Thursday, October 21, 2010

Just a Thing

It took me a long time to realize it, but food didn't make me fat. Think about it. Food is just an inanimate object, a thing. It has no feelings, no thoughts, no power, it just is.

Take my all time favorite binge food, the two pound bag of peanut M&M's and let's break it down to the most basic parts. They are nothing more than a mixture of Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Lactose, Milkfat, Peanuts, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artificial Flavors, Sugar, Peanuts, Cornstarch, Less than 1% - Corn Syrup, Gum Acacia, Coloring (includes Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, and Dextrin all mixed in a colorful plastic bag.

Despite what the commercials will have you believe, M&M's don't have feet and can't walk themselves into your kitchen. And they don't talk. Those M&M's never got into my buggy at the market by themselves, they didn't get into the couch cushions by themselves and they didn't go into my mouth, pound after pound, by themselves.

Taking nutritional stock in your food is important, I'm not discounting that whatsoever but was it my decisions, my actions with food that made me fat (as it was my actions with food that helped me get healthy and take some weight off.) I'm not giving junk food marketers a free pass here, that's a discussion for another post. They can spend all the money in the world tempting me with their wares, but at the end of the day it's my responsibility what I choose to put into my body.

So remember, the next time you hear your favorite junk food "calling" to you, it's just your own voice in your head.


  1. This was a very good reminder because I could have sworn that cheese danish was shouting for me this morning. Too bad I listened.

    I will listen more closely for the salad that will be whispering to me at lunch. :)

  2. Amen to all you said! Peanut M&M's were my fav - haven't had any since last March and their siren song has dimmed to a hum...thanks for all your observations. Their all on point!