Advertising, influence and your food choices.

I have always understood the power of advertising (manipulation), and Madison Avenue’s effect on the masses they target.  And, as a gal who has lived with a TV and then without one for many years, I understand how my eating habits are influenced by the time spent in front of the talking box. It just didn’t hit me with full force until last night when I was watching the Sopranos.  Ah ha, the Sopranos.

I’m not a big fan of the TV.   I learned at a very early age the control that the box could have over me, and it scared me.  I would find myself after a few hours of sitting in front of it waking out of my haze and thinking,

“What the hell was that? What a colossal waste of time.”

My way of dealing with wasting a bunch of time in front of a very unsatisfying line up of television programming is to not to have one in my house.  Simple (for me).  And here is the hysterical part of that decision.  People are frequently offering me free TVs as a result of my box void.

“oh….I have five 5 at my house, I’ll gladly give you one.”

“What are you going to do during hurricane season? We’ve got two in storage.  I’ll bring one over.”

Not watching television has left me out of a lot of conversations that center around “this week’s episode” of something or other.  Modern pop culture is passing me by a bit and guess what?  I’m just fine with that.

So, it won’t come to any surprise to you that this past week I watched my very first episode(s) of the Sopranos.  LOL. That’s right, my very first time a dozen years after it originally aired. I am through season one and onto season two and enjoying it more than I expected.  Someone passed the first four season box sets onto me a few weeks ago and I had a marathon session with my laptop and my plug in speakers.  Like any good work of art, watching it without the interruption of commercials makes me very happy.

But here is the point I have taken a surreptitious route to get to.  I found myself at 9:00 last night with an intense desire to eat pasta.  LOL.  One dish after another was looking more and more enticing than I wanted to admit.  And the irony of this is that I hardly ever eat pasta anymore–maybe three times a month.  So what did I do?   I got up and made my own quick tomato sauce from scratch, boiled some water and had a big plate of pasta at 9:40 p.m.  What the heck?

So even without commercials, I was reminded yet again how we are all just big huge sponges absorbing whatever it is we choose to bring into our line of vision or our daily consciousness. So when you are wondering why you are having difficulty adhering to a new food lifestyle, pay close attention to what is going on around you.  What is sabotaging you?

When you have moments when you don’t understand why you are doing certain things…

  • Be mindful of who and what you surround yourself with.
  • Be aware of what you are spending time reading and watching both on line and at home.
  • Be fearless in creating the environment that suits YOU best regardless of what others think.
  • Be careful to not follow anyone who isn’t going anywhere.

In order to succeed with ALL of your goals, you need to surround yourself at every turn with people, places and things that support your desires.  It is not always easy choosing to be or live differently than others.  Follow your heart, not your head.  Remember that you are human and an occasional display of weakness is a sign of that.

And, because I am human too, sometimes I find solace in going to a friend’s house to get sucked into their big comfy sofa in front of their big screen TV to spending an hour or so to see what is going on with the Kardashians.  My life always looks a whole hell of a lot better after an hour of watching that train wreck.

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