Thursday, September 2, 2010

Friday Quote Day on Thursday

It is Thursday, isn't it?

Begin to see yourself
as a soul with a body
rather than a body with a soul.
~ Wayne Dyer

I do believe this is what's been happening to me this year, and especially this summer.

Since the age of 11 (which happened for me in 1962), I've focused on my imperfect body, struggling to change it, remake it, whittle it, improve it, even – at times – erase it.

To be honest, I still feel like that sometimes, wishing I looked different, better, thinner. But it's not driving my life these days and for that, I'm very grateful.

My epiphany may have started during the Obama presidential campaign, when my husband and I hosted several parties and I truly enjoyed preparing and eating fun food. It had been a very long time since I'd done that. I even served low-fat versions of traditional dishes during holiday meals, hoping no one would notice. And sugar? The stuff was banned from my pantry. I rarely ate sugar. For one five-year period in the 1990s, I abstained from sugar completely.

No more. It's true what 'they' say: A smaller portion of real food is more satisfying than a normal portion of fake food. A cereal-sized bowl of low-fat, sugar-free ice cream equals one scoop of the real thing. And here's a revelation: Watermelon tastes better than either version of ice cream.

Bottom line? I'm not afraid to eat any more. Oh, what a feeling!


gingersnapper said...

That's fantastic. I'm discovering it too, that real food is more satisfying than the other stuff. My intermittent fasting has caused me to experience real hunger and to pay attention to what I'm eating; there is no question but that when I eat real food I am more satiated and satisfied, generally on far fewer calories.

The ice cream is a good example. Occasionally the DH and I split a pint of Ben and Jerry's - into four servings. That half-cup serving is more than enough; if it was the low-fat sugar-free version, I'd eat 1-2 cups. My taste buds would go numb before I'd feel satisfied!

Elora said...

Congratulations, Debbi! There is more to life than....obscessing about numbers and parameters! Right??!! Good girl!


denise said...

I can just picture you dancing around with an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt and slouch socks ala Flashdance!

What a feeling...!

Sounds wonderful and like you're on the track to something sustainable.

altopower said...

What a great place to be! Real food just tastes better and is more satisfying than the all-low-everything stuff we eat to keep our bodies in check. Living your life and taking care of your body in healthy happy ways is a great gift to yourself, my dear.