I was watching Dr. Phil today, and at the end of the episode there was a segment on a couple. One member of the couple ate in a very healthy manner and the other ate really badly. The husband had kale, fresh fruit, made homemade meals for himself, and the wife on the other hand, had packages upon packages of cake mix, brownie mix, frozen pizzas, macaroni, and chips.
What I found interesting was that Dr. Phil's solution was to give her smoothies. So instead of eating prepackaged food she was to eat prepackaged food? A years supply of prepackaged food by the way. I don't understand why Dr. Phil decided to go in this direction. When someone is addicted to carbs, apparently the answer is, for big time weight loss professionals is to give people with weight issues, high carb natural stuff pureed down to liquid.
What I really liked about pizza and pasta and chips is that I felt super full all the time. I loved bread because I could bite into it and that felt filling and satisfying. So why is the solution basically the same amount of carbs but not as filling or satisfying?
Also, why is everything about making it fast? One of the ‘draws’ to this smoothie product was that it takes 30 seconds to make. But… pizza doesn’t take 30 seconds to make, even a sandwich takes longer than that. So what makes people think that just because something is fast that they will stick with it? Eating one stick of celery is fast, eating a boiled egg is fast, preparing and eating an entire pizza isn’t fast but people still do it because…?
I also do not understand how it is possible that the two people in one partnership had such different diet habits. How can it be? Especially when she is chunky and he is thin. The image that comes to mind is the old fable “He could eat no fat and she could eat no lean”. I don't understand how the pressure that each would place on the other to change their diet wouldn’t take effect.
I am probably reading way too deep into this episode of Dr. Phil, yet on the other hand the smoothie product was created by his son.
I still felt bad for this woman, because she will drink the smoothies (because she has a fricken years supply now) and she isn’t going to stop eating the carbs, because this is her daily routine and she has emotional needs to do so. Honestly the thought process is going to be “well this will keep me healthy so I can continue to consume my current diet”, because emotionally she is driven to consume what she consumes each and every day. I think that if we have the ability to take a look at this lady in a few months time, she will have gained a considerable amount of weight due to over consumption of not only calories but carbs.
On that note, why do people claim they have absolutely no time or the ability to make healthy food?
Because they are in denial, avoiding their real needs and abilities and as such are lying to themselves.
If you have time to go to the store, go to a fast food place, order out, place something in the toaster oven and wait, heat something up in the microwave, then I have to inform you that you also have time to make and eat something healthy.
Speed and quickness isn’t the issue. If you really wanted to eat healthy on the go, and understood how to do so then you would. The truth is what you really want and is craving for is sugar! It doesn’t matter whether those carbohydrates is it be in the form of fast food burgers, chocolate bars, ice cream, pizza pocket, the point is that you actually really just want sugar (or cocaine as your brain sees it). You are an emotional eater. You need the Emotionally Focussed Eating Program to change this pattern of feeling for food.
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