I like Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat ebook, and I like his sanity.
This blog post of his is a good example of sanity in the internet world of nutritional advice.
We have an unbelievable amount of data, and thanks to our love affair with the ‘sound bytes’ that come from science we have all but abolished philosophy as a discipline, save for the quotes that occasionally appear on a person’s Facebook update status.
But philosophy is of critical importance if we are to truly understand how and why we eat.
It’s been said that philosophy calls us when we’ve reached the end of our rope. The insistent feeling that something is not right with our lives and the longing to be restored to our better selves will not go away.
I’ve been really interested in fasting recently. Probably the biggest reason is simply that I have used food as a crutch for so long. I’ve fit the profile of a stress eater for years. And though I’ve spent the last year getting back into shape, eating has still had a huge hold over me.
Brad Pilon and the less crazy parts of the fasting community generally are worth paying attention to if you’re interested in figuring out what your relationship to food really is. “Feeding my body” is by far the least important part of my eating life. Mainly the goal has been to forget problems, crush anxiety, or just fit in socially. It’s only by trying to go without food for a day that you realize how much of a crutch it really is.
I have early morning gym appointments three times a week, and go on my own as well, and that’s been great for learning how to rethink the body. But eating made me get chubby more than being idle did, and acquiring a capacity for moderation was only possible when I understood that “hunger” is rarely hunger.