Anorexia-Bulimia is Not About Food

  • July 20, 2019

Many people just associate anorexia-bulimia with food and/or dieting. But this is not the case. An eating disorder is not just about food and dieting.

Eating problems are just only a symptom of anorexia-bulimia. In the big picture eating disorders are a disorder of feelings and emotions. For sufferers food abuse helps them to respond to their feelings, thus allowing the individual to avoid, postpone, forget, deny, or otherwise anesthetize their feelings.

For the anorexic or bulimic person, keeping a safe emotional distance precludes the risk that others will discover her/his real self and hurt them.

Secondly, an eating disorder is a disorder of control. A sufferer perceives that she/he can’t control anything in their life except for their food intake and their weight. They perceive that controlling their weight and food intake will enable them to keep their uncontrollable life in balance.

Thirdly, an eating disorder is a disorder of thinking. Anorexics-bulimics are thinking in a distorted way about themselves, the world, and their place in it. They believe that gaining even 1 kilo invariably leads to gaining 10 to 20 kilos. Their misconception about how they look is called body image distortion or “broken eye syndrome”.

Fourthly, an eating disorder is a disorder of coping. For sufferers, their eating disorder is a way they cope with everyday stress: with their school, homework and pressure from their friends.

Fifthly, an eating disorder is a disorder of identity. For many sufferers their eating disorder becomes a substitute for their identity. Some of them even describe that being without their disease is as unthinkable for them as being without air to breathe.

Sixthly, an eating disorder is a disorder of values and lifestyle. For many bulimics spending time with themselves and binging is much more important than going out, seeing friends and socializing.

The eating disorders become their lifestyle, their entertainment and total interest in life.

Seventhly, an eating disorder is a disorder of relationship. Some people even say about their eating disorders something like: “My best friend is always there for me.” This is about their eating disorders, they perceive it like their “best friend”, unlike these hurtful and rejecting people in real life.

And finally, an eating disorder is a disorder of behavior. The extreme unbending and compulsive nature of unbalanced eating behaviors is the main feature of the disease.

For most sufferers they simply do not know how to stop, if they eliminated one meal, they want to eliminate two; if they lose some weight they want to lose more and more and it becomes a vicious cycle.

It also gives them a form of control they don’t normally have in the real world. So the wish to stop has to become greater that the wish to stay where they are, but unfortunately by the time they reach this point they have done a lot of damage to themselves.

It’s Not Just About Food

  • July 19, 2019

The word diet has become associated with food, eating plans, restricting the intake of fatty foods and even eating smaller portion sizes. For many, this is the principal concern of a diet and what the entire weight loss industry tends to revolve around. It’s all about food in the weight loss field, but in actuality, what you drink can be just as important.

Many drinks that are considered acceptable and are consumed on a regular basis are actually extremely fattening, yet few diet plans actually take them in to account. Wine, the relaxing drink of so many, is actually full of calories; a 125 milliliter glass of sweet white wine, for example, contains more calories than a bag of M&Ms. Yet this little known fact means that many people who are watching what they eat with precision, are still consuming many calories on an average night out without even realizing it.

It becomes, then, incredibly important to know what calories are in which drinks. These calories, should you plan on consuming any of the beverages, should they be factored into any daily eating plan and calorie allowance. Some of the worst offenders for calories in drinks are liquors; there are 150 calories in a 50 militate amount of brandy, and sweet cider racks up 110 calories in a half pint measures.

These amounts are, like all things, printed on labels on any purchase. It is therefore an extremely good idea to take these amounts into account when planning your daily or weekly calorie consumption, perhaps even substituting some of the drinks with high calorie content for those that are a little more diet friendly.

Weight Loss Success is Not About Food

  • July 17, 2019

People always want to know the secret to weight loss success. There are certain questions that I can pretty much guarantee will be asked…everyone is looking for the magic bullet, the weight loss tip of the century…and they almost always think it revolves around food. Well, here’s the big secret: it isn’t about food!

Sure, we’re told we get fat because we eat too much or we exercise too little. And for some people it may be that simple.

If you have never really had a weight problem and suddenly you find yourself putting on a pound or two…or even 10-15…you can definitely look around to see if you have changed your behavior lately. Have you exchanged playing ball for watching it on the television? Are you getting home later from work and so you are eating late and then crashing? It may be as simple as going back to your old routine for you…but my experience and observations indicate that there are fewer of you than the rest of us.

Typical questions asked by the would-be dieter of the person with weight loss success:

  • What did you do? translation: what diet did you follow?
  • Did you eat specific foods? translation: I like “x”, will I have to give it up?
  • How long did it take you? translation: I want to get this off overnight
  • Did you join a gym? translation: I don’t want to and don’t have time to spend hours at the gym but I believe that’s necessary
  • What exercises did you do? translation: if I do exactly what you did maybe this time I will have success too

This line of questioning always revolves around food and/or exercise…what to eat, what not to eat, what exercises burn fat faster, it is about finding the magic combination that one needs to follow in order to melt the pounds away.

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but that my friends is a diet…and diets don’t work. If they did then the diet industry wouldn’t be generating billions of dollars every year.

So if diets don’t work, then what is the recipe for weight loss success? It is simple, it starts with you mind not your mouth. You must start by changing your thinking in order to permanently lose weight. You must believe that you deserve a healthy, slender body. You must believe that it is possible for you to achieve that body.

As long as you harbor a belief that you can’t lose weight or that you don’t deserve the body you desire then you will prove yourself right. I know, because I did it. Doctors believe that losing weight is a simple math formula–reduce the calories you eat and increase the calories you expend and you will lose weight. For years I heard that…and for years I defied it. I guess my body flunked basic math!

It wasn’t until I started to change my thinking about myself that I was then able to lose weight. That is the real magic bullet!

Start with one simple thought–“I deserve a healthy, slender body and I can achieve it!” Repeat this affirmation over and over…several times a day every day. Write it repeatedly. Post it on notes throughout the house. Say it, write it, read it until it becomes ingrained in your mind.

How to Change Children’s Habits of Being Particular About Food

  • July 17, 2019

Being particular about food can not only make children suffer from malnutrition but also do harm to their health and influence their growth of intelligence. This is why there are many children who suffer from malnutrition although the living standard has been improved. How to help children change this bad habit? This is a question most people are concerned about.

1. to take regular meal

Parents should arrange the time and amount of the snacks children take in and to reduce the amount of snacks gradually and finally keep snacks away from them. In addition, parents should make meals delicious and full of varieties. The food contained in a meal should be balanced and abundant in nutrition.

2. cook meals with children

Parents can try to make children take part in the process of cooking. They can help to trim vegetables and wash them. In this way, children can enjoy the happiness of cooking meals. They can become more interested in meals.

3. never do other things while taking meals

There are many people who may watch TV or read books while taking meals, which can influence the gastric secretion of children and distract their attention. In order to ensure that the children has fixed time and place to take meals, parents should turn off the TV, radios and some other things to make children sit at the table and have meals quietly.

4. give children psychological hint

This means that if children eat something with keen pleasure, they will give children the psychological hint that this food is really delicious. In this way, they will be willing to eat.

5. create a fine atmosphere of dining

Children’s appetite may change with their mood. Parents should never talk some thing like children’s score on table because this may influence their appetite. Parents should make children realize that eating is the best enjoyment.

6. eliminate fear

Some children may fear of eating some food such as fish. They worry about being damaged by the fish bones. In this case, parents should help them remove fish bones and eliminate their fear on fish.

7. give children some prize

During the whole process, parents can take some policies of rewards and give children some encouragement when they make progress.

Facts About Food That Raises Blood Sugar

  • July 16, 2019

Insulin has many functions, and while it can’t get glucose into your muscle cells efficiently when you have type 2 diabetes, it still manages to carry out its other tasks.  What are they you ask, well it is still able to:

  • convert carbohydrates to fat and store them in fat cells, and
  • prevents stored fat from being released and used as energy for your body

In a non-diabetic, as much as forty per cent of carbohydrate eaten may be converted to fat, of course, that would depend on your calorie/kilojoule intake.  If you have insulin resistance, as type 2 diabetics do, that figure would be higher.  So when you take higher insulin doses, or if your pancreas is still releasing insulin and needs to release more to cover the food intake, it’s really more likely you will store extra body fat as a result!

Eating carbohydrates that require a lesser amount of insulin will make it easier for you to lose weight.  So a low-GI carbohydrate diet, plus lowering your blood lipids (fats) and your blood sugar levels, will help you to stay slim or lose weight.

Facts about food that help raise your blood sugar levels quickly:

  1. Boiling and cooking foods containing starch will enable them to be absorbed more quickly.  Heating breaks down starch making the sugar more accessible and faster to digest.
  2. Mashed potatoes are absorbed more quickly than whole potatoes, wheat-flour gives a higher blood sugar response when baked in bread, than when used in pasta
  3. Salt in food increases the absorption of sugar into the blood stream
  4. Drinking fluids with a meal encourages the stomach to empty more quickly
  5. Fruit juices raise your blood sugars dramatically as they have had the fiber removed
  6. Peeled fruits also raise your blood sugars faster than whole fruit

Just about everything we eat or drink causes our blood sugars to rise.  There is one exception: water.  Staying well hydrated can actually lower your blood sugar levels … part of the excess glucose will then be excreted in your urine.

The three major nutrients in food are protein, fat, and carbohydrate.  Protein’s effect on blood sugars is minimal as very little, if any, is converted to glucose.  Large amounts of protein though can have a sparing effect on your glucose metabolism giving a gradual rise in sugar levels.

The impact of dietary fat is usually of little significance.  However, large amounts of fat causes a prolonged rise in your blood glucose levels.  The reason this happens is not clear; researchers say large amounts of fat in your bloodstream contribute to temporary insulin resistance.

Carbohydrates are the nutrients that have the most effect on blood sugar levels.

The same dietary advice applies to people with and without type 2 diabetes and that is:

  • eat less high-GI carbohydrates (refined)
  • compensate with more low-GI carbohydrates

Studies have shown that knowledge of the glycemic index of food can be very valuable. Evaluations of diets of people who develop and don’t develop type 2 diabetes, show those with the highest GI diet usually developed diabetes. Once diagnosed, those who followed a low-GI diet had the lowest blood sugar levels.