I'm sure most of you have heard of the documentary/movie 'Super Size Me'. I have just finished his book written after his experience and following tons of research. This book was published in 2004, so some of the information is a little outdated but still very relevant and important!!
Some of the points from that I book that I thought were most of interest to me..
- The most shocking... the American Heart Association predicts that if children do not change their dietary and lifestyle habits that by the year 2025, 1 out of every 3 children will have Type 2 diabetes. I mean!!!! Shocking. It used to be rare to know someone with type 2... I only knew one through all of schooling and now 1 out of 3 children may have Type 2 diabetes! (Type 2 diabetes is where insulin resistance develops unlike type 1, it is an autoimmune disorder where insulin isn't produced.)
- He talks about all the excuses we Americans make for doing any physical activity. I mean I think we can all be guilty of this. Have you ever done this?.. I need to shower, well I can't shower before I work out! Let me just watch one more episode on Netflix, but now I'm hungry and you can't work out on an empty stomach! Now I'm full so I need to wait, I'll watch one more episode... It never ends! What works for me is setting goals, or a plan. It motivates me and helps keep me accountable so I don't make excuses.
- This is my #1.. I absolutely hate 'diets', the word, the thought, all of it. Most diets tell you to cut out all the carbohydrates, or all the fat or all the protein, etc. I vow to never promote a diet that cuts out a major food group and promote an unbalanced diet!! I believe "the only way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat sensibly and to exercise." Lifestyle change.
- "Overeating can be as bad for your liver as alcoholism." Scary! In his one month of McDonald eating he showed signs of liver disease!
- A favorite.. "Studies have shown that getting kids, boys are girls, involved in the cooking-- beyond teaching them kitchen skills they can use all their lives-- is an excellent way to get them interested in food. Kids who help out in the kitchen are much more willing to try stuff they'd normally turn up their noses at. Then sit down as a family as often as you can and share that meal." I could not agree with this more. Cooking skills and family dinners are not as important as they used to be. When I start my family, this will definitely be essential in our household.
There is a lot more to share so I suggest if this interests you to go pick up the book!! I mean don't get me wrong Americans are making changes and being fit and healthy is becoming more popular. But this book definitely opens your eyes!
Question of the day:
Have you read or watched anything that opened your eyes to something in your life?!