Is it me?
Or do you wonder when you see that ad for a heartburn drug where the guy is ordering an extremely loaded burger, and the voiceover asks, “Would you like heartburn with that now or later?”
It’s no surprise in our pill-happy society that a drug to alleviate the problem would be popular. Especially when physicians prescribe heartburn drugs so freely. Drugs, btw, that can have significant side effects.
Whatever happened to just not eating the offending food? Or at least a version other than the cheese-bacon-triple-burger-with-ribs, fries on the side (I did once see something like that at a fast-food restaurant).
I know for some of us, such as binge eaters, choosing differently may not be too easy. We’re disconnected with how foods make us feel. A number of reasons can be behind that — including the diet mentality effect that makes us feel guilty even as we eat something and contributes to “zoning out.”
A bit of a repeat from last week but worthwhile revisiting given the upcoming food-focused holiday:
- Read “How Eating As Much as You Want Can Help You Lose Weight” for more on how guilt gets in the way of eating well. Then think about what you want, then enjoy it this Fourth!
- @BodywiseProgram nails how important it is to overcome food guilt: “Feelings of guilt re food are toxic to recovery.” Dramatic word, toxic, but very applicable.
That said, my Fourth of July wish for all of us in the U.S.: Enjoy a wonderful holiday with loving family, good friends and great food!
Are there any Fourth of July favorites you’d benefit from learning how to eat, instead of trying to avoid?
Photo by Marshall Astor via flickr