Thursday, March 11, 2010
I often wonder what it would have been like to have Jean Nidetch as my WW Leader. She did not mince words and she did not let anyone get away with excuses in her meetings. Her philosophy was that sometimes you have to be "cruel to be kind". But her members loved her. I mean, look how happy this lady is. And what exactly is Jean feeding her???
Anyway, I remember an excerpt from her autobiography where she describes a man who came to one of her meetings and said he loved to eat donuts almost uncontrollably. Jean told him that he would have to completely give up donuts, and he became very upset. Of course, in modern day WW, a leader would never tell us we had to give up any food completely. But Jean was a tough cookie, and the program was very different back then. Anyway, this guy ended up losing a lot of weight, and when he reached his goal, Jean asked him if he was going to celebrate by treating himself to a donut.
His answer was no. The donut had now become a symbol of his old self, and he did not want to re-visit that.
Whoa. Far out, man
Jean calls those foods "Frankenstein Foods". They are not just foods we enjoy, or foods we crave, but foods we completely lose control of ourselves around and that bring out the "monster" in us.
My "Frankenstein Food" is the potato chip. I can only describe my relationship with the chip as toxic and addictive. If there is an open bag of potato chips near me, I will eat until I make myself sick. This is a proven fact, and it is something that I cannot control.
I have tried to substitute baked chips, reduced-fat chips, fat-free chips--the same result always occurs. I end up with an empty bag and a panic attack. Small bags don't cut it. It just makes me want more. Remember that old commercial from the '70's-- "betcha can't eat just one?" Yea--I lost a lot of bets on that one.
So the hard lesson I have had to learn is: Jean was right. Some foods are Frankenstein and they must be destroyed. As hard as that might be to accept.
What food brings out the "monster" in you?