Wednesday, November 5, 2008

To lose weight you must love food?

In the most recent issue of Good Housekeeping was an article that stated that the key to overcoming emotional eating was to love food.

I thought for a moment and my first reaction was..."What? I got this way because i love food....I love it so much I think about it, obsess about it, gorge myself on it. What do you mean I have to love food? That's my problem!!!"

But then I thought, wait a minute!

What is the definition of loving anything?

I guess you must care for it, and spend time on it, savor it. Ah, there's the rub. I don't love food. I'm infatuated yes, but I don't love it. I usually shove down some ice cream without pondering or appreciating the flavor or texture. In all honestly I'd rather have a big plate of rice with tons of butter than a gourmet meal. I hardly taste what goes in my piehole.

I wonder how much more full I'd be and how much weight I'd just drop if I savored what was on my fork, paid attention to the complexities of the flavors, salivated over tenderness.

I guess this approach can work with anything in life. We've got to take the time to appreciate every little thing.

In the words of Anton Ego from Ratatouille:

I don't LIKE food, I LOVE it. If I don't LOVE it, I don't SWALLOW.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The portion plate?

I think many of us struggle with how to teach kids, much less ourselves portion control, and I think this product is pretty cool for doing that.

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You can view the product here.

What do you think? Does it reflect accurate portions? Would you use it to teach your kids?

There is a kids version on the site:

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Alabama charging overweight workers...

"Alabama, pushed to second in national obesity rankings by deep-fried Southern favorites, is cracking down on state workers who are too fat.

When John Benda joined Johnson & Johnson 3½ years ago, he was puffing two packs of cigarettes a day...

The state has given its 37,527 employees a year to start getting fit — or they'll pay $25 a month for insurance that otherwise is free.

Alabama will be the first state to charge overweight state workers who don't work on slimming down, while a handful of other states reward employees who adopt healthy behaviors.



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E-K. Daufin of Montgomery, a college professor and founder of Love Your Body, Love Yourself, which holds body acceptance workshops, said the new policy will be stressful for people like her.

"I'm big and beautiful and doing my best to keep my stress levels down so I can stay healthy," Daufin said. "That's big, not lazy, not a glutton and certainly not deserving of the pompous, poisonous disrespect served up daily to those of us with more bounce to the ounce."

A recent study suggested that about half of overweight people and nearly a third of obese people have normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels, while about a quarter of people
considered to be normal weight suffer from the ills associated with obesity."


What do you all think of this? Personally I feel like weight is a very sensitive and personal issue. Losing weight cannot be forced...a person must come to that decision on their own.


Original article found here.



Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Saggy?

My working out has unfortunately been stalled due to a sunburn that looks like I splashed tomator sauce all over my skin. It's horrible. So horrible that I cannot wear a bra....

How I can get away without wearing a bra as a DD I'm not sure. I guess I'll look a little saggy.

Anyone have any suggestions?

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Social eating.

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After reading PastaQueen's recent post about this article, I thought I'd go ahead with the trend and contemplate on social behaviors and eating habits.

A group of women ordering the same meal seems innocent enough — unremarkable, even — but there's often something far more complicated lurking beneath the surface. "Women are amazingly accurate at knowing how much other women around them eat," says Patricia Pliner, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. "Whether their friends polish off their plates has a powerful effect on what they eat." This need to consume no less or no more than the next girl is almost visceral — and many who experience it would sooner admit to a cocaine habit than a competitive-eating one.

Personally I've rarely experienced the phenomenon know as competitive eating. I've never really contemplated on what my friends were eating, nor did I think they would judge me on what appeared on my plate. Well....everyone except my nonna who clearly noticed and would judge.

The concept frankly scares the crap out of me! What an archaic instinct! It isn't as if we still wear animal skins and must compete with each other for the most attractive male.

I guess it's just another example of females comparing themselves to another. It's the underlying root of eating disorders too..."She's so thin and I'm so fat...must. be. thinner."

Why must it be so important to be exactly alike? Granted, I'm not knocking healthy food choices, but to choose something based on what another woman is eating...that's just downright silly isn't it?

You should choose what you eat based on looking great for yourself, not because someone ordered a chicken salad and you don't want to look like a pig!

Women, eat what you want, and if you eat healthily and less do so because
You want to. Look great for yourself....it's much better motivation than looking good for someone else. I've heard, and believe that the key to losing weight permanently is in doing so for yourself. I'm on that journey right now, and it's so much easier than doing so for someone else.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Staring my demons in the face....

I work at night as a receptionist. Usually it's just me, the security guard, and maybe some counseling appointments.

Today I really felt like pizza. Ever gotten that craving that you just had to have?

So I called my husband and realized we had a gift card to a local eatery, so we used it to buy two personal pizzas and he came up to eat with me.

Across the room from where I sit is the security guard.

He's very trim. But not emaciated, not that I noticed anyway.

He asks my why our food pantry is unlocked and I let him know that it's fine because we give out food on Thursday so I leave it unlocked most of the day.

Then he looks helplessly at me and asks if he could have some food. I give him a food box.

I notice him staring at our left over pizzas which we had just momentarily stopped stuffing our face with. And it hit me. He really is hungry.....

So I offered him some chicken and mushroom pizza, and he gladly said he was so hungry that he'd accept.

I can't imagine how hard it is for someone who cannot afford food to watch two very overweight fairly well off individuals stuff their face with huge slices of pizza.



I almost disgusted myself.

I wonder, if we spent a little less eating out on a whim and put that money toward feeding the hungry.....well I doubt there'd be anyone hungry left.

I guess it never crossed my mind how many in America go hungry, especially with the medias focus on the obesity epidemic.

I'm an overeater, and today is the first day that has literally disgusted me. Ouch. Today is the last day I ever overeat.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Obesity and Pregnancy

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One of the main reasons that I've really wanted to lose weight has had to do with childbirth and the risk that being obese causes both to the mother and the fetus.

I'm not saying that overweight/obese women cannot have healthy children. I'm sure they do and quite frequently. However when looking at my personal life and looking towards the person that I'd like to eventually be, I see no reason to make my life any harder than it has to be.

Pregnancy is like running a marathon and the healthier you are, the easier it will be. I don't feel great in the body I'm in
now so I cannot imagine what it would feel like to be this size and pregnant.

The complications for women of larger body types during the actual birth inlude:
  • Preeclampsia: Preeclampsia is a condition which causes high blood pressure, fluid retention, and swelling during pregnancy. When serious, preeclampsia can restrict placental blood flow, endangering baby.
  • Gestational Diabetes: Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It prevents your body from breaking down sugar and can put your baby at risk for gaining too much weight in utero.
  • Cesarean Section: Women who are obese during pregnancy have an increased risk of experiencing problems during delivery. Labor is more likely to be slow and prolonged, increasing the likelihood of cesarean section.
  • Postpartum Infection: Obesity during pregnancy also makes you more vulnerable to experiencing a difficult postpartum recovery. In particular, if you have had a c-section, you are at risk for developing dangerous postpartum infections.

Complications for Baby
If you are obese during your pregnancy, you baby is also at risk for developing some dangerous health issues.

  • Macrosoma: Macrosoma is a condition in which your baby puts on too much weight during development. This can complicate labor and delivery, making it difficult for your baby to enter and exit the birth canal. Some large babies have their shoulders injured during birth. This is known as shoulder dystonia.
  • Neural Tube Defects: Babies born to obese mothers are also at increased risk of suffering dangerous neural tube defects during development. Neural tube defects, like spina bifida and anencephaly, are often associated with low levels of folic acid during the first trimester. These defects can frequently be detected early in pregnancy through the use of ultrasound imaging. However, women who are obese often produce poor ultrasounds. Because the ultrasound waves have trouble penetrating extra layers of fat, blurry images are produced. As a result, neural tube defects aren’t always detected in these babies.
  • Childhood Obesity: Studies show that babies who are born to obese mothers are more likely to suffer from obesity by the time they reach the age of four. In one recent study, 29% of children born to obese mothers were also obese by the age of four, compared with only 9% of babies born to mothers of normal weight.

Enough of that for now. If you want to see some awesome birth pictures go here and oooh and ahhh. I'd like to use this photographer in my own birth.