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Friday, August 19, 2011

Ellen DeGeneres, Food, and Epiphanies

An epiphany is defined as "a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience." I had an epiphany a few weeks ago when I was thinking about food, as I did not blog for about a month of my summer vacation I will share my epiphany with you now.

I love Ellen DeGeneres and her comedy show from almost ten years ago, Here and Now. In this comedy show she makes fun of people going to the movies and how people act as they though they will never eat again or ordering as if they are packing for a trip across the Sahara. Ellen then says "people act as though they will not eat again, when you know you will eat again in three to four hours". This is so true and I was one of those people.

"We stock up on popcorn and candy like we're crossing the Sierras, don't we? "I'll have a couple of soft pretzels, a hot dog, Milk Duds, Snocaps. Is that the largest popcorn you've got there, that bucket? You don't have a barrel or anything like that? Do you have a donkey or a pack mule or anything? - Oh, and a Diet Coke." 
-Ellen DeGeneres, Here and Now

At about 13:25min  into episode, is the part about food. LOL Funny!!! Watch the whole clip and whole show if you have time. It is great!

I remember watching this comedy show over and over in college and laughing my ass off every time....I am laughing as I watch it now. It is funny! But, I did not see the significance of the problem that Ellen is discussing with the comment about people eating as though they will not eat again and doing it at every meal. I see it now and I totally agree with her on this. In America we eat too much and it is part of the American mentality to want to eat a big steak and potato for dinner, or a huge sandwich for lunch, or steak and eggs with grits for breakfast. Now, some people may need the energy and good for them if they work that hard and burn that much in their work that they need something of that magnitude for meals. The majority of us though do not need that much nutrition between meals and snacks or meals and meals. I could easily have eaten 1000 calories in one meal before this surgery and handling of my addiction to sugar and I did not see the importance or significance of what she is saying there until a few months ago.

I know not everyone will agree with Ellen and me on this one, but in America we eat too much. People who see what I eat now on LoseIt.com have asked me why I eat so little and I just say I am on a medically supervised diet and I am taking supplements and am fine...thank you. And I know that my diet right now in terms of calories is on the extreme side of the eating spectrum, and this is not what I am saying everyone needs to do, but overall America's view on food and super-sizing and all-you-can-eat buffets is not good. We do not need to eat all that we can, we will get food again in a few hours or whenever you want it. Most of us in America do not need to stuff ourselves at every meal because we know that we will have another meal in a few short hours, we are not cavemen or uncertain of when our next meal will be. And this is why we do not need to eat like cavemen or like there is a food shortage....because there is not one in America.

My views of food have changed and I know not everyone will share this view with me and I respect that. For the past eight years or so I did not share that view with Ellen, I just laughed at it because it was funny how she put it, but now I agree and understand. I know that it is fine if I eat only four ounces of food at breakfast because I can have a snack in two or three hours if I am truly hungry (not head hunger) or I will have a meal in three to four hours if I did not need the snack. I am not saying that people should not have meals that they enjoy and splurge and even overeat on occasion, that is live. But this should not be done all the time at every meal and be the way one thinks about eating and food.

I still enjoy my food now, if not more than I did before. I taste the food and enjoy the textures in my mouth- I never did that before. Before I was eating for volume half the time not to truly enjoy the experience. Last night I made a baked apple in the microwave with chopped pecans, cinnamon, Truvia, Mexican Agave Nectar, water, and a smidge of butter (I have a measuring spoon that is a smidge, so yes it really was just a smidge...lol!). <I will share recipe and pic over the weekend> I had half of it topped with a little non-fat cinnamon greek yogurt I had made for dinner for my sweet potatoes (Josie's favorite) and it was delicious. The house smelled like apple pie and we enjoyed our dessert....it was a treat. That is what food should be, something you enjoy and makes you smile but not something you gorge on until you can't move and think that you just might explode.

I know that feeling all too well from earlier this year, in the words of Sophia Petrillo, "picture it...." Mohegan Sun Casino, April 7th 2011 Margarittaville, followed by Ben and Jerry's large waffle cone, and then washed down with half a dozen Krispe Kreme glazed donuts. This was my last hooray before my Pre-Op Diet.....yeah I might have known that "I'm about to explode" feeling. But my views on food changed and I am so much happier and healthier now and I enjoy my food and my life so much more.

Love me some, Sophia! Miss you!

Amen. <3

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