It was great to learn about Animal Vegetable Miracle. Please pass on to her that I am a fan. I have always been a radical "eat to live" person, rather than a "live to eat" person. I see how most of the world ekes out a subsistance living, trying to just put enough food into their mouths to survive. An in contrast I see this spoiled and pampered culture of ours, trying to titillate our taste buds, use food for psychological comfort, or even worse, for status. It's all gotten so out of kilter, and our society is so unhealthy and so many people are obese. As a culture, we literally "are what we eat"....hedonistic and debauched....pathetic. I don't know if we are redeemable. Maybe when their is a total collapse of our society and people have to forage for tree bark to survive.
On a side note, here is a "diet plan" I wrote several years ago, trying to help people to be more aware of their eating.
THE VERA MEYER WEIGHT REDUCTION PROGRAM ---------------------------------------
Harness the power of the individual (YOU) to promote healthy weight loss.Through personal responsibility and self-discipline you can watch pounds dropaway and change your life for the better...forever.
I use nature as my guide and model. I see very few cases of obesity out in thewild. I just imagined myself as a wild animal as well. A consequence of this new viewis that I questioned and then discarded some negative trappings of our societyand culture. We living in modern civilization are in many ways spoiled. We arerich, pampered and priviledged compared to most other people in the world. We tend tothink that through modern technology we can control nature. One way this isdisplayed is the way in which modern medicine now prolongs life to far beyond thelife-spans of people living in less advanced parts of the world. Life in ourmodern culture is becoming easier on many fronts. Technology has been essentialin decreasing work and increasing leisure time. Not all of this is always to thenet good. There are some people who bemoan the fact that they will be kept alivefor years, with no quality of life, as a burden to family, just vegetating in bedin their old-age. Many modern inventions and contrivances strive to make workeasier and help to insure that less energy need be spent, consequently people aregetting lazier and lazier. Soon we will barely need to get up off the couch toget most of our needs met. There are people who envision a time in thenot-too-distant future, when they fear obesity will be the norm and fit peoplewill be the freaks. Per capita, we Americans consume 20 times what most people inthe world do. A lifestyle of indulgence has completely permeated our society andculture. Food as an extension and symbol of our wealth and it has become inextricablypart of our socialization. We gather round the food table for countless types ofsocial interactions, from family to friends to business. In many socialsituations we have seemingly learned to associate having a good time withcompletely pigging out. Our taste buds delight in the plethora of sensations thatare available to us in our modern world, fulfilling our hedonistic desires. In that the world has become smaller through globalization we now not only have access to the foods of our ownculture, but to the foods of the entire world, and we take delight in that newdiversity. Because of the sensory satisfaction it brings, food also has become asource of pleasure which fills many other human needs, like depression,loneliness and stress. As people acquire more leisure time boredom may become aproblem, and eating is reduced to a way to take up some time. Many human needs andundefined cravings seem to be satisfied by eating. This is the problem thatneeds to be attacked head on; this feeling of having to fill up the depleted selfwith food substances can be eradicated. I believe it can be done by starting tothink like a wild animal. We need to eat in response to need rather than inresponse to self-indulgent forms of pleasure-seeking. We have to return to a regimen of incorporating food into our lives for the elemental reasons of easing our hunger and maintaining oursurvival. There is simply no reason to eat the quantities of food that we eat.It is unnatural and will serve no good purpose. If thinking of yourself as ananimal seems too difficult then the next best alternative is to try to imagineyourself living in a third world culture trying to eke out a subsistence living.My idea is to become in tune with your body and in tune with nature. You mustexperience hunger as a vital element to life, and respond to that hunger in anatural fashion. As pain sends a signal to direct you to seek aid for your body,so should hunger be a similar signal which directs your actions. Listen to yourbody for it is telling you what you need and when you need it. Abandon allschedules of eating imposed on you by society, the normal framework beingbreakfast, lunch and dinner. Dramatically alter your view of the world and yourview of life, for now you must start to believe in the fundamental concept: EATTO LIVE rather than LIVE TO EAT. The ingestion of food is to be thought of assustenance ONLY, not as a pleasurable past-time or hobby. DIRECT YOU PLEASURE-SEEKING INTO MORE SUBSTANTIVE CHANNELS, THAT DON'T INVOLVE FOOD.I have assembled the enclosed kit, everything you will need for PHASE 1 of this new beginning. It'sfunction will only serve for 24 hours but it is nonetheless the critical firststep in the process of "mind-over-matter" exercises,through the exertion of self-discipline. The three items in the kit are anotepad, a strip of duct tape with a hole in it, and a straw. Your immediatereaction now is that this is an absurd joke, but your amusement at the assembled"kit" may help to remind you that this is indeed a serious venture. For you mustbegin by not eating at all for one entire day. The duct tape over your mouthwill certainly help remind you of this, and the good news is that you can stillcommunicate with friends with the writing pad. The straw is so you can drinkplenty of water, very important. Water is the ONLY drinkallowed until your weight goal is achieved, but drink as much as you can andwant. Even natural fruit juices contain too much sugar. The worst part of your entire readjustment to life will be just a few hours of hunger on this first day. It it consequently highly recommended that youbegin on a day when you know you will be very busy, absorbed, involved or engagedin activity, so that your mind will be as distracted as possible when the initial pangsof hunger begin. The worst part lasts just a few hours. After that, for me anyway, thehunger pangs tend to subside. It is important to pick the right day to start as well,like on a weekend, as you don't want to go to work or to a board meeting withtape over your mouth. Remember: if you get by these first few hours you areHOME FREE. Then you can cruise for the rest of the day. After that you willhave accomplished the vital goal for PHASE 1 - your stomach will have shrunk.You will now feel full consuming less food. The quantities you ate before willbe impossible to consume without feeling horribly bloated and stuffed, anexperience you must strictly avoid ever again having. For if your stomach weretoo expand again to its former size, you will just have to go through PHASE 1 allover again, and there is no need for this. With your stomach shrunk and yourmindset now like a wild animal's the rest will seem like a piece of cake bycomparision. Be very sure at this point to not proceed until you have givenyourself a very big congratulatory slap on the back for your successfulcompletion of this first huge step. You are now ready for PHASE 2 to begin. Allthat is involved here is that you stick to the program of ONLY eating when youfeel hunger, not matter what time it is, and then ONLY eat until the hunger pangshave subsided, and then STOP. Personally, I probably eat something every one or two hours,like an applel, or a green pepper, or some walnuts. It doesn't matter if it took only three bites forthe pangs to be gone. Eat NO MORE at this time. If you feel hunger again in anhour then you may eat some more, but again, only until the hunger subsides. Oneother rule: no "junk food" or anything that is processed at all is allowed. Your sweet tooth and taste forfatty foods must go by the boards. Eat lots of produce, fruits and veggies, andwhole grains, chicken and fish. Avoid pre-fabconcoctions. Start with natural foods (remember you are an animal in nature andSpaghettio's are not available in the wild) and prepare everything yourself fromscratch. As you become accustomed to your "feedings" the will power andself-discipline that will be required of you will become less and less, consciouseffort relaced by a very natural and habitual routine. But be patient. Thistechnique will work. You should drop at least a pound a week as your bodyconsumes the fat which is stored in your body. More heavily fat-ladenindividuals may lose more a week. But the key is not to think in drastic termsand make any fast or sudden moves. Just the lifestyle change and the alteredmental outlook is all it takes. Good luck, and enjoy life as a wild animal. Ithink you will agree that the trade-offs were worth it. Yes, you indeed havegiven up some pleasures of oral gratification. The amount of time your tastebuds have to revel in the divine taste of chocolate and that your mouth, tongueand throat have to revel in the velvety textures of creamy substances is nowobviously greatly reduced. However the time is now cut short, the pleasure wasquite transitory, fleeting and superficial. On the other hand, your new form ofpleasure seeking, re-directed into a higher-order channel, is substantive andpermanent. You are experiencing self-control, through self-will, over your body, andcreating a healtier life for yourself in the process. You are no longer a societal drone, whereyou health it place at risk purely out of pressure to conform what society considers the norm,(and this from a vapid and debauched culture that considers carbonated sugar-water as a great beverage, which you're not cool if you don't drink). You may come to find that the pleasures that once seemed so vital, now in hindsight seems rather crude and even banal comparedto other joys you now find in life, whether it be the greater enjoyment you takein nature, friends, or just feeling healthier, sprier and more youthful. You may acquire a newsensitivity in other areas, like when a person loses his eyesight, his other senses develop and become more acute.
YOU CAN DO IT! CONVINCE YOURSELF! PROVE IT TO YOURSELF!
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