How do YOU value your food?

How do YOU value your food?

August 26, 2015


I recently went on a cruise with my children. A mid-year holiday to recharge.  It was such a great experience and in a nutshell we had a lot of fun.

While we did eat more than what we would normally eat at home and indulged (because food is everywhere), and I did put on a few kilo’s, the trip for me was more about everything else we got to to do.

I paid for ‘time out’, the opportunity to exercise each day overlooking a beautiful ocean, relax, experience a world of fun activities and most importantly connect and enjoy quality time with my children.

It was hard not to overeat because food is abundant – like everywhere, all day and you couldn’t help but be tempted by all the desserts constantly eyeballing you. But this was not what my trip was all about. It was not what I was there for. It was not where I was emotionally getting my ‘value for money’ from.

Unfortunately to my horror I got to witness first hand people who did value the food on the cruise above all else! These people pigged out, I mean went crazy. They piled their plates high with so much food and everytime I saw them they were for the most part eating and drinking. It was clear that this was what was important to them. This was what they wanted and where they placed their VALUE “I paid for this food so I am going to eat as much as I can before I leave this ship”!!.  It was shocking to see extremely obese people being wheeled in wheel chairs to the buffet to another helping. People who could not even move!.

It was really obvious to me about the emotional impact involved with  our choices and experiences in relation to food.  What we teach in the Busyslim 12 week program are key components to losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight. There were many other people like myself who you could see were also indulging to a degree, but at the same time, their weight and what they had on their plates really reflected that ‘food’ does not rule their life.  They were the ones that I would see at the ship gym each day doing their daily exercise because they live with the intention of having a healthy balanced lifestyle.

At the beginning of the cruise the cruise director shared ‘interesting facts about cruising’.  One of these facts was that the average, let me say that again, the AVERAGE weight gain of a person on a cruise is ¾ of a kilo per day!. So 8 days at sea and say hello to 6 kilo’s!!! Wow!

Like I said, I indulged, I gained some weight, I expected too because I knew my activity and eating routine would be  a bit different. But the major difference for myself (and others who acted the same) was that as soon as I was off the ship I would be back to my normal healthy routine and the weight would go. And I’m pleased to say it is.

The horrible reality is we are in a crisis state as a world with obesity. It is an epidemic. The people who went crazy on this cruise with food and drink were already clearly unhealthy, very overweight, and were going to leave their ‘holiday’ worse off and unfortunately not go back to a healthy lifestyle and probably not lose this holiday weight gain.

So my question to you is where do you rate ‘food’ on a scale of importance in having a good time? If it is the main priority then you need to think about this – because this is not emotionally healthy. And at this point it is not even your fault.  It has been the way you have been emotionally programmed your whole life.  Valuing eating large volumes of food because you paid for it is not healthy. The only way you can change this behaviour is by recognising you need to change the ‘value’ system you have around food and deal with the emotional side of this major contributor to good health and quality of life.  And you deserve to have a great quality of life!

Being on this cruise really emphasised for me how much trouble we really are in.  So where do you rate yourself on this subject? And If you acknowledge that your relationship with food is not healthy what are you going to do to change it?.  I definitely think this is food for thought.