The other night I watched a program on "American Experience" about one of the several famines that happened in Russia during the 20th Century. Millions of people starved to death, and as I watched the program, it was an eye-opener for me. There really were starving children in other parts of the world. In North America, eating has become a hobby. We don't eat to live, we live to eat. Food is no longer for nourishment, it is for fun. At work, we are inundated with co-workers bringing in chocolates, doughnuts, cakes, pies, cookies... Every day we have snack food and every day we
It is no coincidence that the Nestlé Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of junk food, is also the owner of the Jenny Craig weight management program. Or that Weight Watchers, another weight management program, was owned by the Heinz corporation, also a manufacturer of junk food. That's good business; fatten people up and then help them to lose the weight. It's a treadmill that millions of folks can't seem to escape, and I am as guilty as anyone.
The formula for losing weight is easy: 3,500 calories equals one pound. Cut back on the calories, or expend them as energy, and the body will lose weight. It is the simple principle behind any weight loss program, including Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, with their packaged, artificial, processed food and complicated points formulas.
Yesterday at work one of our patients brought in a huge box of Tim Horton doughnuts for our staff. As I looked through the doughnuts to see which one I wanted, I thought of how one of those doughnuts may have kept a Russian famine victim alive for just one more day.
My parents' advice about cleaning my plate because of "all the starving children" was well-meant, but ultimately bad advice which led to bad habits. Because of those starving children, I am going to be very careful from now on about eating without thinking about it first ... well, starting right after Easter dinner. ;-)