Ever since I was shocked out of my denial that I was obese when I weighed-in after Christmas, I’ve not only begun a weight loss and exercise program, but I’ve also consumed good Christian books on nutrition, healthy eating, and books on health in general. It’s taken a while, but it’s transformed me and given me a new perspective on food.
I used to drive down the Interstate and see the exit signs promoting McDonald’s, Steak and Shake, Burger King, and the usual fast food restaurants and would sometimes stop at one of them. Not any more! Now, when I see the signs, I see poison. Yep. It’s a little over the top, I know. Poison. But, that’s what I see. I’ve been transformed. I have a new perspective.
I like to grocery shop with my wife. It’s our most expensive date. We never read the nutrition labels, but we do now. We don’t put a lot of stuff in our buggy like we once did. It’s all about nutrition and healthy eating now. We don’t even go down the chip and snack aisle any more looking for specials like two for one. Transformed. A new shopping for groceries perspective.
Our eating has changed for the better too. We once junked up on processed snacks like Little Debbie’s and Ritz and peanut butter. I was practically addicted to those and other weight-gaining processed food. Now, our refrigerator is filled with fruit, and we keep bananas on the counter for a snack. Oh, I did buy some peanut butter at Fresh Market the other day, but it’s the make your own ground from roasted peanuts. It’s nutritious whereas the processed peanut butter has added sugar, preservatives, and God knows what else.
I still have to have my Nabisco Graham Crackers with my fresh ground peanut butter for a bedtime snack. Maybe some day, I can wean myself off the graham crackers, but it won’t be today. I’m not completely transformed yet.
I have a new perspective when we go out to eat. I order mindfully and eat mindfully. I search the menu for healthy offerings. They are there. You just have to search for them. No more fried entrees or fat producing appetizers and sides. Instead of a baked potato with butter and sour creme, I order broccoli or something like that. I’m still not a broccoli fan, but I’m trying.
Also, I ask for an extra plate and take from the entree and sides and put small, much smaller portions on it. Even when my wife and I split an order, we do that. They give you enough to feed the whole county. Then, we ask the waitress to take away the excess food. It’s better to throw it away than store it as fat on my body. It’s not a sin to throw away food. It’s a sin to put it into your body and grow more fat. It’s a new perspective on eating out.
And one more thing, I notice overweight and obese people like me now. Sixty-six percent of us Americans fall into this category. We are definitely not alone.
I don’t notice them to judge them. I feel a connectedness with them. My wife and I went to Pablanos tonight. An attractive overweight woman came in and set at the bar. I couldn’t help but notice. My wife reprimanded me and said, “Stop staring. It makes me feel inferior.” The lady was faced so that she couldn’t see me stare.
I explained to my wife that I was looking at the lady’s love handles and muffin top belly. It didn’t help my wife’s feelings much until I whispered to her that I felt somewhat sorry for her. Then, she agreed. “Yes, she has a problem and a lot of work to do to get that off, doesn’t she?”
“She sure does,” I replied. “We know.”
I think I notice overweight and obese people now because I am one of them. There are multitudes of us. I also notice them because I know what they are going through. I empathize with these strangers and feel troubled for them as I do myself.
I have a new perspective for them now that I am mindful of my own poor condition and wonder, “How could I ever do this to myself? How could they do it to themselves?
But one thing I know from losing weight, I sure feel better. I have energy. I have a new outlook and perspective on life. I’m rarely depressed any more whereas before, that old gray dog followed me around everywhere. I look better. My clothes fit better and some are loose. Shopping time is right around the corner.
A new perspective changes everything. I have also found that by putting into my body nourishing food in small portions that my mind and soul are nourished. Everything about who I am is changing for the better starting with my healthier body which amazingly affects my mind and soul. I have been transformed by eating small portions of healthy food and exercising.
Strange, isn’t it? How losing weight gives you a whole new perspective on life. But, it’s happened. A new perspective on food has done that, and it’s a wonderful feeling!
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2 NLT).
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Thanks for reading. I hope and pray this has been helpful. Blessings.