Nutrition

April 14, 2011

Here’s an interesting article in the New York Times Well Blog by Tara Parker Pope, on the subject of sugar.  Sorry, it does get a little science-y, but it’s interesting to learn how our bodies process different kinds of sugar and the impact on the obesity epidemic.

As a sugar lover who struggles with limiting sweet treats to a healthy level, I say that knowledge is a powerful thing.

Perhaps I might not eat that 1/2 chocolate cake tonight after all!!

April 1o, 2011

Just started a new book:  The End of Overeating, by David Kessler.  This book focuses on two major areas.  The first is the neuroscience of what happens in our  brains with regards to food.  The second area is the impact of the processed food industry on our health and how their products interact with our brains.  Fascinating stuff for a nerd like me.  I love to read about the science behind everything.Stay tuned for more info as I get into the book.

February 5, 2011

For several weeks in January, I gave the Paleo Diet my attention and effort.  I loved how I felt – satiated and content.  My skin cleared up quickly and looked great.   However, I did not lose any weight which is a priority this year for both health and vanity reasons.  Lessons learned:  protein and fat keep me full.   And carbohydrates (of any kind?- definitely sugar) make my skin breakout.   The goal now is to incorporate that knowledge into my new program.

I know that calories DO matter.  Therefore, I have rejoined Weight Watchers to try the Points Plus program.  I have been inspired by Jennifer Hudson.  My intention is to give the program another try, working much more protein and much fewer carbohydrates into my eating plan.

That’s the plan.

December 1, 2010

Last night, I read a very interesting article by Gary Taubes on carbohydrates and obesity.  This is fascinating stuff.  It also reinforces my decision to try the Paleo Diet.  I will certainly plan a few cheats between now and Christmas.  It is very interesting that this article and video came to me at the same time that I had made this dietary decision.  Coincidence, perhaps?  I dont think so!  It’s fat fate!

November 27, 2010

I’ve been following the website/blog  Fit Women Over 40 and they have issued a challenge to their readers.  They are inviting readers to do the Paleo Diet for 25 days before Christmas, from November 29 to December 23.  It involves eating lots of protein, vegetables, moderate fruit, good fats, nuts and seeds.  I may try a version of this, but also include dairy.

I have been noticing lately how bloated and gassy breads and carbs make me.  I literally blow up like a balloon.  Uncomfortable!!  Is this an inevitable part of an aging body?

However, I know that carbs are a significant adiction for me and sugar is everywhere these days.  This may be a good goal as the Christmas food insanity begins.

November 7, 2010

I have a cold.  I have my period.  Therefore, I have a cupcake.

Thankfully, this is a two-bite cupcake, but still…..

I also had some very nutritious food today, including homemade chicken soup.  Thank God.

October 1, 2010

I have a very complicated relationship with food.

Cupcakes made by me, by the way.

It started with Mom – who also has a complicated relationship with food.  As do most women, really!

Two weeks of the month, I am a normal, sane individual.

One week of the month, I am a complete lunatic.

The last week of the month, I am a zombie.

I am a creature of hormones.  I’ve had these hormones tested and they are completely normal.  It seems it is my brain chemistry and conditioning responding to my hormones which result in…..less than stellar nutrition, shall we say?

It is my intention to work with WHAT IS to manage all of this better.  Know better, do better.

Let’s see how I do in the coming year!

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