Food for Thought

Is our craving for food a physiological process or a psychological process? Are we really always hungry when we decide to eat? Is eating a physical need or just another habitual mental desire? 

When we deeply observe the process of infatuation associated with food, we get closer to the realization about what we do to ourselves on breakfast and dinner tables. Do we really need all the calories we take? Is eating and mindless eating merely some sort of addiction like checking the smartphone screen every two hours? How do we decide what to eat and how much to eat? Are our heuristics superior enough to keep us healthy without keeping us hungry?

Many of us don’t encounter these questions unless the weighing machine declares us overweight! So we continue to have fun (indulge in thoughtless foodiness!) until it’s alarmingly late. Why? Because we humans need speed breakers. We are destined to commit and cling to things that give pleasure with little or no effort on our mental capacity. We procrastinate until we don’t see the danger zone approaching. We love that free fall and don’t want to open the parachute until the ground is easily visible to us.

Discipline in any form and for any purpose is difficult simply because there is a mental block about seeing ourselves following it. So, I know it feels good to eat less but then I begin to bargain that feeling of goodness with the discomfort of controlling myself. I choose to let go all the benefits by avoiding the fear of how uncomfortable I would feel if at all I push myself towards a disciplined diet plan. Hence most people don’t even attempt to pursue such a challenge. But it all starts inside our heads. If we see ourselves doing it through a mental experience, we leap forward to follow a course of action necessary for fulfillment of that experience. 

Success is successively easy. The more you achieve, the easier it becomes to bear the pain. The less you eat, the lesser you miss eating more and more! 

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Author: anilkshatriyablog

I work as Assistant Professor in the area of Accounting at IMT Nagpur. I love teaching, writing and cycling. I follow a simple principle, 'Help ever, hurt never'.

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