I can name a dish or two that in a perfect world (where people don't gain weight by eating bad) I can eat in careless abandon.
I suppose I'm just in my moment of fancy, wishing I can eat anything and everything I want and not suffer the consequences.
I really hate being told what to do. Eat this.. not that. Blah!
Although I know what is best for my overall health, I still look over my shoulder and make goo-goo eyes over sweets and desserts at the bakery department of the supermarket.
Only because maybe I want to prove to someone I can still do it and no diet nazi is going to tell me squat.
Is that human nature at work here?
Is it really true that when told what to do, we tend to be inclined to do the exact opposite?
I think you see it most prevalent in kids. Eat your vegetables -- it's good for you and they will not. But if you tell them it taste good, there's a good chance they may eat it?
I don't have kids, so I can't attest to the accuracy of that statement. But I was a kid once and having my mom tell me something is good for me, is not enough reason to convince me to eat it.
I never like drinking milk when I was young, and she constantly tells me I should. Well Mom I made up for lost time since then! :) lol
So what about diet food --- is saying that this "healthy" items are good for my cause (to lose weight) enough to convince me to stick with?
Probably not. I have to make that conscious decision to proceed with it or not. There has to be free will.
No one can ever make anyone do what they do not want to do. For anything to be successful, one must make the conscious effort and commitment to make all necessary changes and actions to achieve them.
So why do I still eat the junk? Because I'm not 100% committed to my diet.
But that's okay. I'll get there soon. This is not an overnight operation and I'm well aware that I didn't gain 40+ lbs in 24 hours, and I'm sure as hell will not lose them in 24 hours.
I'm not trying to rationalize past bad behavior. I am acknowledging it and learning from it. Because when you know where you've been, then you will have an idea to where you want to go