phase of the diet cycle ~ the internal dilemma!
Should I / Shouldn’t I?
The permutations of this conversation are too endless to detail here (and I am much too polite to include the sort of exclamations that escape one’s lips during such conversations) but when you’ve been on a diet you know them inside out and in all their variations!
So how can you lose weight, become slim or even be as slim as you used to be without dieting at all? And without those endless internal dilemmas?
In fact, how can you eat without giving it any thought at all?
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