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.