"Lubrication" - I Like That Word

For those of you new to the blog, I was formerly an obese and chronically malnourished food addict who has been completely set free from all food addictions and eating disorders; including anorexia, nutrient restrictive dieting, yo-yo dieting, and binge eating disorder as result of embracing the nutritarian lifestyle that’s described in Eat to Live and Eat for Health. Here is my transformation.

Neil Steinberg used “lubrication” to describe alcoholism in his book, Drunkard.

Steinberg was referring to alcohol as "lubrication" for the continual stresses in a day.

Likewise, how much of our food choices, even healthy food, lubricate the stresses in our day?

It's not a perfection thing. It's a "let's be honest and face the truth of addiction" thing.

It's all about using wisdom in making choices that lead to optimal health. It's all about knowing ourselves and how we respond to stress.

I've lubricated the stresses in my life primarily with food for as long as I can remember.

When I was mothering a three-year-old, an eighteen-month-old, and a newborn the days were filled with continual stress. No sleep. No energy. No free time. No quiet solitude. I lubricated the stress with their half eaten hotdogs, macaroni and cheese, and pop tarts.

Health? That wasn't even a word in my vocabulary file.

Obesity? A year later, that word was.

We need to find other ways to lubricate stress in our day other than with food; because food, depending upon how it is used, has the power to give life or take it away.

Let’s all be mindful of the food(s) we eat, and why we eat them, because knowledge, not willpower, will enable us to live in freedom and optimal health.

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Rebecca - August 17, 2009 11:33 AM

Thanks for the encouragement and perspective. I'm going to go and lubricate my day with a nice, warm, chard, spinach, and red beet greens vitamix drink. Here's to health and wholeness, Cheers!

Emily Boller - August 17, 2009 5:19 PM

Yeah! Good for you ~ wonderful perspective on the word. Let's all catch the momentum!

aunt cia - August 17, 2009 7:07 PM

Other sources of lubrication: read good books that feed the soul! Watch good movies that motivate and encourage! Have a support group of friends to cheer us on our way...
It's all about choices and I, for one am on the road to choosing wisely and, as the apostle Paul encouraged in a letter to his friends (now preserved in Scripture)-I will do all things in moderation...
To life and happiness!!!!!!!!!!

CJ - August 18, 2009 12:08 AM

Another source: exercises, lots of sweat producing exercise.

Emily Boller - August 18, 2009 5:10 AM

. . . and when tired, go to bed

. . . and when stressed, get some fresh air and/or exerice

. . . and when sad, connect with a friend

. . . and when in crisis, reach out for help

. . . and learn the value of contentment. Contentment is a key component in keeping the nerves calm.


Anyone else have some ideas for healthy "lubrication"?


Colleen - August 18, 2009 6:41 AM

I've noticed that if I walk into my house by the front door after work instead of coming in through the kitchen I tend to stay away from the refrigerator, or at least not grab something immediately once I'm home.

Now that I'm thinking about it, I also tend to eat if I don't have anything else planned! I need to think about not just how and when but why I lubricate my day!!

Ginny Achstetter - August 18, 2009 7:55 AM

I too have struggled with stress related eating. I am trying to follow ETL and have made a list of the issues that get in my way of doing what is healthy. Stress is #l. I made a list of possible snack choices if I need it and a list of stress relievers such as meditation, hobby, nature walks and a few others. Any other ideas?

Emily Boller - August 18, 2009 10:30 AM

Great insights and ideas everyone! Thanks for shaing.

Ginny,

Try your best to commit your mind to totally eliminate snacking altogether for three days. You'll surprisingly discover how wonderful greens taste when truly hungry at mealtime.

Eating greens, and lots of them, will nourish your body with lots of micronutrients and phytochemicals, and the overwhelming cravings that drive you to snack will subside.

At 4pm, if hungry, set a dinger for one hour, and wait. (and I'm not talking about sitting and watching the clock either - get outside for a stress relieving bike ride or something you enjoy doing) At 5pm, drink a nourishing, life-giving green smoothie. Then eat a bowl full of salad, steamed brocolli and carrots, chunks of canteloupe, and a handful of walnuts until satisfied. Yum! I guarantee you won't be hungry until morning again!

Here's to healthy lubrication to all ~ cheers!

Keep "talking" . . . together we will support each other on the journey to optimal health and well-being.

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