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{ research }

If one thing has changed from the first time I followed low carb (and gained it all back – plus more) to THIS time following low carb and losing more, quicker, and sticking to it easier… it’s RESEARCH.

I cannot stress this enough for anyone following ANY lifestyle change. Whatever you choose… RESEARCH it. Read anything you can find on the subject from doctors, research studies (preferably NOT funded by food industries), etc.

I have a stack of books by doctors and researchers on various subjects like sugar, saturated fat, general obesity, etc. Some I’ve read, some are next on my list.

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So far, every single book has brought out some amazing information that both infuriates and saddens me. The food companies, USDA, FCC, government, lobbyists, and other special interest groups aren’t helping the people of this country. Money is the motivation – and sick people are MONEY MAKERS. We have to help ourselves.

In the book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz, she writes how “The food world is particularly prey to corruption, because so much money is made on food and so much depends on talk and especially the opinions of experts.”

“The (American Heart Association) AHA even rode the profit wave of refined carbohydrates from the 1990s onward by charging a hefty fee for the privilege of putting the AHA’s “Heart Healthy” check mark on products, with the label ending up on some dubious candidates, such as Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, Fruity Marshmallow Krispies, and low-fat Pop-Tarts.”

At one point in history, “the low-cholesterol diet became national policy not only because the [AHA] and nutritionists enthusiastically endorsed it as a solution to heart disease but even more importantly because the vast power of the U.S. government swung behind it.”

The AHA even suggested “to avoid fat, people should eat sugar.” (Can I get a collective “UGH!!”)

Finally, here’s the real kicker — and one reason I hate going to the grocery store…

“The real heavyweights were the big food manufacturers, such as General Foods, Quaker Oats, Heinz, the National Biscuit Company, and the Corn Products Refining Corporation. In 1941 these companies had set up the Nutrition Foundation, a group that worked to influence opinion with far more subtle techniques than striding through senators’ offices. The foundation steered the course of science at its very source by developing relationships with academic researchers, funding important scientific conferences, and funneling many millions of dollars directly into research (even before the NIH began funding nutrition research).”

That’s scary stuff. That “funded research” should be to help the PEOPLE, not line the food companies’ pocket books.

What is the culprit? The very thing that the AHA suggested we eat. SUGAR.

As Dr. Robert Lustig writes in his book, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease, the “government has been co-opted in what is known as ‘elite capture.’ By this we mean that the government bends the regulatory systems in the food industry’s favor, to maintain a decidedly lopsided power structure. Either the legislative branch won’t act because the food industry is paying it off, the executive branch won’t act because it’s afraid of the political repercussions, or the populace won’t act because as far as they are concerned, “a calorie is still a calorie” and they still believe in personal responsibility—and they’re addicted anyway.”

Lustig later writes, “Sugar is now the most ubiquitous foodstuff worldwide, and has been added to virtually every processed food, limiting consumer choice and the ability to avoid it.”

No wonder everyone is addicted to it.

And speaking of addiction, “What about the smoking gun? Big Food is Big Tobacco (Philip Morris = Altria = Kraft, General Foods, Jell-O, and Post; RJR = Nabisco). Does the food industry know what it’s doing?”

Hint: YES.

I’ve learned a LOT in this new journey of mine, and the one thing I learned to pass on to everyone else …
Go out and keep learning MORE. Research it for yourself!

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{ feel good }

“You must feel so good!”  “Do you feel better now?”

I always say “Yes, I do” … but to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really feel bad to begin with. I suppose I was blessed I didn’t have any heath problems like diabetes or chronic pain like many other people suffer from. My knee used to hurt from time to time, and I would understandably get winded walking up the stairs to my office each day, but never any “real” problems. Granted, I never had blood work done before I began this journey as a benchmark, but I’m sure the results have gotten better because they have each time I have had labs done in the past 17 months.

I think some people assumed I must have felt horrible weighing as much as I did. And I assure you, I DID. But it was all mental. I felt bad looking in the mirror, buying clothes the size I had to buy, and never wanting to be in photos with my loving family…

I must say that my knees never hurt anymore and I’m not even slightly winded when I walk up the stairs each morning – but I am STILL and will ALWAYS be my own biggest critic and I sometimes still see my “before” in the mirror, no matter my current size. It’s still all mental. A constant mental battle. Some days are really good and mentally I do actually feel better. But I just feel better about myself on the inside. And that’s okay.

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