The body and mind have a very strange connection.
Once the show’s psychologists delve deeper into the psyche of these people, they discover some sort of emotional trigger or connection that led them to begin their weird behavior patterns. In times of extreme stress or trauma, they didn’t know where to turn and so they found ways to self-soothe and medicate themselves. Eventually their bodies became physically dependent on those behaviors in order to feel good. And once the body becomes addicted to something, it is very easy to fool the mind into thinking that things are ok…perpetuating the addiction even more.
As it stands, I don’t eat couches. BUT, I have fooled myself into thinking that it‘s acceptable to eat five pieces of pizza. I trick myself into thinking that a salad with fried chicken, bacon, cheese, croutons, and extra bleu cheese dressing on it is a healthy option. It’s OK if I go to Taco Bell at 11 PM for their self proclaimed “4th meal” and eat a Nachos Bell Grande and a soft taco supreme before bed. I can drink 64 oz. of Diet Coke a day but can’t seem to find time to drink any water. Two bowls of cereal? No problem. Super sized fries from McDonalds? Why not? Dessert after every meal? A necessity.
Hmm. I wonder why I have a weight problem? It must be my glands.
Denying myself things that I enjoy (and on some level MAY have an actual addiction to) is not pleasant. It’s not going to be easy at first and it’s not going to be something that I ever WANT to do. But if I want to reap all of the benefits of being a healthy person, I have a choice to make. I can stop putting garbage into my body every day and live a longer and more comfortable life OR I can continue deceiving myself and pretend that the choices that I make today aren’t going to affect me down the road.
How many calories do you think are in a sheet of drywall?