How is it possible that we never get enough? This question was popping up while watching a TV show on the Food Channel. A guy on the verge of obesity was touring around America and eating lots of super duper sandwiches, burgers and huge steaks. I´m not mentioning the name of the show, but I just assume that you´ve seen it…
He also did some eating contests which shocked me. While over 1 billion people around the world live in poverty and are starving this guy is eating until he almost bursts…
Well, shocked is maybe the wrong word since I´m already familiar with such madness. But I was amazed that people can live like that and even more amazed that there is a tv-show displaying this behavior.
I cannot imagine being obese. And I certainly don´t want to imagine it. I was almost on the verge of obesity myself. My height was 178cm or 5 feet 10 and my weight was 90kg or 198pounds. Well, that was over 15 years ago but I can recall that time quite well.
I didn’t take part in any sport or exercise, I had a job where I was sitting almost the entire day drinking coffee with milk and sugar and smoking cigarettes, and I ate a lot of fast foods while avoiding fruit and vegetables.
It took me a while to realize that I was totally uncomfortable with my body, not to mention that the girls didn´t seem to show any interest in me either. At that time I was like the guy in the TV show, always eating as much and as fast as I could. And the worst thing was that I didn´t have any self esteem at all!
Why don´t we just listen to what our body has to say?
Are we so disconnected with it that we simply don´t realize how bad our body really feels?
It took me a long time to realize that I´m feeling very unhappy with myself, and it took even longer to take a step and start changing something about it.
I know in this society it´s all about faster, better and more, but maybe we should think twice.
Here is how I avoided getting obese
I cut a lot of unhealthy foods from my diet
- Trans fats (french fries, fried stuff in general, chips)
- Sugar (well not all, but most of it)
- Bad oils & fat like margarine and hardened vegetable oil
- Processed foods
- Every food product I see on television
- Stopped buying products from Nestle, Kraft and other Multinational Companys
On the other hand I began to
- Only drink water & black coffee
- Buy organic food
- Buy at local markets
- Buy only seasonal food
- Eat a lot of veggies and fruits
- Use Xylit instead of sugar
- Eat 70% (or above) cocoa chocolate
- Use only good oil: Olive, Linseed, Coconut
I began my new regimen at the beginning of 2013 and I have lost about 12 pounds already without starving! I also workout now that I have more energy then ever before. And I don´t feel guilty when I have a day where I eat a lot of chocolate because on most of my days I stick to my diet plan. (And the chocolate I eat isn´t bad at all!)
And since I started changing my whole eating habit I feel sorry for the old me and all the other people living the “never enough” lifestyle. It isn´t that hard to change but, like everything in life, it has to come from deep within you. You have to want it and soon you will feel much better. Diabetes and obesity shouldn´t be a topic for anybody whilst others are starving to death.