Monday, September 7, 2009

Help Yourself to Happiness

The other day I was watching TV and a commercial for Golden Corral came on. My eyes glazed over as I was transfixed by the images of all you can eat, steak, chicken, pizza, yeast rolls lathered in butter and desserts passed across the screen. Then, their logo went across the screen:

Golden Corral: Help Yourself to Happiness

This, snapped me out of LaLa land.

Help Yourself to Happiness. Think about that for a moment...a majority of people who have weight issues, are emotional over eaters. Is this really a message we should pass along? Help yourself to happiness at an all you can eat buffet? This is the exact behavior that I have been trying to break for years! An over eater seeing this message is almost like inviting a recovering alcoholic to an open bar and saying "help yourself".
Sorry to dwell on that, it just struck a cord with me for some reason.

I do believe that food is love. I believe that family times gathered around food are sacred. However, it's not the consuming of food to the point of near bloat that makes these times happy. It is the enjoyment of one each other's company that does.

"Eat, Drink and Be Merry (in moderation)" is a good way to go.


Tracy on September 9, 2009 at 1:33 PM said...

I agree, yet another representation of our society's skewed values now. I heard the "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" mantra the other day and it really bugged me. Break it down, the message is "come, live life like you wouldn't elsewhere, break rules, be bad, and don't worry, you won't get caught." rather bothersome to me

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