June 14, 2012
It is hard to change eating habits because through the years there are many emotions tied to the experience of eating.
A ”Fond Farewell” Article
When I changed Support4Change to a new format, I needed to delete some articles that didn’t fit in the new site but were too good to completely throw away. So I have moved many of them here to the blog, where they will still be available and people can find them by using tags.
This is the seventh of seven articles on the topic of weight loss that appear on Thursdays. See the Getting Lighter Weight Loss Program, on May 3, to get you started. The author of this post worked for me for a number of years and had a very common-sense approach to diets.
EGGS WITH ATTITUDE
By Caroline Fuller
Once I spent the summer in a small town on Cape Cod. One of the best places for breakfast was a restaurant that hired artists who were waiting tables — not because they enjoyed being of service to others, but only to make ends meet. We’d order eggs benedict and stare out the picture window enjoying the view of boats in the harbor. As we chatted and waited patiently for our inevitably surly waiter to return, we decided we weren’t going to get eggs benedict after all, we were getting “eggs with attitude!”
Fortunately, when the eggs finally arrived, they were absolutely fabulous. We would humbly ask for coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice but could never muster the courage to ask for a refill of anything. Heaven forbid you would interrupt the creative muses! “Eggs with Attitude” became a well known joke in the town as the patrons of this cafe enjoyed the incredible cooking and suffered the service.
What does this have to do with nutrition? It illustrates the fact that many factors are involved in our attitude toward eating. From companionship to comfort food, apples to zucchini, food has many associations and it is hard to separate the nutritional from the emotional. In fact, it is almost impossible to make a really major shift in your approach to eating, even if eating right was at the top of your personal make-over list — and easy.
But if eating right was easy, I’d look like Cindy Crawford! Eating right is a very difficult thing to do.
As the billion dollar diet industry illustrates, eating right is a challenge for EVERYONE — whether or not you’re trying to lose weight, gain weight, or stick to a special diet during treatment for illness. But if you want to “eat right,” take small steps to better health through better eating.
You don’t have to get down to your target weight in a week. Easy does it.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
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