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What’s on your plate Part III: Lunch.

The diet industry astounds me.  Every week there seems to be a new way to get fit fast, until another comes along and blows the last one out of the water…each and every one promising the journey will be that much less painful (lose weight and eat what you want!), and that much more effective (bikini body in 30 days!).  I know this stuff sells because A) there are magazines upon magazines at the grocery store, always with the same headlines, and there have been for decades, and B) because we all want to believe in happily-ever-after – we want amazing things to happen to us.

But the truth is that while some amazing things do happen to us, weight loss isn’t one of them.  Getting fit and feeling well means actively changing our lives every day, establishing new priorities and letting go of old, destructive patterns.  There is so much joy to be found in this process, but it isn’t overnight – it’s long and slow, and sometimes really frustrating.  When the going gets tough, we must remember what we love…

And I love lunch.  Lovelovelovelovelove.  When a day’s going well and I’m flying from one task to another, it’s a welcome opportunity to slow down and breathe.  Conversely, when a day is absolute shite and I don’t think I can handle another minute of it, sitting down and eating can be as medicinal as going back to bed to start fresh.  But lunch is tricky, because most of us aren’t home at midday.  I think that’s a damn shame, because this really should be the time to sit down to a nice, big meal and a siesta, but that’s just not how the world works.

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