“It’s called diet because all the other four letter words were taken.”
I love TED Talks. Just listened to a TED Talk by Sandra Aamodt (Yes, her last name is spelled correctly, no matter what spell check says) about eating and dieting and willpower and set point and losing weight. Do you want the good news or the bad news? Or maybe labels about news are as unhelpful as labels about people.
Aamodt, in her presentation, seemed to stress the idea of our body’s set point and emphasized that we’re probably not going to re-set our set point except, possibly, to raise it. In a nut shell, Aamodt seemed to imply that we can lose weight if we starve ourselves and go through life always feeling hungry.
I do know a woman who lost about 100 pounds and kept it off. She happens to work for a weight loss program. Her sister, who like George Washington cannot tell a lie, revealed that her sister generally has an energy bar for lunch and microwave popcorn for dinner. Real meals are the exception. Oh, help!
Additionally, we live in a society that holds up skinny as a sacred state. We’re screwed. But not all of us. I’m only talking about those who have ever been on a diet. This, of course, does not include children under the age of two.
This led me to wonder – what do two-year-olds think about all day long. What kind of resolutions do they make early in the morning if it doesn’t have to do with not eating and/or drinking too much, plowing through their to-do list, or accomplishing a worthy goal that will leave something behind for posterity?
Maybe this post has nothing to do with the last diet you’ll ever need.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.