Wow! Officially two weeks! We should celebrate with... um... read this post with a cup of tea!
The trouble with carbohydrates lies in our food selection, the 1950's started the change of our food supply with the advent of fast food which started diseases of nutritional access which by the 1970's meant that there needed to be a specific focus on the prevention and management of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, as well as chronic illness and pain.
Dr. Laurie recounts the days of her teenage years of sugar cereal for breakfast, french fries with gravy and a cream doughnut for lunch and then going out to McDonalds after dinner for a Big Mac and fries and a coke, or pizza. Those were the days.
For myself we never went to McDonalds but my dad was very keen on making big hearty meals. So from a very young age I was used to eating big potions because he came from a family with two brothers who were highly competitive at meal time to get as much food as possible. I had a brother who was thin as a stick and I had the same competitiveness with him at the table. My mom grew up eating desserts after every single meal and so therefore we did too as well as a special cupboard of snacks. We would have desserts and then go downstairs to watch a movie and eat.
Our trouble was not fast food meals, our trouble was snack shopping. I remember how my dad would go shopping once a week for meals and my mother would go once a week for potato chips, chocolate bars, cookies, cereal, bread, pies, cakes, special bread for appetizers. Now those were my days.
These are what are called high glycemic index foods. Linked to the greatest risk of many chronic diseases because when eaten blood sugar quickly rises, so you need to produce significantly more insulin which is an anabolic hormone response linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic illnesses such as gout (my dad had that..ew), pain, and cancer.
I don't want any of those.
So no more desserts after every meal. No more special snack cupboard. No more trips to the store just to purchase high glycemic index foods. No more cereals. No more bread.
However, I still snack. I still feel full. I still feel special and happy. It just looks very different now.
Dr. Laurie says how you grew up eating is really really important as to how it is that you look at food and consume food today. All of those images that you have in your mind are powerfully linked to how it is that you feel. You might feel like crap about how you look, and think that is a huge motivator in regards to change, but if it were just that easy you wouldn't look or feel like crap. The basis of the program as well as the basis of emotional eating is to remove those links so that you can actually make the change you need to make.
So join the program and start to make your emotional change.
On the quest to lose 50 pounds in a year. Can she do it? Only time will tell....with the help of this blog.