Moses and the Thin Commandments

thin commmandmentsMoses never crossed a food desert.

A food desert is one of the 360 areas in America that have limited access to healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

The majority of the people in these areas are disproportionately obese compared to the general U.S. population. Some dedicated people and organizations are working hard to bring more healthy foods to the people living in food deserts.

The fact remains that it is unhealthy to be overweight anywhere. Whether you live in a food desert, near a Whole Foods, or out in the woods somewhere, being overweight is unhealthy. No matter how inconvenient, or difficult the living situation, we are the boss of ourselves.  No one else puts food in our mouths.

So what if Moses had also received the Thin Commandments? This is what they might have said.


I. Thou shalt be personally responsible for your health and fitness.

II. Thou shalt eat just a little less.

III. Thou shalt walk just a little more.

IV. Thou shalt eat only when hungry.

V. Thou shalt stop eating when one feels satiety.

VI. Thou shalt avoid the uncomfortable feeling of fullness forever.

VII. Thou shalt succeed in the moment; one moment at a time, one day at a time.

VIII. Thou shalt only eat in the sitting position.

IX. Thou shalt not eat for comfort, entitlement, reward, celebration, or out of boredom.

X. Thou shalt select whole, healthy, nutritious foods.

Of course, selecting whole foods is a lot more challenging in a food desert.  However, we all must do the best we can in the situation we are in.

After all, we control our own health and fitness.  Just like the 10 commandments is our moral compass, The Thin Commandments could work, if adopted and practiced.  They will become our morsel compass.

Holy Moses! Did I say that?

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