27 Jan 2012
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore
Shame! Shame! Shame!
That’s what I’d said to myself after watching TV the other day and being bombarded by a number of commercials trying to entice the viewing audience to super-size the fast food meal being pitched. I couldn’t help but utter those famous words of Gomer Pyle, the naïve, dorky Marine played by Jim Nabors, whose shrilling voice spoke volumes.
After thinking about those commercials and the heavy emphasis on larger food portions, I now see why there are so many health challenges in our society. “Would you care to super-size your fries, your drink?” the attendant will ask you at most fast food restaurants.
Question: Do I really need a double portion? In my Gomer Pyle voice: “Shame! Shame! Shame!”
Sometimes it’s difficult to decide what is good and what is bad. But a double portion of anything is not always good for you. Food is enticing to begin with, but overeating is unhealthy. We tend to act on impulse and purchase food that we wouldn’t otherwise purchase. Blame the ad masters for producing those commercials that whet our appetite for scrumptious, delectable, yummy treats in double portions.
I remember those days when I would go to Krispy Kreme and watch the bakers make fresh doughnuts from scratch. I couldn’t wait to tear into one of them – or a dozen of them for that matter. The anticipation of eating hot, fresh, glazed donuts would send my taste buds into a frenzy. I couldn’t resist the temptation. The syrupy sweet treats succeeded at breaching my will power.
Shame! Shame! Shame!
There were repercussions, of course, to overeating and indulging in unhealthy food. I stand accused. For my ignorance, I picked up more weight than I’d wanted. And my health started teetering around the danger level. So I decided to make better choices in my food selection and eat healthy to stave off the imminent possibility of death. So you see, you’re not alone in this struggle.
Now that I’m a wellness coach and personal plant-based chef, I’ve devoted my life to helping others overcome the temptation of eating double portions of unhealthy food. When I receive e-mails from individuals requesting ways to resolve their health problems, I’m amazed how little they know or understand their bodies. Are we so confused about unhealthy food that we just don’t care about the risk of consumption?
Here’s what I tell my clients:
You’re in control of your own health and whatever you consume you have to take responsibility for, good or bad. Take ownership of your faults and stop blaming other individuals for your weaknesses and bad decisions. Only then will you begin to conquer your health problems.
Food can be addictive and comforting, and provide a safety net for your emotions when you know you’re totally out of control. Life has its ups and is downs, but you must chart and plan the remainder of your life living healthy. If you fall short of your goal, be strong and stand firm on your belief that you’re going to reach optimum health as long as you don’t give up.
Trying to achieve good health after the body is weakened from unhealthy food choices is difficult to correct sometimes. It all depends on you, though. Like a road map, it’s hard to get to your destination if you’re not sure where you’re going. That’s why you have to read the right literature and follow the examples of people who are turning their lives around. They’re no longer tempted by the lure of TV commercials and the forbidden doubled portions.
If you’re on a journey to health and wellness, make sure you follow the right path. Don’t waver. Don’t be misguided. Don’t be tempted by what you see and lose your mind like I did at Krispy Kreme. When I think about it, those doughnuts were super delicious, but unhealthy nonetheless.
Eating the right food in today’s society is a chore in itself, but worth every morsel of food you put in your mouth. It will keep you out of the doctor’s office and keep you looking radiant and alive. On the other hand, if you succumb to temptation, all I’m going to say is: Shame! Shame! Shame!