Winning the Battle, Not the War

We are constantly reminded of our weaknesses.

Ice cream.

Chocolate.

Bikini season.

Cellulite.

Fine lines and wrinkles.

Gray hair.

It is rare we are reminded of how strong we are. Despite the amount of ice cream and chocolate we may eat.

It is time we celebrate women (and men) for the true strength we embody.

Sure, sometimes we might eat a little extra ice cream. Maybe even a candy bar. Or two.

But in the end what will be remembered is not our absolute ability to put down the bag of chips or the chocolate bar, but the ability to enjoy these things.

Food is not the enemy and our desire to conquer it is winning the battle, and not the war.

The war our country has launched against obesity is worthwhile.  Far too many people suffer from obesity-related health conditions.  With our bodies as our guide to what we want, a little ice cream or chocolate is not our enemy.  The real enemy is the voice that tells us we are wrong when we eat a little extra of either.

Moderation does not mean eating the exact right amount of everything every time. Moderation goes both ways, in the direction of too little, and too much.  It is a balance that can swing a little to the left and right, without damage. That is the beauty of the human body. To enjoy chocolate and go on. Perhaps you will enjoy a carrot the next day. Or maybe another piece of chocolate.

Eating the ice cream or chocolate might not be the best thing for you. If, for your health, you must avoid these foods then by all means do it. For your health. If, for your weight loss plan, you want to cut down on these foods, then that’s your choice and more power to you.  A little piece of chocolate or a small bowl of ice cream may even be allowed on that weight loss plan, or another eating healthy plan.  But, whatever you do (or, eat), it is not sinful to eat a little extra ice cream. or chocolate. And it is not the embodiment of strength to choose carrots over chocolate every time. In fact, in our world, sometimes, choosing the chocolate takes more strength.  And, winning the war requires that kind of strength, to listen to our bodies when we want carrots, or chocolate.

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