Deep in thought with friends last night, the conversation turned to Jenni Murray and the open letter published yesterday morning. That letter was written in direct response to a dilemma which is familiar the world over to literally millions and millions of people: yo- yo dieting.
It is a very real concept a very real diet trap and it keeps millions of us unhappy and pre-occupied and, well, generally missing the point of life.
As each new commercial dieting program comes to us (Dukan, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Slimming World, Cabbage Soup, High-fibre, Low-fat, Zone, the list is endless), we sincerely believe it will make a difference to our mal-nourished bodies. And we try again for weight loss. What we forget, time and again, is that diets don’t work. At best, they are always a short term solution: most of us can lose weight if we set our minds to it but how many of us manage to sustain the weight loss? Short term gratifications (new clothes, new shoes, new hair cut, new man, new party) seduce us down the diet path but what is it that you want, long term?
If your long term wish is to be free to live life fully, to enjoy each day without waking up and venturing into battle with your self, to be “normal” around food and to understand food and the response it can trigger in our bodies then take a little education.
Take a look at the article Fat Storage Machine and learn about the relationship of sugar and insulin and the response it has on your body. Further reading here on exactly how our modern diet is fuelling the obesity epidemic and try this excellent item Bad Fat – Good Fat to open your eyes to thebenefits of eating saturated fat in our diet. Challenge your current behaviours, think Human Shaped! Be radical. Eat bacon. Stand up, stretch and take a look around. If you keep doing what you’ve always done you will continue to get what you’ve always got.
Do your reading, do your thinking and make good choices. Every day what you do defines who you are. Get a few recipes under your belt, understand what you can and can’t eat for optimal health , use our ancestors as your point of reference (did they eat it, would they recognise it as food) and never ever forget the fact that it is the food that is making you fat NOT some lack of will power or failing in you. It is the food that causes addictions and triggers behavioural responses such as overeating. Not you. It is a biochemical response. Chemistry. Not you. Clean up your diet and the bio-chemical reactions go, the behavior triggers go and now you have a fighting chance to achieve those long term goals.
And so, now we read that Jenni Murray has opted for Weight Watchers.
Do you think this is the answer?
- Open Letter to Jenni Murray (paleoworks.wordpress.com)
Some time ago, a friend popped round for coffee. In the kitchen, she slips me a packet of “Pasta Mug Shot” with her cup. Mug shot pasta hey pasta you make in a cup! Genius! Less than 1% fat, 17 ingredients and ready in five minutes. So that’s dipotassium phosphate, mono and di-glycerides of fatty acids anyone?
And then well because I couldn’t let it pass and because my friend has thyroid “issues”, has struggled with yo-yo dieting for years, is constantly counting calories and always hungry, is always on a diet and always gaining weight, I said: “Please don’t eat that cr@p”
“But it’s low fat” she replied, eyes narrowing. And just like that I found myself in full blown paleo mode (some might say rant) – (it happens when you are passionate :p) It began something like this: do you know what you are eating, is it even real? do you know how much sugar food manufacturers use to create taste in low fat food, do you know what dried glucose syrup means on your packet; do you understand the effect of insulin on you body……” (Note to all: please rest assured I have since then reworked and reworded my paleoista speech!)
“Yes well” she replied, lips pursed together “it’s whatever works for you”
Pasta Mug Shot! classic, er……… is it me?