A Not so New Attitude

Monday, February 21, 2011
Has it been a week since I called y'all bitches? Yeah, I guess it has. You know I didn't mean it personally - are we good?

Work outs have included the bike, elliptical and the treadmill. Another 5k on the treadmill but I'm trying to keep those to once a week and focus more on the other equipment to take the pressure off of my toes. No big change in the injury although my right foot today felt ok when I did my walk.


My eating habits over the past week have not been so great - Subway (veggie sub), McD's, pizza, frozen pizza... you get the idea. Sure, I've made a number of my own meals too but I've not been very good when it comes to staying on the healthy train. Food is what I want to focus on in today's post.

On the weekend, I was treated to a mani/pedi courtesy of my mom at Christmas. It was fantastic, I love being pampered. Anyways, while I was relaxing and having some poor girl scrape the dead skin off my stinky feet, I picked up the magazine on the table beside me. It was the January 2011 issue of Vogue. Sigh. Better than nothing (I'm not much of a small-talker). There was an article on Natalie Portman and her recent role in Black Swan. Meh, still no desire to see it although I'm sure its a fantastic film. What really caught my eye and my attention though was a short article by Elizabeth Weil called "Feeding Frenzy".

Weil interviews Gary Taubes, a former science writer who's switched his focus to nutrition and diet. According to the article, Taubes believes:

We’re fat because we’re storing too much energy in our fat tissue. And we’re storing too much energy in our fat tissue because we have chronically elevated insulin levels. And we have chronically elevated insulin levels because we’re eating too many simple carbs . . . Our body politic, according to Taubes, is not fat because we’re watching too much Mad Men or eating too much chocolate cake. We’re fat because our bodies can’t handle the contemporary American diet.

Not necessarily a new theory on food and dieting but its one that I agree with. While I'm not agreeing with Taubes that we should be eating "unlimited quantities of meat, fish, poultry, and eggs" every day (yes he does encourage unlimited veggies too), I think he's got a point. The western or "American" diet is full of chemicals, refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and a shitload of stuff no one can pronounce. And we encourage those wanting to lose weight to eat "diet" or "lowfat" or "calorie reduced" foods that are likely worse for you in the long run (anyone out there got a diet Coke addiction? You know what I'm talking about).

I remember when I was a kid in the 70s and 80s. Sure, we ate Kraft Dinner, pizza mixes, soda, Kool-Aid, candy, bottled salad dressings, etc. But most of the food that we ate was homemade. Real potatoes. Real veggies (sometimes from a can). Real meat. Our 'instant' society has created entire supermarkets full of Frankenfoods that don't even come close to resembling food and which are poisoning us and making us fatter and fatter. We need to get back to eating REAL food once again. And I feel that includes fat - real natural fats (animal and vegetable).

Almost all of the fast food out there not only tastes like crap - its crappy for you. Remember the last time you went out to McD's? Felt great while stuffing your fast with fries and McNuggets but then an hour later, you feel empty, tired, and for some of us, slightly nauseous. Go out and watch Supersize Me again and you'll remember quickly enough. I'm making a concentrated effort starting right now to eat more REAL foods and am looking forward to feeling better and better.

1 comments:

Kasia said...

Love this post London!

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