Monday, October 25, 2004

DIET. A Four Letter Word

Anyone out there old enough to remember Richard Simmons and his reluctance to use the word "diet" in regards to weight loss because the first three letters spelled "die"? 

The more I think about it the more I realize that it's true.  Most fad diets are very dangerous because they aren't balanced. 

Show of hands who have done the Cabbage Soup Diet.  I did it a total of two weeks.  After that I was never able to look another cabbage in the face.  Just the smell would drive me from the house.  No one should ever eat that much cabbage.  Ever.

What about those shake substitutes?  How's that for teaching a person how to eat better?  And don't even get me started on the low carb diet craze.  I'm not a fan.  I think it's dangerous - eating that much fat is just not healthy for you.  Carbohydrates are an important part of your nutritional needs, to cut them off and live off of proteins can be (and is) dangerous to your kidneys and your heart. 

People are overweight because we eat too much of the wrong thing.  Period.  We need to learn how to balance it out.  It's not about eating nothing for breakfast, a carrot stick for lunch and then a lettuce leaf for dinner.  Is it any wonder why these restrictive diets fail??  Who can live like that?

Especially overweight people who love food.  I dunno bout you but I do LOVE food.  I enjoy it.  It's my drug of choice.  And I'm just supposed to quit that cold turkey?  Heck, hook me up to the morphine drip.

So I'm officially declaring this journal as a "diet free" zone.  I lost my mind a little bit a few weeks ago when I tried that Lindora plan because I was so desperate I was willing to listen to those bugs in our ears that make huge promises on us losing weight fast.

You see them all the time on commercials - buy this contraption or that, try this pill or that, go on this program and you'll finally be able to live life like you want to.

All to sell us something.  I'm tired of it.  Aren't you??

So I say no more.  When someone asks me when a diet pill is worth $150 I'm going to say NEVER. 

The only thing that is worth $150 is that new wardrobe I'm going to need when I get down to goal weight - losing weight the old fashioned way.  I'm going to eat right and exercise.

Back to the kitchen we go for another example of how to eat better.  We're going to have breakfast today because so many people do not eat breakfast in hopes to shave calories off of their daily intake.  What happens instead is that you don't get your metabolism revved up and by the time you do eat you're so hungry you binge.

Sunday I didn't feel good and Steven was nice enough to make me breakfast in bed.  Here's what I had:

1 serving Hormel Canadian Bacon           70 calories 3 grams of fat
1 serving Egg Beaters w/ ff cheese           61 calories 0 grams of fat
1 serving microwave pancakes               210 calories 4 grams of fat
2 tablespoons dietetic syrup                      12 calories 0 grams of fat
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                                                             353 calories 7 grams of fat

As opposed to

A McDonald's Big Breakfast  730 calories and 46 grams of fat

You can eat well.  You can enjoy food.  You do not have to diet.  Instead, remember you are changing your lifestyle to make healthier choices for the sake of your body.  For the sake of your life. 

And that's what this is - a commitment for life.

Tip of the DayJUST SAY NO TO ALCOHOL.  Alcohol can throw your weight loss efforts in reverse.  Your liver metabolises fat, and it can't do that when it's processing the alcohol.  Not to mention it's a high calorie hobby.  Especially those mixed drinks that taste so good.  All that fruit juice and sugar will end up somewhere.  Not to mention drinking lowers inhibitions - and no compulsive eater needs that.   

Songs to PUMP you UP:

It was a current pop/dance hit day today.  Put them on and turn em up. 

MUSICOLOGY - Prince
FAMILY AFFAIR - Mary J. Blige
INTUITON - Jewel
BABY BOY - Beyonce
HEY MAMA - Black Eyed Peas
FREAKIN YOU BABY - The Jungle Brothers
DAYS GO BY - Dirty Vegas

Stats:

Calories: 1950
Fat: 19%
Sat. Fat: 5%
Fiber: 34g
Calcium: 1365mg
Water: 48oz
Exercise: 30 minutes stationary bike, walked 1 mile at park

DAILY AFFIRMATION: I deserve to take good care of myself.

2 comments:

derasta said...

I was on the cabbage diet years ago...it's something when you think of all the fad diets that  have been around and still are around...or people thinking popping a pill will be a quick fix...healthy eating and excercise is the way to go!

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sjburgess51 said...

Heheheheeh ..... I just remembered my cabbage soup diet.  Boy, cabbage can do some bad ju-ju to you!  I don't remember if I lost weight but I lost a lot of friends cause I was socially unacceptable.  Two minutes around me would burn your eyes.  LOL... sorry, graphic but true story.