Correct thinking is an art form that must be cultivated over time.
Now granted, I am referring mostly to food, but if you think about it, it applies all throughout life. The correctness of those thoughts must continue to rise, form, change and transmute into something lesser, softer, stronger, larger...something that is more correct to the discipline in which the thought has been applied, ultimately, to get the best effect from that world.
Okay, I'm getting to the point already.
Many of us don't think correctly about food. It's not because we can't or don't want to. Heck, we try all the time with these loud and oftentimes annoying messages of all who want to lose weight and "tone up." I'm not a fan of the word "tone," only but for the sound the whale makes.
We read these magazines, look at websites and books, searching for that perfect diet or that plan that just makes it all work. No one ever says that there isn't only one way to work food, although there are a variety of examples on this theme. Point is, I think our country is only just getting to the real issue that exists, that will help us all to think correctly about our food.
We all want a life of joy, and we want this in as many ways as possible. If we think that losing weight is connected to that ultimate source of joy, we will wage this battle happily for the expectation we afford. However, expectation often breeds disappointment, since we attach ourselves so heavily to the outcomes. As humans, we desire. All of our prayers and meditations, intentions, desires, are all to lead us to the holy grail of some form of higher satisfaction, our joy. But what if we could find this joy without having a thing? Being thin does not equal an automatic check being sent in the mail. Being rich doesn't make the love interest of your dreams love you back. Having a home means having a house note, which means another responsibility. Do we need to think of what our desires mean, if they manifest into reality? Do we really know what we are asking of ourselves when we make these plans and goals? Do we know what work and possibly suffering goes into our goal?
Conversely, do we understand what the pleasure of attaining a disease-free life is without the sacrificing of a few earthly pleasures? As we expand our consciousness into a higher state of being, we need to look at what truly frees us from suffering. This is what we strive to attain when we have deep desires for certain things such as weight loss. What if we were forced to grow accustomed to eating a certain way because we got sick? What choice would we have then? As a diabetic or a heart attack survivor, etc., we would not have the choices we have now in our disease-free states.
Here's my take on what I feel is correct thinking about food, that I have had to come to over the past year: we are always either feeding our cancer cells or shrinking them. We are either eating whole and raw foods or we are eating some lesser form of food that is inherently less whole. We are either fully awake in our reality that eating in restaurants has an element of danger, or we know for sure the standards that restaurant claims. We read packages and allow ourselves to be informed consumers, and we eat to live. We look at our money and we make strong decisions on whether we want to spend the extra cash on having wild fish shipped to us, or we spend extra money on our hospital bills when something goes really wrong. We have a choice, and it goes beyond, far beyond, any weight loss plan we could summon up.