When I first started running I used to stop and walk if I saw anyone I knew, or had to pass busy places. I would also stop and walk up hills through fear of having to stop half way anyway.
You may only have thought acute conditions like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating were eating disorders. You'd be wrong. Constant, drastic dieting is not normal behaviour and many experts now consider it is one of the major factors contributing towards the obesity epidemic. A diet is really disordered eating.
Bodybuilding at its highest level is very spiritual and scientific. It requires a Spartan routine that cleanses and detoxifies like nothing else. It is fundamentally stripping away life's inessentials. No manufactured foods. No sugar or sauces, no dessert or snacking on crisps.
Gluten free diets seem to be all the rage these days and more than just a fad or a fashionable craze to follow, there is a more fundamental reason why going gluten-free may be the way forward for you. And perhaps you're not even aware this is something you should consider.
Diets do not lead to long term weight loss in the vast majority of individuals. In fact, compensatory reductions in metabolic rate, increased hunger signals and lost lean muscle mass very often lead to dieters gaining back more body fat than they lost in the first place!
In our society, it seems like it is a constant obsession to try to get fit yet all the time reverting back to the food and entertainment forms that are so prevalent. Every single family get together, every holiday, every celebration is centered on food and drink. Most of the time gluttonous food and drink!
Last year, I gave up any form of weird food restriction after a Dieting Decade which saw me trying every single fad going to keep my weight under control. Atkins, Dukan, 5:2, GI - I'd done the lot. And I was heartily sick of it.
I didn't really know what my solution would ultimately be but I had a hunch to look for clues around my diet. The newest thing I'd been hearing was that everyone with an autoimmune disorder should be gluten free. My favorite food being pizza, I was very resistant to making the commitment.
There's absolutely nothing wrong with having a sweet tooth or looking forward to a delicious dessert to complete a healthy meal but with science now telling us sugar may actually be worse than salt for raising blood pressure, it makes good sense to try and find recipes that deliver healthier but still delicious desserts, some of which may even be completely sugar-free.
Some sugared drinks do not try to hide their calories. Many of these add high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and honey to their recipes. However, most people are at least able to read and understand what they allow into their body.
In order to get our diet under control we need to unlearn our bad eating habits, kick our addictions, learn to speak the confounding and purposely confusing language of food labels and prepare to get acquainted with hunger because we no longer know when we are actually full.
Who wants to be fat and proud and likely to die early from health complications? Shame is a strong motivator and is in my view something, when used constructively, that will motivate those who are unhappy and fat to lose weight fast.
So I have now decided that after the surgery and the following weight loss it will be time for wholesale change. I have a bucket list of sorts, not to do before I kick the thing but more to do with the chance that now I possibly could.
We've been subliminally taught to hate so many things about ourselves it's sickening. Unless we fit into a very narrow mould of what we're "supposed" to look like, we feel this unrelenting need to apologise for it. Why? What would happen if we gave it all a defiant middle finger and stopped buying into these constructed norms of what's beautiful?
I'm not sure if you watched the Horizon program, but if you did, I wonder if you had as many light bulb moments as I did. It was crazy; they were going off like a ball bearing setting off the lights on a pinball machine. Each time a statement was made its core rang true with me.
Does it all boil (or fry) down to the fact that society doesn't look at the bigger picture but instead focuses on paddling one's own self-interested, personal gain canoe at the expense of another? Have things got so bad that corporations don't give two hoots about what happens to others from their own decisions and actions?