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The Pleasure Trap of Food: Or Why Saying No Doesn't Work

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Carol Ebert is a MSN, RN and works as a Certified Wellness Practitioner.

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What is it about food that makes us want to over-consume, gain weight, develop Diabetes, and shorten our lives? I thought eating was supposed to help us live, not die! It’s time to get to the core issue of what is really going on to save our lives. You are reading page 2 of The Pleasure Trap of Food: Or Why Saying No Doesn't Work. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Carol Ebert is a MSN, RN and works as a Certified Wellness Practitioner.

4 Followers; 52 Articles; 19,724 Visitors; 130 Posts

In Western societies, with the constant supply of pre-made, high carbohydrate food, obesity is a natural outcome. The car culture and labor saving devices also are strong factors.

Agree.

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Imagine you are on a financial budget of 1200 dollars a month. Not a generous amount, no matter how you slice it. There is zero room for any luxuries. And no matter how hard you squeeze, the last 10 days of each month will be sheer desperation.

Now imagine 1500 calories a day budget. And most of it taken by a small breakfast, and a reasonable lunch.

It is 1 pm, and you only have 500 calories left for the entire day. 9 more hours.

Is it ok to just go to bed at 6pm and hide, after having the last few precious morsels?

Either that, or succumb, and just stop living.

Few people can grasp the hunger and misery that is required to maintain a false low weight.

It takes everything you have. Everything.

You can have your low weight, or a life.

You can have your low weight, or your career.

You can have the low weight that your cherish, or your sexuality.

I have made my decision.

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barcode120x has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN.

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Saying no doesn't work because all the older Filipino RNs at my work give me the glare (jokingly of course) if I don't eat our monthly (sometimes 2 times a month or more) potlucks or any of the food they offer me :(.

On a more serious note, I think setting goals is definitely a step that needs to be added. I've always eaten whatever simply because I lift weights 3-4 times a week. It was basically ingrained in my head that, "oh I workout hard, I can eat anything and they equalize each other," but in reality they don't. It wasn't until vary recently that I began working out with a friend who's encouraging me to lose weight. He gave me a meal plan with daily calories and macronutrients to hit and wants me to hit that weight loss number by the time our corowkers and I go on our cruise in July. 3 weeks in, I'm on track. With these goals and plans my buddy helped me form, I'm eating much healthier than I was and I am more health conscious of what I eat. Hopefully I can hold out another 3 months cuz this cardio is kickin my butt.

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Carol Ebert is a MSN, RN and works as a Certified Wellness Practitioner.

4 Followers; 52 Articles; 19,724 Visitors; 130 Posts

Saying no doesn't work because all the older Filipino RNs at my work give me the glare (jokingly of course) if I don't eat our monthly (sometimes 2 times a month or more) potlucks or any of the food they offer me :(.

On a more serious note, I think setting goals is definitely a step that needs to be added. I've always eaten whatever simply because I lift weights 3-4 times a week. It was basically ingrained in my head that, "oh I workout hard, I can eat anything and they equalize each other," but in reality they don't. It wasn't until vary recently that I began working out with a friend who's encouraging me to lose weight. He gave me a meal plan with daily calories and macronutrients to hit and wants me to hit that weight loss number by the time our corowkers and I go on our cruise in July. 3 weeks in, I'm on track. With these goals and plans my buddy helped me form, I'm eating much healthier than I was and I am more health conscious of what I eat. Hopefully I can hold out another 3 months cuz this cardio is kickin my butt.

There is nothing like having a great incentive - like a cruise - to help you stay on track! Hang up a picture of the cruise ship so you see it every day as another way to remind yourself of your goal. Congrats on your progress so far.

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