I watch Dr. Oz to get fired up about how ridiculous food rules are. He is always trying to get rid of some food that I enjoy. Like sugar or bread…
He was interviewing a doctor who wrote a book saying that American wheat is poison. (This is a topic for another day.)
To prove his point, he had 5 women eat some whole wheat bread one day and the next day they ate a candy bar. They measured spikes in blood sugar after each.
So interesting… Dr. Oz, is ALWAYS saying how simple carbs (like in candy bars) spike your blood sugar. I would have thought he would have based this on some kind of evidence.
Instead, he said that he didn’t think anyone had ever done this simple experiment before. WHAT?? He constantly pushes whole grains to keep your blood sugar steadier, yet he never had any scientific proof of that??? Maddening!
The results showed that in 2 or 3 (sorry can’t remember) of these women, the whole grain bread spiked their blood sugar more than the candy bar!
I was not surprised. Do you know why? Because that is how it is for me. I can feel it. (Because I am paying attention to my body.)
What conclusions can we draw from this?
That food rules are irrelevant because they assume that there are minimal differences in:
1. What kind of food individuals might require
2. How much food individuals require
3. How individuals metabolize that food.
Da da da…. we are different!
There is even a lot of variability within a person. Some days you need more protein, some days more carbs, some days it is fat. Whatever!
So why do we go on diets or pay attention to “experts” like Dr. Oz who advocate magic formulas that don’t respect these differences?
Some people need more food than others. Some need more protein. Some need more fat. It is just the way it is. You all know someone who can eat more and not gain. Well, some people are tall and some are short. What are you going to do about it?
You aren’t going to do anything about it. You are going to say to yourself, “I have this body. It requires a certain amount of food. Maybe less than my friend, maybe more than my sister. Whatever. I am going to listen to my unique body to know what to eat and when. And I am not going to pout because my friend gets to eat 200 calories a day more than me. I have prettier feet. So what…” 🙂
People!!! It is the money!!
If they don’t come up with “new” ideas, they don’t have a TV show.
And we are like sheep, following and paying. Ugh Ugh Ugh
There is one truth that you can rely on. Whatever created us took into account that we needed to have signals to know what to eat and when. Otherwise, we would eat rubber and food that had spoiled, or never eat, or eat too much. We were given “senses” to guide us.
And we have thrown them in the trash and tuned into the “handsome” doctor instead!
And his pockets, and the network, and the pine nut, ginseng companies are all enjoying our money. Meanwhile, we are NOT enjoying our lives as much as we could be because we are obsessed with our weight and eating.
And that obsession, instead of making you thin, is making you fatter.
You know it. Your efforts bring you nothing but short term success or up and down weight control at best.
Eat in harmony with your body. It is delightful.