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Got It Fixed

I still have my food benefits. I spent the last week and a half dealing with the various parts of the state agency that issues/deals with them.  But I finally got the issue resolved. I think I spent a good hour today dealing with all of that. 

I had to do all that after getting a letter nearly two weeks saying that my benefits had been terminated. I made calls trying to get things fixed but took until today after being notified by the one department that reporting had changed to weekly. I told them what was going on and they talked to the other department about my case. Talked to the second department three times today and they finally got it fixed. So hopefully things will be smoother here on out. We’ll see. 

Now all I need to do is find a job.

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Gluttony: A Quick Primer

What is gluttony? And how does the Catholic Church understand it?

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http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/06590a.htm

Basically:

Eat when you are hungry.
Eat in moderation.
Do not eat food just to eat.
Do not eat foods that are costly to produce or prepare (and do not waste food).

Gluttony is not about being fat.  It is about eating and enjoying food in a disordered manner.

“Diet” Is A Four Letter Word

Well, I mean, obviously.

But in this case I mean in the pejorative sense.

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Friend or foe? Depends on the diet.

Diets are means by which dieters are deliberately set up to fail while others profit from their failures.  They are also means of psychologically manipulating dieters into hating food and so treating food as an enemy.

Dieters are also manipulated into hating their bodies so that they will go on diets which then fail so they go on more diets which again fail.  It becomes a vicious cycle that leaves the dieter as a victim of engineered failure and psychological damage.

Don’t believe the lies.  Diets never work.  Diet companies and diet drugs are just economic gimmicks that these companies capitalize on to make money off of perfectly healthy people by convincing them that they are fat/overweight/obese and that diet and losing weight is the cure. 

To repeat myself:

Step One: Promote unrealistic image of beauty and health.  Claim that looking like this is easily obtainable.

Step Two: Use mathematical hack that is baseless to “factually” prove that most of the country is severely overweight and obese.  Do not use actual, quantifiable, verifiable data.  Claim that this is a major crisis that is much, much worse than terrorism (or any sort of violence).

Step Three: Claim that it is a moral failing, or even better a personal choice, to be fat and so demand that people need to go on diets.  Remember to claim and proclaim often that the image of beauty in Step One is obtainable and all you have to do is lose weight.

Step Four: Create diets and/or diet drugs that don’t actually work.  Publish unrealistic results of studies that “prove” your diet/diet drug works and that anyone can lose weight with your method. Do not disclose side effects.  Keep reiterating that image of beauty.  Make promises you cannot keep.

Step Five: Keep building up panic about “obesity” while continuing to claim that the image of beauty is obtainable.  Guilt and shame people who do not comply.  Come up with new diets and/or diet drugs that do not work but promise otherwise.  Do not look at actual health statistics.  Tweak image of beauty and health so that it reflects an impossible standard that is anorexic is the new thin. Create new hacks to determine new levels of “obesity ” without actually defining the term.  Manipulate existing health studies to say the exact opposite of their results or make up studies or conduct studies funded by the diet companies that prove what you want.

Step Six: Rinse, repeat, make lots of money.  Keep Step Two and Five in the news, keep building panic.

What You Should Really Do:

Step One: Do Not Diet.  Unless you have a medical condition that requires restricting food or eliminating foods (diabetes, food allergies, food intolerances, etc.), diets are useless and should be avoided. 

Try Intuitive Eating instead. Intuitive eating means listening to your body and what it craves.  If you want a cookie, eat a cookie.  No, you will not go wild and eat cookies for the rest of your life.  Diets make food forbidden so when you start intuitive eating your brain has to reset.  You have to “go wild” for a while so that you learn and understand that diets lie. So while you might eat cookies for a few weeks, eventually your body will crave fruits and veggies and will want those more than the cookies.

Do Not Read Diet Books or Beauty Magazines.  They are pure fiction and highly Photo Shopped.  Read fat positive books instead.  Or real fiction.  Your public library can help you find awesome new reads.

Do not read news articles about health or diet.  They really just advertising not truth.  They lie about long term, sustained weight loss (which is defined as losing 10 percent and keeping it off for only a year.)  After five years, just about everyone has gained back the weight they lost.  There are no studies that go beyond this because they would prove that all diets fail and that would mean loss of money.  Lies make money, not truth.

Step Two: Get moving.  Call it exercise but get your body moving.  Find something you like and do it.  Dance, yoga, swimming, running, walking, etc. but find something.  If you don’t like running, don’t run.  I think runners are crazy unless there are zombies involved.  Then you probably need some really awesome weapons and unlimited ammo. Or, you know, avoid the whole zombie apocalypse all together.  But move.

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Zombie! Run away! Run away! These guys don't worry about diet or exercise. Just brains.

Most importantly :  Accept who you are.  You are the only you there is and will ever be.  Your body is nothing to be ashamed of or something to hate.  You are not deserving of hate.  No one is.  Don’t believe the lies.  Love yourself as you are right now.

Sometimes

You just need a stack of these.

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Awesome

Largely what my day was.

1. I was up before noon. Huge deal though now I’m tired.

2. I saw a double rainbow.  However, there is no gold at the end, only Lucky Charms cereal (the leprechauns like the marshmallows).

3. I got to see two friends I hasn’t seen in over a year and a half.  They got pumpkin bread from me.

4. As part of visiting my friends, I had to drive onto the campus where I used to work for evil security company.  I had been so afraid of going there but the physical place isn’t so much the problem as it was certain people.  Thankfully I didn’t have to deal with those idiots because I timed my visit so that they would be gone for the day.

5.  Today was just a good day emotionally.  It really felt like a good day.

6. Chocolate.  Need I say more?

7. Fill in the black: It’s not ________, it’s ________.

Stepping Out

I finally went for a walk, again.  I hadn’t walked since the end of September.  But today after looking outside and then opening my front door to see if anything was taped to it, it felt nice so I decided to go for a walk.  Twenty minute walk which was good.  But I needed it and am glad I went.

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Yes, tomatoes.

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I got these lovely tomatoes yesterday at the store.  I just picked up this bunch, checked to see if they were squishy(they weren’t) and now lovely tomatoes in my fridge. 

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Yes my fridge is really that empty.  But the tomatoes totally spice the place up.  I also love the way they smell.  Yes, I am gushing over tomatoes.

Half Over

Sorry, meant to post sooner but between the stupid cold, probably blowing out my right ear drum, my mental health tanking, and pressing financial issues I just haven’t had the energy to write.  At least I’m healthy again.

I hate this time of year because it is hard emotionally.  I never have a good time with holidays.  So this part of the year is depressing, starting about mid October and lasting until the end of February/beginning of March.  Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, my birthday were not good days growing up.  That’s lasted well into my adult years.  When I was on medication, I was able to weather these days and seasons much better.  But unemployed and without health insurance means no meds so bad times for me.  Add in the issues with the one friend, which doesn’t help either. 

And this year, no one has invited me over for Thanksgiving. The friend that did last year, the one I’m having issues with, is barely talking to me.  I bet she won’t remember until after, if she does.

At least I have a lead on a job.  It’s season retail but it’s a job and will be good for my resume especially with the year and a half gap since leaving evil security company.  I really need the money.  At this point it’s so bad that I can’t drive anywhere because I need gas but literally have no money. 

I’m still looking for recipes for the cookbook I’m putting together and want them by Saturday.  Though I figure at this point the cookbook isn’t going to be ready for Christmas which sucks but it is what it is.


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