It seems that either our culture or the food industries have sold us that eating is something good that if you’re lucky can be done all day long. This philosophy tells us that at moments that we don’t want to eat or drink, we’re abstaining or fasting. This as if the natural state of a human should be to consume continuously, all our waking hours. But is that so?
We have a bladder to collect urine. (Sorry if you are sensitive to the word urine or the idea of urinating.) At certain moments over the day, we go for a whiz. We don’t leak all the time. Well, just as we have a bladder to collect liquid waste, we have a stomach to collect food. We’re not cows who stand eating grass all day, later to lie down and ruminate. We’re built to take in an amount of food and then leave eating until the next meal.
Animals have sex to create offspring but people do it for pleasure too, and to solidify prime relationships against existential loneliness. (Sorry if you are sensitive to the word sex or the idea of having sex.) Sure, if you never had sex and just now got married, in the beginning, you might spend a lot of time in bed having sex again and again and with cuddling in-between. After Yom Kippur, you could have many small meals with snacks in-between. But on a normal day, why consume besides a couple of nutritious meals?
No tree grows cocktail nuts. (Sorry if you are allergic to nuts.) No nut came into this world to be consumed unnoticed as a side dish to a TV program. Snacking is unnatural. A bite to eat or ‘having tea’ are not natural eating.
Even between breaths, we pause. (Sorry if you are asthmatic.) That does not mean that we abandoned breathing. We take in air a dozen times per minute — not more. And why should we continuously eat and drink?
When we would like to lose weight, we would just eat smaller meals (or meals with less calories) and less frequently. No dieting, no fasting.
Besides tradition, habit and ads, one more thing could be pushing us to be ready for intake all the time: feeling displeased about something/anything. In our cultures that conspire against feelings, we may not sense that we are welcome to feel and deal with emotions. We learned to suppress them instead of talking them out. We can never satisfy giant feelings by taking consumptions. And small feelings are often worthy of our attention too.
Maybe we should become more receptive to what could come out of our mouths than what could go in. Let’s have more output and less intake.