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The No-Food Diet?

I’m troubled.

A few days ago, I was privy to a conversation between a few coworkers. It was right around lunchtime, and one coworker was ordering takeout. She asked if anyone wanted to get in on the order. 

I then heard two of the women involved say, “No thanks. We can’t eat until Wednesday.”
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No food for 2 whole days?

Man, did my ears perk up….!

As it turns out, they are in the beginning stages of the Hollywood Diet. Now, my food mindset is worlds away from any kind of restrictive “diet”, so I am not familiar with the Hollywood Diet, but to hear them tell it, they have to drink some “miracle” liquid, and eat nothing but a few “miracle” cookies, and they are supposed to lose 8 pounds in a matter of a day or two.

I’m not sure if I have that exactly right (and they may not have, either) but I can’t imagine specifics would make a whole lot of difference. No matter how the diet goes, it just strikes me as sad. 

Seeing perfectly beautiful, healthy women talk about how to lose weight and “get skinny” without one mention of health hurts me to my very core, and frankly, it makes me kind of angry. We need to be setting a better example for our younger sisters, nieces, daughters and friends. And what I find REALLY scary is the fact that where there’s one woman with this attitude toward weight loss, there is usually a whole group willing to join in the diet with her. 

It’s so discouraging. 

And then, there’s the new diet drug, Qnexa, that I keep hearing about on the news.

What I took from the newscast I saw was:

  • There is a new weight loss drug coming to the market.
  • This time it’s really supposed to work! (Big, fat WHATEVER to that…)
  • It contains Fentermine, the Fen of Fen-Phen fame infamy.

OK. Yeah, THAT sounds like a good idea. Sign me up for a bottle. What could go wrong?

What’s even better, it seems that we have THREE new diet drugs coming our way!

What the %#*? is going on!!??

Haven’t we gotten past all this? Haven’t we made PROGRESS? And then I remember that not everyone takes advantage of the great, supportive community of healthy lifestyle bloggers that I am lucky enough to have on my side. ;)

There are very few things in life that I know for sure, but I am certain that skinny doesn’t equal healthy, and neither will ever be found in a pill or empty plate. 

It’s really, really difficult to keep my mouth shut when I hear conversations like the one I heard at work. I want to butt in and spout off and ask them if they have ever heard of whole grains and clean, whole foods and water and fruits and veggies and NO SODA! I want to shake them and tell them that, for years, this fad diet garbage has been peddled to women with poor self esteem and body image issues, and they shouldn’t buy into it. But most of all, I want to tell them that they are worth more than the size of their pants, and that they are beautiful just the way they are, and that health should be their main priority for the sake of their children, if nothing else.

But I don’t do those things. I’m already the one in my office who is a little different, a little strange, because of the way I eat and the choices I make. So I don’t make waves, but I do plant seeds.

I continue to bring things like my quinoa berry salad (and tolerate the disgusted faces people make when they ask what it is) and banana, like I did today, and say, “No, thanks” when someone offers me something that I don’t feel good about eating, because good sense tells me there is only one true way to achieve good health and an appropriate, comfortable weight:

I do not, by any stretch of the imagination, have it all figured out, nor am I an extreme “health nut.”

I slip up on my health goals nearly every day, and I’ll admit that one of my biggest fears about stating my beliefs is that someone will look at me and think I’m not thin enough to actually practice what I preach…that I’m a big fraud.

And maybe I’m just a wee bit jealous that folks aren’t as eager to jump on my bandwagon as they are to drink miracle elixers and look for easy fixes, but I do strive to set the best example I can in the hopes that one day one of those women just might ask me for a recipe.

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What do you do when you hear people talk about losing weight in an unhealthy way? Do you keep quiet, or do you chime in and state your opinion? Do you ever feel like you’ve made a difference?

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Initial Thoughts on Food…

I am not a health nut. I will admit, I am WAY intrigued by Peeps Italian Ice at Rita’s (though a little sample spoon would surely take care of that), and I just may break down and try the Maple French Toast and Bacon Cupcake recipe I’ve been saving for a rainy day. If it says “Limited Edition,” it’s in my shopping cart before I even know what’s happened. On the other hand, I know that there is something fundamentally wrong with our society when we think it’s OK to find a fried Cinnamon Bun stuffed with Maple Ice Cream on a BREAKFAST menu! (See pic. Friendly’s, anyone?) The thought of raising my son in such a society causes me a lot of worry and anxiety, but so does the thought of transferring that anxiety to him. I want him to develop the wonderful, healthy relationship with food that I am only now beginning to grasp, and it’s my job to spark that relationship. No small potatoes, since I firmly believe that the food he chooses to let into his life will play a huge part in determining the pure quality of that life. No pressure, right?

WHAT?!

What?!

 

What I do know is this: Nothing has ever filled me with the pure unabashed glee that I have found in nourishing my body with fresh, clean food and, in turn, using my body to nourish his. This body–the one that I spent so many years hating and trying to change–has become my friend. I’ve stopped loathing it, and now stand in awe of it. It sure doesn’t look the way it used to (little did I know at the time how good my 20-something body DID look) But that’s OK. It doesn’t look that bad, either. When it comes right down to it, women’s bodies are built the way they are to serve a purpose far beyond Maxim and commercial advertising, and when my time came, my body owned the challenge and surpassed all my expectations.

So, in my pages, you will see lots of healthy foods, and ideas about healthy eating habits. But you will also find the things that make life a little brighter, like cookies.* Those who know me have heard me say it: If you’re going to treat yourself, do it right. Savor something you love, just do it the most natural way so you aren’t hit with a double whammy. Your body will deal with a little sugar and a few calories, but who knows how long those artificial ingredients might stick around.

*Watch future posts for the best cookies to ever befriend a cup of tea!

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When you indulge, do you keep it natural and/or organic? If not, how does that make you feel afterward? Is it worth it?

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