I am absolutely horrified.
I just watched Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and its basically about a man from Europe, England I believe, who comes to America and goes to a town and tries to help them change their school lunches/ideas about food.
The reason I am horrified, is because it was such an eye-opener of the fact that many Americans are ignorant, set in their ways and don't give a CRAP about their bodies. This man goes into a school and shows them that what they are feeding their kids is processed CRAP and he brings in fresh food, within their budget, to show them they can do it. It was a teaser so we didn't see if he succeeded yet (premier is Friday next week at 8, 7central). But just the negativity he encountered FLOORED ME! He was trying to HELP them and they were being SO MEAN to him.
Not only can't I believe how absolutely close-minded and rude these people were to him... but I can't believe that our country actually believes what they are doing is good! I mean WTF? This guy goes into a school and they have pizza for breakfast, chicken nuggets and "potato pearls" for lunch, the next day they have pizza for lunch... its like what are we doing to our YOUTH?! No wonder I am fat - that is the SAME CRAP i ate growing up....all processed BULLcrap. Our bodies cannot process that stuff and I feel SILLY that I have been on this "eat low fat" crap. I am sorry. Carolyn you were right. We have to eat fresh, simple food to remain healthy and safe. One of the most hard hitting things he said what "I've been to African villages and have seen what they eat - and they eat better than American children... parents should be PISSED." Here is a link to the show and a commercial to it - http://abc.go.com/shows/jamie-olivers-food-revolution.
We just have SO many factors working against us. Healthy food is expensive. We are brainwashed to think that "diets" are the way to go, rather than making a REAL change. There is SO much crap out there about weight loss, being healthy, that we don't know where to start.... How can we fix these things?
1. For one - JT and I decided instead of going out to eat and spending on extras, we will invest that money into eating organic/unprocessed foods. We will budget it somehow, someway.
2. I will no longer diet. I know I keep saying this is a lifestyle change, but its REALLY got to be... I don't want my kids to be fat and miserable like i've been.
3. I will do what I can to find good information and share it. We can only go on what we believe... so we've got to learn as much as we can about as many aspects of weight loss and eating well and BEING HEALTHY as we can and decide what we believe.
I hope this is a good start. Because this journey has gone well... but its been BS that I haven't lost more weight and I don't feel as good as I did... WHY? you ask? Probably because we've been busy so I've been eating "Lean" pockets and processed CRAP that isn't helping me in any way. As Ive said before but not actually modeled - its not about HOW MANY calories you put in your body per se (well it is...but more importantly) its about the nutritional value of those calories.
I will not drink diet coke. I will not drink crystal light, I will not eat lean pockets, I will not eat "low fat" cheese unless its organic and naturally low fat. From now on my body is a temple. the end.
I would also like to bring up my question the other day about snacks. I suggest everyone read the book "The Abs Diet." Its not actually a diet at all really - but its a VERY informational guide, written by the editor in chief of Men's Health Magazine "David Zinzenko". I promise you will not be disappointed by this book - it tackles the evilness of high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oil etc...and much much more. If you read this book for me, I will read ANY book you suggest.
In regards to snacks, I will give you a preview from the book in JT's words -
"1. 10 -30% of the calories you burn each day, get burned by the simple act of digesting your food.
2. maintaining a steady blood-sugar level prevents your body from slowing down its resting metabolic rate in order to conserve energy until the next energy source (meal).
3. Psychologically, you feel like you're getting to eat more food so you're less likely to binge on bad things (it matters WHAT the food is that you're eating more often...)
4. Its not 6 or however many meals - its six calorie consuming sessions for lack of a better term. Your body uses more calories to digest protein than fats and carbs - 25 cals burned for every 100 cals consumed of protein vs. 10-15 cals burned for every 100 cals of fats or carbs consumed. And those are JUST the calories your body burns in digestion - it doesn't even take into account how protein fuels your muscle repair and keeps you fuller longer.
Im telling you this book is great - I can't even begin to scratch the surface of all of this...
Thank you for reading. I really hope you got as much from reading this as I got from writing it! Love you guys! PLEASE comment as you see necessary.