I like hamburgers, I also like cheese, chips, pork, heavy cream and beer; I also weigh close to 270 pounds. I am also hypertensive, diabetic and have extremely high lipids.
Fruits, vegetables, yogurt and salads were something other people ate and we called them sissies and wimps as they jogged past us with their glowing skin and perfectly shaped abs.
For years I have been making excuses and rationalizing when I would lose weight. The last 4 years I had some personal dilemmas in my life.
My father had open-heart surgery, my wife, mother and dear friend passed away, so I saw the medical field from the inside out, and know that behavior and positive changes in our diet play a large part in
preventing bad health in our daily lives.
Nutrition is very important in keeping the body in good shape.
I used to rail and take offense against those who demonized the food industry for being the bane of our society's overweight problem.
Isn’t it everyone’s choice to poison themselves?
Think about it:
How about the pizza places that give you three times the cheese? Or the other fast food places that supersize everything?
Or the food shows where the host eats until he is sick? Or the “buy a combo meal and get a free angioplasty”? Portions have gotten bigger over the years, and it is not because the increase in price/value.
It’s to get us to be repeat customers.
I don’t want to put anyone out of business; I just want to make consumers smarter.
And we are now seeing healthier choices on fast food menus and a boom in the organic food industry-not because we have to because the government says so, but because consumers are better informed and making better choices.
After doing some research to open my somewhat closed mind, I was dismayed to learn that we are being poisoned by the foods we eat. Not just fast food, but by our choices in the store. Much like the tobacco industry manipulates the amount of nicotine
in a cigarette to keep us addicted; I found that some industries are putting things in our food to keep us eating it.
Most of the food that is prepared for us-whether through the drive through lane or in the market's freezer section-is disturbing. We are eating way too much salt, fat; hydrogenate oil, carbs and sugar. All of these put an undue amount of stress on
the heart by clogging the arteries and raising our blood pressure. Not to mention decreasing our bodies ability to fend off colds, viruses and even cancer.
Because once it enters the bloodstream, it latches on to its organ of choice and starts destroying it.
What we are not eating enough of are plant based foods such as fruits and vegetables that give us our vitamins and minerals; or the
right kinds of fats, such as nuts and seeds.
I am not advocating vegetarianism either. But there are better ways to get our protein than by eating a triple cheeseburger.
And we are definitely not getting the exercise we need in our convenience laden lifestyle.
Our children already suffer, instead of giving little Billy a Ritalin because you cannot control him in the 3rd grade, give him 20 minutes/four times a day at recess, and you won’t have to give him a Lipitor in the 5th grade because
he is fat and out of shape. And believe you me; the exercise will settle him down.
There is nothing better for a nine year old than running around like an idiot for a while to get them to pay attention.
I have been a chef for 30 years and do not want to put all the blame on the food.
I want to share how to eat, prepare and shop for the good food that is out there.
No dry rice cakes with pureed tofu for us. I will give you recipes for great meals that are healthy, colorful and tasty. I will also show you how to shop for the right foods, and how to read the labels so you can make wise decisions about you and
your family’s health.
Remember that exercise and plenty of water is also important in losing the desired amount of weight, not just diet alone. I will be on my stationary bike quite a bit, trying to figure out my next blog.
Remember I am not trying to lecture anyone, I just want to teach and help anyone who is interested in changing their health, and I am a walking testament to what I am railing about.
I plan to lose weight this year, and I hope you do too.
Let's work through it together and make 2011 a healthy year.
This blog will also be posted at: http://freelancecook.blogspot.com/