Monday, April 29, 2013

Summarizing important life philosophical points

I'm off on a tangent for a bit.

What we think is not important, it is what we do as a result of our beliefs that is important.

This implies that a philosophy is equivalent to a spiritual approach to the weight problem.  Watching our ideas, our impressions and living a delay tape in our head are equal concepts.

Some things are up to us and some things are not. So we can divide all internal issues into three groups, what we have control over, what we have influence over, and that which is beyond control or influence. Externally, we can influence a few things, and control nothing. We are responsible for our opinions, desires, impulse and aversions. Some will argue that we have no control over some of these, but some translations of Epictetus say responsibility, not control. We are responsible for our actions for sure. Desires and impulses can be redirected, where the control is poor.

So we can redirect the desire for additional food. We have a choice: live in the addiction/compulsion or live in recovery.  


  1. As you may know my husband is a Type 2 diabetic and he is a low carber because it gives him excellent control of his blood glucose numbers. I have often been accused as being ‘one of the lucky ones’ as I have not had any issues with my weight. When my husband was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes he decided to low carb and I also chose to low carb. We do not have rice, pasta, bread, sugar etc in the house - if it’s not in the house you can not be tempted and it makes choices so much easier. Although some find it hard to reduce carbs, surely if you can make the decision not to buy them and have them around you it does make it a little easier to control weight..
    Just my thoughts but each of us do have a choice.

    All the best Jan

  2. and some of us have addiction/compulsion issues, in which the correct choice is not easy, and some of the time impossible. It is that addiction/compulsion that is the problem, and few will even acknowledge the existence of addiction/compulsion, and the medical/science community has no answers.


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