When it comes to eating healthy foods that contain little sugar or fat, most individuals throughout the world struggle to do the “right” thing. It isn’t always easy to avoid the foods that taste great, even if we know those foods can lead to bigger problems for us.
Lately, in an attempt to help people understand the importance of eating the correct portions of food for the best health, the department store Macy’s decided it would be a great idea to sell plates that showed portion sizes in a whimsical way. Well, the moment people saw these plates, they did not find them helpful…instead, they found them insulting.
The plates being sold by Macy’s were in fact created by a brand called Pourtions and they claimed that they developed the plates to be a “lighthearted take on the important issue of portion control.” Needless to say, after Macy’s received thousands of complaints from people crying foul, the plates were removed from the store. The unfortunate thing about this situation is that the removal of the plates did little to deal with the real issue here: How the mind plays a major role in what we do to our bodies.
Anyone looking at the plates should immediately know that they couldn’t possibly be serious enough for someone to actually adjust their eating based on the portion sizes listed. The plates have three circles, one on the outer ring that says Mom Jeans, a second in the center of the plate that says Favorite Jeans, and a small circle in the center of the plate that reads Skinny Jeans.
The center ring looks as if it could barely fit two carrot sticks, let alone a real meal. It’s clear that the plates are attempting to find an easy and fun way to keep people thinking about the right portions when they eat. Unfortunately, people are so consumed with avoiding the idea that something can be said to hurt someone’s feelings that they totally miss the mark of the message.
It’s as if people would rather complain about others who fail to address health issues in a way they deem appropriate, rather than coming together and figuring out why they are so consumed with what a person looks like. Without a doubt, eating incorrect foods in excess is harmful to anyone’s health and should be addressed.
However, forcing the removal of items that deal with serious issues as they pertain to health simply because someone doesn’t like how it’s said is incredibly counterproductive.
Dealing with the amount of food that we consume is something that should begin in the mind. The mind is what tells us whether we are full or not, and it is also the muscle that convinces us that we love food so much that we just can’t get enough.
As a society, we need to focus our attention on how we can support one another on the importance of changing how we think when it comes to our addiction to food. We need to realize that what we eat isn’t the problem…it’s why we eat.
Rather than eating to survive, we eat when we want to ignore our problems. We eat when we feel sad, depressed, or alone. We also eat when we want to be comforted. These are all mental aspects of ourselves that can be controlled if they are first acknowledged. By accepting our thoughts, we will be in a position to change our mindset and thus control our need to eat to live, rather than living to eat. As is within, so is without. It all begins in the mind.