Saturday, September 22, 2012
I think I'm about ready to give up on convincing my stepmother that paleo is a real thing.
After my sister and I BOTH lost weight low carbing it, and after all the Paleo/Primal information I gave her, and after all the information on food additives and their effects on immune and inflammatory disease, she's started Weight Watchers again and stocked the house with low-fat everything, the 1-point cupcakes and other crap.
She could just drop the sugary processed food and immediately improve her rheumatoid, and most likely lose a LOT of weight JUST by removing inflammatory chemical additives and sugar. It's not like she hasn't read enough about it.
But instead, she'd rather mess around with counting POINTS, eating chemically altered garbage in the name of low-fat, insist that I'm SOOOO active (I'm not) and that's why my diet works, and keep eating all her artificially-sweetened stuff. I can't understand to save my life why consuming a bunch of lab-created, carcinogenic, unpronounceable ingredients could POSSIBLY seem healthier than just giving up all the crap... and PAYING EXTRA TO DO IT WITH OTHER PEOPLE!!!
I feel like stomping my feet and yelling at her and my father every time I visit them. It's really upsetting because it's killing them, slowly and inexorably, and it should be obvious by now... but it's not. Dad's bloodwork came back normal (he's still on statins) and she lost 5.8 lbs last week back on Weight Watchers, so what the *bleep* do I know?
I can't be mean about it though. I can't. I don't have it in me, even though I really want to stand in the kitchen and scream, "WHAT PART OF THIS SEEMS HEALTHY TO YOU?! WHY DON'T YOU GET IT?!"
I guess I just have to live with it and hope they come to some kind of sense on their own, because leading by example and giving them information is not doing it.
Edit: I read her WW materials and it turns out they're pro-healthy fats now, and their new POINTS incorporate ALL the macronutrients instead of just fat and fiber. Fruits and veggies are "free" as always (unless you eat 30 bananas or something, I guess) and I saw all EVOO in the recipe book. No vegetable oils or margarines. MUCH better than my last go at Weight Watchers...
I distinctly remember crying in the third floor bathroom in the library my freshman year of college because it was only 10:00 in the morning, I was already hungry, but if I ate the apple I had in my purse, I wouldn't have enough POINTS left to get me through the rest of the day. Suckage.
They still sell their own oatmeals, cakes, and ice creams, though. I guess you can't have everything.
Now if I can just get the parental unit to ditch the fat free hydrogenated soybean creamer...