Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Maintainer's World Wednesday

The Weight Maintenance blogging community is a very small community but a strong community.  Bloggers are giving each other "props" and many others are getting noticed and I truly love this.  I love that I am inspired by many words each week and learn something new each week from someone.  Over the next couple of weeks I will be out of sorts but I will still get the Maintainer's World Wednesdays up as I am setting them up now.  My Dad was diagnosed with Dementia about 5 weeks ago and the family has decided that they need to move from Las Vegas to California.  So I am headed to Vegas next Thursday to help them make this move.  There's more family in CA and my mother will definitely need the help.  Before this, I have been interviewing for new positions all around but nothing seems to be materializing.  I am sort of seeing how this is all in the grand scheme of things with my parents and also my daughter. My daughter has been tapped for a great promotion and will be moving to San Francisco in probably the next 10 days or so.  So yes, this has been a lot. I weighed in last Saturday at 156 lbs and I am continuing to Maintain.

Funks and Ruts and New Beginnings
Strategies: How to stop yourself Thinking Out Loud (Again)
Pre-Op Appointment
Fitbloggin' Was Awesome Giving Props to Success Recipes and Ideas Cupcake Ride!
Do Obese Parents Equal Obese Kids? ...keeping food, sleep and exercising as priorities
Tune in for Heather's weekly Podcast
Happy 40th Birthday Bill
Be Ambitious for the Higher Gifts... ...What Did the Scale Reveal?Big Day Tomorrow! Knuckle draggers unite!, a curvy fit girl, getting support... Doing Ninety 7 Protein Packed Grab & Go Breakfast Ideas Don't Break the Chain
Fitness Maintainers
Why Ultra Running is Not Selfish in my Eyes What I Learned about Marriage... Fitness Friday-But, but... Weighing in from the Beach
Tri Training Tuesday: week 7 Break a habit, make a habit Maintenance Isn't Sexy Why I am Still Here
Training for a Marathon... Window Washing I MADE IT! My first ever 10 minute 16kg... Pure Barre 2.0
Healthy Cooking Maintainers  Caution: possible food cravings below!!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Quotes from Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss

So I am still reading Salt Sugar Fat and all I can say is WOW--almost done.  The book is in 3 Parts, Sugar, Salt, Fat with a Prologue and an Epilogue.  Anyway, I just bookmarked a page as I went along of thought provoking and downright jaw-dropping information. So I read books on my Kindle and it's kind of hard to tell you the exact page number for the book but I have a tip.  If you cut and paste some of the words that you see and want to read more on into the Amazon "Look Inside" of this book (link provided above), it will give you the page number.  I have located the Hardcover page numbers--some are guess-timations, may be the page before or after, sorry. 

"...a second critic who posed a much bigger threat to the cereal industry---took up the cause.  His name was Jean Mayer, a Harvard professor of nutrition...was hugely influential in matters of diet, starting with poverty and hunger...which led to the introduction of food stamps and expanded school lunch programs...endeared him to the food industry...But what made Mayer an industry threat was his pioneering research on obesity, which he called a "disease of civilization." He is credited with discovering how the desire to eat is controlled by the amount of glucose in the blood and by the brain's hypothalamus, both of which in turn are greatly influenced by sugar." (p.74)

"As I spoke with scientists about the way fat behaves, I couldn't resist drawing an analogy to the realm of narcotics.  If sugar is the methamphetamine of processed food ingredients, with its high-speed, blunt assault on our brains, then fat is the opiate, a smooth operator whose effects are less obvious but no less powerful."(~p.148)

"The brain was identifying fat with incredible speed.  In his quest to learn more, Le Coutre rounded up fifty of his colleagues in industry and academia and asked him to help produce an "all known facts" compendium on fat.  Published in 2010 with 609 pages, the resulting book, Fat Detection: Taste, Texture, and Post Ingestive Effects, serves as a roadmap for companies looking to harness the power of fate in their food and drink.  "Why is fat so tasty?" Le Coutre asks in the introduction. "Why do we crave it, and what is the impact of dietary fat on health and disease?"(~p.155)

" versions where the fat had been tucked away, they sharply underestimated the levels of both.  Next, they dined on the foods, having been told to eat as much as they wanted.  The visible fat group got fuller faster, while the other group, downing the hidden-fat recipes, remained hungry and kept eating.  In a key---but commonly overlooked---aspect of obesity, weight gain can be caused by the slightest increases in consumption, if it continues day in and day out...The participants in the Dutch study hit the mark exactly.  When they couldn't see the fat in their foods, they ate nearly 10 percent more or about 100 extra calories." (~p.181)

"(Jeffrey C.) Bible helped kick things off with a speech that was part war stories, part pep talk.  He focused on the one thing that every one of the food managers needed to do if their products were to continue to dominate the processed food world..."The simple beauty of the Kraft General Foods challenge is that everybody eats," Bible told them. "This is part of the new job I'm especially enjoying: The potential is at once limitless and incredibly daunting..."(p.196)

"The blood gets especially besieged when processed food is ingested, flooding the system with its heavy loads of salt, sugar, and fat.  But where the links between eating and drugs gets really interesting is in the brain.  There, narcotics and food---especially food that is high in salt, sugar, and fat---act much alike.  Once ingested, they race along the same pathways, using the same neurological circuitry to reach the brain's pleasure zones, those areas that reward us with enjoyable feelings for doing the right thing by our bodies.  Or, as the case may be, for doing what the brain has been led to believe is the right thing."(~p.276)

""We offer a full portfolio of salt alternative to meet your needs, while still delivering the same great salty taste your customer's crave." As for the higher cost of potassium chloride (a salt alternative), Cargill notes that this and other costs associated with creating healthier foods can be passed on to the consumer..."(p.294)

Friday, July 12, 2013

Extreme Weight Loss-"Jami"

Has anyone else watched this episode?  My heart is just broken right now watching it on my Hulu Plus.  At the beginning of this episode, I just wanted to give her one gigantic hug.  This young lady has never felt loved which has attributed to her weight, 292 pounds, her psoriasis which was probably exacerbated by her poor health and finally her extremely low self-esteem.  She was adopted at 2 years old.  I don't want to say a whole lot more because this blog is such a public forum and I am extremely opinionated and I don't want to sound mean.  In short I want to say that if one chooses to adopt--it should be to make some one else's life better.  Ironically, she goes to Chile' to meet her birth mother--and Jami states, "'s just an example to me of how you can live well with so much less."  She felt so much love from her birth mother who now lives in a very small place in Santiago.  
I wish for her to continue on her journey and I love a happy endings.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Maintainer's World Wednesday

Hooray for Wednesday and for me being sort of on-time this week.  Sometimes I like to wait and see if certain Maintainers will post in a given week.  You will notice some New Maintainers; from this point on as an Introduction---I will link to their story or About page first and that way if they are unfamiliar you can check them out (I doubt if many are unfamiliar).  Also I may have missed a post from the previous week--I think some may have an Auto-Post set up and I have noticed that Feedly isn't (imho) instantaneous; I do refresh my page often as I am working, this is just what I have noticed.  So you may see an (*) by certain posts.  It's just that I feel that it's important and I missed it.

The 4th
No one is Perfect... Happy Fourth of July! 50 Things I Learned in the Jungle

 About Brooke: Not On A Diet
Being Present Setting Up for Success New Rules of Lifting for Life
Do Not Cheat Yourself What I ate 7/6/13 in weight maintenance
Tune in for Heather's weekly Podcast
About HealthierUJunction
Where the Widewalks End
Life Cycle
Some People The Ultimate Non-Scale Victory That...
About Leanne Nalani Fake Fruit Cobble...the best dessert ever. ...what kept me motivated One Simple Question to Keep Yourself Honest
Keeping the Office Healthy....
A day in my pouch
Late to the Party
Fitness Maintainers
Post 100 Miler Recovery* What to do WHEN... Fitbloggin 2013 Photo Dump Measuring Up-The Reveal!
8 Years Ago This Month ...Weeks 5 and 6 Getting my running groove back I've Declared Introvert Status
July 4th 5K Fun Run Recap! About Run Eat Repeat Track workout fail It May Not be What You Eat...
I "Get" to Eat Healthy
Healthy Cooking Maintainers  Caution: possible food cravings below!!!