Food is one of life's greatest pleasures and indeed is a reward. There. I contradicted myself:)
I guess that my allusion is to the thought process that says... "ok, I really shouldn't eat this but I've been so "good" all week that I deserve these chocolate covered ho-ho slathery creamy cruncho nuggets. Oh thank God. I have been so deprived!".
It's that we need to re-train our brains in reference to what is good, truly good, and what merely stimulates the pleasure centers in the brain.
Therefore, yea. I'm not down with the weekly "reward".
I dunno about you, but I am deeply offended by television commercials that show women(and it's ALWAYS women) going into paroxyms of bliss because they have just consumed the latest chemical flavor of yogurt. It's always "time for me"', right? Because YOU, as a GOOD woman, deserve this. There is also always the subliminal message that you, as a woman, spend so much of your time, you GIVE and GIVE and GIVE so much that this little dreamy respite from the harsh demands of life is SO deserved and SO satisfying. You need it girl. lmao.
I want so see a television commercial with a bunch of beefcake men sighing over food. oooooooo chocolate! I cannot get laid therefore I must have chocolate!!!!
I also eat out very rarely. It's more times than not an unpleasant experience anymore. Give me a choice and I will seek out a fine piece of meat and some lovely vegetables. Save your creative spices and sauces. pleeeeze
OK. I've ranted enough. Oh gosh, i haven't even begun to delve into how we are trained to see food as a reward, as children, As a comfort, as a "there, there". Your turn :)
A most excellent book that I read not too long ago, which covers how processed foods are formulated to stimulate all of the pleasure centers in our brains: