Saturday, February 21, 2015

You are what the government tells you to eat...

We’ve been told to swap eggs for Cheerios. But that recommendation is dead wrong. Mark Hyman MD
“Oh, God above, if heaven has a taste it must be an egg with butter and salt." Frank McCourt

Why is the US government in the business of telling us what to eat anyway? Hasn't it enough to do with things it was given charge of like protecting the borders and managing the debt? I don't trust an entity that makes decisions based on information from powerful drug lobbies, corrupt politicians and crazies with wild ideas and the money to promote it, and I am certainly not going to let them tell me what to eat.

And then there's medical profession. New studies say that eating cholesterol, as in eggs, doesn't affect a person's cholesterol so the government changed it's guidelines on the matter.  This isn't the first time the Meds have misled the people.  What about the low calorie diet? I was given those diets by doctors-- eat less and lose weight. If I don't lose it or if I lose it and gain it right back, it must be my fault, right?  Because they said, all you gotta do is go on a diet.  Then after 20 years of yo-yo dieting, the Doctors said, oh that is not right! When you severely cut back on calories the body thinks there's a famine and reacts by slowing down the metabolism to protect your life. Huh? And so when you resume eating normally, the pounds come back with reinforcements. And after 20 years of that, the metabolism almost ceases to exist. And what it does to the self esteem is incalculable. The only good thing that came out of my years of battling the bulge is the exercise I learned to do which resulted in a low resting heart rate and blood pressure. It's a  practice I continue today.

We are told to eat healthy (watch our cholesterol).  So what the heck is that anyway? I'll go out to eat with people and while I am chowing down on a cheeseburger (I stopped worrying about cholesterol a long time ago) my lunch mates are virtuously eating a nice fluffy salad, talking about their healthy diet. After 20 years of my own virtuous eating of raw roughage, I am burned out on salads. While I do eat salads when I am served them outside the home, I no longer kid myself into thinking that they will make me slimmer or healthier. Or that eating them in public will make me appear healthy.

When people look at me they might think I am in bad health and at risk for a myriad of diseases because I carry extra weight. That is a myth. God created different body types so why wouldn't he grant each one the ability to be healthy? I spent my whole life fighting my curves because society says I am flawed and not beautiful because of them and the Feds and the Meds say I must be sickly.  I have stopped fighting what God gave me and I have stopped destroying my metabolism and self-esteem with diets. I am attempting to erase those messages in my hard drive that say that I am less than, and not good enough simply because I take up a little more space on this planet. I am listening to my own drum and guidance from the Spirit who created me.

This post isn't anti-doctor. I have a wonderful doctor, who has been a great help to me, but when he told me to just eat healthy and directed me to a website that was just another diet, I chose to listen to my own drum. I supplement medicines he gives me with herbs and vitamins.

The point of this rant if you made it this far? Think for yourself. It is your health and your body; don't swallow hook, line and sinker information sanctioned by the government and passed down to you by women's magazines, drug ads and overworked doctor's offices. God didn't use a cookie cutter to create us so don't apply cookie cutter medicine to yourself. Do your research and take what applies to you and leave the rest. Be who you are. Walk strong and tall.

#diets #cholesterol #doctors #overweight #tothyownselfbetrue