Recently I decided to give up give up eating sugar
. I gave up sugar for a number of reasons, but one of the reasons in particular was because I want to drop down to and maintain a healthy weight for the rest of my life.
Weight loss is a very sensitive issue for me. Throughout most of my life I have wanted to lose weight and until now I really didn’t have a clue how to do it and sustain it. For years I felt like a total failure in the area of weight loss and rightly or wrongly – especially when I was younger – I felt that I wasn’t good enough. I felt that people with perfect figures were somehow better than me.
When I became a mother weight loss slipped off my agenda. My youngest son isn’t a baby anymore though and people close to me have started commenting on my weight. My immediate reaction was to tell them to go away, leave me alone and accept me for who I am. I felt as though they were telling me I wasn’t good enough again and to be honest I felt really annoyed. It did make me think about losing weight again though.
My last attempt had losing weight had involved reading Paul McKenna’s book I Can Make You Thin
- eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full
- eat only foods you like
- visualise the foods you need to quit in the most disgusting ways to put yourself off them.
I tried to follow it, but I couldn’t work out when I was full at all and my favourite foods were biscuits and chocolate. Was Paul saying I should eat more of them? I wasn’t sure which foods I needed to quit and wasn’t too keen on disgusting visualisations. Not surprisingly it didn’t work for me and in fact I started eating more ‘junk food’ than I was eating before I read the book!
I thought listening to his CD, other hypnotherapy downloads and more recently visiting a hypnotherapist
might do the trick, but it wasn’t until I read this article
in the New York Times about why junk food was addictive everything started to make sense.
- Processed foods, often containing salt, sugar and fat are designed to keep you eating more, so you have no clue when to stop and they can be addictive.
- When you are addicted to something you think you like it or even love it and it is very easy to be unaware you are addicted to it. So if you follow Paul’s advice of only eating foods you like, you are likely to stock up on those foods you are addicted to and you won’t know when to stop eating them.
- Finally if you don’t know that a particular type of food is a problem then you aren’t going to spend time visualising it in disgusting ways
If there is a food or drink that you can’t say no to, i.e. you eat it to excess, you can’t leave it on your plate/ in the cupboard even when you are full and sometimes you even make a quick trip just to buy it when you have run out, then it is quite likely you are addicted to it. I have finally realised that I have been addicted to sugar and that to change my weight for the better for good, it needs to be eliminated totally from my life.
Although I am really happy that I now understand that sugar is not my friend, I want to know:
- Why is the food industry getting away with selling food that is not only really bad for us, but is incredibly addictive so that we can’t get enough of it?
- Why doesn’t the government/ health service give us the information we really need i.e. a little of what you like can do you a lot of harm if it leads to a lifetime of addiction! They should set up sugar cessation services alongside smoking cessation services!
- Why are people who don’t have perfect figures made to feel so inadequate and then taken advantage of by people selling them unhealthy solutions to the ‘problem’ e.g. diet pills, surgeries, fad diets and so on?
Although I have been feeling a little cross about the above, I’ve decided I’m not going to waste my time and energy on this. Basically the lesson learnt is don’t eat processed foods at all! Aside from the salt, sugar, fat and ingredients I don’t understand added to these foods, these days you can’t even trust that the label is actually telling the truth. Take the recent horsemeat scandal for example! Ultimately I believe that I need to take responsibility for my own life, to make my own choices and decisions and from now on my choice is to buy local, seasonal, unprocessed, whole, sustainable, organic / wild produce whenever possible!
What choices do you make about food? Could you give up processed foods altogether?
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