Scarcity vs. Abundance

Note: Any political views expressed here are mine alone. I’ve been thinking a lot about the recent budget proposed by the president, which includes cuts to a number of important programs. I realize this may seem like an odd thing to bring up in a blog about food and weight issues, but it reminds me of something I focus on with mindful eating, namely, the difference between a mindset of scarcity vs. abundance. Many of us who struggle in our relationship to food have a scarcity mindset, where we feel like we need to have as much as we can now, because maybe another time we won’t have as much as you want or need. Whereas having an attitude of abundance means you learn to trust that there will b

Need State

Note: I recently read a book called The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker, and it inspired a few blog posts. This is one of them. Do you think much about how food makes you feel? Or do you consider if you even want food to make you feel a certain way? This isn’t something I’ve consciously thought about, or at least not in those terms, but I do think it’s there subconsciously. For instance, when I eat comfort foods, I’m certainly looking for something that will make me feel secure and cared for. But according to the book The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker, some people spend a lot more time thinking about this, and in a lot more detail, as they tr

More Important Things

I recently made an impulse buy of a series of Cozy Mysteries by Sylvia Selfman on my Kindle, since I figured for $1.99, it was hard to go wrong. But I reconsidered when I started reading the first one, Murder She Typed: An Izzy Greene Senior Snoops Mystery and became instantly aggravated with Izzy, the heroine. From the very beginning, Izzy is hyper-fixated on food. In the opening sequence, when she thinks she’s about to die, she doesn’t have any thoughts of loved ones or reflections on her life, only a lament for not eating more chocolate cake that morning. Then the second chapter talks about her distress at the signs of aging and how a candy bar and cake were required to alleviate her depr

Hidden Identity

Note: This was a reflection I wrote for a lay-led service at my church, where our theme was Identity. When I think about hidden identities, some things that come immediately to mind are religion, sexual orientation, gender, and political affiliation. But my own experience of it relates to something else entirely: my weight. Admittedly, in my adolescent and young adult years, this was a very obvious part of my identity – it’s hard to hide being fat. At the time it made me feel ashamed and stigmatized, but looking back, I recognize that this aspect of my identity was, in some ways, freeing. Even now, it feels a bit counter-intuitive. But in those years, since my default assumption was that peo

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