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Stress triggers eating problems - WHATSTRESS?!?!??!?!?!?

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Huffington Post - 

While the holidays typically come with a great deal of celebration and joy, they can also bring up feelings of loss, regret or depression. And that's the problem: no matter the emotional response, an emotional eater will often turn back to food.

"Many people use eating as a way to cope with difficult emotions, not only bad ones, but also happiness, excitement and celebration, for example," says Alexis Cona, a clinical psychologist in private practice and a researcher at New York Obesity Research Center.

Researchers believe that many emotional eaters turn to food to numb emotions that are too painful or difficult to process. As Cona explains, it can be a mindless cycle in which an emotional eater suddenly finds himself in front of the fridge, not quite knowing how he got there.

Family time during the holidays can be a particular challenge, as many disordered eating habits begin with poor boundaries between family members, Cona says. Preparing oneself for difficult and triggering interactions might be an important aspect of getting ready for the holidays.

What's more, during this season, food is more plentiful. Many people have favorite, traditional treats that they only eat during this time of year.

"There are all sorts of memories associated with family favorites -- these foods are imbued with expectations," says Ellen Shuman, president of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and an emotional and binge eating recovery coach. "That feeling of deprivation can make an emotional eater feel like they have to eat their fill in that moment. They become forbidden foods -- and that brings out the rebel in many emotional eaters."

Instead, Shuman counsels patients not to have once-a-year foods. If they love a certain dish, they should make it occasionally all year long to avoid that panicked feeling of scarcity.

So what's someone with a history of stress-based eating to do as the holidays loom large?

First of all, work on mindfulness. Cona asks her patients to check in with themselves before they eat anything. Do you feel physiologically hungry? Rate your hunger on a scale. And if you aren't actually hungry, but you want to eat, think about what you might be feeling and what underlying desire is at the bottom of the impulse to eat.

Cona also recommends practicing kindness to oneself, especially in the aftermath of an overindulgence. "Trying to find acceptance can be challenging, especially in a society that condemns us for having eaten this way; especially if our bodies don't look the way society says they should. But it's important not beat ourselves up over it. If this happens, try to learn from it. Don't shame yourself."

But Shuman adds, you may not be the only person you need to forgive. Letting go of painful family history could help prevent the emotional eater's cycle. "Keep in mind that you don't have to spend the holidays with your history with Mom -- just with Mom in that moment."

 


What's a Food Industry to Do? Yoni Freedhoff gets UNINVITED from food industry conference

What's a Food Industry to Do?

  • Doctor gets uninvited from food industry conference.   BECAUSE?  Of this video.
  • Here's what he would have said http://huff.to/X7PBOx 
  • Dr. Sharma writes --  " Yoni Freedhoff posted a short video on YouTube, which has since gone viral (congratulations my friend!).  The gist of the story (but please check it out for yourself), is that Big Food is preying on kids by promoting unquestionably unhealthy processed foods with deceptive (not to say nonsensical) health claims.  But, as he hastens to point out, this is not the fault of the food industry.  Rather he puts the blame squarely on the shoulders of the politicians and regulators for not creating a level playing field for food producers, that sets clear boundaries to what they can and cannot do to promote their products (especially to kids!)."

Atkins Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy

"Atkins, a US-based diet brand, has launched Atkins Frozen Meals that will be available across the nation from January 2013.  (They can be found in SOME WalMarts NOW...)

The new menu item includes Farmhouse-Style Sausage Scramble, Tex-Mex Scramble, Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy, Beef Merlot, Crustless Chicken Pot Pie, Meatloaf with Portobello, Mushroom Gravy, Italian Sausage Primavera and Chile con Carne.

The items are prepared with whole food ingredients such as freshly-picked vegetables, real creams and sauces, and premium custom meats. They contain no added sugars or preservatives, offer 310-370 calories and also contain 7g of net carbs or less, said the company.

Atkins Nutritionals chief marketing officer Scott Parker said that the company's Frozen Meals line offers homemade food and fresh ingredients and provides a convenient solution to help facilitate weight loss.

The meals will have a MSRP of $4.49 for lunch and dinner variety. The breakfast variety will be available for $3.99."

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For lunch I heated up Atkins Roast Turkey Tenders With Herb Pan Gravy -  9 ounces

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Ingredients:  Turkey Tender Medallions (Turkey Tenders, Water, Less than 2% Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Maltodextrin, Salt, Turkey Stock, Flavor, Gum Arabic, Potato Starch, Canola Oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Natural Flavorings, Paprika), Green Beans, Water, Turkey Fat, Red Bell Peppers, Cream Contains Less than 2% of the Following: Chicken Flavor Concentrate (Chicken Meat Including Chicken Juices, Chicken Fat, Yeast Extract, Potato Flour, Onion Powder, Sea Salt, Flavor, Carrot Powder), Canola Oil, Resistant Maltodextrin, Flavorings, Turkey Base (Turkey Meat Including Turkey Juices, Salt, Flavorings, Potato Starch, Carrot Powder), Modified Food Starch, Xanthan Gum, Caramel Color, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate.

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And now you have a heart attack thinking a about all that fat, just note the lack of carbs and how perfect this is for a low-carb diet or if a person ate a portion of it at one time.  If you were following an otherwise low carb diet this falls right into it.

Heated up  - the turkey is nice and tender.  The gravy has a nice creamy, almost buttery texture to it, and the green beans are fresh and crisp and go nicely with the turkey.  

As a nearly nine year gastric bypass post op, I was able to eat the entire dish and it was filling -- 9 ounces for 360 calories/10 carbs/23 protein.   

I would suggest these dishes for someone following the Atkins plan COMPLETELY because they are very high in fat, and you shouldn't really over do it on them.    Two in one day would blow your fat grams through the roof.

  • Product - Atkins Roast Turkey Tenders with Herb Pan Gravy 
  • Via - WalMart
  • Price $3.49 at WalMart 
  • Coupon - https://www.facebook.com/AtkinsDiet/app_175238885954001
  • Pros - Low-carb, high protein, easy to prepare, great texture, good taste... fits into my "diet..." 
  • Cons - High fat, high sodium, could be too heavy for some... 
  • Rating - Pouchworthy, MM

Weight gain - calories - two crackers a day!

"The newest insanity to hit the weight loss circuit.. 1-2lbs a yr or up to 10lbs in 5 yrs if you..... Lick the peanut butter off the spoon daily, eat 2 crackers daily, lick your fingers when eating chips.... INSANITY"

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I know exactly what this  blogger is referring to - I attended and recorded the event where the discussion took place.  

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Do you GAIN weight during the holidays?

It is a common idea that people gain weight during the holiday season, and a typical excuse for doing so.

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What kind of things do you tell yourself?

"I am expected to eat this fudge, cake, pie, grandmas-cookies, holiday-fare, what-have-you, so it's not MY fault that I gain 5-10-15 pounds this holiday season."  (Lies.)

"Everyone WANTS my special holiday candy that I make every year.  I have to make it."  (Bull.)

"I HAVE to cook the pies, holiday breads, sugar cookies, church pot luck foods, party foods, etc, so you can't blame me for gaining."  (LIIIIIES.)

"This candy is only available during this season, I have to buy it and eat it now, or I won't get it."  (Get. OVER. It.)

First thing I need to tell you?  Your pies?  Kind of suck.  Nobody really likes them.  We eat them because you make them, and don't want to make you feel bad because they were left untouched.  Nobody really likes the pies anyway. 

Turns out, that unless you really go overboard -- the caloric damage done in the holiday season is about a pound.

Oh.  Not. a. big. deal. at. all.  So why are we making up so many justifications for excess in the season of excess?  Just... because we can?

I guess that might be good enough reason for some.

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I am not willing to take on a liquid diet, diet pills, snort energy powder, or spend hour upon hour in the gym on January 1st to rationalize my baklava habit or 96 ounce bag of M + M's for the next four weeks.   (Which, by the way, isn't happening.)

Thanks, but no thanks.  I had weight loss surgery to AVOID fad diets, crash diets and beyond.

I can handle a pound of weight gain.  I can do that in two hours.  I have bowels of steel.  RAWR.

Washington Post-

A classic study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that, despite some pretty big claims about weight gain, the average American gains less than a pound during the holiday season. 

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health had seen claims on the news that the average American would gain somewhere between eight and 10 pounds during the holidays. Studies that rely on self-reporting find Americans estimating they gain five pounds during the time period.

The researchers decided to investigate, recruiting 200 people between ages 19 and 82. The sample was representative of the United States in terms of the prevalence of overweight and obese individuals. 

The individuals came in to be weighed in September or October, and then again in February or March. The reserachers found that, on average, the participants gained .37 kilograms, or 0.81 pounds. 

“The subjects believed they had gained four times as much weight as their actual holiday weight gain of 0.37 kg,” the researchers conclude. “Fewer than 10 percent of subjects gained 2.3 kg or more, and more than half of all measurements of weight after the initial one were within 1 kg of the previous measurement.”

N Engl J Med. 2000 Mar 23;342(12):861-7.
A prospective study of holiday weight gain.

BACKGROUND:

It is commonly asserted that the average American gains 5 lb (2.3 kg) or more over the holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, yet few data support this statement.

METHODS:

To estimate actual holiday-related weight variation, we measured body weight in a convenience sample of 195 adults. The subjects were weighed four times at intervals of six to eight weeks, so that weight change was determined for three periods: preholiday (from late September or early October to mid-November), holiday (from mid-November to early or mid-January), and postholiday (from early or mid-January to late February or early March). A final measurement of body weight was obtained in 165 subjects the following September or October. Data on other vital signs and self-reported health measures were obtained from the patients in order to mask the main outcome of interest.

RESULTS:

The mean (+/-SD) weight increased significantly during the holiday period (gain, 0.37+/-1.52 kg; P<0.001), but not during the preholiday period (gain, 0.18+/-1.49 kg; P=0.09) or the postholiday period (loss, 0.07+/-1.14 kg; P=0.36). As compared with their weight in late September or early October, the study subjects had an average net weight gain of 0.48+/-2.22 kg in late February or March (P=0.003). Between February or March and the next September or early October, there was no significant additional change in weight (gain, 0.21 kg+/-2.3 kg; P=0.13) for the 165 participants who returned for follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS:

The average holiday weight gain is less than commonly asserted. Since this gain is not reversed during the spring or summer months, the net 0.48-kg weight gain in the fall and winter probably contributes to the increase in body weight that frequently occurs during adulthood.

 

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Pork-pocalypse almost 70% of pork contaminated with ... yuck?

It's the end of the world as we know it.  First a potential world-wide bacon shortage, now this?  I might suggest this is how to get consumers to Stop Purchasing Pork.

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Mock Mashed Potatoes - George Stella

Mock Mashed Potatoes - George Stella - via OAC

A perfect side-dish for the fall and Thanksgiving!

Cauliflower

Calories: 140 | Fat: 11g | Protein: 5g | Fiber: 3g | Net Carbs: 4g

Doing without your favorite foods simply won’t do, as that’s something absolutely unheard of in the Stella home! For instance, we found a new favorite when we substituted that nameless high-carb root vegetable with healthy and light, yet filling, cauliflower. And even better, we piled them high with the best ingredients we could find!

Prep Time: 15 minutes – Cook Time: 6 minutes – Serves 4

Shopping List

  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon chicken base or bouillon
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh or dried chives, for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, if desired

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.
  2. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Add to the pot and boil for about 6 minutes until well done.
  3. Drain well, but do not let cool. Pat the cooked cauliflower between several layers of paper towels or place cauliflower in a colander and use a heavy bowl to press down on it to remove the excess water.
  4. Using a food processor or hand blender, pulse the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, Parmesan, garlic, chicken base and pepper until almost smooth.
  5. Garnish with chives and serve hot with pats of butter, if desired.

MM + Eggface Video Product Review - 32 gram whey protein isolate shot live and silly at Fitbloggin 2012

From ANSI -

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Oh. Yes. She. Did.

Hold the Press Releases, Suz!  

How do you go from not paying your taxes, failure to ship orders since 2011, closing your store, foreclosure, shutting down all communication to... THIS?

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Can sugar make you stupid? Studies point to yes.

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Can sugar make you stupid?  

Oh dear.   

If the following study regarding the ingestion of sugar and cognition is true -- I should be gaining brains instead of losing them -- considering that I eat about 95% less of the sweet stuff since I had roux en y gastric bypass surgery.  

However as we all know, *MY brains are very special since I had weight loss surgery.   

The combination of a high-sugar intake and a lack of Omega-3 Fatty Acids caused brain fail in rats!  

What about... us?  What if poor diet causes brain issues that aren't reversible?  This intrigues me.

National Geographic -

 Sweet drinks scrambled the memories and stunted learning in lab rats in a new study—leading to "high concern" over what sugary diets may do to people, according to neuroscientist Fernando Gomez-Pinilla. (Read more about memory from National Geographic magazine.)

 For the study, Gomez-Pinilla's team first trained rats to successfully navigate a maze, giving them only water and standard rat chow for five days. During the following six weeks, the rats' water was replaced with syrups that were 15 percent fructose.

"Most sodas people consume are about 12 percent sugar, so imagine if you drank soda with sugar added instead of water," said Gomez-Pinilla, of the University of California, Los Angeles.m

During the six-week period, half the rodents were also given flaxseed oil and fish oil—both rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These antioxidants may protect against damage to chemical connections in the brain called synapses, past research suggests.

After six weeks of the fructose syrup, all the rats were slower at running the maze. However, those that had received omega-3s were slightly faster than their counterparts.

By studying the dissected brains of the study rats, the researchers determined that the high-fructose diets had sabotaged the ability of synapses to change, a key factor in learning. The sugary drinks had also disrupted the sugar-regulating protein insulin in a brain area called the hippocampus, which play a role in memory formation in both rats and humans.t

"I was very shocked to see how strong an effect these diets could have on the brain—I have high concern that the foods people eat can really affect mood and cognition," Gomez-Pinilla said.

Study Abstract -

We pursued studies to determine the effects of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) in brain, and the possibilities to modulate these effects by dietary interventions. In addition, we have assessed potential mechanisms by which brain metabolic disorders can impact synaptic plasticity and cognition.
We report that high-dietary fructose consumption leads to increase in insulin resistance index, insulin and triglyceride levels, which characterize MetS. Rats fed on an n-3 deficient diet showed memory deficits in Barnes Maze, which were further exacerbated by fructose intake.
In turn, n-3 deficient diet and fructose interventions disrupted insulin receptor signaling in hippocampus as evidenced by a decrease in phosphorylation of insulin receptor and its downstream effector Akt.
We found that high fructose consumption with n-3 deficient diet disrupts membrane homeostasis as evidenced by an increase in the ratio of n-6/n-3 fatty acids and levels of 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE), a marker of lipid peroxidation.
Disturbances in brain energy metabolism due to n-3 deficiency and fructose treatments were evidenced by a significant decrease in AMPK phosphorylation and its upstream modulator LKB1 as well as a decrease in Sir2 levels. The decrease in phosphorylation of CREB, synapsin I and synaptophysin (SYP) levels by n-3 deficiency and fructose shows the impact of metabolic dysfunction on synaptic plasticity. All parameters of metabolic dysfunction related to the fructose treatment were ameliorated by the presence of dietary n-3 fatty acid.
Results showed that dietary n-3 fatty acid deficiency elevates the vulnerability to metabolic dysfunction and impaired cognitive functions by modulating insulin receptor signaling and synaptic plasticity.

 


Microwave Breakfast - Low-Carb Egg, Cheese and Sausage Tortilla

Got three minutes?  You can make breakfast and it doesn't have to be a protein bar.  GASP!

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Recipe lifted and altered from the Incredible Edible Egg -

  1. Spray a  2-cup microwave-safe cereal bowl with cooking spray.  
  2. Add an egg, beat until blended. 
  3. Sprinkle sausage over egg.
  4. MICROWAVE on high 45 seconds, stir.  MICROWAVE until egg is almost set, about 15 seconds longer. 
  5. Top egg with cheese.  
  6. Place onto tortilla, fold bottom of tortilla over egg, then fold in sides.
  7. Add hot sauce, salt, pepper or salsa
  8. Eat

Taa-dah!  Breakfast! 


Getting on the Big Train!

I am floating in product samples.  

*picture Beth with boxes all around, and packets of protein powder, and bullets everywhere*  

I am a sample hoarder.  I admit it.

No lie.  Between the products I already stockpiled, adding the ones I snagged in Vegas, and boxes that arrived since then, Mama's got to get caught up on the back-log of goodness here!

I am starting with Big Train's Fit Frappe line of yummilicous protein drink choices.

Screen Shot 2012-06-14 at 6.16.52 PMYes it's true -- I zoned right in on this particular product because there is an espresso flavor.  And now the espresso protein drink wars will commence.  RAWR!  A fight to the mouth!

"Enjoy your favorite coffeehouse beverage along with long lasting energy with NEW Fit Frappé™. With 20 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of sugar and only 130 calories, Big Train's Fit Frappé™ will give you a healthy boost to power through your day. This great tasting, good for you drink can also be served three ways: Hot, Iced or Blended. Can't decide which flavor to buy?

Neither can I.  That's why I am trying them ALL -

Espresso, Mocha, Vanilla Latte, Chocolate and Vanilla.

Oh. my. 

While I dig through my pile-o-deliciousness, check out Big Train!  I'll be back with a review!

 


SML BEhealthydrinks Bariatric Eating's New Home? Still a fail. Shame.

Behealthydrinks focuses on top quality protein drinks and easy blending powders. Pure quality, whey protein isolate, with natural ingredients. All our products are are regularly tested for purity and manufactured in GMP certified and organic facilities...

Except - they do not ship your purchases.  Who really gives a fuck WHERE it comes from?  I KNOW where it comes from and I can SELL THE SAME PRODUCT TO YOU.

But, you'd get it.  I'm not that nice right now.

Do not be fooled by the "new" names and "new" store front.  This is the same company as Bariatric Eating, which has left hundreds of customers hanging.

The only communication I have received comes from an employee of BE -- ON FACEBOOK.  There has been zero actual customer-interaction in any way.

Shame on you, Susan Maria Leach.  You could have done SO much with this situation.  

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Brazilian Town Offers Restaurant Discounts For Gastric Bypass Post Ops! (I swear I am not laughing.)

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This is one of the longest-running dramas in the world of all things weight loss surgery - the thinking that,

"Since I don't eat much, I shouldn't have to pay much."  and the ever-answered question on message board forums, "Where do I get a restaurant card?!"

My opinion has always been,

"Please do not bring attention to yourself as a weight loss surgery patient by pulling out a discount card for your food at a restaurant.  It causes a most awkward situation, and I guarantee you will get the hairy eyeball, the up and down look and be told N-O."

Please understand that I am an eight year post op, married to an eight year post op, with two most WLS'ers in our immediate family, and if any of them whipped out a CARD AT DINNER I swear to you I would leave the table.  Or, at least snatch it away and tell the waiter to forget it.  OMFGDRAMA.

No.

Why?  Learning to live as a gastric bypass patient in a normal world is part of becoming normal again after surgery.  You have to learn to cope with situations you put yourself in.  

And, consider this:  If food is your addiction, WOULD YOU ASK FOR A DISCOUNT?

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If you were an alcoholic, would you ask for a discount ON YOUR ALCOHOL?  "Because (you) don't really ...drink much?"  

Think about food in that way for a second.  Do you buy in bulk any more to fulfill a food addiction, expecting a discount?  "If I buy a 4-pack of Oreos, they're much cheaper!"

But, if you are insisting upon paying less for your food - move to this Brazilian town - please to forgive the Google translation from Portuguese to English -

A bill requiring restaurants and bars to offer 50% discount for people who have experienced some type of stomach surgery enters the second vote on Monday (7), the City Council of Campinas (SP). The proposal was authored by councilor Francisco Sellin (PMDB) and, accordingly, the position of the Board should prove favorable vote, but in the city, the project divides.

According to Alderman, the proposal arose from experience with people who have had bariatric operations, reduction of the stomach."She [the person] is not enough to eat half, then it is not fair to pay full price," he says. If the law is passed, the establishments must offer a discount or half portion for customers who prove through a card-carrying medical certificate or have surgery. In addition, the restaurants will be forced to put posters in visible places, informing customers about the new law.

That there is special.

Via - G1


How much is your Starbucks habit REALLY costing you? *dies*

MM runs on Starbucks.  I heart my 'bucks.  However I only get my jolt of real in-store 'bucks espresso once a week or less.  Since I don't drive, and there's no 'bucks anywhere near me, I have to wait until I'm in a 'bucks region.  I am fully aware of my likelihood to be a multibucks-per-day person.  Give me a job in the city -- and the option for 'bucks locally?  I'd be mainlining the stuff and twitching on the subway.  I am sure that I would find ways to rationalize my coffee spending.  Just watch me.  :)

However -- I am also frugal.  Reading this article from Yahoo Finance is damn near enough to make me DUMP the stuff cold-turkey and put the coffee-funds in the bank every week.

Because.  OMG.  Some of YOU are spending MORE THAN THIS!  (Don't even get me started on the OTHER addictions you're wasting money on.  Hi, butts!)

Yahoo Finance -

If you buy one $4 latte each day, that coffee habit will set you back $28 a week, about $120 a month and $1,460 per year.

Keep that up for five years, and you've slurped away $7,300, not including any money you might have earned by investing your cash instead.

If you account for missed investment returns, the loss amounts to roughly $9,300 (assuming a 9% average return).

After 10 years, your Starbucks habit costs you a car.

After 30 years, the $239,891 that you drank away (including investment returns), could have bought a house.

Over 40 years, the Starbucks habit could reduce your retirement nest-egg by anastounding $634,428 -- enough to generate an income of more than $2,600 a month.

Did you see my mouth drop?

How can you save a 'bucks?  Quit going there so often.  None of us NEED several 'bucks a day.  NONE OF US.  (That hurts my heart to even SAY.)  

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Nobody needs a Frappuccino.

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Um.  No.

Change up your order.  Learn how to order ghetto-bucks like MM.  Hey, I like saving money.  I get the most espresso I CAN for the least amount of money.  

Yes, I am calculating my potential savings.  But, you're still going to have to pry the espresso out of my hands.  My very cold hands.  It's 0 degrees outside, and I still want my Venti Iced Americano.


It's time for Food Guilt.

Everything2Not only is today a day after a holiday, but it's a Monday!  This translates into an early-start to the "OMG! I NEED A DIET" posts on social media.  You're overwhelmed with what you might have taken in yesterday and and time between then and Thanksgiving and you are deep in The Guilt.   "THE FOOD, IT'S IN ME!"

Reminder:  It's just food.  Food is not bad.  Food is not evil.  Even cupcakes. 

bad 1 [bad] Show IPA adjective, worse, worst;

1.not good in any manner or degree.
2. having a wicked or evil character; morally reprehensible: There is no such thing as a bad boy.
3. of poor or inferior quality; defective; deficient: a bad diamond; a bad spark plug.
4. inadequate or below standard; not satisfactory for use: bad heating; Living conditions in some areas are very bad.
5. inaccurate, incorrect, or faulty: a bad guess.

 Food cannot be bad. 

Food is a required part of life, and your part of life is to learn how to manage your own relationship WITH FOOD so that you don't see FOOD AS EVIL.   Calories may not all be created equal, you can make better calorie or food choices, but food, cannot physically be BAD.

 

Even if you ate more than two days worth of calories yesterday -- LET IT GO -- it's just food.  The statuses that you will see online today and for the next few weeks: 

  • "OMG HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN HALF A CANDY CANE?  I'm SUCH A COW." 
  • "I am a pig, I ate _____________."
  • "I need to work off that ___________."
  • "Starting today, I'm back on my diet."

Quit it.

Self-loathing is not pretty.   Self loathing is an extreme self-hatred of oneself or your own actions.  "I can't believe I did/ate that, I'm such a loser."  For post weight loss surgery patients -- learning to live in a new body and successfully live as normally as possible -- it only makes us stand out more if we create food drama!  Just stop it.

Didn't you have weight loss surgery to be "normal?" As morbidly-obese individuals we stood out plenty, and life after weight loss surgery, we can reach a normal body weight and just BE.

You don't have to hate on yourself.  You don't have to deny yourself every pleasure of food, either.  You don't have to comment on other people's food choices or their size.  It's their cannoli, just shut up. 

Part of the holidays is (for many people, including your family and friends...) celebrating with/around food. You're going to have to get used to that -- if you want to be part of their "normal." 

Celebrating with food or around it not be what you want anymore, but for much of the population it is what they want.  If you do not want to partake, you have a choice to find something else to do or make your own good choices.  But, it is not our duty as weight loss surgery post op individuals -- to become the food police for everyone. 

(Note:  Do not do this to your family and friends.  They are not you, and they do not necessarily require your special diet or care.  I have learned that food policing does not work and often backfires It's up to each person what they are willing to do to take care of their own health.)

It's just food.  You make your own choices.  And never, ever... apologize for FOOD.


60 Minutes - Tweaking tastes and creating cravings

This is absolutely RIVETING to me. I know, I know, you are either horrified, disgusted or angry.

How dare they fake it?!  Making your food super-palatable?!  Think of the children -- you're creating food addicts! 

I know, I know.  We're fat.  We don't need super-enhanced and reasons to EAT more or more often.

Anyone who has eaten any lowfat, low sugar, sugar free or specialty diet products has definitely supported the Taste Industry.  *picks up my can of Diet Coke with "natural flavor...* 

But, this makes me tick.  I want to flavor things.  Now.  Hand me the fatty-crusty chicken powder, I'm making savory chewable vitamins.