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How You View Food

Posted Jun 10 2009 12:20am
Why do we refer to certain foods as being sinful? Is it really necessary to classify them as such?

I remember watching an episode of The Biggest Loser, where the trainers completely ruined tables full of fatty foods to prove a point to the contestants. Apparently, Bob wants you to believe that buffalo wings are evil. Then there is the Eat This, Not That book by some guy at Men's Health, which tells people NOT to eat certain foods because they are BAD.

I think many dieters have been taught through the media to believe that some foods are indeed sinful. This had made it hard for all of us to really develop a "balanced" and healthy relationship with food.

Why is it that I can walk into a room full of delicious green grapes and not be tempted by any of it, yet when I am surrounded by cookies, I immediately feel stressed? I know that I don't particularly like cookies more than I like grapes. I think it really has to do with how I classify food into two simple categories: healthy and sinful . I feel anxious around "sinful" foods because I've learned to view them as being bad and harmful.

So why don't we stop attaching the word "sinful" to our favorite junk foods and view them in the same way that we view "healthy" foods...

As equals.
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