Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Tip#144: Everything In Moderation - Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

Sometimes your eyes can be are bigger than your stomach. You want to devour everything in front of you. Or maybe you just have an overactive indulgence for the temptations in life. Whatever it is you must always remember Aristotle's message, "everything in moderation."

About a month ago I had a sudden craving for Kraft Dinner. Now I know that this processed cheese dish is not great for the body but it was a comfort food calling out to me during one cold winter day. So I decided to get a package and have this for lunch. And yes the meal did satisfy my craving.

Usually I'm good at having foods in moderation but somehow I wanted to finish the entire pot of this cheesy delight for dinner. I got through 2/3 of the pot and somehow lost my sense of control. Despite feeling very full I ended up devouring everything while watching an episode of Lost (appropriate title).

Well that overindulgence caused me incredible stomach pains and a very sleepless night. And the discomfort would last into the next day causing me to loose valuable time at work.

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

I thought about a hilarious and disgusting scene in the movie, Monty Python's The Meaning of Lifewhere a massively obese restaurant patron was feasting like a pig. He was clearly overstuffed with food and yet his waiter offers him one more wafer-thin piece of food. Ultimately his lack of self control makes him eat that last piece and causes him to literally explode!

I'm always going to remember that scene the next time my eyes get bigger then my stomach! In my mind I knew better but I simply became irresponsible with my health. In the end the silver lining of my experience was an important reminder to enjoy everything in moderation.

So remember it's okay to indulge once in awhile with comfort foods that call out to you or even with other personal interests you may have. Just remember to keep things in check with your self control. You may have to learn the hard way by going over the top to find a balance.

Do yourself a favour and work on that balance in your body, mind and spirit. If you don't you just might explode after taking one more wafer-thin piece of food!

Emmanuel Lopez
Silverlining Specialist & Motivational Wingman
© Emmanuel Lopez 2008

1 comment:

Steph said...

Emmanuel, thank you for another excellent post!

Interestingly, you're the third person I've heard mention this quote in the last month. One of which was my Naturopathic Doctor who made sure to adjust it slightly: "Everything in moderation, including moderation."

So you're absolutely right, we NEED to overindulge every once in awhile. Not only for our mental health, either. Our bodies actually need us to stress them out a bit - think of the hunter & gathering days when food was far and few between...we had to get our fill when we could.

But yes, I agree with you when you talk about limits. There is over-indulgence and then there's self-destructive behaviour. And I'm positive that all of us can admit to thoughtless eating that ended in various negative consequences.

Thanks again, Emmanuel, especially for connecting overeating to that unforgettable Monty Python vignette. Ugh! I'll be thinking of it for sure next time I sit down with a big bowl of popcorn.