For many of us larger folk…walking into a super market is like walking into a casino. The decks are stacked against you. The food industry has spent millions of dollars and hours working to figure out how to make tastier foods with cheaper materials. In the last few years we have seen the rise of so many additives in food that are synthetic over-processed chemicals. These help big food companies create more units of food for less money. The marketing that goes into each product is also deceptive. Just look at the cereal aisle in most stores….even the kids cereal that is filled with sugar is now gluten free! Fruity Pebbles are now gluten free! They market this stuff like it is healthy for you. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t that is really for you to decide. Some could argue that it is only cereal….deal with it. Others are more cynical. But many of us…including some fatter folks can be mislead so easily. I was really into eating canned pears for a while. Then my wife pointed out that each can was about 600 calories?! I was pissed! How can they do this to people? Anyway….back to today’s gift. I am walking around the store and I see a woman reading a food label. I ask her if she needs help. “I am trying to figure out how many Weight Watcher points this is…” I smile. “2 points per serving” I tell her. She is surprised that I know that. I tell her that I was on Weight Watchers for a while and really enjoyed it. I lost 30 pounds with that program. We chat more about her weight loss journey. She is starting out and having a tough time with it. I take her through the store and show her all kinds of snacks and foods that fit her plan. I share my story, and give her some encouragement. We spend about 15 minutes talking and looking through the store. “Trader Joe’s really isn’t a health food store….It may look like it, but it’s not really the case. Be cautious…and keep reading those labels. The food industry has done their homework and now you need to do yours!” I tell her. She is excited. I feel like I really helped someone today. I hope she reports back to the store soon.
Today’s painting is dedicated to big people everywhere! You can do it….you just have to get started. There are all kinds of helpful people out there. But be wary there are a whole slew of unhelpful folks and diet myths and fads. You have to find a clear way to navigate these troubled waters. Good luck and go change your life.