How Do You Like Them Apples?

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Today, I told my mom that like she used to do for us, I wash, peel, and chop up fruit for my kids to eat.  They love it and can inhale quite a bit.  My mom laughed and said, yes, your little sister used to wonder why American apples never tasted as good as Taiwanese apples.  She reminded me that I also stopped eating fruit when I went to study at University in Canada, away from home.  She sent me her journal entry and I’ve translated it for us to enjoy.

Taiwanese Apples are Better than American Apples!

In the heart of S, there was a question. Since apples are imported from the United States to Taiwan, why then did the apples that were eaten in the States never as delicious as the ones she ate at home in Taipei?  It wasn’t until one night during her senior year at university, did she suddenly realize the answer!

Two of her classmates were hanging out with her in her dorm room that night. She took out an apple from the refrigerator and asked the two whether they would like to have some. Both of them shook their heads no. She then cut up the apple and just before she started to eat and purely out of courtesy, she politely asked them once again if they wanted to have any.  Her friends suddenly changed their minds and now wanted to have some.

The question that S had harboured for so long was finally answered! The apple eaten at home in Taiwan was peeled, washed, and cut into pieces by mom. Of course that tasted so much better than apples in the U.S. that had to be peeled, washed, and cut into pieces by herself!

台灣的蘋果比美國的好吃

老三心中一直以來,有一個疑問,她認為,蘋果很多是從美國進口到台灣的,“那為什麼在美國住校時吃的蘋果,沒有在台北家中的好吃呢?”直到她大四的有一天晚上,才恍然大悟,有了答案。

那晚她的兩位同學在她的宿舍房內,她從冰箱拿出蘋果,問兩位同學要不要吃,兩人看了一眼都搖頭說不。老三削好了蘋果,自己要吃之前,再禮貌地問她們,兩人居然都要吃了。老三擺在心中很久的疑問,終於有了解答:原來,在台灣家中吃的蘋果,都是媽媽洗好、削好的,當然比在美國還得自己洗、自己削的來得好吃。

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Might as Well Face It – I’m Addicted to Food

“Experiments in animals and humans show that, for some people, the same reward and pleasure centers of the brain that are triggered by addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin are also activated by food, especially highly palatable foods. Highly palatable foods are foods rich in sugar, fat and salt. Like addictive drugs, highly palatable foods trigger feel-good brain chemicals such as dopamine. Once people experience pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission in the brain‘s reward pathway from eating certain foods, they quickly feel the need to eat again.” (Source: WebMD)

Need I say more?

Okay, I will… If there is food in the house, I will eat it.  If I’m at a buffet, I will sit in a seat with no barriers to the food.  If I’m at a reception, I will stand by the food.  If there are leftovers, I will eat them off the plates of my kids.  If there is Halloween candy in my office, it will get eaten.  If I’m watching TV, I will eat a snack.  If I’ve just had dinner, I’ll have seconds…

At one point in time, I was able to say, okay, no more eating at night.  Fell off that wagon of course and now I know how a smoker trying to quit feels…

So. First step.  Own the problem.  Acknowledge it. I’m never going to be skinny.  I love to eat. This will always be challenge.  It may never come easy.  But it is what it is and I need to break the cycle.

Next step. Fill the vacuum.  Find my goal and move towards it.  I want to be healthy. I want to be strong. I want to feel good. I will.  I will get there. I can do it.

Status: Feet are now turned in the right direction.  I found something I love. Not quite on the path yet, haven’t made any progress yet, other than facing the right direction.  I’m not good at it yet.  No pressure to accomplish anything yet other than to focus on my goal. This is where I am. This is where I start.