By W.R. Jones
I Can Make You Thin is the title of a The Learning Channel program. I watched the first episode last night. There are only 4 “golden” rules to eating:
1. Eat when you are hungry
2. Eat what you want not what you think is good for you – he advised going through the cupboards and throwing out all the food you didn’t like
3. Eat consciously – i.e. pay attention as you eat. Don’t eat reading a book or watching television. At each bite lay down your knife and fork and be aware of chewing and enjoying the food in your mouth.
4. Stop eating when you are full – He recommends you eat one meal with your eyes closed so you can be more aware of the feeling of being full. A test on people eating blindfolded showed they would feel full and stop eating with food remaining on the plate while without the blindfold they would clean the plate.
I watched a show a few days ago about the brain. According to this show the brain will drive you to eat the proper foods to get the nutrients it needs. An example was a man who spent 100+ days on a life raft after his sail boat sank. He was able to catch fish and at first ate only the muscle. This being mostly protein would not sustain life. He then started eating the eyes and internal organs which although tasting bad contained vitamins, minerals, etc. that the brain (and rest of body) needed. The brain responded by giving a feeling of pleasure so that he would seek out these fish body parts in the future.
According to this theory my brain is telling me Snickers and french fries contain extremely critical and vital nutrients. And, according to number 2 above, I should eat these foods.
I painted this still life in my hotel room on a recent business trip. For a two week trip I packed my clothes, painting supplies; easel, palette, paints, brushes, canvas, and a daylight lamp for light into a carry-on size bag. I was forced to wash my one pair of underwear every night. This is why I was observed wandering around the complex naked. It wasn’t because I was on some sort of drug like they accused me of.
This painting is a metaphor for GOOD and EVIL. There is a large amount of good in the world but evil is more plentiful. It spreads out and surrounds you with temptations. It lurks in the shadows to ambush you just when you are feeling safe from having skirted those other two evils. OR, or, or, it just might be that I couldn’t think of anything else to paint.