Wellness Pathway #248 Under Size Me

If you have not seen the award-winning film documentary, Super Size Me, by actor-director Morgan Spurlock, then it’s time for a trip to the video store. You can view the movie trailer, and learn more about the movie, by visiting their Web site at www.SuperSizeMe.com.

The premise for the movie is simple enough. What would happen if an otherwise healthy and fit person ate nothing but fast food for 30 days? At the outset, the medical doctors monitoring Spurlock, the star and guinea pig of the movie, speculated that nothing much would happen. The body will adjust, they said, with minimal negative effects. After all, it was only to be for 30 days.

Half way through the ordeal, however, the doctors were incredulous and called for Spurlock to end the experiment. They knew that a person could destroy his or her liver in 30 days with enough alcohol. But too much fast food? That seemed preposterous. And yet Spurlock quickly starting packing on the pounds, losing fitness, and having his vital signs deteriorate to dangerous levels.

Spurlock nevertheless persevered, and as time went on he experienced a wide variety of additional serious health problems, including mood swings, depression, and sexual dysfunction. By the end of 30 days, he had gained almost 30 pounds and found himself addicted to a high-calorie, high-fat, and high-glycemic diet. It then took him more than nine months to lose the weight he had gained.

Unfortunately, Spurlock’s experiment is many people’s lives. A recent news story reported on how French Fries have become the staple of school lunches and many diets. We are eating the kinds of foods that make us overweight and threaten not only our quality of life but life itself.

We are literally eating ourselves to death, and we find ourselves in a vicious circle — the more high-calorie, high-fat, and high-glycemic foods we eat the more we want to eat. That’s the way such foods are designed to work. They undermine our will power and make us crave more of the same. It’s not that we are sick, dumb, crazy, and stupid. It’s that we are addicted to a powerful drug.

The answer is detoxification, going through the inevitable withdrawal, and then avoiding such addictive foods in the future. Like alcoholics who refuse to take a drink, we need to refuse to eat high-calorie, high-fat, and high-glycemic foods. Instead of “super sizing” our meals, we need to under size them. This will break the vicious cycle and help to bring us back into the picture of health.

Coaching Inquiries: How often do you eat fast food or other high-calorie, high-fat, and high-glycemic foods? How often do you “super size” your meals? Do you control what you eat, or does what you eat control you? Does your environment support or interfere with your ability to do better? Who could assist you to break the cycle?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Bob Tschannen-Moran

President, LifeTrek Coaching Internationalwww.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformationwww.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coachingwww.CertifiedCoach.org

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