Saturday, April 05, 2014
I found this show on youtube and I am finding it fascinating in that these people know they have a problem and part of the cause is the food they eat. Yet, they continue to eat the foods that are causing the diseases they suffer from. One woman was shown as saying that she hated the disease and would do anything not to be suffering; yet her cupboards were full of cookies, crackers, soda.
The reason it fascinates me is because I know I have issues with certain foods that I eat even though I know they are not good for me (read SWEETS here). I recognize that I am an emotional eater and I have been dealing with that voice inside my head. So far I am healthy, but I wonder what would I do if I was diagnosed with something that could be reversed by changing what I eat.
This reminds of my father-in-law and the comment he made when asked why he continued to eat so many donuts even though he was told to stop eating that sort of stuff. His reply was that he did not know how to stop and could not stop.
I read Eat to Live and Joel Furhman stated that knowledge is power; it helps if you know why you need to make the changes so you can stick with it long-term. But I think I need to be reminded of the why often.
Season 5 episode 5 has got me thinking about the amount of sweets because the superskinny guy ate a lot of sugary treats and he was told that sugar will cause fatty buildup around the organs (the heart in particular) even though he was skinny. Definitely gave me something to think about.
The show is more for shock value and does not offer a lot of how-to deal with the issues, but does provide who to call if you or someone you know needs help. There is some information about eating disorders also.
If you watch the show, what do you think about it? Sometimes it seems like a Scared Straight type of show by giving the worst case examples.