I am giving up nap time to write this blog today…I hope at least one person listens.
What a country!! #firstworldproblems
“It is not very impressive, the weight loss, but it is better than a placebo,” said Michael Aziz, an internist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
“However, when people stop the drug they gain the weight back.” US Panel gives nod to new obesity drug. I am sure it is free of side effects too, eh? We’ve never had a diet pill in this country that killed people, right?? *FACEPALM*
I am getting on my soap box today –how is that different than any given day?? I guess it isn’t really autism related… Well… I am sure I can connect it somehow, that is my super power… ADHD-off-the-rails-wild-trains of thought
DISCLAIMER: I am no example of health, I am an example of someone who got far out of bounds and is trying to fix it. I know struggle… now read on and let me preach to you!
I just saw the above article in my Facebook news feed. It brought back memories of my “Stop fucking cheeseburgers” rant –which was brought on by an article I read about chewable cholesterol meds for tots! Stop the fucking insanity. Since that time, last year, I still don’t understand why people still defend their food like they are romantically involved. For me, it’s been an on-again, off-again relationship. I have lost 50 pounds… I have 3,719 more to go, however.
Look peeps… it is so fucking simple at it’s core.
–but getting to the core can be complicated.
Homo Sapiens have been here for about 200,000 years… We roamed around eating off the land. Shit be growin’ off trees and bushes. We ate it. Shit be roaming around and if we killed it before it killed us… We ate it. We needed about 5,000 calories a day because we burned it all off looking for food. (OK that might be the neanderthal numbers –don’t expect me to remember everything from college, but you get the point… we burned what we ate, we ate what we burned. And we ate real food). It was the perfect food for us because we evolved along with it, right?? I don’t need to explain that right? If it was bad food we never would have made it this far… we would have… oh.. I don’t know… all got fat and died from disease and never made it out of caves. Got it?? Getting it??
In the movie Food Inc they point out that food has changed more in the last 50 years than since the dawn of humanity. Think about that.
Now think about the diseases we have today that you never really saw fifty years ago. Our food changed too fast. We are now roaming the land in desk chairs plucking Twinkies off the trees… At a time when we needed to change our eating habits to consist of FEWER calories because we were moving less, we created foods that are HIGH in energy, in small portions, topped off with chemical compounds to keep them shelf stable for years. So we eat these things… and what happens? Well, they aren’t real food… so we are still starving for proper nutrition. It was small…. a “energy bar” perhaps, it was also full of refined sugar which causes your blood sugar to spike and then crash… you’re hungry 30 minutes later… you eat more garbage… the cycle continues. The toxins and chemicals in the bad food-like-substances set up camp in your fat cells too, making it even harder to lose the weight you are putting on by eating that crap –and then releasing those toxins when you do lose weight, making you feel sick and adding to the vicious cycle.
I tried diets. I tried counting calories. It doesn’t work. Study after study after clinical proof shows that they are short lived and you gain back more in the end. YOU MUST get it in your head that it is not a “diet” by popular cultures definition. You have to realize that this pile of shit that you are told is “fine in moderation” can, in no way, be moderated when you are eating a diet of processed foods. It has been said a million times by a million people, you need to reframe your ideas about what you fuel your body with –”you are what you eat”, “garbage in, garbage out”… it has to be a lifestyle change and new way of looking at it.
My generation was the first to really have mostly processed foods served for lunch and dinner… We didn’t walk home for lunch during the school day like our parents and grandparents did –we ate the processed foods in the cafeteria. Our parents were not cooking food from scratch for dinner, not with all the fantastic new options at the Supermarket!! Not like our grandparents did. Most of our veggies came from BPA lined cans. The victory gardens were long grown over. Fish sticks and mac and cheese were cheap and quick. We learned some seriously bad habits in this age of convenience and progress!
I was pondering this one day –all the different diets out there. I decided to read up on all of them.
Let me save you a million hours and a few dollars… THEY ALL BOIL DOWN TO ONE THING (the good ones, not the fad ones)
EAT REAL FOOD. Eat what the first Homo Sapiens were eating because 199,950 years of evolution CANNOT be wrong.
–and since I have been asked a lot “What are you doing?” I am going to tell you right here.
I am doing… (there is cheating and I will explain that at the end)
1. No more junk food. That is easy right? No more artificial anything. It is the easiest way to start.
Cut out artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, etc and you just threw out the whole middle of the grocery store and 95% of the shit in your cupboards. Now, you have “processed” options… organic, gluten free, yadda yadda, expensive options. EXPENSIVE options. Save your money and just don’t eat that stuff anymore… I splurged at the grocery store this week and bought a $5.70 loaf of gluten free bread. I had a sandwich. I feel naughty.
2. Whole foods only. No more bread folks… For me I went gluten free because all signs point to me having a gluten problem. (Auto-immune disease, seizure, chronic inflammation). But since I was doing this for weight loss as well, I took it a step further and made mine a grain free diet. If you chose to eat grains, do it SPARINGLY. Eat wild rice, Quinoa, limit starchy crap like potatoes and corn (those are NOT vegetables, people!)
3. CROWD OUT THE BAD WITH GOOD. Twice a day I eat ginormous salads –with avocado and olive oil!!! fatty fatty bad for you!!!! NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT. Our brains NEED GOOD FATS. EAT avocados!! eat olive oil!! eat Salmon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (please research fish and mercury, ok? Be careful about eating local fish you caught, in most of western PA you should not eat more than one wild fish caught every two weeks, especially down near Pittsburgh –just do your research). Your brain needs the fat and it makes you feel full. I even enjoy a little bacon and cheese on my salads. (Yeah, I am still not off the morphine… I mean cheese… ) When you eat two huge salads a day you are full, trust me. Put whatever you want on it. Go fucking crazy… just not croutons or other processed carbs.
–THIS IS NOT A LOW CARB DIET. It is a NO processed carbs diet. Go crazy on carbs from veggies. EAT MORE RAW THAN COOKED. JUICE THE HELL OUT OF THEM TOO. Have 1 to 2 glasses of fresh veggie juice a day (from your own juicer, not V8)
Go organic when you can, use this as a budget friendly guide.
4. Watch your sugar intake. If you cut out all processed foods, don’t worry about this… but if you are still sneaking some in there, keep your sugar gram count LOW. The Belly Fat diet suggests no more than 15 grams a day. If you are doing this to lose weight, stick to that. (It is damn hard, go look at the sugar content on a cup of yogurt in your fridge…. I’ll wait…. Crazy, right???
Look for sweeteners that are natural and do not raise your blood sugar. I like Xylitol, but I need to special order it and I never remember too. So I use agave syrup… IN MODERATION… a small amount in my coffee tastes like real sugar without the blood sugar jump –get organic.
Stevia tastes fucking nasty, I can’t do it.
Fruit is ok in moderation, I will have 1-2 pieces a day. I love my bedtime grapefruit and coffee, which guarantees that I won’t sleep through the alarm in the morning!
5. You don’t need to count calories except on cheat days!
Of course I fucking cheat… it is why I have only lost 50 pounds so far!
Guess what?? I feel like shit when I cheat. Ask yourself if it is worth it. (Sesame Chicken with all it’s MSG is sooo worth it, I do that drug about twice a year
On days I cheat I count calories. I keep it at 1200, not counting the fresh, raw, veggie juice.
Cheating is not an excuse to cheat all day, “I had a doughnut for breakfast, I might as well eat crap all day!!” NOPE, NO WAY.
It is that mother fucking simple. YOU DON’T NEED THOSE WHORE’S PILLS!!!
Grain free, with occasional whole grains like quinoa (if I am really jonesing, gluten free pasta)
REAL food that hasn’t been processed at all.
Crap ton of unlimited raw veggies.
Good fats –avocado, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil.
Lean meat. –fuck, have bacon and eggs for breakfast… it won’t kill you, but the toast will
This is not a diet. I never feel like I am starving. It has become habit now. It has becomes easy.
Sometimes it is not that simple
For kids with autism and seizures and other metabolic shit going on, a lot of tweaking is needed… Nap time is almost over, so later I will compile a list of special diet links. A lot of my peeps ought to be on low glutamate diets. For example, MSG is not a good idea on cheat days (makes me sick for days, and gives me more seizures)… There is a ton of info out there, google google google.
OH!! Autism Connection!! *giggle* Here it is…
It’s not just food…
Want to know why we will never find the exact cause of autism and why they can’t tease it out??
Because we cannot tease it out… Plastics, chemicals, food, toxins in the air, water, PILLS, hyper-vaccination… We are throwing so much shit at the human species that it is the sum of all the shit together that is causing 1 in 6 of our offspring to have a learning disability. 1 in 88 with a developmental disorder (from birth cohort 2000 –you know it is more now). We have begun the extinction of our species. Watch the movie “The Disappearing Male” –learn about how sperm count is so fucking low now that they keep lowering the standards of what is considered a fertile male. Learn how less boys are being born over all. It is starting. We need to fix it globally if you all want to be around another 200,000 years. I truly believe that will not be the case. And I am perfectly fine with that. But in the meantime you have so many options for living a healthier life for yourself and your family RIGHT NOW.