Darling pals, every once in a while I read something and know I have to share it with you. This morning it was piece in last Sunday’s Wall Street Journal on a subject near and dear to all of us, and much discussed on the Bowman Hall Facebook page. A light went on for me, and maybe it will for you. I’ll just type in the whole dang quote, and if you want to find the article, it’s by Caitlin Moran, “How to Be a Woman,” excerpted from her soon-to-be-released book. So here goes:
“In a nutshell, then, by choosing food as your drug — sugar highs, or the deep, soporific calm of carbs — you can still make the packed lunches, do the school run, look after the baby, stop in on your parents and then stay up all night with an ill 5-year-old — something that is not an option if you’re regularly climbing into the cupboard under the stairs and knocking back quarts of scotch.
Overeating is the addiction of choice of ‘carers,’ and that’s why it’s come to be regarded as the lowest-ranking of all the addictions It’s a way of screwing yourself up while still remaining fully functional, because you have to. Fat people aren’t indulging in the ‘luxury’ of their addiction, making them useless, chaotic or a burden. Instead, they are slowly self-destructing in a way that doesn’t inconvenience anyone. And that is why it’s so often a woman’s addiction of choice.”
Amen, sisters. So many of us are on this path, past or present. Hold your gorgeous, care-giving heads up. Have some green tea with a loving pal.
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