Monday, March 31, 2008

A Light Bulb Moment

At the end of February, PJ from The Divine Low Carb put out a call for people to choose an eating plan for her to follow for the month of March. Many people had some good ideas for her, even yours truly. She ultimately chose Regina's 5 Easy Rules.

RULE 1: NO SPECIFIC GRAM COUNTING - just eat what's allowed & simply enjoy your meals

RULE 2: Eat Enough - Starvation Level of Calories Doesn't Work Long-Term

RULE 3: Consume Adequate Protein

RULE 4: Choose fats wisely

RULE 5: Eat Enough Plant Foods

As someone with a long history of an Eating Disorder, rules are a two edged sword. One they can add much needed structure to my all over the place way of thinking. On the flip side they can make me become so obsessed with stuff I burn out real quick.

Yet if you read Regina's entire post, it sounds like the concept of intuitive eating but with a low carb twist. It also sounds like what I was doing prior to all my latest tummy troubles and malabsorption issues.

Now here we are the last day of March. So how did PJ do?? she shares her experiment with us in her most recent post, A Dose of Sanity.

I'm sure many of y'all we see yourself in her words. I know I sure did. I'm an all or nothing type gal myself. This phrase struck home for sure:

Eating well is not the same thing as eating low-carb.

But it's less obvious that more 'reasonable' low-carb eating plans, particularly those that non-geniuses like me gradually adapt, are not necessarily healthy just because they're low-carb. You can skip gluten and skip dairy and skip this and skip that and keep your carbs under 40 and still eat badly. I hadn't thought about this much until now. I'd thought about it in the context of staying on an eating plan, and in the inspiration after finishing the Gary Taubes book, but hadn't given a lot of thought to how genuinely *healthy* a given eating plan is.

It seems to me that some people--that would be ME--pay more attention to what they CAN'T have, than to what they SHOULD have.

Being the science nerd that I am. I've done the research. I know how good following a low carb eating plan is for optimal health. I'll be the first to admit, I went gung ho into low carb when I first started right after my WLS. I read all the sites, bought all the foods, measured everything down to the last milligram. I did a fabulous job too. I OCD'd my anal compulsive self right down into an anorexic state. I was eating low carb but not healthful by any means. I lost massive amounts of weight. Now 2 years later my health is paying the price.

It took a good bit of my therapy time and much hard work on my part to finally reach the point I was eating healthful, not just low carb. If it weren't for the malabsorption issues I would probably be doing just fine.

So my message to PJ.......

It takes time. It won't come this month or the next or even the next month, but the time will come. You will get to a point where you truly enjoy the pleasure of eating again. It's no longer a chore. Plus you have the added benefit of eating for your health too not just to lose weight. The weight loss, if it happens, just is. It doesn't change who you are.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

INSIDER EXCLUSIVE---Kimkins Diet Scandal

The Kimkins Diet Scandal hits the big time!

Heidi Diaz aka Kimmer

Click here:


Steve Murphy interviews Attorneys John Tiedt and Michael Cohen; Dr. Americo Simonini; and former Kimkins member, Terry Lind, about the Kimkins Diet Scam.


For those who are unable to view the videos, you can now read the transcript of the show graciously provided by Elle.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Blog to undergo full revamping.....

Hello everyone---this site will be undergoing a full revamping over the next few months so check back in at a later date.......

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter

Thursday, March 20, 2008

You Are Beautiful

Seeing Ourselves

Many of us do not take the time to notice and acknowledge how beautiful we are as humans. We may be great lovers of beauty, seeing it in the people, places, and things around us, while completely missing it in ourselves. Some of us feel that it is vain to consider our appearance too much, or we may find that when we look at ourselves, all we see are imperfections. Often we come to the mirror with expectations and preconceived notions about beauty that blind us from seeing ourselves clearly. As a result, we miss the beauty that is closest to us, the beauty we are. Sometimes we see our beauty in a shallow way, noticing how well we are conforming to social norms, but failing to see the deeper beauty that shines out from within and that will continue to shine regardless of how we measure up to society’s ideal.

If we can cut through all these obstacles and simply appreciate how beautiful we are, we free up so much energy. We also become less dependent upon the opinions and feedback of others since we become our own greatest admirers. Many of us know that after a great yoga practice or a long, deep meditation, we are more able to see how beautiful we are. This is because we have released some of our baggage, thus unburdening ourselves and summoning forth the spirit that dwells within us. It is the heady combination of the divine spirit and the human body that conveys beauty more accurately than anything else.

To keep ourselves in touch with our own beauty, we can surround ourselves with images that reflect our beauty back to us—photos of a relative or child who has our eyes, images of teachers who embody spirit, or self-portraits that capture our essence in a way that allows us to see ourselves anew. The best way to keep ourselves in touch with our own beauty is to keep looking deeply into our own souls and opening our eyes to the human being we see in the mirror every day.

from the Daily OM

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Mental Health At Every Size: Yes, Your Brain Counts Too

I've linked to good sites hoping to help you understand how important it is to realize you can have health at any size. Beating yourself up because you do not look like some Hollywood starlet is not healthy for you either.

Meowser has written an excellent post and seriously folks you need to head over there and read this.

Mental Health At Every Size: Yes, Your Brain Counts Too « fat fu

For all the blather about people with Bad Lifestyle Habits being a drain on society, my best anecdata tells me precisely the opposite is true. It’s the people who work like dogs and don’t get paid squat or get any respect from the yups who have these Bad Lifestyle Habits, for the most part. The ones without whose unpaid and underpaid labor society would fall to pieces, they’re the ones who most need their “vices” to get by. The yups with their cushy jobs where they can come and go as they please and don’t ever have to worry about being written up for a lengthy potty break might not like the idea of the busboy in their favorite bar or their pool cleaner or nail technician having a beer belly, reeking of smoke, and/or covered with donut crumbs, but they’d like it even less if they had to bus their own tables, clean their own pools, and do their own nails.

They already shown that worrying about your size is worse than the actual being heavy part.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Proctor & Gamble ----Blueprint for an Eating Disorder

As someone who began her lifelong battle with an Eating Disorder at the tender age of 10, this article hit home with me.

Proctor & Gamble have given very young adolescent girls a blueprint for development of an ED.

Several of the power bloggers around the Fatosphere have already touched on this issue. You can take a look at their posts too.

Quick Hit: Let P&G Know What You Think of Their Website for Girls « Shapely Prose

Feed Me!: Oh for fuck's sake

Call for action: Site for adolescent teens promotes eating disorders »

Who needs terrorism? »

Procter & Gamble Promotes ED Behavior | Big Fat Blog

BeingGirl: For girls, by liars « Big Liberty

Generic Fat Blog: Holy Crap.

Here are just a couple of things P&G think an adolescent girl needs to be concentrating on....

1. At the moment you grab for something to eat, tell yourself you can have it if you still want it but you have to wait 30 minutes. The craving may pass, you might get distracted, you might become wise enough in that half hour to find a more life affirming way of getting rid of that creepy stress.

Let's forget you are a growing person.....hunger is not are suppose to not listen to your body.....and an adolescent girl's life is so full of stress....


2. Write down everything you eat. Icky, we know, but we also know there's no better substitute (except looking at yourself in the mirror naked), that's better than tracking what goes into your mouth to get you into the habit of thinking before you eat.

well let's get obsessive at a tender young age of every morsel you put in your mouth.....yeah let's get on that road quick that all you are is what shows on the outside(or the scale) hell that you happen to be a fabulous ain't worth jack unless you conform to societies idea of what is worthy....forget about the fact you are just now developing into a young woman and need certain gotta be matter the cost...

Please use Rachel's info on contacting P&G and letting them know just what you think of this.


Sunday, March 16, 2008


WA6 stumbled on a wonderful website in her searches today.....

With all the pro-ana sites found on the net, it was refreshing to see a recovery site such as this---WE BITE BACK.

This is the site that comes after the madness. Before we came along, there was no place for people to go who found support on pro-ana forums, communities and email lists who didn't want to do the ana thing anymore. Welcome to the first web site designed specifically for post-pro-anorexics. We represent a worldwide virtual network of people proactively seeking recovery and happiness with the same dedication that proanas apply to seeking lower goal weights.

Have thinspiration pictures lost all appeal? Maybe you just want them to lose their grip on you. Want a roadmap to recovery? It isn't impossible if you have a support network! Find bulimic behavior returning like a bad habit? You might find a verbal, written purge helps you deal with the seed of the problem motivating your disordered eating habits. Wonder what it would be like to finally not be punishing yourself for punishing yourself in an endless cycle?

Stop shaming yourself for seeking support on eating disorder forums, and instead seek out one that strives to remain positive! We've got our wits, and we can take control of our lives by making better choices for ourselves. Choice is powerful. Anorexic behaviors will give you a false feeling of control initially, but you eventually lose your control to your eating disorder. On this site, we regain control by mutually encouraging one another to get better instead of worse.

So what are you waiting for? What are you afraid of? Tell Ana to go suck a lemon, and begin your recovery by biting back! Us Oranges are collectively defining a more sustainable, healthier standard of beauty. Join the fight. You don't have to do it alone! Together, we can all bite back!

Join We Bite Back today!

Besides having a support forum they also have taken on a world wide project called the Orange Revolution!! The whole concept of this is placing positive body image post-its everywhere. The following are just a few examples. You can see even more of the post-its here.

This project applies not only to the eating disorder community but to everyone. Accepting yourself as you are goes a long way to becoming a healthier person no matter your size or shape.

So grab a stack of post-its and start spreading the word of loving yourself. The first place to start.....


Friday, March 14, 2008

Attention Citizens of Massachusetts!

This in from fatshionista:

We have an exciting opportunity to advance fat civil rights in
Massachusetts! The bill, H.1844, filed by Rep. Byron Rushing, will add
height and weight to the anti-discrimination law. YOU can help make
this happen! And it's very easy.

First, we're asking Massachusetts residents to write a letter (snail is
better than email) to your representative and senator, asking them to
support MA H.1844. If your legislator is a co-sponsor, thank him/her
for supporting H. 1844. And .... ask everyone you know in the state to
also write to their legislators!

If you have experienced size discrimination in the state in employment,
education, public accommodations or health care, it is VITAL that you
tell your legislators! And please forward your story to us, too.
Another rep filed a similar bill a couple of years ago on the basis of
ONE discrimination complaint from a constituent.

If you’d like to do more, a follow-up phone call or even a personal
visit (make an appointment at the State House or at local office hours)
will emphasize the depth of your support for the bill.

There will be a hearing before the Joint Committee on Labor and
Workforce Development, probably in the fall. If you're a constituent of
one of the committee members, your voice will have even more impact. As
our campaign builds, we'll have more opportunities for volunteers.

Update Note: A hearing will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2pm State House, room A-2, in Boston

For more information, please contact *NAAFA Board member Jeanne Toombs
*National Assoc. to Advance Fat Acceptance,


Dear Rep. ________ (or Sen. _________)

I’m writing to ask you to support (or thank you for supporting) H.1844,
which will add height and weight to the anti-discrimination law. People
of all sizes deserve basic respect, and large people in particular are
routinely discriminated against in employment, health care and

(I have faced discrimination....)

Thank you,

your name
your address

Rep. Christine Canavan
Rep. Linda Forry
Rep. Gloria Fox
Rep. Willie Mae Allen
Rep. Matthew Patrick
Rep. Carl Sciortino
Rep. Benjamin Swan
Rep. Timothy Toomey
Rep. Marty Walz
Sen. Susan Fargo

Rep. David Torrisi, Chair
Sen. Thomas McGee
Sen. Pamela Resor
Sen. Patricia Jehlen
Sen. Edward Augustus
Sen. Steven Tolman
Sen. Robert Hedlund
Rep. John Scibak
Rep. Paul Casey
Rep. Colleen Garry
Rep. Demetrius Atsalis
Rep. Barbara L’Italian
Rep. Sean Curran
Rep. Marty Walz
Rep. Thomas Calther
Rep. Paul Loscocco
Rep. Karyn Polito

You can down load the info on the bill here.

Rep. Byron Rushing, a Boston Democrat who is sponsoring the Massachusetts bill, said the issue is a question of civil rights.

“This is one of the last physical aspects of people that you can acceptably laugh about,” said Rushing, who is black, slim and of average height. “You can be a shock jock on the radio and talk about fat people for a solid week and no one would ever think of having you lose your job. It’s still acceptable.”

So stand up and be counted in this issue. Let your voice be heard. End discrimination of every kind.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Dieting Detox

So you are working on accepting yourself and want to give up on dieting. Where do you start?

 BodyPositive is a nice place to get started. There are plenty of exercises found there to get you on the path to feeling good about who you are, loving yourself.

The best way to begin is through dieting detox. Read this from the site.

Dieting Detox:Taking Back Your Choices from the Food Police

When you finally stop dieting, what happens next? 

Many people find that they go through a stage of "reactive eating."  You might find yourself wrestling with the aftermath of all those times you learned (from the process of dieting itself) to ignore your body cues.  The foods you eat may be the very foods forbidden to you on the diet, whether you are really hungry for them or not.  You might feel out of control but defiant, and then you might panic and consider going back on another diet!

When we are kids, we have to comply with the authority figures' demands.  When we are teens, many of us try to prove to ourselves that we are not being controlled by those authority figures by doing the opposite of those demands.  But in truth, we are still controlled by those demands because we are doing the exact opposite rather than what we really might want to do independently. And that is the goal of adulthood, to not be driven one way or the other by those outside forces.

What does this have to do with food?

Dieting sets up a psychological state of childhood.  Listen to women talking about how they were "good" all day until they were "bad" because they ate  a "forbidden" food.  In order to diet successfully, we believe that we have to comply with an outside "expert's" idea of how we should eat:  "Eat this food, in this amount, at this time."  This is obedience, compliance, going with the program, whatever you want to label it.

Sooner or later, for most people,  the diet falls apart.  And for many of us, rather than reverting back to the pre-diet way of eating what we want, when we're hungry, we go through a state of psychological adolescence or teenhood.  Now, that diet gets turned on its head!  If grapefruit was a diet food, we scorn it.  If ice cream was forbidden, it suddenly seems like the most compelling food on earth. 

We may also eat past the point of fullness, not just for physiological reasons (because there are those too) but for the psychological reason that we have been too hungry on the diet and we are trying to prove to ourselves that we won't go hungry again.

If you are experiencing "dieting detox," try to have some compassion for yourself.  The good news is that for most people, this, too, shall pass.  The part of you that has felt its needs were ignored on the diet has to be reassured that you will not keep ignoring your needs.  When you no longer have anything to prove, it is easier to hear your body again.

Many of us have found that trying to listen and respond to our bodies' cues is one of the best ways to re-establish that trust.  Try using the exercise, "Every Body Part Gets a Vote," to check in with not just your tongue (but to give your tongue a vote too!).

Does any of this sound familiar to you?  Have you seen yourself as "good" and "bad"?  How do know you have finally grown up around food?

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Monday, March 10, 2008

Why Weight Neutrality?

  1. Picking a weight and then trying to reach and maintain it usually doesn’t work. Follow-up studies of 2-5 years show almost everyone regains at least the weight they lost if not more, regardless of treatment.
  2. Weight loss promoters promise a better life. But trying to reach a specific number on the scale leaves you vulnerable to hazardous weight practices. It makes you pay attention to the wrong thing: While your eye is on the scale, your hair could be falling out, your friendships straining, your concentration shot. This is the process to reach a "healthy" weight? Why not go for the better life by working directly on the things that matter to you and let your weight do whatever it does?
  3. If you are not "weight neutral," you might be perpetuating the myth that you can "read" a person's character from the size of her body. This is a form of prejudice in which we are all well-schooled. You might be perpetuating this myth on yourself as well, associating "good" traits with thinness and the "bad" ones with fatness. In fact, all of us are capable of a whole range of behaviors regardless of our sizes.
  4. Weight neutrality frees up all the money you spend on attempts to change weight. Go ahead and add it up: How much have you spent on diets, diet products, multiple wardrobes in different sizes, clothes that you've never worn, hardly used gym memberships, and so on?
  5. Weight neutrality frees up all the time and energy you spend on attempts to change weight. Think about all the obsessing about weight (for yourself and others) and think how you could harness it for what really matters.
  6. Being weight neutral allows you to "keep your eyes on the prize": Developing the skills you need to be resilient and flexible in the face of life's demands and opportunities. How effective a person are you allowing yourself to be if retaining water ruins your day? How satisfying can such a day be to you?
  7. It makes you feel free, free, free! Free of the industries which want your money that promise to cure your insecurities that don't really want to offer a product that works because then you wouldn't keep coming back to spend more money to cure your insecurities. . . you get the picture.
  8. It allows you to appreciate the wonders of this body you occupy.
  9. It allows you to appreciate the wonders of other people whose bodies are not "perfect."
  10. It's more fun. Free your body and your mind will follow . . .

Info and image from Body Positive: Boosting body image at any weight.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Taking "Obesity Epdemic" to Extremes

The war on the non-existent obesity epidemic has taken a strange twist. MeMe Roth, president and founder of the National Action Against Obesity, has sunk to a new low.

Baked Good Boycott

Girl Scouts may soon be forced to trade in their merit badges for prison stripes. Today, publicist-turned-obesity-activist MeMe Roth accused the scouts of endangering public health. Known for being perpetually shrill and habitually hyperbolic, Roth exceeded those already kooky standards by calling for a boycott of Girl Scout Cookies. (Again.) Last year, the food cop went so far as to call the nonprofit organization a “front to push millions of cookies onto an already bloated population.”

If greedy trial lawyers catch wind of this hysteria, it may not be long before the Scouts are pulled out of their troops and put on trial.

Sound a little extreme? That’s par for the course when it comes to Roth’s over-the-top obesity campaigns. A few months ago, she indicted millions of mothers for treating their families to home-baked goodies: “If you keep feeding them cupcakes then you are killing your kids.” And a short time before that, Roth had to be physically restrained from vandalizing a YMCA snack table -- an instance of all-too-authentic food fascism we were happy to report on.

Targets of her brazen attacks seem countless. She’s has gone after Santa Claus for his jelly-like belly, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks for not being rail thin, Redbook magazine for featuring models of all sizes, and any other American who fails to meet her skewed vision of health.

Today, we’re reminding the media that our Tagalongs are none of her business:

"A Thin Mint never hurt anyone … MeMe Roth should give us all a break from her silly food-cop media stunts."

That's about par for the course for some people. They are so caught up in the idea of being thin, they go to extremes. We each have personal freedom. We should not fall into the clutches of the media and diet industry telling us we are less than a person simply because we aren't a size 2.

There CAN be "Health At Every Size".

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Obesity Epidemic? Follow the Money

You turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper and the glaring headlines shout out that we are in the grips of an obesity epidemic. Yet can you really believe all the hype. Who is shouting out the headlines?? Who stands to profit from it?? Check out this:

Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic?: Scientific American

Could it be that excess fat is not, by itself, a serious health risk for the vast majority of people who are overweight or obese--categories that in the U.S. include about six of every 10 adults? Is it possible that urging the overweight or mildly obese to cut calories and lose weight may actually do more harm than good?

Such notions defy conventional wisdom that excess adiposity kills more than 300,000 Americans a year and that the gradual fattening of nations since the 1980s presages coming epidemics of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and a host of other medical consequences. Indeed, just this past March the New England Journal of Medicine presented a "Special Report," by S. Jay Olshansky, David B. Allison and others that seemed to confirm such fears. The authors asserted that because of the obesity epidemic, "the steady rise in life expectancy during the past two centuries may soon come to an end." Articles about the special report by the New York Times, the Washington Post and many other news outlets emphasized its forecast that obesity may shave up to five years off average life spans in coming decades.

And yet an increasing number of scholars have begun accusing obesity experts, public health officials and the media of exaggerating the health effects of the epidemic of overweight and obesity. The charges appear in a recent flurry of scholarly books, including The Obesity Myth, by Paul F. Campos (Gotham Books, 2004); The Obesity Epidemic: Science, Morality and Ideology, by Michael Gard and Jan Wright (Routledge, 2005); Obesity: The Making of an American Epidemic, by J. Eric Oliver (Oxford University Press, August 2005); and a book on popular misconceptions about diet and weight gain by Barry Glassner (to be published in 2006 by HarperCollins).

These critics, all academic researchers outside the medical community, do not dispute surveys that find the obese fraction of the population to have roughly doubled in the U.S. and many parts of Europe since 1980. And they acknowledge that obesity, especially in its extreme forms, does seem to be a factor in some illnesses and premature deaths.

They allege, however, that experts are blowing hot air when they warn that overweight and obesity are causing a massive, and worsening, health crisis. They scoff, for example, at the 2003 assertion by Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that "if you looked at any epidemic--whether it's influenza or plague from the Middle Ages--they are not as serious as the epidemic of obesity in terms of the health impact on our country and our society." (An epidemic of influenza killed 40 million people worldwide between 1918 and 1919, including 675,000 in the U.S.)

What is really going on, asserts Oliver, a political scientist at the University of Chicago, is that "a relatively small group of scientists and doctors, many directly funded by the weight-loss industry, have created an arbitrary and unscientific definition of overweight and obesity. They have inflated claims and distorted statistics on the consequences of our growing weights, and they have largely ignored the complicated health realities associated with being fat."

The overweight segment of the "epidemic of overweight and obesity" is more likely reducing death rates than boosting them.

That's right...being overweight is actually better for your health than being thin. It is called the "obesity paradox". So why the big outcry of an "obesity epidemic". It's simple---follow the money.

Experts on both sides of the obesity debate have often criticized WHO's overweight and obesity measures, saying they are too low.

When WHO defined the body mass index scores constituting normal, overweight and obese, they appeared to be the result of an independent expert committee convened by WHO.

Yet the 1997 Geneva consultation was held jointly with the International Obesity Task Force, an advocacy group whose self-described mission is "to inform the world about the urgency of the (obesity) problem."

According to the task force's most recent available annual report, more than 70 percent of their funding came from Abbott Laboratories and F. Hoffman La-Roche, companies which make top-selling anti-fat pills.

The task force remains one of Europe's most influential obesity advocacy groups and continues to work closely with WHO.

The blurred lines between pharmaceutical money and obesity groups have also caused concern in Britain. In 2006, one of the country's top obesity doctors quit the organization he founded to combat obesity, the National Obesity Forum, complaining that its goals had been skewed by drug money.

"There's not a lot of money in trying to debunk obesity, but a huge amount in making sure it stays a big problem," said Patrick Basham, a professor of health care policy at Johns Hopkins University.

There is much money to be made by keeping people worried about obesity. The diet industry is a multi billion dollar industry. If diets actually worked, we would all be thin. Plus dieting in an of itself can cause the health problems often associated with being obese.

"About 75 percent of American adults are trying to lose or maintain weight at any given time," reports Ali H. Mokdad, chief of the CDC's behavioral surveillance branch. A report in February by Marketdata Enterprises estimated that in 2004, 71 million Americans were actively dieting and that the nation spent about $46 billion on weight-loss products and services.

Dieting has been rampant for many years, and bariatric surgeries have soared in number from 36,700 in 2000 to roughly 140,000 in 2004, according to Marketdata. Yet when Flegal and others examined the CDC's most recent follow-up survey in search of obese senior citizens who had dropped into a lower weight category, they found that just 6 percent of nonobese, older adults had been obese a decade earlier.

Campos argues that for many people, dieting is not merely ineffective but downright counterproductive. A large study of nurses by Harvard Medical School doctors reported last year that 39 percent of the women had dropped weight only to regain it; those women later grew to be 10 pounds heavier on average than women who did not lose weight.

Weight-loss advocates point to two trials that in 2001 showed a 58 percent reduction in the incidence of type 2 diabetes among people at high risk who ate better and exercised more. Participants lost little weight: an average of 2.7 kilograms after two years in one trial, 5.6 kilograms after three years in the other.

Stop buying into the fantasy of being thin. You are able to find good health at any size. All without obsessing over a number on a scale. Throw away that hunk of metal, return to normal, healthful eating, get active in your daily life---no that doesn't mean forking over money to the gym either. It means going for a walk, playing with the kids or the pooch, throwing on some music and dancing for the sheer joy of it.

Bottom line, accept yourself for who you are---not what others feel you ought to be.