This week’s post is inspired by a friend of mine, who sent me a super healthy dessert suggestion – dates filled with almond butter and sprinkled with coconut. Yum for sure!
It reminded me again of all the people who are desperately trying to lose weight, choosing healthy foods over junk but still eating crap loads of carbs, not realising it may be holding them back and keeping them overweight. Despite their hard work, despite their efforts at trying to eat healthy, or portion control or calorie count or cut out fat or cut out sweets or do any of the hundreds of things people try, and try and try and it still doesn’t work, so they give up.
And it all just may be carbs.
I have written before about dates in particular because they seem to be in every healthy dessert recipe out there. 20 carbs per date people! That is the whole entire days worth of carbs for weight loss, in one mouthful! Say what? Yes indeedy. Already blown it. And you didn’t even know it!
I had told dear friend Maryanne about the progress of my book and she listened intently like the loyal and beautiful friend that she is. She has heard about this book and the way I eat for about two years now, so perhaps it is sounding more like blah, blah, blah to her now.
Anyway, so we moved on to her news and she proceeded to tell me about a naturopath she was chatting to who told her about these weight loss drops to suppress your hunger and the diet you eat of only 500 calories.
I stopped in my tracks and my jaw dropped open. I involuntarily started shaking my head and blurted out, “Nooooooo!”
I read others articles, blog posts, facebook and instagram posts on weight loss and health because obviously it interests me yet it alarms me to read that people are still doing more of the same rubbish that I was up to 20 years ago trying to lose weight.
One particularly horrifying tale was a water detox for 20 days! Really?
The writer was adamant that fasting was beneficial and I’m sure I’ve also read something along those lines too however this type of extreme fast should be highly controlled – think resting and taking naps, definitely not trying to live your normal life at the same time or exercising as it’s pretty dangerous – think passing out when you are trying to drive to work, and organs shutting down from lack of nutrients – and the worst part was that she wasn’t doing it this for health benefits, it was for weight loss.
No way people!
This got me thinking about the whole yo-yo thing and why it seems like we go on a cycle of ‘on the wagon’ and ‘off the wagon’ and having to ‘start again on Monday’ over and over again.
I was reading an article on another blog, something about lasers stopping you eating, a very strange article – anyway it touched on overeating and encouraging people to seek help for something called a Binge Eating Disorder. Now I know there are some people caught up in serious issues with food and eating and sometimes it relates to emotional eating, boredom, self esteem issues and a whole host of other stuff of which I know nothing about, so I am not even going to attempt to write about something of which I have no knowledge.
However in my past experience with weight loss and food, I was an over eater; from having two or three pieces of toast rather than one, always seconds of food and dessert even if I was full, right through to sneaking the second and third donut and eating the whole packet of biscuits, feeling over full and sick and promising myself that I would be ‘good’ starting Monday. Whatever that meant. Continue reading →
I don’t know about you but I have always admired the bodies with a flat stomach. Doesn’t have to be super muscly, just some nice soft definition looks lovely and shape where it’s supposed to be is great.
So when I was overweight, my stomach always seemed to be huge. I think I am one of those apple shaped people when I am overweight and put the weight on around my middle. I actually read an article once (wish I had kept the reference) but it was a review on a European spa where this journalist was to experience it for a few days and write the story. She was having a consultation with a dietician there and he said “you need to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat as it causes people to get fat in the middle, you know, like a monk.” This one sentence jumped off the page and totally hit me right between the eyes. How profound! “Wow perhaps that is my problem,” I thought. Hold that thought! Continue reading →
There are so many recipes out there, talk about overwhelm!!!
I have about ten recipe books and how many recipes do you think I have tried? Try none. No I lie, I think I have made about two things when I was on holidays and had time to study it, get all the ingredients, was in the mood, had the time to do it and most of the time while the end result was delicious, it took far too long to prepare and you polish it off in five minutes while the washing up takes another half an hour!
Just not practical in the time vs benefit equation.
Then in the attempt to be ‘different’ with recipes they include weird and wonderful ingredients where you have to buy the whole packet and use a teaspoon of it and waste the rest because nothing else you make has that in it. No wonder the 4 ingredient recipe books are such a hit. Continue reading →