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.

Are You Thinking About Food Most Of The Time

  • June 15, 2019

Is food on your mind all the time? If you want to lose weight I will bet that it is on yours as well. As a matter of fact, I will venture to go out on the limb and claim that most overweight people think about food much of, if not all, the time. Many young people think of food as evil that may destroy a perfect size 3 figure or a well-formed physique and incessantly think of ways to avoid it while others think of ways to live by the words of the Biblical statement in Ecclesiastes 8:15, “A man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.” Elderly people think about foods that will upset their aging stomachs and weakened digestive systems, women think of foods that will settle on their hips and man think of foods that will add bulk to their overly inflated beer bellies.

Many people when they’re trying to lose weight find themselves thinking of lunch while in the midst of munching on their breakfast and about dinner while preparing lunch. Food is on their minds upon waking in the morning and it is often part of the last thought process when falling asleep at night. There is a constant debate in their head and the topic is food: what can I eat and what should I not, what is good for me and what is bad, how many calories does this contain and how many does that. They think an awful lot about dieting and weight loss which leads to thinking about food.

Someone very wise once, long ago, said that “every action begins with a thought.” I maintain that every action then leads to a result. Therefore, positive thoughts lead to positive actions which in turn lead to positive results and, of course, negative or disparaging thoughts lead to destructive actions which lead to harmful results.

All that ties in to the topic at hand as follows: constant thinking about food leads to constantly eating food. Frequently thinking about unhealthy food leads to eating unhealthy food and too much of it which then leads to gaining weight and all the health problems that are directly or indirectly related to overweight.

So, I propose here and now that you take a pause, realize and appreciate our endless thoughts about food, understand that they are saboteurs of our mission to lose weight and improve our looks and health by redirecting them. We can and should still think about food because food is, after all, the fuel that sustains life. Let us, however, think about food only long enough to make healthy choices but then let’s move on to thinking about other things.

Let’s think about ways to get our bodies to move by getting off the couch to take a walk around the block, by pushing away from the dining room table and taking a cycling trip in a nearly park, by joining a health club or a yoga class. If you cannot spare an hour, thirty minute will do. If thirty extra minutes are not to be found on your busy schedule then fifteen will be good. Even five minutes are better than nothing. So let us do it. Let’s do it regularly and let’s do it as often as we can.

How about starting now to redirect your thoughts. Think about propelling your body into motion so you have the success in your quest for the healthy lifestyle that you deserve. Perhaps think about walking into your backyard and doing some gardening. I encourage you to be willing to convert your thoughts into positive action.

How Your Romantic Thoughts About Food Keep You Fat

  • June 15, 2019

If you are one of the 200 million overweight people in the United States, you are probably in hoping for an easy answer to the question, “How can I stop eating?” Well, you have come to the right place. The quick and dirty answer is you need to stop thinking about food in a problematic way. There is a way of thinking about food that’s a problem and a way of thinking about it that’s not a problem. If you continue to think about it in the problematic way, you will always struggle with your weight. It’s that simple.

Your thoughts are the building blocks of all of the relationships in your life. Just like you have different relationships with your mother, your brother, your lover, your friend, or your boss and you think about each of those people differently, the way you habitually think about food creates your relationship with it. You thinking habit about food, directly correlates with your weight. In other words, this thinking habit is either fattening or slimming.

The way of thinking about food that will keep you over eating, keep your weight on, and make it hard for you to take it off, is thinking about it romantically, imagining what food will taste like in your mouth and imagining that food can give you things that it was never designed to provide. If you think about food as a comfort, friend or greatest source of pleasure, you are barking up the wrong tree. One of the keys to solving your over eating for good, is asking yourself, what am I missing in my life. Are there other sources of pleasure in my life other than food? What do I love to do and what am I good at? Find other ways of creating joy and fun in your life your life. Find other sources of pleasure that are truly satisfying and don’t fill you with shame and regret.

Thinking creates feelings and desires, which lead to action (or eating). The more you think about food, the more you will eat. Ultimately, you want to forge a mature, pragmatic relationship with food. This means thinking about food only when you are hungry and its time to eat. Other than that, if food thoughts arise, you form the new healthy thinking habit of noticing them and turning away. Diets and exercise are important in the battle of the bulge but to heal over eating at its core and finally answer the question, “How can I stop eating?” you have to fundamentally change the way you think about it.

Things Your Parents Got Wrong About Food

  • June 14, 2019

Were you a member of the clean plate club when you were a kid? It’s time to review some of the eating habits that you grew up with.

Diet myths are “passed on for generations,” says Kathleen Fuller, PhD, author of Not Your Mother’s Diet.

Below are five outdated ideas about food that you may have learned from your parents– and the grown-up realities.

1. No snacking! You’ll ruin your appetite!

In fact, snacking are healthy, so long as you choose wisely. It keeps blood sugar steady and keeps you from getting too hungry between meals.

The general rule is going no more than four hours without eating something, either a meal or a snack.

Tip: Try cutting back moderately on meals so you can have one or two daily snacks between 100 and 200 calories. Good choices contain nuts, fruit, yogurt, and vegetables with dip.

2. Eat everything on your plate.

You will need to get in tune with your body to know when you’ve had enough, hence its fine to leave a little food in your plate.

Tip: As you’re eating, notice how you’re feeling. Are you full? Are you eating just because there is still food on your plate? Be specifically careful when you’re dining in a restaurant– the food is appealing, the plates are huge, and you may want to eat it all because you paid for it. If there are large portions, demand half now and have them box the other half.

3. Don’t eat before working out– you’ll get a cramp.

You won’t like to go running immediately after dinner, but eating a little bit 30 to 60 minutes before working out can help you maximize your training. This will help you get a boost of energy that helps you maximize your exercise session.
Tip: Choose high-carbohydrate, low-fat, low-fiber snacks with moderate amounts of protein in the 100- to 300-calorie variety, such as a glass of chocolate milk, a slice of toast with peanut butter, or a granola bar. Fruit is also fine, although it won’t have much protein (add a few nuts for that).

4. Hurry up!

Did your parents rush your breakfast so you were on time for school? If you still eat in a hurry, you might miss your body’s cues that you’re full.

It takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that you feel full, if you eat too quickly, you can scarf down a lot of food in a 20-minute period, and then you feel stuffed.

Tip: Slow down. Take mini-breaks by putting your food and utensils down between bites.

5. Rewards

It’s not good to use food as a reward because it can send the wrong message. Because of this the wires get crossed, and we no longer eat because we’re hungry; we eat because we were good and we deserve something.

Five Words You Should Stop Using When You Talk About Food

  • June 13, 2019

You are what you eat, yes, but you are also what you speak. The power of words extends beyond being able to influence or win another person over; we must not forget, our own body is always listening too. How you speak about matters can therefore go a long way to determining your body’s relationship with it- especially when it comes to food.

Don’t underestimate the power of words, and your beliefs and thoughts as expressed through them. Even those mutterings under your breath are just as potent as the ideas you openly proclaim and endorse. So choose your words wisely – not because you are a word Nazi but because your choice of words- however simple- can go a long way to influencing how you feel, relate and respond to the food you eat.

It can play a role in how well you embrace the food you eat as well as in just how easily you shed those extra pounds; it can influence how satisfied you are after eating a meal or how great you feel on cooking it. Remember, it isn’t just about what you eat, but how you eat it too and therein lays the role words play. To give you a heads-up, we have listed five common yet highly avoidable words when it comes to culinary conversations; you might want to start by omitting these the next time you speak about food.

1. Never: Never say never especially when you talk about food. Not only does using the word ‘never’ create forbidden fruits out of pretty much anything, but it shifts our system into a denial mode. Whether looking to cut out the chocolate or just tweaking your food habits, like with everything else practice moderation in your choice of words. You may actually never eat another piece of chocolate, but if you use the word ‘never’ to set down the ground rules it is probably going to be a bumpier ride.

2. Loss: I hear it all the time – eat this to lose weight, don’t eat that to lose weight. Now if anything shedding a few pounds is not a loss in any of my books, yet we continue to refer to it as that. The idea of loss, even when I am celebrating it, is sooner or later registered as anything but that by my body. When talking about food, diets and your weight, try using ‘shed’ or ‘release’ instead of loss to keep your system in a positive frame of mind, and keep the pounds rolling off.

3. Bad: As I have explored and experimented with my diet to find one optimized to my body, I have come to realize that a lot of foods I was warned against are actually the ones that suit me best, while healthy raw salads just don’t seem to cut it with my slow metabolism. Yet for years I couldn’t get myself to eat what I calmly do now for they were deemed ‘bad’ for you, sugar being a simple example. I am not saying I now gorge on sugar or that it is all great, but what may be right in a certain quantity for one person may not be so for another, and vice versa. Instead of labelling food as good or bad, take a more individual stance with ‘appropriate’ and ‘not appropriate’.

4. Perfect: Have you cooked yourself the perfect meal, or are you following the perfect diet? Whether you realize it or not, perfection brings a lot more stress and demand than you may have initially bargained for. It induces stress, anxieties and discontent that not only take away from the joy of food, but also just how well your body digests and responds to it. Instead of ‘perfect’ try equally positive words such as ‘amazing’, ‘spectacular’ or ‘grand’- all of which imply just as fabulous an experience without setting up rigid benchmarks.

5. Ugly: It’s simple – if your food is ugly you shouldn’t be consuming it, or better you shouldn’t be calling your food names such as ‘ugly’. Whether scouring through fresh vegetables at the supermart or when preparing and presenting your meals, try and lay off the judgments when it comes to how good your food looks. Your meals priority is to nurture you and nourish you tantalizing a few senses along the way, but your eyes are low on the list. Therefore, when discussing your own cooking or another’s, lay off the harshness to keep the negativity out of your meal time.

Weight Loss Happens Naturally When You Have the Right Attitude About Food

  • May 12, 2019

The saying that attitude and not necessarily aptitude ultimately determines altitude / success can hardly be denied. Attitude is key in achieving your weight loss goals and maintaining a healthy body weight long term.

Reminding oneself of the intended purpose of food and eating on an ongoing basis is important in helping to shape an attitude that will lead to successful weight loss and good health. Adopting the right attitude about food and eating is necessary related to avoiding obesity and the chronic, life threatening diseases that are associated with an unhealthy body weight. Overall health can be significantly improved when the conscious focus of food selection and eating is driven by the right considerations.

Food is defined by majority of sources as being any substance that is consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant and / or animal origin. Food contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism’s cells to produce the energy which is required to power all vital processes that are necessary to maintain life, stimulate growth and to provide for tissue repair.

During the time that I lived in Asia, I became accustomed to hearing about the health benefits associated with the foods that were being served and eaten. It was clear that nutrition and health were the priority and focus of each and every meal. This focus even extended itself to how foods were prepared and served. Steaming and quick / stir frying were the preferred ways of cooking vegetables to avoid overcooking which destroys nutritional integrity. Fresh whole vegetables and fruits were an integral part of every meal. Spices and condiments which were used also provided specific health benefits in addition to providing taste enhancement.

In contrast, the Western attitude related to food tends to be driven more by convenience and how good food tastes. Tasting good has made food and eating a pleasure driven experience that often ignores nutrition and health.

Food and Beverage companies in the western world target “TASTE” and “CONVENIENCE” as the vehicles for marketing their food products. This focus has resulted in the proliferation and explosion of man-made food like substances that lack the natural, vital nutrients that our bodies require to keep us healthy, fit, and disease free. The incidence of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and other chronic / life threatening diseases are at the highest levels in societies where these types of foods are eaten on a routine basis.

In the USA an alarming 15 – 20% of the country’s GDP is spent on health care. A considerable portion of that total expenditure has been identified as being related to health issues that are either directly or indirectly caused by obesity.

The obesity and diabetes problem has become so severe in the USA that an entertainment giant, a health insurance titan, a group of academic heavyweights, a technology philanthropist and two federal agencies have collaborated to produce a four-hour, four-part HBO documentary about the declining health of the nation.

The poor quality foods and beverages that are being routinely consumed are literally making us FAT and unhealthy! The quality of life of countless numbers of people is being directly impacted by a misguided attitude related to food and the key role that it plays in keeping us healthy, fit and disease free.

It is incumbent upon individuals to reshape their own personal attitudes and behaviors to focus on eating for good health as the first and most important priority.

Jump-start your weight loss and improve your overall health by eliminating sugar, refined carbohydrates, junk and fast foods from your diet. Eating fresh, whole vegetables and fruits is key to natural, healthy, weight loss.

While the focus of this article is food, exercise must also be an integral part of your weight loss and good health plan. A brisk 30 minute daily walk combined with eating properly can keep you healthy and fit.

Making your Health the priority that drives what you eat will benefit you in ways untold! I remind my 8 year old son every day at mealtimes that we eat to be healthy, fit and disease free.

“The Weight of the Nation” which will be aired on HBO on May 14th and 15th is sure to provide interesting insights on the cause/s that are driving the obesity and diabetes pandemic that is sweeping across the USA!

Hi, my name is R. F. McCarthy, weight loss [] is about learning to establish the habit of eating healthy whole foods on a daily basis. Reducing / eliminating refined carbohydrates and sugar in your daily diet is key to successful long term weight management and avoidance of chronic health conditions.

A total knee replacement and a diagnosis of being a borderline diabetic caused me to make a more serious commitment related to long-term personal weight management.