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We eat the foods we think we deserve: by Jesse Bluma

We Eat the Foods We Think We Deserve

We eat what we think we deserve.  Our own bad habits, mental and physical health conditions, childhoods, and images we see in media have an impact on our lives.  When we see actors, athletes, and models in media they often are presented looking their best.  Or shall we say computer graphics best.  It is healthy to keep this in mind, rather than contrasting ourselves to images and then reaching for ___________ (whatever the temptation) to momentarily make us feel better.  

The meaning behind Pointe Viven is to live at the highest point, living with a commitment to quality, and liberating our taste in everything.  We get to live on a planet with a spectrum of food choices miles wide.  If we only eat from a small portion of that spectrum from store shelves, are we really living?   Starting each day with a healthy perspective about ourselves, food, and other things enables us to face challenges and be sure in the choices we make.  Over time this mental lifting of weights, making good steps, will go a long way in your ability to have a fit body.  This same concept is true in our relationships, finances, and friendships.  

Eating poorly made foods, fast foods, foods with little nutrients, foods that don’t have great flavor is not liberating, is not an expression of freedom, it is not living.  The metaphor carries over into other life choices we make as well, drugs, certain relationships, overspending, etc.  Each of these has several opportunity costs.  That brings us to the big question.  Why do we do it?  Why do we do the things that we know don’t elevate our lives and the lives of others.  

Working with food and people often I hear a few things.  One is that these things stimulate the brain’s pleasure and reward system.  The brain is fooled to think it (whatever it is) is a good thing.  For example, despite the fact some foods are made with L-Cysteine from feathers, pig bristles, and human hair, people continue to eat these foods.  Re-training the brain to seek higher reasons for eating certain foods is challenging, although doable.  Food is a great gift and when seen as such can be sought for the true benefits:  allergy relief, energy, flavor, improved mind, improved mood, nutrition, romance, satisfaction, improved sleep, and more.  

The values and ideas we hold on the forefront of our minds makes the difference in how we experience life.  Clear, healthy, good ideas bring meaning, enjoyment, and self-respect.  As each new challenge, crisis, or fear enters our heads it requires us to respond and not just react.  Junk food, junk relationships, junk whatever are always easiest to get.  Junk can also taste good or seem good in the moment.  There is so much junk in the world it is challenging to avoid, it seeps into our minds and we see so many others with junk it almost seems acceptable.  Junk food and junk in general may seem or appear inexpensive, affordable, or doable.  When it comes down to it we often fool ourselves and play ignorant.  

We all know the drill:  prioritize our daily lives, simplify the daily schedule, carve out time for physical activity.  In essence stop the self-destruction, make good choices, and stay away from junk.  Easy to write.  Easy to say.  Remember that pesky brain?  Remember the bad day at work?  Remember those fears that creep into the mind?    

Purpose.  Maybe today you don’t need this reminder.  Maybe you never need this reminder.  This is not for you.  Go eat a cookie...a non-junky cookie.  For those of you still reading at this moment each of us was born with a purpose.  Keeping that attitude, living with good self-worth and setting out each day with a plan and making good decisions is doable.  It takes a holistic approach of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.  Conquering each day as best you can without indulging on junk.

When we think we are not worthy, when we don’t respect ourselves, when we are fearful it opens doors to bad eating, bad relationships, bad spending, and much more.  Acting from calm, spending time wisely, and protecting what matters in your life is key.  “Balance” is often tossed around as the cure.  I don’t know about you, as for me, I am not an inanimate object.  It’s much easier to place a bunch of weights on a scale and find a balance than to place my life on a scale and balance it out.  A better way to approach life may be a recipe of a mix.  You need a certain amount of olive oil, a certain amount of spice, and a certain amount of broccoli.  When we don’t respect ourselves, when we don’t address our emotions, temptations, and foibles, we hide from our purpose.  When we eat well, when we develop our notions of what tastes good and is good for us, we are truly liberated.

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