Wow, lightbulb moment! First, I’m so inspired by all the feedback I have gotten from my last post, “Waging War Against Weight Watchers”. Coming from both sides of the street, some were ready to grab their swords (or forks, as the case may be), and others of you were ready to do the same, but on the side of the Mega Dieteer, Weight Watchers. One of the comments in particular really gave me my lightbulb moment:
I’m totally with you on being anti-quantification, but the concreteness of it can be very helpful for people who don’t know where to begin… And if someone follows the SPIRIT of it and really reads the materials and recipes, they’ll move in the right direction.
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a million people saying, “I don’t know where the hell to start, but I know I’ve got to start somewhere.” Weight Watchers, other food diet trends, they are not the enemy. The war I was proposing to wage was misdirected! Indeed, anyone who reaches a point in their lives, and admits that they need to do something about regaining control of their health, their weight or their energy needs to go ahead and do just that. And if “dieting” is in the “doing” credit must be given that at the very least they are on their way. So instead of trying to beat them, I’m going to join them. Do Weight Watchers. But do so consciously and intentionally, with the goal of not just weight loss, but health gain. Learn! Learn what labels mean, and educate yourself on the benefits of the points you’re consuming. Be friendly! Surround yourself in any way possible with like-minded people who want to be healthy, fit and treat the earth well.
I just watched Forks Over Knives, and am hopeful that the number of viewers will continue to grow. There is such great, and revolutionary work being done right now to help us all along this food journey. To help those who have got their plan pretty much figured out, and to help those who are just getting started. I’ll never love the idea of numbers and food co-existing. Not in calories, not in points, not in pounds, and not in measurements–I never bake. But I can respect that somehow people need to save their own lives, and Point A must be as unique for everyone as our eventual diets will be.
So, before the war has even begun, I’m signing the peace treaty, for there is a much larger battle that we must all fight together.