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Hilarious Analogy on how we beat ourselves up

WhatExerciseIsAbout I just did it today.  I was home last night reading an awesome book, (check back in for that forthcoming book review!) – and overindulging in some delicious Trader Joe’s dark chocolate covered almonds, chocolate cookies, & some croissant.  My justification whilst said indulgence was taking place was that I would be running 12 miles the next morning and so, “eh-go fer it!”  This, in essence, however, is symptomatic of what a Greatist article describes as self-abuse.  Check it out.
Jeanette Beating Herself Up
Jeanette Beating Herself Up
As the custodian for your body, you’re responsible for its care—just like you’d be responsible for a child that you’re babysitting. Imagine finding this kid knee-deep in candy bar wrappers, halfway into an all-out candy binge. Caught red-handed, this kid looks up at you, terrified, ashamed, awaiting punishment. What do you do? Do you yell insults at the child? March him or her over to the treadmill to run off every last calorie? Of course not. You’re not Mommie Dearest. With that in mind, let any name calling and punishment stop. You will treat yourself with the same compassion you would treat this child.
This is so exactly what I have always done and am getting better at not doing to myself.  I indulge and immediately go over the most rigorous form of calorie-torching physical activity that I can afford to “erase the evidence.”  Only when I’ve completed my self-inflicted torchure do I feel relieved and redeemed and like I can start on a clean slate.  People, I don’t work out because I enjoy it.  Honestly, it’s not for the high or joy of it – it’s for the elusive goal of achieving body perfection.  I’m still workin’ on it – there will be a huge blog post about it when that happens, but don’t wait by your inboxes.  I say that to demonstrate that I’ve always been in a  bad eater/ over exerciser vicious cycle that this article described to a T.
It can be easy, post-gluttony, to beat yourself up. Things like “no self-control,“ “lazy,” and “gross” can get thrown around. Maybe you run five miles and end up making yourself sick. Or swear off eating for an entire day. It’s super easy to treat your body to all types of abuse post-gorgefest, but here’s where taking a step outside yourself is critical.
I’ve evolved though, and am happy to report that I am in the driver’s seat with my eating, compared to confused and out-of-control eating in the past.  I also indulge with pleasure, versus feeling guilty during and especially after indulgences in the past.  And while I still derive a twisted sense of satisfaction in “working off an indulgence,” I think there is a certain level of healthy balance in that behavior.  I’m  much more at peace, aware, knowledgeable, and in control of my diet than ever before, but this article certainly offered me a spot-on illustration that inspired this post. Read the full article

But WHY is it bad for you?

To articulate the reason behind many of our beliefs is more of a task than we may be equipped for.  I know that I postulate, parrot, and practice many things that society feeds me, and I believe that we all are, to some extent, a retainer for popular opinion.  The areas in which our beliefs are shaped are vast, influenced by commercials, literature, news, hearsay, and celebrities.  Whether you believe that buying is better than leasing or that organic is better or that bpa-free water bottles are the only way to drink, I would challenge you to explain.  This is why 5-year-olds get on people’s last nerves when they ceaselessly asky “why, why, why?’  It’s because they’re exposing the fact that many of us DON’T KNOW WHY! Well, to end this rambling, I’m going to attempt to retain this information that I’m reading currently about why we are to avoid certain additives in our foods: msg, aspartame, trans fat, etc.  I once read that the best way to retain information is to pass it on, and so, thank you for helping me retain this! ASPARTAME:  This is an artificial sweetener.  It’s your “Equal,” “Nutrasweet,” etc, and is believed to be carcinogenic and bad for your brain, physically and emotionally.  It resides in diet drinks, diet gums, and things labeled “sugar-free” HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: This is a highly-refined sugar, taken from corn, not the sugar cane at all.  It’s cheap to produce and packs more sweetness than real sugar, so this is a business “do” for manufacturers of everything from cereal to bread to candy.  However, the health costs include diabetes, weight gain, and bad cholesterol (LDL). MONOSODIUM GLUAMATE (MSG): This is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer.  It’s an excitotoxin, meaning it excites the cells to the point of damage or death.  It turns off the “I’m full” function, explaining the usual accompanying weight gain.  Known as a major player in Chinese food. TRANS FAT: This is used to enhance and extend the shelf life of food products.  Through hydrogenation, the molecular makeup of fat is altered, turning unsaturated fat into saturated fat and effectively, That our body has a difficult time digesting these unnatural fats is slightly better than the fact that trans fatty acids lower the good cholesterol and raise the bad cholesterol as well.  This is found in shortenings, margarine, any fat that is solid at room temperature and effectively, deep-fried foods, as they are usually fried in these. COMMON FOOD DYES: Artificial colorings are used in fruit juices, soda, salad, dressings, etc, and are a frivolous hazard to our bodies.  Blue dyes abound in sports drinks, red dyes in maraschino cherries, yellow dyes in mac and cheese, just to scratch the surface.  These dyes are actually banned in certain countries: Norway, Finland, etc. These are just 5 of 10 of the top additives to avoid listed in my latest Hungry For Change Newsletter.  I cannot go any further…not because it’s emotional for me…haha!  But I’m just out of time.  Continue reading on your own and I know that I’ll be reading them labels with a much wiser eye now and I hope you will too!