So today I had a notification on my twitter, Jillian Michaels (best known from The Biggest Loser trainer, which I have been watching recently by the way) had made some sort of statement, so I viewed it. Outside of the fact that she has clearly had a face lift, she was saying how she views the fact that eating in a balanced fashion is clearly the way to go, and therefore she HATES the Ketogenic diet. The Keto diet is the high fat, high protein, low carbohydrate diet. So basically she said that her concern is, that every food group needs to be consumed proportionately, and any diet that promotes the abstinence of certain food groups is unacceptable.
So my question is, what is the definition of the inability to tolerate certain foods? For diabetics and those that are allergic to certain foods, it is actually really quit clear, and therefore the requirements are to be able to cut out sugars in order to be able to have the needed glycemic balance and/or to cut out foods that create the allergic reaction in the body.
But what if, just like alcohol, some people actually just really can’t handle carbohydrates?
For those people that can maintain a certain level of alcohol for that matter, then Jillian is right, it is about harm reduction, maintaining a balance, being able to include a certain amount that makes sense. But for those individuals that are all or nothing, that actually really do not have the ability to maintain that sort of balance, and they don't have the ability to be able to just have a little, what about them?
Personally, I believe that to be able to be healthy, you have to be able to know your body, and if your body reacts to the intake of certain foods in a negative manner, whether you are diabetic, allergic, or intolerant, it means that you need to pay attention to your body, because it is speaking to you.
I also think that individuals like Jillian, who are based in physical activity, are very different than those of us who are based in a more sedentary lifestyle. So, perhaps people like Jillian who live at the gym, and who's lively-hood depends upon their physical agility and flat stomach appearance, it works to be able to consistently maintain balance with their carbohydrate intake. But, the truth is, I honestly do not feel that is the majority of the population. I am not sure how much time she spends at the gym, but the truth is that is her lively-hood. That is definitely not where my income comes from. My income comes from sitting in front of the computer. So what is important for me, is to be able to know my limits in regards to carbohydrates, which means that grains are no longer an option, most sugar, whether natural or processed is no longer an option and needs to be limited.
Speaking of The Biggest Loser, I just watched the episode where The Biggest Loser chef presented a meal for a family which consisted of a large sweet potato each, with all the fixings, cheese, red salsa, greek yogurt, green salsa, and turkey bits (that looked way overcooked by the by). That giant sweet potato was supposed to be one meal for one person as dinner. That meal to me had a huge amount of carbohydrates. Plus the salsa, plus the greek yogurt, with so little meat. Watching that to me, was extremely sad, because all that sweet potato was going to do was create carbohydrate cravings for those contestants the following day. One team said that they didn't have a great week after that dinner, and I’m thinking it was due to that stupid sweet potato carb fest.
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