I don’t want to be different. But I don’t want to be normal (which is now overweight* – yikes!)
I feel caught between loving sugar and hating what it does to my mind and body.
I want to pretend that there are no consequences to what I put in my mouth.
I wish that I didn’t get caught up in the chemical reactions caused by eating and wanting more of “that” food.
I wish it weren’t so hard to control the food in my life.
I wish that the food industry would stop playing tricks with our food – trust me, they know how to make food addictive so that we will keep buying it (but remember that I am the one who has control to put it in my cart and so are you).
I may flip flop like a freshly caught fish lying on the grass so bear with me.
I read countless health and diet books every year and love the information. I try different diets (raw, vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore. Haven’t done the processed or fast food ones…I know where those leave you) to see how they affect my body and mind. I can definitely say that it is confusing as some very respectable people make some very interesting points backed up by research about what to eat and what not to eat. At the end of the day, I can honestly say that you must listen to your body. Problem is from chatting with people, is that they are numb to how food is making them feel and trust that what is in the store is healthy for them….yeah, NO.
Recently, I went aisle by aisle in my supermarket, reading labels to see what the average “Joe or Joan” was putting in their cart. Frankly, I wanted to scream…it is horrifying the chemicals, additives, preservatives and other nasties that are being pumped into these foods that people are buying. Now hang on a second, I’m not a purist and it’s a test of wills every time I go shopping but most things stay out of my grocery cart because I just can’t bear the thought of feeding it to myself or my family. And this is why I don’t go down the aisles and make a list prior to entering the grocery store to keep me on track.
Here are some stats from Dr. Mercola’s article, “How the Food Industry is Deceiving You” that contribute to one’s “Supermarket Diet”
- In 2002, consumers spent $174 billion on processed foods.
- 90 percent of foods marketed each year are processed foods.
- In 2006, 2,800 new candies, desserts, ice-cream, and snacks were introduced to the marketplace, compared to 230 new fruits or vegetable products.
- The food industry spends $34 billion per year marketing their products.
- $12 billion is spent marketing to children.
The “Supermarket Diet” coined by Anthony Scalfani, a graduate student from the University of Chicago did a study in the 1960’s to understand why we eat in excess and as a result gain weight (twice as much as those who don’t have a “Supermarket Diet”). Simply put, easy access to palatable foods. Foods that are high in sugar, fat and salt. To read even more, check out The End Of Overeating by David A Kessler, MD .
So, where does this leave us? Well, for me I blog and chat about living a healthy life. I practice what I preach and am honest about not being perfect but doing my best. I have also created The Busy Mama Detox – 12 week program, that gives you the facts on how to make tiny changes with big results. You can check out more at www.busymamadetox.com
Now back to some of the different eating methods that I have tried…………………
Juicing and Blending
This was a life changer for me. You can read more in my book Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing and Blending, but this truly catapulted me into another dimension of health. It is my daily breakfast and I feel amazing ingesting copious amounts of greens (probably more than I used to eat in a few days are in one shake). With all the different eating methods that I have tried this one has stuck to me like glue, more like crazy glue – this habit is not leaving – 7 years and counting now. I cannot begin to tell you how healthy I am – before I had chronic bronchitis and ignored many other health programs (ears, sinus etc) because I didn’t want to own up to being responsible for what I was eating and how it affected me and I also did not know any better (when you know better, you do better)
I felt absolutely wonderful when I was consuming raw foods – light, energetic, amazing sleeps, stable mood, etc. but whether this is an excuse or not, when the cold weather hit I was wanting warmth and comfort. I felt bad about eating a sweet potato and knew that having this negative energy was not good for my soul. Little by little cooked, warming foods were added back into my diet. Also, when the 3 other members of my family are not eating raw and I am doing all the cooking for them, the delicious smells also started pulling me back to cooked food – again an excuse but an honest observation. Although eating purely raw gave way, juicing and blending did not.
Vegan and Vegetarian (V)
Although not the same, I’m lumping them together. I went without meat for almost 2 years and tied it in to also eating raw. I thought that eating vegetarian/vegan meant increasing the number of veggies to the max, but when I started chatting with other V’s, they were eating more processed foods than vegetables (cheese, grains, soy, and various other processed things). I went to the Vegetarian Show in Toronto in the Spring of 2013 and was horrified at the complete lack of vegetables – there was gluten free baking stand after gluten free cookie stand, soy laced products and other things that I would not eat. I also could not believe the amount of obese people there were. This opened my eyes to the fact that being a V does not mean you are healthy. It’s also not to say that if you are a V that you are unhealthy.
Also, as people found out that I was a vegetarian, I would be fed a processed storebought burgers while everyone was eating a homemade hamburger – although some of you may find this gross, I gradually started adding real meat back into my diet (not often, not much and grass fed organic when possible)
Throughout all of these “diet” experiments, I still could not kick sugar fully although is was loosening its grip. I could drastically reduce or eliminate bread and other grains, alcohol, fast food, processed foods but that almighty sugar (even though a lot of it was coming from raw baking, dates etc. – it’s still sugar)…was still lingering and honestly I don’t want it to disappear (BINGO).
So here comes the flip flop part – my intellectual side wants to eat to feed my cells. I know what these foods are….organic, non GMO vegetables, vegetables and more vegetables with some fruit added into the mix. Lots of greens, loads of greens, greens that truly I do crave (thus the continuance of the daily green smoothie or juice), more wild plants, living off my garden and Tower Garden and my lawn (yes, I’m taking a Wild Edibles Class and it’s fantastic) and taking my Juice Plus+ daily….then there is the other side…….hmmm, the one that has to avoid the onslaught of all of these foods marketed as either healthy, tasty, cheap &/or convenient…so within my reach at every corner and BAM, if they enter my mouth, watch out, I usually cannot only have a bite.
Hey, your addiction/habit may not be home baked cookies or freshly baked apple pies, maybe you love potato chips and salty things, high carb items – I don’t know – check in with yourself and see what it is and why. Set some parameters if it is affecting your health, your weight or your mood.
I have had to make parameters to what I feed myself and my family. I don’t like sickness. I don’t like tired or crazed children. I don’t like a moody husband. I don’t like pinching excess fat on my body. I know what I like but I sometimes don’t like what it takes to have it……..
If you are ready to trick your amygdala, make small changes so that you will feel light, energetic and trimmer…check out The Busy Mama Detox. Email me for your 3-day complimentary Busy Mama Detox Program.
Coming up I will share one of my tricks…..Shopping Cart Detox…if it doesn’t come in your house, well you know the rest.
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Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and has coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 day program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at www.moveyourbody.ca
Tanya has created FREE Healthy Living Challenges that you can sign up for HERE, because even though we know all this “healthy stuff” it’s good to be reminded to keep it in our awareness. Tanya created the Busy Mama Healthy Mama Facebook page so that like-minded mama’s could get great healthy information and recipes in a fun and light-hearted way.
Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending, the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Fat Loss, How to Get Rid of Cellulite and more. Her blog, www.tanyamorrison.ca has lots of great articles to help you navigate your way to the healthy life you want, tons of recipes and great tips!
Tanya presents High Performance Nutrition for Kids and Teens, How to Become an Efficient Fat Burner, hosts Raw Smoothie Parties and many more presentations. Please contact her to set up your presentation.
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The End Of Overeating by David A Kessler, MD .
* Between 1981 & 2001, the number of overweight and obese children rose 300% and now 1 in 4 adults are obese – End Of Overeating pg 5