Important Disclaimers: I caught this earlier on You Tube this morning, which I love the channel and it’s content, which is important to say.
As well as why I was watching it, which was to distract myself to not have to write my last blog, which it kind of forced me into saying what I did and why.
I’m only posting this blog, as a topic of respectful debate, at best.
As it’s a restaurant/workshop meant to do good.
BUT, by the nature of it being exclusionary, not on purpose, I think warrants a respectful discussion.
As always, because this blog DOES touch upon medical and mental health activism, that for those in medical and/or mental health crisis of some kind, need to get immediate in person help from appropriate in person facilities and specialists.
I’m not hating upon above video, again as said in my disclaimer, I love the channel and their content.
And in this particular video, it highlights a suicide prevention initiative with food.
But I did take issue with it, as an activist and made a thoughtful comment not to hate, but to start a discussion, if not on You Tube, then here.
The video if one chooses not to watch it, is about it a Boston based restaurant, who’s owner wanted to use food in a way, that positively impacts people, not only with their aspirations, but also when it comes to those who’s depression that could be fatal to them.
This is the issue I have with it, as I watch a bit of food related videos, to decompress or as distraction and I’m definitely not used to videos on this channel making me rush into writing an activism related blog.
I do not think that it is a good idea, for a lot of people to have a quantitative food specific goal as a stepping stone associated for important life goal setting and or depression eradicating purposes as seen in the video.
I could see why the initiative and restaurant would be inspiring to some, I just couldn’t understand how it’s kind of tone deaf and why it doesn’t appear to be that way, even as unintentional as it is, to others.
I don’t say this because I after everything I’ve done to lose weight, even with having bariatric surgery, could never do something like this and would never want to.
I’m a disabled introverted activist with a psychotic digestive system, that I can’t eat even 9 years status post gastric bypass reversal, an unspecified amount of food privately or publicly.
In my particular case, I have to eat what I can tolerate and stop when I feel satisfied, as full hurts.
I had to take whether or not a food would make me gain weight out of the equation for my medical and mental health.
As there are healthy foods I love that I can’t tolerate any longer and I’m not going to eat unhealthy foods that I don’t like, as a punishment of any kind and just try to enjoy foods without qualifying them, the ones I like and can tolerate, for that reason.
I don’t eat anything that I don’t REALLY like at this point, I eat one meal during the day in the 10 months, and one yogurt before bedtime (which is the only food I eat for health reasons and my digestive system HATES yogurt, but my taste buds like it, at this point, which always changes) which works for me, and I realize others have to find their own way that works for them.
I hope going forward there will be similar initiatives that are more inclusive, as my comment on video, even bariatric patients or vegans and people with religious beliefs that dictate how and what they eat, for example, bond over food in some way.
Just not at the restaurant featured, I’m guessing…
Anyways, if you want to start a respectful discussion, here you go.
If you don’t, that’s okay, too.