A friend of mine related a rather embarrassing but revealing story about eating habits the other day.
She was telling us about a barbecue she has just attended, the host was a large woman (around 300 pounds), we’ll call her “Tracey”
Anyway, Tracey wouldn’t eat much at dinner and weighed all of her food, and avoided salad dressing and seemed to have a very strict almost obsessive diet.
This would make anyone wonder how she could be pushing a 300 pound bodyweight if this is really how she eats.
No big deal so far. So here is where the embarrassing part comes in.
Just after the barbecue ended and everyone left my friend realized she had forgot her purse and went back to pick it up. When she walked into the backyard she found Tracey 4/5th’s of the way through an entire apple pie!
Now that is an awkward moment to say the least!
So, the moral of the story is this. If you feel like you need to hide the way you eat from other people, you probably need to make a change.
Secondly, there is no hiding your eating habits from anyone anyway. Did Tracey really think everyone around her believed that she was as strict of a dieters as she was playing up during the barbecue?
People aren’t that dumb, you can’t pull a fast one on everyone around you like that.
The saddest part is that Tracey obviously doesn’t believe anyone will support her or is embarrassed to ask for support with her eating issues.
In reality most people will support you if you ask for it.
Hiding it from everyone is never going to workout and just makes it an even worse and depressing experience when you do in fact eat.
Eating shouldn’t be something you’re ashamed of, it should be something that is fun, social, and celebrated with friends and family.
This is probably the single greatest benefit of Eat Stop Eat. You never have to give up any of the social events that go hand and hand with eating (and you can still lose weight!)
Anyway, I hope people like Tracey can be comfortable eating in front of other people one day soon. It really just doesn’t have to be that way.