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Man VS. Food


FaizaYagi

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I am living vicariously through Adam Richman, the host of the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food... He's in Miami in this repeat episode and he's eating cubans, hot dogs, and a GINORMOUS steak.... drool. I know no one should attempt the portions of these food challenges but oh man, it looks extremely delicious.

We had an episode of man vs. food filmed in my hometown Columbus, OH and this show has been my guilty pleasure for quite some time. Following my c-section I was on a strict diet until I could be safely deemed no longer diabetic (I had gestational diabetes). It felt like torture. Now, watching how much food they pile on the plate gives me a stomachache while simultaneously making my mouth water.

Portion sizes are so interesting and I'm glad Jenny spends so much time going over the importance of proper portions. In America, we are all about more bang for our buck, excess in every aspect of our lives and full on gluttony. When I was in Niger, I struggled with my American nature. I would often go into town and buy an extreme amount of a certain food and I would enjoy every last bite to myself and sometimes I would wish I had bought more. Then I would go over to my neighbors house and their father would buy a small package of kabob meat. Ten plus people would share the 6 or 7 morsels of coarse meat. And they were so excited! Even if they just got a crumb, they would cherish it until they could get enough money to find another small indulgence.

This says a lot about our society and why so many people struggle with obesity. We pass our habits onto our children and they learn from television and their friends, and now more than ever, the internet. It's a hard balance to strike between not depriving our children of making their own minds and trying their own things and also instilling in them good and healthy habits.

My daughter is only fifteen months now, but I sincerely hope that all the lessons I am learning now will save her the hurt of feeling bigger than everyone or even of bullying. But for now, I will enjoy watching someone else eating all the deliciousness that our culture has to offer.

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