I was watching Ancient Aliens on the TV the other night, and unfortunately it was live TV, and not one I had pre-recorded. The commercial breaks on the History channel and another favorite, HGTV channel, are soooOOooo long. I prefer to record my favorite programs and skip over the commercials, but I was at their mercy that night and had to endure.
One of the commercials was advertising the Noom weight loss plan, which is an app that you can download to your phone ($45/mo) which uses psychology, a coach, and a personal diet plan to help you make better choices and change your eating habits. Healthier = happier, and skinnier. Just a little bit of behavior modification, and you can think yourself thin.
Right after that commercial comes another celebrating the bigger, better burger:
Pavlov would be proud of you if you started salivating right about now. Somehow, I don’t really think that Noom can compete with this picture. Just looking at it, you can smell it, you can see how juicy it is, and BACON. Not so much lettuce though. Please forgive me if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, but it’s real, and it’s out there.
I really felt proud of the fact that I was eating a bowl of Moose Tracks frozen yogurt, covered with Smucker’s Chocolate Magic Shell. Psychologically speaking, I made a conscious decision to choose frozen yogurt over ice cream. I’m still working on thinking myself thin.
Can you see how the small picture of frozen yogurt is a better choice than the large picture of the burger? It’s all relative, my dear Einstein.
The commercials kept coming, big cars, big sandwiches stacked 2 feet tall on Hawaiian bread, big trucks with big engines hauling big motor homes.
Don’t you feel a little programmed to think that bigger and more are better? It’s not like we’re Tiny Tim, begging for a little more porridge.
I’m surprised there wasn’t a pharmaceutical commercial pushing statins for high cholesterol. It’s not like we don’t have MORE drugs advertised on TV. They have you covered from depression to psoriatic arthritis, to eczema… and some of them have the same actors! I feel fortunate to have lived through Brylcream, Doublemint Gum, Carter’s Little Liver Pills, and Wilkinson razor blade commercials. Plus, I didn’t like Breck Shampoo; I was a Prell girl. I’m sure if you go to Sam’s Club or Costco, you can buy a gallon of your favorite shampoo because… more is better.
So, after all is said and done, I’m focusing on enough. When I want something, I ask myself if I need it. When I eat, I ask myself, what is enough? I’m working on de-programming.
I have promised myself that I will pre-record my favorite shows in the future because…
enough is enough.