I want my queso
I was out with some friends recently and someone posed a question about how I eat and feed my family. This led to a very fun and colorful discussion about many aspects of my lifestyle, which led to even more questions and yet more discussion. After the bantor settled down a bit, one of my dear friends looked at me and said, "There's no way I could eat like you, I have to have my cheese!"
As I thought more about that comment, I hoped I wasn't communicating the wrong message at the table that night. I don't expect perfection out of myself, nor should you expect it from yourself. As a matter of fact, I would say that it's better to not be perfect. You shouldn't chalk it up as failure if you don't eat like a monk in a monestary in the Himalayas. Go ahead and eat your chocolate, your queso or your hamburger (occasionally). What I'm challenging you to do is to unlearn everything you've been taught about food up until now and learn the truth about what you're putting into your body. Please don't wait for the government to do it for you - that could take decades.
Eating is tied to very powerful emotions and lifelong habits. Newton's Law of Inertia: a body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.
If you look on various websites for the diet programs that are available, what they're selling is emotion, "Sign up and you'll look like this!" Inevitably, what is pictured are several before-and-after photos of real people who lost a lot of weight and are now running around in a tiny bikini, or flexing their new found biceps. But notice the fine print that reads, "results not typical." Do you ever wonder why? Because people's emotions are so powerful that they usually can't overcome them. Bottom line: We want, what we want! No diet company is out there teaching us how to eat properly to gain health and lose weight. It's all strictly focused on losing weight quickly. It's the microwave-gotta-have-it-now world we live in.
When you go out to eat at a restaurant you'll notice that there are artificial sweeteners on every table. Most people will go for the calorie-free option because they have been taught that it's healthier than the calorie dense real sugar in the white packet. There are countless studies that document that the use of these sweetners can actually lead to weight gain and overeating because your body doesn't know how to regulate these chemicals. There are also many studies that link these sweeteners to changes in metabolism leading to weight gain. I bet you didn't know that out of 4,000 food additives approved by the FDA, the aspartame found in artificial sweeteners has had more health related complaints than all of the other food additives combined.
Friends, it's a game of inches. They say to me, "Two little packets of artificial sweetener each day won't kill me." They're probably right. But, in conjunction with all the other junk that goes into your body without regard - it can add up to potential disease, need for medications, weight gain and a host of other issues related to your health.