Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This food culture has GOT to go

I'm just adding my voice to this public forum. Stating something I wholeheartedly believe and practice:


It is a disgusting symptom of everything wrong with our food system here in the US of A and how we view food and understand food and approach food.

Chemicals are not treats.

I like treats. I am a fan of treats. I love yummy food, a lot. A lot, a lot.

But this country has been spiraling out of control and we are sooo freaking separated from our food, we don't even recognize food anymore when we see it.

REAL FOOD IS: eggs, chicken thighs, spinach, coconuts, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, raisins, apples, venison, macadamia nuts, avocados, wheat, the list goes freaking ON and ON and ON. So.... why are we eating the following:

Ingredients in a typical fast food breakfast sandwich:

Whole eggs, skim milk (water, nonfat dry milk) vegetable oil (soy and/or corn oil), salt, xanthan gum, natural egg flavor, natural butter flavor. USDA inspected pork sausage patties, may have caramel color added. Pork, salt, spices, dextrose, sugar, monosodium glutamate, hydrolyzed soy protein. Prepared in partially hydrogenated vegetable shortening. Bleached enriched flour (bleached flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mono-nitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), water, hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean, cottonseed) with citric acid added to protect flavor, baking powder (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, sodium acid pyrophosphate), cultured lowfat buttermilk (nonfat milk, whey protein concentrate, whey, cream, dairy cultures), sugar, salt, sodium caseinate, corn syrup solids, egg whites, natural flavor, carrageenan, dextrose, nonfat milk. Pasteurized American cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes, annatto color), water, cream, enzyme modified cheese, (cultured milk, water, cream, sodium citrate, sodium phosphate, salt, enzymes, sorbic acid [preservative], acetic acid, phosphoric acid, colored with paprika and annatto extracts), sodium citrate salt, sorbic acid (preservative), sodium phosphate, colored with paprika and annatto extracts or beta carotene and apo-carotenal, acetic acid, lecithin. 

Sooo, I think I will stick with MY delicious breakfast I consider a treat every morning. I will give you the ingredient list:

Whole eggs, egg whites, green peppers, white onions, crimini mushrooms, baby spinach, olive oil and ketchup (red ripe tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, salt, onion powder, natural flavoring), coffee

I think we should enjoy the foods we put in our mouths. I just think they should be real foods. In fact, you can be slimmer eating MORE calories of real food than less calories of junk food. This is because your body can efficiently process real food and won't be inflamed and confused by chemicals and crap. When I eat super clean, I can eat 2000 calories a day and lose/maintain weight. When I start slipping down that slope of junky food... I can eat 1600 calories a day and BARELY maintain my weight. Food for thought?

We can have "treats", sure! Here's another comparison for you. My favorite chocolate bar has these ingredients:

Organic chocolate liquor, Organic raw cane sugar, organic hazelnuts, organic currants, organic cocoa butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier), organic vanilla extract organic whole milk powder

Soy lecithin is the only ingredient I don't know exactly what it is. It's in everything. I did a little googling, it's the oily substance in soybeans. Okay. I am willing to eat that.

Here's the ingredients for a popular candy bar:

Milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, skim milk, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), peanuts, corn syrup, sugar, milkfat, skim milk, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, lactose, salt, egg whites, chocolate, artificial flavor

Let's stop eating PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OILS!!! Seriously. There is no reason for it. 

AND why does the second candy bar have corn syrup instead of normal sugar? Is it because of the government subsidized fucking corn farms that are taking over, making it hard to grow anything except corn in this country? Yeah, probably. 



My second point I want to make: 

I've seen comments on blogs or blog posts time after time that talk about certain weights being too low or impossible to maintain. Let's just be clear... the weights we maintain are the weights we CHOOSE by our behaviors! *WE* decide what we are willing to do to be at a certain weight.

135 pounds on an average heighted woman (the average female height in the USA is 5'4) is not too skinny. It is not un-maintainable. This is a fallacy propagated by people who don't like the reality of being that weight (eating healthy, eating clean, being active). You would have to be almost six feet tall for 135 pounds to be underweight by medical standards. At the average height, you'd have to be at around 105 pounds to start being considered underweight.

(I will make a disclaimer and say people like Norma who are at a higher weight than they would like because they are badass bitches in the gym with killer muscular bodies -- the above generalizations do not apply :D)\

Edited to add: I think there are a WIDE variety of weights that people of all heights look good at and are healthy at.... I just don't like the bullshitting that what are actually normal weights are "too skinny" or "emaciated" to justify staying at a higher weight. The term emaciated bothers me, too, because there really ARE emaciated people in this world... and no one in this weight loss world I've entered comes close. /end edit

I just want people to start taking some ownership.

These are OUR choices, OUR bodies, OUR lives.

Let's stop fooling ourselves.

We know what real food is. But in this world, most people are too used to being force fed crap by big corporations and started to think, somewhere along the line, that artificial sweeteners and weird oily chemical substances were food. Just because they taste good (because they are engineered to!) doesn't mean they belong in our bodies.

Take care out there, folks!!


  1. I will second everything you wrote, jeanette. People will justify ANYTHING.

  2. I agree. I am working to get all this processed "food product" out of my home. It's a transition that is taken me some time to commit to. Don't really know why. Probably because it's EASY and many people are not willing to actually do the extra prep that it takes. It's not HARD, it just takes some planning.
    For the record, at 5'5, I am currently carrying about 115 pounds of lean body mass. If I were to get down to 135 that puts me at 15% body fat (if I maintained my current lbm, which is my goal). I don't feel like 15% bf is a good place for me. I'm shooting for 18-20% (140-143) which is reasonable in my opinion. I think that people should have reasonable expectations and goals and should crunch the number and calculate for their specific situation.

    1. Every extra inch adds about 5 pounds to the realistic weight... so shooting for 140 at 5'5 makes perfect sense.

      However, I was just responding to comments made that 135 is TOO low... which I think is an absurd comment. Very few women would look or BE emaciated or unhealthy at 135 pounds. As you said - it is up to the individual to pick their realistic weight, but comments that someone was too skinny or underweight at 135 is silly, to me.

    2. Jeanette, I keep wanting to write a post about this woman I work with BUT just on the off-chance they discover my blog, I can't. She is about 40 and when I first met her (I'll be honest, and I'm sure it won't surprise you), my first thought was, "She seems nice enough. Cute face. Needs to lose 40 pounds." A few days after I'd started working there, she shows me this pic of herself on her phone, much heavier, and tells me her two-year gastric bypass anniversary is coming up. And I'm thinking, didn't you finish? So she goes on to tell me that she lost 100 pounds but that she "looked emaciated at 160" (she is a little shorter than I am, and I'm 5'4") and "is fine being back up at 180 or so, but I never really weigh myself." Now you probably saw the photo of the strip of highway where we work that I put up last week. We are SURROUNDED by fast food and that is ALL I've seen her eat in the three months I've been there: usually it's Wendy's. Sometimes, for a change, it's Burger King. Occasionally, she and another (also obese) woman get a pizza delivered and eat four slices each. They both keep bags of mini candy bars in the fridge, and make regular trips across the street to CVS to replenish those.

      All I can say is, Josh's sister is 6' in her bare feet and weighs 7 to 10 pounds more than I do, depending on the day. She is not "too skinny," she wears a size 8 in jeans or dresses, and a medium in shirts, so basically the same sizes I wear (just longer jeans!). She has been up as high as 175 (before I knew her) and everyone in the family as well as she herself, says she was FAT at 6' and 175.

    3. Not surprising. Such a common story!

      I think people look great at all variety of weights... it's just the bullshitting and excuses that people look skinny/unhealthy at actually normal weights bothers me.

      It goes along the line of people telling me I don't need to lose weight. My mother in law told me she was glad to see that I am heavier than I was last fall because I look emaciated. UMMMM. I can literally grab handfuls of fat on my butt and thighs LOL... I think people need to broaden their horizons and realize what emaciated REALLY means.

    4. Yes, it is bothersome to have people put the "too skinny" label on someone at a very healthy weight. Our perception of what we should weigh has become larger over the years (IMO). I had someone throw this little gem at me last week "Oh, you actually DO eat?". Ummm yes, I eat very well, thank you :)

  3. Do you know what's sad? I didn't figure this out until about a year ago... I get it now. It's f-ing disgusting, the food we put in our bodies... I worry about our future. About our kids. About what they deem acceptable and healthy.