Apparently real orange juice is quite the recovery wonder food. We always knew it had lots of Vitamin C but it also has magnesium and when combined with sea salt, hydrolysed gelatin and coconut water it’s better for electrolyte replacement after strenuous exercise, than the chemical laden sports drinks.
So over a year in my new residence and I have only recently sought out my nearest library. I love libraries for their air-conditioned quiet space, loads of magazines to read and newspapers and yes I am a reading nerd but since Big Bang Theory, nerds are cool, so all is well.
My reading material is always factual stuff, or is that non-fiction? What’s the difference? Why do we need two words that are the same thing? It’s like calling milk – non orange juice. It’s weird.
Anyway, I read mostly health books of course and a little self-help stuff (firm believer in taking responsibility for your own life) and had a list of a few titles that I wanted to find there. All were out with one in particular that I wanted being taken only a few hours earlier – doh! In any case I kept searching and found this amazing book called…
Dangerous Grains by James Braly M.D. & Ron Hoggan, M.A.
Aaaahhhhh! Oats are coming at me from everywhere – instagram recipe images, friends, daily health snippets and they are touting them as the healthiest breakfast to eat ever.
From the nutrition facts I can see a bit of Iron and a bit of magnesium, some protein and fibre and a whopping lot of carbs. Apparently they help reduce cholesterol in the arteries, something to do with the fibre.
More claims are that they digest slowly, making you feel more full for longer.
Then why is my experience with oats completely the opposite? Tell me that?
One of my big revelations when I finally worked out how to lose weight was that you don’t have to completely give up the taste of the stuff you like to eat, while you are on your way. You just need to tweak it, so it goes from being junk food, which has no nutritional value, has toxins, and chemicals that your body can’t recognise, to something so amazingly good for you, tastes fantastic and has an automatic off switch, making binge eating or over eating a thing of the past. Meaning you can still eat it every day and still lose weight. Genius huh?
So one of the foods that most people absolutely love is chocolate.
I was having a chat with some Instagram peeps on their weight loss journey and some are going it alone, others are on weight watchers, some on slimming world, others lite ‘n easy, some have facebook support groups and some are helping each other out which is great. Then you get bombarded with crazy wraps, herbalife, shakeology and lots of other stuff, but you just ignore those.
So people post the food they are eating and the old food police in me wants to grab them and shake them!!!! I have to remind myself that they are on their own path and if they need my help they will come and ask for it.
I was reading an article recently (link down below if you are interested), which spoke about eating disorders and the psychological aspect of binging in terms of the emotional reasons people pick up that block of chocolate and eat the whole thing.
In all the examples they gave of the type of food people were pigging out on, it was junk food. McDonalds, KFC, commercial chocolate, cakes, biscuits, and ice cream were some examples. Never once do you hear the story… and she was so upset she ate five bowls of salad and a whole watermelon.
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!”