October 20, 2014 by Beth Hess
You don’t get to be in charge any more.
For too long I have let you direct this body. This body of countless body parts. All of them working carefully at their specific tasks with one goal in mind. To keep me alive.
And I have allowed you to over-rule them time after time after time. Your power over the pleasure sensors of my brain have convinced me that you speak for the good of the body. That taste is the primary determinant in the type of fuel I should use.
For the last 20 days, I’ve been fighting to silence you.
And you know what I’ve heard? The rest of my body wants a say in how we’re doing this food thing, too.
My heart doesn’t want sugar all the time. Neither does my pancreas. And certainly not my hips.
Tastebuds, you are being dethroned for the higher good.
Though I recognize now that silence isn’t the answer either. I still value your input. I still want you to enjoy your work. The tartness of a green apple. The sweetness of a strawberry. The seasoning of a well-cooked steak.
We’re enjoying a new relationship now. One focused on giving me actual feedback on what I’m putting in my mouth instead of just constant sugar satiation that keeps you from doing your full work. And wears the rest of this body out with carrying fat we were never meant to hold.
I want you to be free to enjoy a full range of flavors. Which is why I can’t just bow to your call for sweetness.
You are only one part of us. And you aren’t in charge any more.
Love, Beth’s fearfully and wonderfully made body
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