Eating for the Rest of Us.

Eating better does not mean eating tasteless food.

Eating better does not mean eating tasteless food.

I occasionally get asked by the family for diet advice, as I have been on a number of diets, some good, and some horrible. I decided to create a once and for all guide of what I have learned over my lifetime about healtheir eating. Healthy eating doesn’t mean yuk, and food you do not want to eat. Healthy eating is about making better choices and taking an active role in what and when you eat. This will be a series of posts, and by no means a definitive guide. What I will write about works for me. If you have a better method of eating, follow what works best for you. This will be for you if you are struggling, and have not found a balance of healthy eating you can live with.

This is only a lead in to the lead in. More will follow as I have time. If this is something you are interested in, let me know, and perhaps I can turn it into a document or one large text file you can download. On to the lead in post.

Take Scrambled Eggs to a New Level

I eat eggs as a part of breakfast at least four days a week. Eggs are a complete food. They have all essential vitamins and minerals in one easy open container. Eggs are also most peoples primary source of sulfur and vitamin E which are important in maintaining good health.

I, like most people eat my eggs one of two ways. I eat my eggs, either over, as in over easy or over medium. I also eat eggs scrambled as in plain scrambled eggs or an omelet.

While the cupboard is usually bare of items that generally make an omelet, there are two old standby ingredients that always taste good in an omelet. And one new addition I have recently discovered. In addition to salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder of course.

Fix up your eggs

A few simple items turn scrambled eggs into something special

The first thing I learned to put on scrambled eggs or an omelet is Grape Jelly. I think this is an Irish things as I learned it from my Grandfather who always had a trace of Irish accent when he spoke.

While grape jelly and eggs do not sound as if they go together, I assure you they go quite well together. A couple of teaspoons of grape jelly on top of scrambled eggs or in the center of a folded omelet, and breakfast goes from good to great. A slice of cheese never hurts if there is some in the refrigerator. Strawberry preserves instead of grape jelly run a close second.

The second good addition to scrambled eggs is a pinch of cinnamon. If you have ever made French Toast, you know how cinnamon adds lots of flavor. When I used to make French Toast for the Kids, and later for the Grand kids, I always cooked up the scrambled egg that was not used for French Toast.

The last and latest addition to take an omelet from good to great is sliced avocado and salsa if there is some. While there is a visual issue for some people having avocado and salsa together in an omelet, the flavors work well together.

If you eat a lot of eggs as I do, and they start to sound boring, be creative and fix them up. You will be surprised at how good you can make your eggs taste.

Healthy Eating is all About Color

The time has arrived when I have to become more serious about what I am eating. Well sort of anyway. I still like my deserts at times, and lets face it, a life without something sweet now and then is a little boring. Maybe a lot boring.

I thought I was eating fairly well, but from paying close attention to what I eat and when I was eat certain foods, I found I have a lot of room to make better choices.

I have found through observing others and observing my own eating habits, that eating well is all about the color of the food on your plate.

When you look at your plate, are the colors mostly white to beige? Or are there shades of green, reds, purple, yellows, and other fruit and vegetable colors on your plate.

In my own observations which are far from a scientific study, I have made these observations:

The more boring the color of someone’s choices of food, the more likely they are to be overweight.

The more colorful someone’s food is, the more likely they are to be thinner and appear to be more active.

Men who wear sports clothing, namely football jerseys, and have a boring choice of colors on their plate, look and act as if a 100 yard dash would bring them to their knees.

Some of these men are living their sports hero dreams in their head. Their bodies are swollen and tired. They limp, groan, and huff and puff. They make horrible menu choices.

Women who wear sportswear are harder to figure out. Women dressed in sportswear come in a variety of sizes and shapes. When looking their plates for color variety, they separate out the same as the men do. Some of the women are dressed like they just came from the gym, but more than likely, like the men dressed the same, they arrived from the couch.

Parents who eat food comprised of boring white and beige colors, at times insist their children eat the same types of foods they do. How many times parents been observed in a disagreement with their kids over their child’s eating habits?

How many parents have been heard telling their children, “no desert unless you finish all the food on your plate? Really? Kids, I think when they have not been indoctrinated by poor food choices, make better choices concerning healthy eating than their parents. What normal kid will not eat more food than they want so they can get ice cream for desert?

Better Eating

Food color is the most important eating choice you can mke

If you have children and you want to lose weight, eat what your children eat. Eat the same foods, in the same proportions. There never has been a case of a healthy child dying of hunger when food is available.

The last observation I have about how we eat is this: We are addicted to sugar, and do not realize it! In fact I have read we are part of a new human experiment, albeit unintentionally. We are the first people on earth to live on a high sugar diet. Not just some sugar, but a lot of sugar.

Most sauces on our vegetables, and our meat choices are sugar based. Many salad dressings are sugar based. Even a food as harmless as coleslaw too often has sugar as the main ingredient.

If you want to eat better, and feel better, it is not hard to do. Pick you foods by colors. Pack as many colors as you can on your plate that are not white, beige, or brown. Stay away from more than a small amount of white, beige, and brown, whether that be bread, potato, rice or other grain based food.

Eat more nuts, not the nuts with the good oils taken out and Canola or other cheap oil sprayed on. Eat more healthy fats and oils. You need fat and oil for your body to use the food you eat.

The first few weeks of changing to this way of eating will feel strange, both in your head, and in your body. You will start to notice some of the foods you eat are sweet tasting. You may feel hungry at times. Eggs are you friends. If you do feel hungry, eat something responsible, not just filling, like fruit.

Limit your grain eating to breakfast and lunch time, and then in moderation. All vegetables and fruits have carbohydrates in them same as grain foods do.

Read the food labels. More than 20 grams of sugar from processed food a day is too  much processed sugar. Try to eat as much of your food as you can from foods that do not need food labels. Even if they are sweet, like a ripe pear or an orange, they are better for you.

Eating better is not as hard or expensive as it is made out to be by the commercial marketplace. For a few days, measure some of the foods you eat, so you understand portion sizes as they can be deceiving.

Oh, and those deserts? Of course most of us “need” to eat deserts occasionally. Maybe once or twice a week is reasonable. Instead of eating your desert after dinner, eat your desert after breakfast. This way you body has all day to burn off those empty calories.

Diet Alternative For Better Health

Always looking for a healthier living ideas, I read up on the Paleo Diet. The Paleo diet is quite simple in its base foundation. Eat what our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago. Sounds pretty simple, and has a lot of common sense built into it.

I found Robb Wolf’s web page the most informative. Though the claims about the diet are questionable. I do not think there is a one diet sure all where we can cookie cut people into better health.

Basically following the Paleo Diet, it is okay to eat all fruits, vegetables, lean meats, seafood, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats. Sounds good so far. How can you wrong eating these foods? I really doubt you can.

The Paleo diet has been modified over the years, from its original basis of eating what our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago into another form where the word Paleo to describe the diet, does not really fit any longer. In a quest to further improve the Paleo Diet, grains, legumes (generally beans), starches, and dairy are not part of the diet.

Detractors of the Paleo Diet, and there are many, seem to attack the Paleo Diet, not on what it is, but by making comparisons to what we think our ancestors actually ate, and the choices we have today. In a lot of attacks on any diet, business interests seem to be a basis of the attacks, though it is never mentioned.

The meat and dairy industry have a lot to lose if diets like Paleo Diet ever took off. Some of the foods dairy cattle are fed on a regular basis are nothing remotely close to the home on the range diet you think dairy cows eat. Generally the same issue resides within the meat industry.

Problems meat and dairy animals experience is compensated too often with growth hormones and antibiotics. Even the better meats and dairy available may have been fed a diet of GMO Foods, which may or may not be as healthy when they are passed on to us in the meat and dairy we consume.

On the other side, meat and dairy are available due to better living through chemistry. Though in my experience, some foods only look like what they represent. That is where the comparison stops. Chemicals, DNA modification, and growth, and other hormones in our food supply is off topic for this post however.

From the perspective of a someone who feels better following a Celiac Diet, the Paleo Diet is very restrictive, and more expensive. The recommended meats are grass fed meats. Meaning a trip to the local grocer is unlikely to put many meat choices in your shopping cart.

Tastes good

A Cheeseburger and fries cost more than this meal

All Paleo Diet food should be organic which is a good thing. If nothing else organic foods generally taste better, so are more enjoyable to eat. Soy is questionable depending on where you are reading. For dairy substitutes, once cow, goat, and soy milk is removed one is left with almond, and a few other odd milk like products which are not fit for the weak of pocketbook crowd.

Legumes are to be avoided as they contain a chemical complex that is thought to be harmful for some people. Grains are not allowed as I understand it for the same reason.

On the bright side if you can afford the Paleo Diet, and you can be happy with the constraints of the Paleo diet, your health can only improve. I read an article yesterday that identifies emulsifiers as major contributors to stomach and intestinal issues like Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS.

In these days of our food supply being strongly influenced by chemistry, every person should strive to be a food expert. I know from experience that problems with food start slowly and hide well, masquerading as other causes like pollen allergies, colds, flu’s, arthritis and other common ailments.

Only when one is willing to sample a different way of eating, whether the Paleo Diet, or other less mainstream diet, can one better understand exactly what is making them feel less than perfect.

I have learned that most maladies that show up in our lifetimes start out slow, and progress in a stealthy manner. Everything from Shampoo, deodorant, to the food we put in out mouth should be suspect if we start feeling anything less than we did when we were ten years old.

I recommend you take some time and read about the Paleo Diet. It was founded in common sense and a need to move away from eating processed modified foods that are not healthy. Over the decades, the Paleo Diet has been modified to give everyone the best chance at a long and healthy life.

Even with expense taken into consideration, we should be eating as well as we can afford to eat. There is not a lot of difference in price between Nachos and Chips, and several healthier alternative foods. Eating poor quality food and slowly losing your health is not a good trade for more free time or more money in your pocket.

What New Years Resolutions

New Years resolutions we have made. So what do we go now as they are starting to slip away? Has anyone resolved there resolutions in a manner that accomplishes long term change? Somewhat typical resolutions may be:

1. Eat less sweets

2. Be more polite

3. Exercise more

We mean well when we make our resolutions. We intend to follow each and every resolution. Weeks one, two, and three go by and we are holding our own. We are keeping up with our resolutions. We are making positive difference in our life.

Then life starts to get in the way. Change happens. Change happens whether we want to change or not. Our New Year resolutions are starting to slip. Little by little different areas of focus are entering our life. Our family, friends, and work are starting to demand we pay attention to them too.

Door Number?

New Years Resolution Blues

We are entering the danger zone of New Years Resolutions. All our good intentions and hopes for the coming year are starting to fade. Are we destined to fail once again as our resolutions slowly move to the back burner of our life.

Lucky for you, it does not have to be that way. You can reactivate your fading resolutions by becoming proactive with them. The problem with resolutions is they are often made with no support net in place. Instead of holding to our resolutions, they start falling into the abyss of things ignored.

Which means it is decision time. Do you want to salvage and hold yourself to your resolutions, or do you want to let them fade away? If you want to revive and keep your resolutions alive, help is at hand.

When we resolve to do something, we are serious in the moment. Moments are pieces of time, and new moments arrive faster than we would like sometime. What is missing from our resolutions is structure. We need structure in our resolutions to be successful.

Think of your number one resolution. This resolution certainly sounded good when we made it. Now it feels a little distant, and we feel a little lost. We need a plan. A resolution without a plan is a hard thing to keep alive. Finding alternative structure and removing temptation are keys to success.

Go through your New Years Resolutions and come up with a real plan for each one. How are you going to let them succeed? How will you keep them active and alive? Make it easy to follow your resolution by not having to remember after the fact. Get proactive. Once you get proactive, you will find it easy to make more changes in your life.

Lose Weight Easily With Role Play

One of the funny things about us is our brains do not differentiate between what is real and what happens in our mind. It is all the same thing to our brain. This means it is all the same thing to us too at some level. We fuse memories, mix dreams and waking time, invent memories that never really happened.

Yawn, so what. What makes this special is because our brain functions this way, we can trick ourselves into acting and being different than we are now. We can then accomplish some pretty amazing things with a little planning and patience.

What to do is trick your brain and your body into doing something different. When something in your life is not working, it is better to change than fight what doesn’t work. We can do this because of our ego which is for most of us, our window to the world. We are not ruling our life because we do not know any better. Our ego runs our life instead.

I have written a few posts on my other blog about ego, but I want to write about it here too because it is so important. No one ever taught us that we have to tend to our ego other than following some basic mores. Ego is a tyrant, and without watching it, Ego does what ego wants which is not always good for us.

Ego does what is easiest and what works over half the time. Ego does not care that in the long run we are hurting ourself, or or limiting our life in some way(s). Ego only cares that the easiest approach is best for it.

With direction from us, our ego will make any changes we insist on making. Changes in our personality or lifestyle suited to almost any situation or life style. Think of ego as a large rotating piece of glass with hundreds of polished lenses which turn in a circle. Without our watching Ego has decided which lenses we use in our life.

Any time we want to act or be different, ego rotates lenses until ego finds the correct lens. This is done without our being aware of it most of the time. If it is easy, we keep this using this lens.

This ego lens idea is what we may use to accomplish amazing things in our life as long as we remain aware of the goal(s) we have set for yourself. We can change how we see the world, and keep using our new lens until it becomes a well used lens.

The difficulty is allowing yourself to shift lenses to the lens you want to experience your life changes through. If it is not easy, or we find it uncomfortable at first, we are willing to stop using this new lens.

Losing weight is an example many can relate to. Most people are not successful losing weight because they are living their life with an ego lens made for being overweight. How can anyone expect to lose weight when they are living their life as someone living life as an overweight person?

It is hard to shift your ego lens off of living life overweight. We have been living through this lens for a long time, and we are comfortable with it. There are no surprises, and we know how each day is going to be.

As long as you are not focused on what you want, life is boringly the same each day.
The key is taking an active role in using a new lens to view your life through. Decide you want to live your life as someone who is not overweight. Now, you need to constantly remember for a time you are now living your life as someone who is not overweight.

Now when it comes to food you will need to go through a process. Ask yourself is this food or is this meal something you want to eat as a person who is not overweight? Or is it something you want to eat for another reason?

If you find you want food for other reasons than nourishment, you have to stop and think why you are doing this. What has happened that you see food in this manner? There may be many reasons, and you will have to find them and eliminate them as they happen.

At first this will feel uncomfortable, after all this is something new for you. Here you are living as a person who is not overweight when you know you are overweight. Up  ’till now, every time you want to ate and did not need to eat, you felt like you should just go ahead and eat.

Stop and determine why you feel this way. Is it something which was told to you? It may be something that happened to you? It may be something you came to believe? It may be your way of hiding?

If you find why you think this way, stop and discover why you want to eat when you do not need to. Once you know why, you have a decision to make. Do you want to hold on to these feelings, or do you want to banish them from your life as they add no value to you?

If you really want to lose weight, banish them from your thinking and beliefs. If you want to keep them (for whatever reason), quit trying to lose weight.

As you change your thinking you will notice a difference in yourself. A wonderful change will start taking place, and remain aware of the foods you are eating are foods for the right reasons.

You will see the pounds start dropping off as if by magic. You won’t be too hungry, you will eat healthier foods, and you will be okay with the changes to your diet and lifestyle.

If what you have read does not make sense to you, read it again. It may be something you never thought of, or considered until reading this, and it may take a bit of time to come to terms with it.

Changing your thinking in this manner is what most successful people have done in their own lives, as they initially struggled to find their success. If they can do it, so can you. You are not selling yourself out, cheating, being fake, or any other negative thought that comes into you mind.

What you are doing is choosing a different way of seeing and being in your world. You choose to no longer see the world through an overweight person lens which is not working for you. Changing your lens to a view that is aligned with what you have chosen from this moment on your life will start to change.

OK, for some people who have certain mindsets (in the past, I resembled this remark), this may feel like fraud. It is not fraud, and it is not, “…fake it till you make it”. What you are doing is making a choice to live your life differently than you have been because it is not working for you.

What you are doing is role playing. Becoming an actor for a short time who stays in character to better portray the new you. Some actors stay in character to better understand and support the character they play. You are doing the same thing. Staying in character to learn more about how the skinny you eats and lives.

As you better understand this concept, you will find you can use it for any and all changes you want to make in your life. Some changes will be simple, and some changes may be more difficult and take more attention to accomplish. Remember you are in charge of you, and you choose what lens you wish to live your life through.

Health Benefits of a Diet Plan

Sometimes a post just does not flow. I started writing a post to help you create a Diet Plan last week. It stunk, plain and simple. Here is my second attempt on a Diet Plan just for you. You will have a Diet Plan that actually works for you and does not drop after six or eight weeks. I hope you read about a Diet Plan, create one, follow it, and refer to it often.

You have probably been on one or more diets with varying levels of success. I have been on a number of diets too, and they all work in the short term. I lose weight, keep it off for a short time, and before I know it, the weight is sneaking back on, and at first I am not sure why.

Healthy EatingHealth effects of these on and off diets can not be good. Many of the diets I tried, gave me horrible cravings. Often for food I did not normally eat. I would get hyper, be overly tired, sleepy all day, or not able to sleep at night. The worst part was I was always hungry. I spent a lot of time thinking about food I could not eat. But I lost weight over the short term.

I believe Robert Pritikin was the first person to create a real, healthy diet for readers everywhere. You may want to read about his story. Mr. Pritikin created his diet to save his life. Diets that follow in Pritikin’s footsteps have a lot in common with fresh vegetables as the main focus. Daily servings of fruit, no to very little meat, nuts, selected grains in limited amounts, and finally healthy fats such as Avocado and/or nut oils wrap up these healthier ways of eating.

Robert Pritikin’s diet holds the power to effect your health for better forever – if you can follow it. I found I could not follow his overly strict eating plan. Little did I know just how bad my eating habits were. Most of the conflict was it was Pritikin’s plan, and not mine. Making your own plan helps you be more successful.

I found these basic and very healthy diets  are best.I suggest you adapt one, or create your own diet from these offerings:

  •  The Thirty Day Diabetes Miracle Diet
  • Eat To Live
  • Eat More, Weigh Less

These book/program diets in a way introduce you to your own personal Diet Plan. I wish I would have understood more about eating correctly when I first discovered Pritikin. At the time I thought he was too strict and narrow minded about food.

A Diet Plan helps take weight off sensibly and keep weight from creeping back. Your Diet Plan becomes your eating plan guiding you for life. You can create your own Diet Plan in just a few minutes.

To create your Diet Plan create a text file. Add these lines in any order you prefer:

  • I want to weigh this much in the future
  • I want to look like this in the future
  • I want to be able to wear this in the future
  • I want to be able to do this in the future
  • I want to learn about eat food I will enjoy now and in the future
  • I want to eat healthy nutritious foods over my lifetime, not lose weight right now.
  • Add any other thoughts which are important to you concerning eating and food

Modify those bullets as you need to fit you and your life. Change the order to suit you. This is your Diet Plan. You may continue to modify your Diet Plan to suit your individual needs. For now, use it as your starting point, pointing you where you want to be in the future.

The health effects of a wholesome, healthy diet, and your own Diet Plan are life changing! When you alone are in charge of you, not someone else’s idea of what you should be eating it is a very different. You know what changes you want, how fast you want to get there, and how to maintain once you arrive. You will feel satisfied each and every day on your eating journey.

You won’t be suffering the side effects of short term diets that do not work. The best part is, you will become your future vision of yourself, and you will easily maintain your perfect weight. All this will happen because you have a Diet Plan you created – one you want to follow.

Arriving at your perfect weight, your Diet Plan is there to remind you where you started. A Diet Plan shows you what has worked for you and what has not. You can’t fall off your Diet Plan, because your Diet Plan is created by you, and managed by you. You can follow your Diet Plan for life. You will feel the wonderful health effects of a sound diet following your own Diet Plan in a few weeks, maybe less. Best of all you will enjoy every meal and snack you eat because you chose the food, not some book.

This is not a fly by night, drop twenty pounds in four weeks diet. This is a balanced, sensible, and highly achievable way of achieving your weight and health goals. You decide how fast or slow to go, and how to stay there when you arrive.

You are in charge of you, and not left with a good luck line six or eight weeks later, as other diets do when you lose the pounds you wanted to lose. You will have everything you need to once you arrive at your perfect weight, because you have your Diet Plan and you feel healthy. Make a few small tweaks and you have your plan for the long term.

 

 

Green Smoothie 30 Day Review

I am through my fourth week and entering my fifth week of Green Smoothies. What a world of difference in how I feel, and how I look. I followed up on a lot of what I read about Green Smoothies, both web based and paper based sources. Everything published in the books I have read seems to be true. The Web for the most part is true, but some sites tend to push the boundaries a little.

I have three family members drinking Green Smoothies too, as sort of a check on my observations of me. Two are experiencing  weight loss without a lot of effort. I went three days this week without a Green Smoothie. I started getting serious cravings for Green Smoothies. When my body didn’t get it, cravings for food in general started to occur. I am drinking a Green Smoothie as I type this, and the first glass of Green Smoothie has quieted the cravings.

One a side note, I had not eaten since last night. I joined someone for lunch today. Since it was breakfast for me, I had corned beef hash, eggs, and hash browns. It used to be one of my favorite meals. Today however I ate, but really wanted a Green Smoothie instead.

I was at a book store today, and a young couple was looking for a diet book on Smoothies. I told them about the book I have, Green For Life, and how good of a book it is. They started looking for it, and I mentioned that after a few weeks of Green Smoothies they would not willingly want to eat [most] Fast Food again. I could see almost fear cross their face, and they thanked me, and decided they had to leave the book store at that moment.

I find it amusing that we are so conditioned to eat meat that the idea of eating vegetables is foreign to us. I never realized how conditioned I am by the media, until instances such as a diet change to incorporate Green Smoothies enters my life. Suddenly, I have to overcome a disconcerting feeling of odd and strange as I was one of those people who thought people who primarily subsist on a vegetable diet are a little touched and certainly not healthy.

I do not think I will ever become a full fledged vegetarian, I am too old and too far gone for that, but perhaps the future will reveal a different truth. For the present though, I am satisfied that my nutritional needs are met, and most exceeded by the powerhouse drink called Green Smoothie. If I find a way to dedicate more time to eating, perhaps then I would give up meat completely.

I can say, I am more aware of ever of the thousands of animals killed daily, and the thousands of pounds of meat thrown away daily and its a real shame. I try to be mindful of my food and the fact that it died so I can have food to eat although sometimes I find myself throwing out meat, that sat in the fridge too long.

I find it personally shameful when I have to throw away meat knowing that an animal died and I wasted their flesh. Not to be taken out of context, I am not a PETA member hiding in disguise, but I prefer not to waste meat from an animal that perhaps would not have been butchered if I was more mindful. This subject of meat rages across our world every day, so take what I wrote for what it is.

On a side note, having lived in the proximity of feeding pens, I know a Cow’s last days are not all they could be. I think the way they are kept is deplorable. I think if most people saw the conditions of the feed yards, they would gladly pay a little more a pound for their beef. I think the same applies to all meats we consume. I wish there were a better way. Being mindful of the meat we  waste each day, either throwing out spoiled meat we didn’t eat, letting cooked meat get old, or my favorite pet peeve, wasting meat in a buffet. Stopping these behaviors are ways to be more mindful of a meat animals welfare.

Green Smoothies have made me feel better, period. It is not a carnivore verses vegetarian issue, or a health nut in the making story. The plain truth is I doubt the average Doctor’s ability and motivation to ensure I am in the best possible health. I am primarily an income source to my doctor. If I don’t need him, he loses money. Not to say Doctors do not care about their patients, but HMO’s in particular are out to make a profit, not free patients from a Doctors care.

I am hopefully going to retire some day, and I would rather spend my retirement on enjoying life, and not sick or in a nursing home waiting to die, wishing I was dead. I have worked too long and too hard. I want to reap any rewards waiting for me from what will be over five decades of working. Why should a Doctor nursing home take the monies I spent all my life working for when a simple diet change takes care of most health issues?

Green Smoothies are not the end all, be all. Green Smoothies are for me at least the biggest thing to come down the health and nutrition pipeline in many years. Who would have thought that a fruit and a few green vegetable leaves could make me feel so healthy, happy, and feeling so good?

I am compelled because a small part of me is not cynical of Green Smoothies to write, Green Smoothies are the most important change I have made to better my health ever! I do not know how to say it stronger than that.

Green Smoothies is a lifestyle commitment to better your own heath. You also need a blender. All it takes after these two changes is a blender and five minutes. Everyone should be able to improve their health and feel better. Eating healthier is not bad for you. Eating more vegetables is not bad for you. Taking better care of yourself is not bad for you. Eating too much of the wrong foods will kill you. What is more fun, eating right or dying early?

Conditioned to Food

This is not something I am happy to write about, but it is an important topic: Bias by Long Term Saturation. Bias by Saturation is in the same category as hate. The unique thing about Bias Saturation is you and I are not even aware that we are being biased against something as a result of external influences. You and I do not know we have this bias that almost reaches levels of irrationality, because of outside influences over our lifetime change our acceptance irrational bias against something.

I was first aware of this when I was joined the military. Up until those weeks of basic training, the particular week of learning about racial bias, or whatever the current phrase is for it, I was not aware I had any racial bias. As I was forced to listen to these lectures, films, and readings on racism, I would have said I was not in the smallest part of me racially biased even though the Instructors said we all were biased. I did no believe them.

Yet, here I was sitting in these classes becoming angry about the material presented. I had to explore why I was angry. The reason I was angry surprised me. I was not angry over the facts, figures, and explanations of racial bias, I was angry that I was being forced to listen, and assimilate it into my being. Up until this moment, I thought I had equal feelings towards everyone. My emotions over this training suggested maybe I did not.

Throughout my life from the time I was old enough to decide who I was, I made a conscious decision to treat everyone equally. I thought I was immune to racism in all its forms that bombarded my life. Most of the people I knew were like me, and when I thought about other peoples around the earth, I thought I felt the same way about them too. I had to accept the possibility that maybe it was easier to be accepting from a distance, and not face to face.

At any rate, I got through it, and understood my shortcomings, and my strengths on bias’. Until recently I never gave it much thought. Until I started reading about Vegetarianism, Green Smoothies, and Raw Diets. For no obvious reason to me, I disliked those words. In fact I disliked them strongly. Vegetables by themselves were okay. I thought I was eating a lot of them as I usually eat fruit every day, and vegetables as often as they were around.

These words troubled me though: Vegetarian, Green Smoothie, Raw Diet. They were trigger words to me, bringing out emotions that did not belong to the words themselves. When I would think about them I could feel a sneer cross my face and an imaginary distaste in my mouth. I really had to think about this and why it was happening.

I have watched those eat anything television shows from around the world. People eating things most of us would not even touch, let alone taste. They did not bother me when I watched them eating those things. After all it is only odd and somewhat disagreeable food to us. Wherever they were filming, people ate those foods daily. They did not find food vendors who made food they couldn’t sell. So what was it about these other words that created such a response in me? I mean really, Vegetarian, Green Smoothie, Raw Food Diet?

I thought about everything I thought I knew about nutrition. Phrases such as: “Beef, its what’s for dinner.” “Milk, it makes a body strong.” “Where’s the beef?”, Pork, the other white meat, so on and so forth, one phrase after another flowed through my thoughts. The food pyramid was composed of a large block for meat, a large block for milk, and a few smaller blocks for fish other things. I was told in school as a kid we ate meat because we could not survive on vegetables alone.

As a kid, I asked about people in Asia who lived on a mostly vegetable diet. I was told, they eat fish and seafood. They were smaller and weaker than we Americans because their diet was so poor. I did not know there were people who only ate vegetables. That is how it has been ever since. Milk, beef, pork, chicken, and repeat. Every month or so, a different commercial about the same foods would be on television. Vegetables must be bad, that is the real message as vegetables are never mentioned. Even a famous fast food place had to back down and remove one of their commercials about someone bringing a vegetable tray to a party. What a message that was! The only people who eat vegetables are odd people, not normal people who eat, beef, pork, and chicken. Occasionally fish if it is fried and between slices of bread.

Now that I am drinking a Green Smoothie almost every day and have a better understanding of what foods I need to eat to be healthy, rather than what foods commercials think I should eat, I appreciate the power of long term biased commercials in the media.

The lonely vegetable. I also have greater appreciation for Vegetarians, and Raw Diets. I doubt I will ever end up eating as one, but I have accepted them into the fold of people like me. I do have anew appreciation for vegetables, now that I have done a little homework on the subject, after setting my bias aside.

Dieting and Craving

I want to write a little bit about diets and cravings. I have been on one sort of diet or another most of my life. All my dieting attempts have had little or no long term success. ANyone can lose weight, most of us are experts at losing weight. We are also experts at watching the weight return. The best of all the diets I tried is: The 30 Day Diabetes Miracle Diet. It is a book and being such lays out in simple terms most of the what and why of dieting. It is close to being the perfect diet, but not quite. My weight came back.

Now if you are like me and have spent months of your life on one diet or another, I know what you are thinking. There is nothing I can tell you about dieting that you do not know already. Anyone who has made serious attempts to lose weight and failed knows almost everything there is to know about dieting. It is not the diet that is the problem. The problem is the not stop cravings for the food that made us fat in the first place.

We know all about calories, fats and oils and carbohydrates. We know how much of each we should eat. We know everything there is to know to lose weight. We have the stamina and endurance to stick to a diet. We have done it before and we will do it again. We do it because we hope this next time we will get it right, and we will be able to keep our weight in check.

We know when the diet line gets crossed, when we have, “fallen off our diet”. At first it is one time and we give it little thought. Then a second time we slip it is okay, there was a good reason for it. Then in faster and faster intervals we have gone from a few dieting misses to eating a whole number of things we know we should not be eating. Our resolve to not eat junk food has wilted and can not be found.

It was only one candy bar, one ice cream, or one cookie. Then before we know it our semi new clothes are getting a little tight. Looking at our toes we assume we must be bloated because we do not see them as well as we should. Almost imperceptibly our energy levels have been dropping. Without even noticing we are doing less and less. One little taste of junk food has turned into a steady stream of junk food. The circle repeats. Another failed diet.

I have learned this about standard dieting: No one I have ever met can stick to a diet over the long term. I am not saying diets do not work. I am saying that in general the best diet most of us have ever tried does not free us from the constant cravings. Eventually those cravings win out. Been there, done that.

Why we fail at diets is because we have been lied to for so long, we don’t what we should know about food. The foods we are craving are making us fat because they satisfy our food craving like no other food we have eaten. The problem is, the craving only stops for a few hours, then is back again. No matter what supplement or pill we take, it does not stop the cravings that send us back to junk food. Never has before, and never will.

This food craving happens to me because of the food that is keeping me fat is the only food that stops the cravings. If you are like me, you can only ignore the cravings so long. Then in a second, there you re eating the food that you know is no good for you. But the cravings stop for a little while.

I do not know how or why, but I have found an answer to this problem. Without trying the cravings are gone without wanting to eat the junk food that is killing me. I can not believe the solution is so simple! Can you imagine how empowering it is to be hungry because of dieting, and not be craving some high calorie, high fat food? Have you ever imagined you could be hungry, and hungry is okay because you do not need to eat right now?

Put out those doughnuts, candy bars, soda, and fast food. I can now look at it all and see it for what it is without wanting to eat them, because I no longer crave it. Wow, “I no longer want to eat it, because I no longer crave them”. I never thought I would ever think those words, let alone share them with you.

It gets better because I will share with you what I learned for free, and you can share it with others. Unless of course you are not interested because this is not a well designed slick web site with pictures, and colors, and little hints of information followed by a BIG price tag to learn what we already should know about dieting and cravings. There should not be people like us, who spend a part of every day wondering how or when we will slim down once and for all.

Pay it forward – like in the movie.