I’ve given you a million reasons why I want to lose weight…well just for fun, here’s my Reasons NOT to Lose Weight. (Disclaimer – this is a joke. I’m not really justifying reasons not to lose weight…so pick your jaw up off the floor!)
- Shame to waste all my “fat” pants
- 25-lb. bags of potato chips at Costco make unhealthy lifestyle extremely affordable
- Time spent weight loss blogging could easily be filled with TV watching
- Less sweaty gym clothes = less laundry
- I can keep being everyone’s fat friend
- Easier to maintain casual friendships with all those fast food drive-thru workers
- Don’t have to answer that embarrassing “Are you losing weight?” question
- Good excuse to wear sweatpants in public
- Don’t have to worry about a lot of leftovers cluttering up the fridge
- Get more for your money at an “all-you-can-eat” buffet
- Fat is insulation and I don’t want to lose my warmth in the winter
- Answer to all life’s problems? Gravy…or cheese.
- Have gotten good at adding new notches to the belt
- Guy that owns the local Ben & Jerry’s franchise really wants me back
Hmmm…I dunno. I make a pretty compelling argument, but I think I’m gonna stick with the plan.
Yay! Another decrease! Operation Unprocessed seems to be a success so far!
I’m celebrating 2 months since going gluten-free! And celebrating 2 months since my body finally knows what it’s supposed to feel like after eating. All but one of my symptoms has completely gone away…the brain fog is still lingering a bit but I’ve been told to anticipate close to 6 months before it’s completely gone. (I’ll get into more of the ‘fog’ in my next post.)
This week reaffirmed to me how poor our labeling standards are in the US. First off, since wheat is considered one of the top allergens, labeling standards require indication of wheat if the product contains it. What’s the problem with that you might ask? Well, I can’t have barley, spelt, rye or malt either…and no one has to label those. Yes, ingredients are all listed. And yes, I’m now a pro at label reading. But what about those catch-all words companies use? It’s so frustrating to think you’ve found something at the grocery store you can have and get to the very last ingredient: ‘artificial flavors’, ‘broth’, ‘spices’, or ‘artificial color’. I try and avoid foods that contain these at all costs, but does anyone really know what artificial flavor is? Are food manufacturers just at a loss for the remaining 23 preservatives and chemicals they’ve put in something to keep it edible and on a shelf for 6 months so they just say, “Ok, those 23 things are artificial flavoring.” I don’t like it!
Second issue I came across was regarding foods labeled Gluten-Free. My mom bought what she thought were GF crackers. This paragraph isn’t to chastise her for the stupid stipulations of nutrition labels. It was a good learning experience for her and a reminder to me about how careful I need to be. After all, the packaging indicated they were gluten free in quite large font. Knowing how tricky and deceiving this labeling mess can be, I decided to look a little closer at the package. And what do you know?! Right there under the ingredients: Product processed on equipment that contains wheat and nuts. Really?! On equipment?! As in, right after the cookie dough ran through, we processed your crackers. Well thanks for the gluten free claim! Not. FDA regulations allow them to claim the product is gluten free because there are no gluten ingredients within the food itself. It’s the “after” part that messes it all up. Cross contamination isn’t an ingredient. Well great. Try telling that to someone with a peanut allergy when the cracker they’re eating was rolled around in peanut dust. If you’re doing the gluten-free thing, be careful. Use caution if product wasn’t manufactured in a certified GF facility! You have been warned!
I hope everyone has had a fantastic 4th of July! Enjoy the fireworks and the food and the friends and family! In honor of Operation Unprocessed, I’m off to delve into my favorite dessert (and patriotic too!)….
“Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.” – Unknown