Check out this excerpt from my book – The French Twist, Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management. – that was featured in North Georgia Leisure…
When a woman refuses to move the mental parameters of a diet, her life becomes limited and small.
I am reminded of the fable about a princess kidnapped at a young age and taken to live as a pauper among fishmongers. Over time she adopted the fishmongers’ lifestyle. Years later her royal parents discovered her whereabouts and brought her back to her room in the palace. There she found a large, soft bed, clean linens, flowers, exotic fruit, incense, and elegant clothing, and she was serenaded by chamber music played outside her door.
That night the princess lay awake, tossing and turning. “Let me out of here,” she beseeched her attendants. “I can’t stand the smell, and this place feels weird.”
The princess had grown so used to the smell of fish and a lifestyle of deprivation that a more refined atmosphere seemed foreign and repulsive to her. Many of us have become accustomed to foods that taste like paper and have forgotten our royal heritage. We need to be reminded to dine like kings and queens rather than peasants. We also have become too accustomed to a coarse and smelly world. We have accepted lack, loss, and limitation in the form of a diet as the norm. But dieting and fake foods do not befit the life we were born to live.
Like the princess, when wonderful things like self-indulgence and freedom come along, we may feel uncomfortable and out of place and subconsciously resist those pleasurable conditions, or even sabotage our ability to accept them.
It’s deprivation, obesity, the victim mentality, and failure that should feel weird to us because they do not match our nature or our purpose. Yet we put up with them and keep recreating them simply because they are familiar.
Link to article: http://ngleisure.com/author/carol-cottrill/