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Weigh Less but Not Healthier

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Here I am almost 5:30am my mind spinning and retyping this blog over and over. It is from watching two documentaries. "Carb Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat" (on hulu) & "Sugar Content" (on netflix). The better of the two is the "Carb Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat".

Many of you remember my blog series on sugar and refined carbs. During the last 2 yrs I have been on a journey to get myself off of these two things. I took wheat out of my diet because it was on the labels of so many foods that had added sugar or easily broke down into sugar. I used gluten free food made from rice and corn and oats. Careful not to use sugars from HFCS and "natural" artificial sweetners. I used fruit and higher Glycemic index sugars. I successfully dropped a little over 30lbs. I have kept that number on the scale for over a year now. I have been "proud" of that success. I eat more veges and I have been more active and exercising more. That is good. I am not healthy though.

Why? I am still not eating healthy. I weigh less and I am smaller. I am still "fat" and in danger of health problems. This is what "Carb Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat" showed me in a way that it finally clicked. Countless athletes that aren't overweight and that exercise a lot are still coming up pre or full diabetic. It is time for the next change. I think I may finally be ready. I have to be for my daughter's sake. I am being a very irresponsible mother. My kitchen is full of convenience foods and junk. Ironically I am still feeding her refined carbs and sugar. She isn't overweight. She looks good. On the outside. What am I doing to her insides though?

So the right thing to do is clean out my kitchen. Throw it all away. That voice screams "No! You can't throw away food. You can't afford that!" Same mentality that told us to clean our plates. "Starving children in Africa"... right? So... I am going to use my body and my daughter's body as trash cans instead??? NOOOOO! Next excuse: I don't have the money for new food??? It is more expensive not to buy new healthier REAL food. "Pay the farmer now or the doctor later."

Ok that all sounds noble and great. We have heard this for the last 10-20 years. We know we SHOULD eat more real food-veges and less processed food. So tomorrow I throw away all my food and go to the store and fill the house with all new food. When my daughter gets hungry she will eat what is available. Right? Good plan. In a perfect world, yes. That is not the way to teach new habits though. That is restriction and a shock. We have to learn together. She needs to understand why and we need to find out what she will even like with some trial and error. Baby steps just like when she was little. It took 11years to teach her these eating habits.

So, tomorrow is the first day on my new journey and I am bringing my child with me. We will get to that place where I no longer hear "can I have some junk/sugar/dessert" and "I'm tired" on a daily basis. Sweets will go back to being treats and in low moderation. There will be more walks, adventures and playing outside. We will be healthy one day, inside and out. :)

Wish me luck. I am going to need it. Comfort/convenience/processed foods aren't just for emotional comfort, they are easy and comfortable to prepare/eat.
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  • CARBMONSTERII
    Feed the inside of the body: the stomach, the mind, the soul. The outside will be beautiful. Your daughter will look at all the role models in her life and over time she will decide how she wants/needs to be. Giving her a role model that "walks the walk" about truly healthy eating will help her a lot. Kudos to you for deciding a "clean sweep" of the pantry is needed. That is really hard to do, but I bet you will never regret it.
    1803 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15145828

    I think that you bring up such a tremendous point, Ivy, that we can weigh less but still need to re-vamp our eating habits. I think we have been led to believe (at least I have) that we should eat X amount of calories,
    and it doesn't "really" matter what those calories are composed of. Not true at all.

    We have to give up our excuses, for our good health. CHEERS!! emoticon
    1804 days ago
  • KATHYGBENNETT
    Good ideas!
    1804 days ago
  • KYFAITHLEE
    Good Luck! One thing you can do is instead of throwing away the unopened food, take your daughter with you and donate it to a food bank or homeless shelter. That way you will be helping those who can't get food, healthy or otherwise.

    I loved the documentary, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" about the American diet. Very eye opening on Netflix. After watching it, I rarely eat fast food anymore and when I do, I try to make the healthiest choices. My downfall is processed food I buy myself, because let's face it, most of the stuff on our grocery shelves is processed food. I'm just trying to eat cleaner and choose the right stuff.
    1804 days ago
  • EARTHOWL79
    Great plan!
    1804 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    I hope you achieve a healthy body inside as well as out. Good luck!!
    1804 days ago
  • HAWKTHREE
    I was always too skinny as a kid and never looked fat until age 50. Pregnancies were diabetic and I had a lifetime of fainting from hypoglycemia episodes. (Maybe hyperglycemia I can never remember).

    Yes I was eating a lifetime of clean carbs. Life on a farm to life in the city where I mostly cooked from scratch. Sodas were always a rare event in my life because I couldn't handle the extra sugar.

    So when I became a type 2, I was shocked by all the 'healthy' foods I would have to give up. At the time, I was a vegetarian living on healthy brown rice and beans.

    But 6 months later and following Dr Bernstein, my diabetes went away. My episodes went away. 16 years later and diabetes has not returned (but it lurks I'm sure of it).
    1804 days ago
  • MISSUSRIVERRAT
    I see how this goes with my grandkids and their Moms. It freaks me out to see how food is handled in families with children in the home, even with very loving and caring parents. I think you definitely are doing the right thing. I agree with you 100 %. I wish you great success. If you find ways to make this work, you will have achieved something great with a lot of forces against you. Please share. I am interested to see how this goes.

    1804 days ago
  • JANET552
    Good luck!! It's a noble cause!!
    1804 days ago
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