Freedom to Eat Nothing
There is a startling lack of freedom over our own eating. I am not even going to use the word 'diet' because of the connotations. Our society developed dangerous assumptions about eating. I feel so strongly about this, it is a privilege to have the facilities to blog about it.
Many people out in the world make generalisations about eating. Apparently, thin people must not be eating enough. And larger people must be eating too much. If you don't eat everything on your plate, you must be starving yourself for superficial reasons. But if you do eat everything on your plate, then it is an indulgence. The world is full of contradictions that do not quite make sense.
I am the sort of person who values every kilo. I do not count calories 24/7. But one single kilo is quite visible on me. And that is fine. But it means I have to be responsible. That is where the stereotypes come in. A salad is what diet-fanatics order. And smaller portions are for calorie counters. That is the assumption from some other people.
Hang on a second. Don't we have free will? Isn't it my choice to eat what I want to eat? What happened to feeling full? Did that go out of fashion some time around Super Size Me? We are free individuals. We all know what will make us happy. Why do other people try to dictate what we eat?
I actually feel more satisfied with less food than I am given. In the ripe old age of 24.5, veggies actually make me feel good. But that is a social taboo. I would never criticise someone who eats a sugar-filled diet. That is each individual's choice. Why judge something that makes others happy? But I expect the same acceptance in return. Eat what you want. But then don't criticise what I want. I don't care if I prefer a half serving or a salad. It's within my rights.
Let's accept everyone for how they are. Let other make their own choices. And never judge other people for what works for them. Do not tell others what to eat.