Are you killing your Spouse with Food?
Any therapist will tell you that there are different kinds of abuse: physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, etc., but the one that is never mentioned is food abuse and it is killing more and more Americans every year. You might wonder what in the world “food abuse” is; it can be described as knowingly preparing meals on a regular basis that are catastrophic to your health. While I am not condoning or undermining any other abuse (physical or otherwise), I simply want to make you aware of how your spouse maybe killing you without even realizing it. After a long day of work we all want to go home and have that delicious meal that our spouse has slaved in the kitchen to prepare. And obviously we don’t want to disappoint our significant other by not cooking that meal in the first place. Little did you know that favorite meal is drawing both of you a step closer to your grave. You pride yourselves in keeping the pantry and fridge fully stocked with junk in order to prove that you are the perfect husband/wife. You sit across the table from your spouse with great pride as he/she downs the double cheese burger with mayo, extra cheese, potato salad, and baked beans that you have prepared. It makes you happy to know that your spouse is satisfied after their long day at work. Unfortunately this “delicious” meal adds up to a whopping 3 or 4 thousand calories; that’s over double what most people should eat in an ENTIRE day! And don’t forget you must provide dessert to top off that heavy, fat laden meal. I mean how great of a partner would you be if you didn’t provide the family with a heaping serving of ice cream or bag of chips to mindlessly chow down on while watching your favorite TV show (ironically the Biggest Loser)? At the end of the day your so called love one has consumed 5 to 6 thousand calories of heart stopping junk in one sitting. It is now almost bedtime and neither one of you can will yourself off the couch due to over indulging in your “favorite, delicious” meal. Such pattern continues for 10-15 years of marriage; you gain 20 to 30lbs while your spouse adds an additional 50. Life continues without either of you recognizing the damage that you have done, doctor bills continue to escalate, medications begin to add up: high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol just to name a few. You search for answers that are known but fail to embrace. You don’t want to deprive your life partner by not providing them with their favorite meals or snacks or be judged by your friends by not having a full pantry and fridge. Who are you hurting here? Yourself and your spouse; in fact you are literally killing yourself, one bite at a time. Isn’t it disturbing to think about the amount of money that you waste on junk food, fast food, and out-to-eat meals, but can’t possibly budget for a gym membership? And how could you even possibly make it to the gym after consuming those deadly calories every night? We live in a culture where we are living to eat, regardless if it taking years off of our life expectancy. I will almost guarantee you that no man or woman has ever left their significant other for not eating enough junk or because they wanted to be healthier. Please STOP abusing your loved ones AND yourself with food. Make a commitment to yourself and your significant other to be healthier, to live longer, reduce the doctor bills, go out to eat less often, spend less time on the couch, and most of all to eat to live.
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