Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sunday Scribblings #46 - Yummy

Yummy, yummy, yummy, I got love in my tummy,
and I feel like a-lovin you.
Love, you're such a sweet thing, good enough to eat thing,
and it's just a-what I'm gonna do.
(Arthur Resnick - Joey Levine)

Love and food, the 2 yummiest things I can think of. I remember the song yummy, yummy, yummy, from my childhood. There was an add that was on TV all the time showing kids eating soup, licking their lips with their eyeballs rolling back while the song was playing. When I was a kid I loved to eat but I was always worried that I wouldn´t get while I ate, it felt good, like I was being rewarded, like I felt loved, cared for, nourished. In my teens I had a best friend, Bettina who did judo and could eat whatever she liked without gaining weight while I was labelled as chubby. When I look at photos of myself as a teen I see that I wasn´t chubby at all, just chubby compared to Bettina. I started to dislike my love of food and my body and the ups and downs of dieting started. That was such a long time ago and I wasted a lot of energy for a lot of years worrying about my weight and what I was eating.
When Erich got to know me and the tug-of-war that goes on in my head when it comes to eating, he said "hey, you are gorgeous! Stop worrying, just eat when you´re hungry!". Why is this so easy and logical for some and sooo difficult for others?

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strauss said...

Oh those ghosts of the past, always whispering in our good ear....
I know this story so well. I too had a skinny friend and was constantly told how much fatter I was than her, mainly by my friends mother - our softball coach, but later my other idiots. I wasn't chubby either when I look back on pictures, but the fear of becomeing chubby and thus unexceptable, in apparent eyes of others, ensured I always saw myself as my fear.
"Eat when you are hungry", now why couldn't those ghosts from the past just let us do that?
Thanks for sharing.

Waspgoddess said...

Very thought provoking post, and unfortunately all too true for too many women. Who came up with the idea that being skinny is better than being chubby anyway?

It's wonderful to read that your man is so supportive, a simple comment like his can really help to dispel the whole anxiety around food.

Thanks for sharing such a personal story.

gautami tripathy said...

I needed this. Just eat and don't worry. Great advice!

Do chk mine at:Yummy!!

sognatrice said...

I've been reading through your site, and I just love your creations! On this post, though, and linking it with another I just read: unconditional love certainly is something special, isn't it?

Liza's Eyeview said...

a double yummy - food and love! I agree.

Jamie said...

Yummy pictures!

And I can relate about looking back on my younger self. Sometimes I wish I could go back and infuse my 16-year-old self with body confidence!

And great advice re eating when hungry. To add to that, Martha Beck has a book called The Joy Diet and in it she says to go ahead and eat the stuff you love but pay close attention and when you've stopped enjoying it, stop eating. I found that so helpful because it's so often true that the first 4 spoonfuls of ice cream are outrageously wonderful and after that I'm not even really paying attention, I'm just eating.

Unconditional love is the yummiest. I'm glad that you have it in your life.

Frances said...

When I was in 9th & 10th grade I had a friend who did judo too!
She was thin, I was not; she liked to remind me of it.
Several years later I saw her at Columbus Circle - she had turned into a tub. I wanted to say "hi" but didn't. Why make her feel bad?
Sorry I am late visiting - we had a power outtage.
Have a yummy rest of the week.

Colorsonmymind said...

Hmmm great advice-wonderful man-
and where are the recipes? LOL.

Gypsy Purple said...

Such familiar words!!!


Kali said...

yep, remember that song!
Great post, one I can totally relate too. I have had a continual battle with my weight demons since childhood.
As I am getting older and wiser, it seems to be getting easier.
Happy Valentine's Day :)

Denise said...

Very nice and very true.

megg said...


I'm trying now to do this but it is so hard!!!