From Eat This, Not That! (2012 edition)
“Fat makes you fat” – University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
Fat contains more calories by weight than carbohydrates, true. But fat is also filling, and certain fats-like those found in nuts, olives, and fish-are really good for you. When will so-called experts learn: Eating fat won’t make you fat any more than eating money will make you rich.
What they should have said: “Eating too much-of any kind of food-makes you fat.”
“If we’re supposed to go out and eat nothing, if we’re supposed to eat roots and berries and tree bark and so forth, show us how.” – Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh
In our ridiculously partisan world, Michelle Obama could save Washington by catching a nuclear bomb in her teeth and Limbaugh would find fault with her dental work. But by criticizing Obama’s crusade against childhood obesity, the rotund radio ranter just looks silly. Nobody’s recommending a menu of tree bark, least of all the burger-loving Obamas.
What he should have said: “As someone who’s struggled with my own weight related health issues- from a heart scare to painkiller addiction caused by back pain – I know firsthand that overweight children carry a heavy health burden into adulthood. Trying to change all of that sounds like a good idea.”
“High-fructose corn syrup…provides many consumer benefits.” – SweetSurprise.com a publicity front for –you guessed it– the Corn Refiners Association
Besides changing the group’s name from “Sweet Surprise” to “Nasty Surprise,” this corn syrup flack attack would be much more honest if they admitted that HFCS has allowed the food industry to cheaply oversweetened legions of our snacks and staples, accelerating our junk-food-fuled descent into obesity.
What they should have said: “High-fructose corn syrup is not that different from sugar. And neither one is good for you.”
“No consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage.” – Attorney representing the beverage’s maker, Coca-Cola
Really? “Vitaminwater” doesn’t sound like “a healthy beverage”? What’s their next marketing strategy, renaming Fanta “Nice Shiny Teeth Drink”? In reality, Vitaminwater is nothing more than the latest slick sugar-delivery vehicle. The minor benefits of the vitamins mixed in are vastly outweighed by the damage these sweetened drinks can cause. We were relieved when a federal judge ruled the packaging misleading.
What they should have said: “Vitaminwater? Oh, we meant to call it ‘Sugarwater.’ Our bad!”
“I am eating a health diet.” – Ninety percent of the 1,234 American adults surveyed by Consumer Reports
Two out of the three women and three out of four men in America are overweight or obese. We have become so fat that even contestants on The Biggest Loser look somewhat normal. In reality, only about 33 percent of Americans eat enough fruits and 27 percent eat enough vegetables every day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What they should have said: “Eating a healthy diet is very difficult in America today.”
September is PCOS awareness month. Even though I decided months ago that when it rolled around I was going to take the opportunity to talk about it, I still kept going back and forth on the issue. My symptoms are a huge reason this blog is anonymous. Many of the people I know have no idea what I go through and I’d prefer to keep it that way. I get sick of the pity and being treated differently but I also worry that nobody wanting to talk about it is what’s taking so long for the disorder to get the acknowledgement it deserves. So I think this is as good a time as any to open up and talk about the things I have to deal with. It might even help shed some light on some posts or help someone else.
I seriously have a strong dislike for men right now. After 1 week of following my diet my younger brother has already lost 6 pounds. You can even see a difference in his face, he already looks so much slimmer and healthier. I want their secret! It’s not muscle mass like they claim, I put on muscle easily and work hard to maintain it. It’s not testosterone, otherwise women with PCOS (who have their insulin under control) would lose weight like there’s no tomorrow. No, they’re holding out on us. Guys must have some secret hormone they release by skipping sugar. I think with the way our government likes to throw away money on pointless research, one of us needs to set up a study to identify it once and for all.
Sorry to everyone who left messages days ago and Tumblr pals I haven’t been visiting. I’m just getting over a nasty stomach bug that took about a week to finally start going away. I still feel nauseous at even the thought of food, and of course, the only thing I’ve been able to keep down is high starch products; I’ve been practically living off saltine crackers for days. Which come to think of it might be aggravating my stomach even more, but I chose to deal with the nasty side effects of foods sensitivities rather than starve. I’m hoping it’ll be completely gone in a couple more days, until then lots of rest and more quere posts.