It’s Important to Look Back Before You Can Move Forward
Have you ever wondered how we form opinions? Likes? Dislikes? Of course, our views have been shaped by past input and experiences. From birth, parents, siblings, teachers and media have influenced our thinking and, subsequently, our actions. When researching for my book, “Fitness for Women Who Love to Eat and Hate to Move,” I questioned where, why and when I developed my love for food. As the product of two clinically obese parents, I just figured I was destined to travel the same path of overweight and illness. However, in order to overcome my gene pool and get healthy, I needed to look back at childhood influences. For example, how my mom would make her special macaroni and cheese for me when I was upset. It was delicious, creamy and filled with love. There is no way I would not associate that scrumptious dish with affection. If only food could actually remedy problems! There would be no wars! It wasn’t just food that induced a life of yo-yo dieting. The media portrayed thin, beautiful women as gliding through life without a care. If I only knew then what I know now. There is a quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.” When we are out in the world, we must be careful what data we invite in. It’s easy to convince ourselves of our weaknesses, whether real or imagined. That’s why it’s so important to develop a team of people who will assist us on the road to better health. Don’t go it alone.