I donâ€™t think of myself as rebellious and free form; exactly the opposite, really. I am a rule follower and a detail oriented perfectionist. So, when I first dabbled with McDougall principles back in the late 80s, it called to that need to perfect my health and gain control of my world.
My desire to follow this life-style comes more from a need to be free of any person (doctors) dictating how to live my life. I suppose there are some rebellious tendencies in that statement now that I think about it.
However, the seduction of food, the inability to escape the Pleasure Trap and the magnitudes of businesses, family members and well-meaning friends made the journey over the last 25 years quite challenging.
Instead of feeling accomplished in my desire to give up meat and dairy, which was far easier than giving up refined grains and added oils, I felt isolated and martyred. I was the odd duck that could not go to the company party because there were no menu choices available for me. I was the weirdo at the family dinners that brought the scary food.
It has taken most of my adult life to get past those feelings of rejection in a crowd and in social settings. I lamented on countless occasions to my husband about how I wanted to eat the â€śgood foodâ€ť and not feel like each bite I took was digging one more scoop of dirt for my grave.
But, I am tenacious and stubborn and I suppose that comes with being a free-form rebellious spirit. But by finding this McDougall community, and incorporating these boards into my daily reading, I did not feel compromised or cramped. It did not impinge on my need to be different; exactly the opposite!
I feel stronger and stronger with my healthy choices because of these boards and like-minded people. I continue to build on my library of books that bolster these philosophies. Recently, I have read The End to Overeating. I am currently reading Breaking the Food Seduction. I just received my copy of The Starch Solution.
I watch videos from the Veg Society of Hawaii. I watch McDougall Advanced Study Weekend sessions. I watch anything that comes my way that supports this way of life. It keeps me strong and on task and focused.
I like the question you posed and I did ponder it a few days before replying because I really wanted to know if it held merit for me. But, I have to say that these boards are not the reason I grow passive or continue my internal battle. It is this community that bolsters my individualism. We are a unique group that belongs to the coolest club out there! I feel like I belong to the popular clique when I stay on plan and follow the principles of this program.
In fact, the last few times I have ordered food at a restaurant, I made assumptions that the rice would be brown, the pasta would be whole grain, the vegetables would not be swimming in oil and the beans would not be smothered in cheese. I have so completely made the switch in my mind that we are meant to eat foods closest to their whole form without the inclusion of animal products, that I am astounded when it is ever served any other way.
I like to think that I joined this way of life because I have a rebellious, free-spirited personality. But, really, I think it is mainly because I want to do what is right for my body. I want to live until I die. I would love nothing more than to have everyone I love and associate with living by this credo as well.
Thanks so much for the thought provoking topic. It really got me thinking about what motivates me down this path and what keeps me coming back. I appreciate your insight and point of view.
--\--@ Nancy @--/--
I am but a wee speck in the big picture of the universe.