Friday, January 15, 2016


Sharma post reminded me of a story.. 

why do they with great unanimity recommend vices to us?

The devil was chatting to a alcoholic. You can go to heaven today, or you can party tonight and go to heaven tomorrow. The alcoholic, of course, partied. The next day, the devil gave the alcoholic the same choice again....

So the diet should start now, not tomorrow. It should be only a maximum of three meals each day. To do more creates a devil made me do it attitude. Society says it is OK to eat more often, and what has that done for us? The obesity epidemic.

It is crucial that we have a urgency to do it, and a eager want to do it.  Combine that with low impulse control, and the devil made me do it, and the problem is worse.

Then there is that feeling of deprivation that some people report at not being to eat chocolate or some other item. That means that they never made the decision to give up chocolate or some other item. It is this unclear decision that causes deprivation feeling. To be successful on any diet one must make a decision to give up, for ever, some foods like chocolate, sugar, grains, dairy products. If one does not, the weight will come back.

It is like eating wonderful tasting dose dependent poisons. You get away eating small portions of the poison, and even occasional more, but you never feel good. But you like the taste, and the way it goes down, the early effect, but not the long term effects... Food addiction is real.

So go have a donut and start your diet tomorrow is bull, start your diet now, and good luck.

But that is not what the government diet wise program says. Oh well, what do I know?


  1. Perhaps it's start a lifestyle change as opposed to diet, although of course what you eat does play a role!

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

  2. I have never understood what people mean by lifestyle. I am sure it means something to you, but I have no idea what. Reminds me of a movie, The Gods must be Crazy, "I understood every word, but I have no idea what he means." To me a change in thinking, in philosophy, or psychology is required.

  3. Very interesting point Fred - I actually looked up 'lifestyle' on Wikipedia and this is how they explained it "The term lifestyle can denote the interests, opinions, behaviors, and behavioral orientations of an individual, group, or culture.

    The term was originally used by Austrian psychologist Alfred Adler (1870-1937)"

    There is more here in this link

    I do think peoples way of living - can you call that lifestyle - has changed. I know from looking back to when I was growing up foods etc that were available then and to now have completely changed. Living choices and expectations to.

    When Eddie was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes only then did we look more closely at how we were living, foods etc we were consuming. We both took the decision to change things and a changed lifestyle evolved.

    Nothing is ever simple, we do always have to pay attention to thought, action, deed.

    All the best Jan

  4. I am going to let this die a natural death. Change is the only constant.


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