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When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. --Elaine Boosler

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

FooD For ThoughT?



What's the first thing that springs to mind when I say : FOOD?

A plate of pleasure with guilt to follow has some insights.

"Guilt about the pleasure of eating is nothing new, and if diet gurus sound almost evangelical, there's a very good reason for it.
..although cloaked in the language of science and nutrition, prevailing Western preoccupations with diet, self-control and the body stretch back...to antiquity.

Clearly people find pleasure in eating foods, but pleasure challenges self-control, and pleasure has a long history in our culture of being highly problematic because it challenges reason and logic - what you're doing is caving in to bodily and hedonistic senses."


Let's face it. Food = Pleasure (at least for most people I know, or at least the ones willing to admit it..Heh)

Do you eat for "pleasure" or just for its dietary benefit. (Yea...Rrrrrright..Heh)


The pleasure of food is the sensation of well-being that derives from the fulfillment of a basic natural instinct.
What many don't realize is that the pleasure we get from food is not only physical sensation, but emotional and psychological as well.

But..What to eat?
Bland rice cake or rich, decadent brownie?

Cholesterol
Fat
Pesticides
Sugar
Salt



Do you monitor the content or gobble down the gummie bears?

Do you consume more if the food is attractively presented?
Do you appreciate food for its its "ritualistic value"...dinner with the family at 6.
Is the only food you can eat without guilt a celery stalk or carrot stick?
Do ya feel "deprived" if you don't have your "favorite" dish or dessert?

Some find the ultimate pleasure in eating the creations of a well-known chef, whereas others enjoy the emotions associated with a "home cooked meal" by a loved one.
Historically, food has also been a way to cope with stress...Ice-cream anyone?

Try as we may to avoid it, so much of our social life revolves around food.

So g'head, indulge that appetite, but don't forget to give thanks to the One who gave you the glory of this simple pleasure.



Check out this amazing effort by a buddy of mine with Iraqi soldiers at The Real Ugly American

Over at TMH's Bacon Bits see more of Cindy's shenanigans.

2 Comments:

  • At 7:03 PM, Blogger Neurotic Mom said…

    ugh you just reminded me i've barely eaten today

     
  • At 1:51 PM, Blogger Brooke said…

    I need to stop eating... gotta lose those baby pounds before they become toddler pounds...

    (Neurosis in full swing.)

     

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