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Supersize vs Superskinny

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I found this show on youtube and I am finding it fascinating in that these people know they have a problem and part of the cause is the food they eat. Yet, they continue to eat the foods that are causing the diseases they suffer from. One woman was shown as saying that she hated the disease and would do anything not to be suffering; yet her cupboards were full of cookies, crackers, soda.

The reason it fascinates me is because I know I have issues with certain foods that I eat even though I know they are not good for me (read SWEETS here). I recognize that I am an emotional eater and I have been dealing with that voice inside my head. So far I am healthy, but I wonder what would I do if I was diagnosed with something that could be reversed by changing what I eat.

This reminds of my father-in-law and the comment he made when asked why he continued to eat so many donuts even though he was told to stop eating that sort of stuff. His reply was that he did not know how to stop and could not stop.

I read Eat to Live and Joel Furhman stated that knowledge is power; it helps if you know why you need to make the changes so you can stick with it long-term. But I think I need to be reminded of the why often.

Season 5 episode 5 has got me thinking about the amount of sweets because the superskinny guy ate a lot of sugary treats and he was told that sugar will cause fatty buildup around the organs (the heart in particular) even though he was skinny. Definitely gave me something to think about.

The show is more for shock value and does not offer a lot of how-to deal with the issues, but does provide who to call if you or someone you know needs help. There is some information about eating disorders also.

If you watch the show, what do you think about it? Sometimes it seems like a Scared Straight type of show by giving the worst case examples.

  
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LIV2RIDE 4/6/2014 7:19AM

    The fact that got me off of sugar is that sugar feeds cancer. Now that is one disease that scares me silly. I've never seen the show but sounds interesting.

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NYARAMULA 4/6/2014 1:33AM

    This is actually one of my favorite shows!

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KAREN608 4/5/2014 11:38PM

    I've watched a number of those shows plus other British ones on dieting etc, and so am familiar with it. The contrasts are so stark and do make us think about food and extremes. It was one of the reasons I began rethinking my food and exercise!

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THINFITKINDVGAN 4/5/2014 8:08PM

    One does not have knowledge until action is taken and is consistent.

Food, or should I say "phood" is manufactured to mess with our emotions, our bodies, and our brains. It isn't simply being an emotional out of control eater because of a personal issue. We all have personal issues. "Phood" is the main go-to and is universally accepted.



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NANCYPAT1 4/5/2014 2:15PM

    It is a really interesting situation - one that is somewhat confusing too.

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LPRUNWALK 4/5/2014 1:36PM

    I have seen this show (the British version) and have wondered about its usefulness. It seems like the issues facing the heavy person and the skinny person are so different that there are limits to what they can learn about themselves through the show's conceit of putting them in the same house together and forcing them to eat each other's food. It just seems to be done for shock value.
LP

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What a week and it's going by quick

Thursday, April 03, 2014

My mom had surgery yesterday and I spent all day waiting with my dad. It was a nice visit; all went well and she is home recovering.

The surgery was for a hernia, my nephew was in for the same type of surgery that morning also. My mom commented on how weak stomach muscles are genetic and the problem of hernias run in our family. I thought about that and really wonder if there is a gene for that, but I have a tendency to think that it is more of a lifestyle issue instead. If my family members were more fit, would they have had the hernias?

Today was grandson day and I watched both of them. We went for a walk before the snow came. Yes, we are in another snow storm. The other day it was warm (40 degrees) and everyone was outside wearing sweat shirts. Today the winter jackets were on again.

Monday, my granddaughter and I began the running class. We were fortunate that the rain stopped for the class. Afterwards, we went to Walmart so she could get her eyeglasses adjusted and while we were in the store we could hear the rain on the roof. But when we left the store it had stopped. Kind of made me feel special to NOT get rained on.

This week has gone by fast and I am trying not to get stressed and focus on the precious time I have to be with my family.

  
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KAREN608 4/4/2014 10:17AM

    Hernias: I've known unfit and fit people that had these, so I really think one can inherit a tendency to get them. It runs in my DH's family and all four have small ones. The thin active men that had them, it was common in their families as well.

Hope the weather warms up and you can all wave good bye to winter.

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POSITIVE41 4/4/2014 8:46AM

    Busy week - running class sounds fun!

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LIGHTNING572 4/4/2014 1:10AM

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PRAIRIECROCUS 4/4/2014 12:43AM

    All the best, to you, and yours !
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A little over 2 pounds to go to meet my goal

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

My hubby and I each made a goal to lose X number of pounds by our anniversary. I picked a goal that I thought would be reasonable but I am stuck! Up and down, up and down. I am at a setpoint that my body thinks this is what my weight should be. The last time I was stuck at this weight it took a year to lose. Argh!

I hope that it does not happen again. Our reward if we each meet our goal is a 4-day mini vacation. I only have 2 weeks to do it ~ trying not to fret about it

  
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LIGHTNING572 4/3/2014 12:15AM

    You can do it, just keep moving forward!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/2/2014 9:04PM

    You can do it!! Keep pushing!!

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TIFFA409 4/2/2014 2:47PM

    Ooh plateaus are evil! Have you tried completely changing your diet to get those last two pounds. Like going low carbs or all clean eating or whatever else isn't your "normal"? Just a thought ;-)

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MNNICE 4/2/2014 1:32PM

    Oh, I understand those plateaus so well. Just don't give up! Keep working, doing all the things you know you need to do -- and maybe pay attention to how the clothes are fitting and how you're feeling! And if you stuck to all the in-between goals, take the mini-vacation regardless of those stubborn 2 pounds!

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YOYONOMORE1 4/2/2014 9:40AM

    Hope you will kick those stubborn 2 lbs. to the curb and meet your goal and then go have fun on that mini vacation.



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Snow AGAIN!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

It is snowing again! Need I say more?

  
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DS9KIE 4/1/2014 11:50PM

    wow wee that is crazy

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YOYONOMORE1 4/1/2014 1:36PM

    The sun has been playing peak a boo most of the morning, now it's hiding and don't know if it'll show it self again, it's pretty cloudy right now, but on the bright side no snow yet. Yesterday was beautiful, we got up to 59. Happy April Fools Day!

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LIGHTNING572 4/1/2014 11:08AM

    As it is April Fools Day, I have decided that Mother Nature wins as having the nastiest sense of humor!

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GARDENCHRIS 4/1/2014 10:31AM

    I hear you!

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SERENE-BEAN 4/1/2014 9:25AM

    Oy!

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Week's Worth of Groceries from around the world

Monday, March 31, 2014

This is interesting to see the different types of food and amounts in the various countries; especially which ones are eating the processed foods

fstoppers.com/what-a-week-of-groceri
es-looks-like-around-the-world

  
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POSITIVE41 4/1/2014 6:33AM

    Wow - it really struck me with India and Ecuador how little food they had. Makes me realize how blessed I am. I also noticed how much more appealing the pictures with the fresh food were. Thank you for sharing!

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KAREN608 3/31/2014 2:53PM

    I have seen that before. It is interesting and makes one think about the poor countries, how little they live on to survive.

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MPLSKEN 3/31/2014 12:24PM

    I had seen this or something similar a while back. I find it very interesting. Thanks for sharing!
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LIGHTNING572 3/31/2014 11:51AM

    That is amazing, thanks for sharing!

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CAROLJEAN64 3/31/2014 9:52AM

    What a fascinating and telling picture essay. I thought from my perspective Italy and Turkey looked pretty healthy. What amazed me was the amount and diversity in wealthy countries versus the simplicity and few products in developing countries.

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MRSMIKEJG 3/31/2014 9:51AM

    That was interesting! Thanks for sharing.

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GINNABOOTS 3/31/2014 9:51AM

    Very interesting, thank you for sharing.

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