Diet brain, food police, self sabotage, beating yourself up, food guilt, body shame, and any kind of hiding or self abuse is all very acceptable, American, main-stream, and easy. We come to it almost naturally because it is a part of our environment – we are the ultimate jungle cats in this food jungle! (Has the word ‘easy’ got your cat-like hackles up yet? I hope so…)
Easy, yes, easy. It is easier to stay on the diet roller coaster than get off. It is easier to start the next fad diet than not to. It is easier to say “Hmmm… I’ll be bad and have the fries.” Than it is to say “Fries, thanks.” It is easier to stay the same than to change. And I wonder if that is true…
I just pictured a train coming to a stop. It takes a long time and it makes some crazy noises. The things inside the train get a little jumbled up and maybe even tip over. Then, there is a pause, someone gets picked up, everyone makes their comments about the abrupt shift and then it starts to plug along in a new direction. Wobbles a bit as it switches tracks but somehow, sooner than you imagine, that train is chugging along as if it had always gone that way.
Where is your train headed, and who is the conductor?