No More Styrofoam Rice Crackers for Us!
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by Mark Sisson: Is
Honey a Safe(r) Sweetener?
Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal
Blueprint Real Life Story from a Marks Daily Apple reader.
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I was always
super skinny as a teenager, and I ate rubbish everyday with no thought
to my health or weight. I hated exercise and avoided it like the
plague. I would do anything to get out of PE each week. My poor
PE teacher, Mr. Jackson I was on my period every week for
two years! Anything to get out of cricket or touch footy! Will someone
puh-lease make school PE fun??? At 15 years old I weighed 42kg/92lbs
and stood 173cm/59 tall.
My mum was
always overweight, and had Lupus and took a lot of steroid medication
which she always said made her fat. That woman ate nothing bad according
to CW. She was on every diet bandwagon that came to town. I admired
her determination. She did Jenny Craig when I was about 15 and she
was thin while she ate that tinned food but it never
lasted. In the 80s both my parents went mad for aerobics and the
Pritikin diet, but we all hated the food so much that it didnt
last in our house. My dad loved his ice-cream too much! We ate really
basic old fashioned food. Porridge/oatmeal for breakfast in winter,
cold cereal in summer, bacon and eggs on the weekends. Lunch was
cold meat and salad with no dressing. Tea was meat and three veg
with no gravy sauces or anything fancy. Mashed potato was for special
occasions and everything was bland and boring. Salt was gonna kill
you, and so was butter. I was known to get the butter and milk out
of the fridge during dinner and mash my own potato on my plate.
Mum baked scones, and biscuits, but we ate this homemade stuff in
My mum was
a Weight Watchers lecturer in her 40s and I distinctly recall her
stating in one of her classes, sugar does not make you fat,
FAT makes you FAT. OMG Mum ? Her students may well have asked
her so why are you still fat? I mean she wasnt obese
but she was still big, and how she was allowed to lecture astounds
me. My mum died a few years ago at 54 from skin cancer (not melanoma
though), and there is not a day goes by that I dont want to
call her up to tell her that Ive found the answer for her
weight and possibly her health. I found the secret way to lose weight
without starvation or 7 classes of aerobics a week. We could have
a burning of the Styrofoam rice crackers, now in caramel flavor
So mum, this
story is for you
At school once
I had pocket money I was allowed to buy my lunch from the tuck-shop,
and I would eat lollies, caramel tart, plain milk, frozen yoghurt,
cinnamon donuts and pies or sausage rolls. At home though it was
back to basics and there were never any biscuits or anything in
the house that wasnt homemade. I was 16 before I ate a muesli
bar/granola bar. By the time I was married and left home I had eaten
Maccas/McDonalds twice in my life. Takeaway food was not a part
of my familys lifestyle or anyone else I knew for that matter.
I guess that was a good thing. I got married young and had three
babies about 5 years apart. During this time I got bigger and bigger.
I tried everything. Gloria Marshall, Jenny Craig, shakes, Weight
Watchers, the gym 6 days a week, swimming 80x100m laps of the town
pool 5 days a week. I bought Susan Powter DVDs and I even dug out
Richard Simmons Reach, another relic from my mothers
past. I walked everywhere until I was 25 yrs old and got my car
license. I did try the Atkins diet way back when, and I lost a good
7kg in two weeks on it and kept it off for a year, but my vegetarian
husband was dead against it and he made it hard for me to eat that
way. I never got fatter than about 80kg/180lbs and my normal weight
on any given year was 75kg/165lbs.
ago my marriage ended. I got traded in for the younger and bloodier
skinnier model, ha ha! I initially lost a lot of weight stress
and living on $3 a week for food will do that for you! One night
for dinner I ate PEPPER that I got from Maccas. Funny now, but not
very funny at the time! The stress got less and the weight gradually
came back. I decided to go to university and get an education so
I could have money that helps, huh? I was doing a Bachelor
of Dietetics and Nutrition. I chose this program simply because
even as an uneducated single mother of three kids, I could tell
that Australia was becoming fatter and that if I wanted a good secure
government job then I should probably get on this food/diabetic
bandwagon and get myself into an ever growing industry, pun intended.
One of my first year subjects really blew me away
So there I
am in a class of a few hundred kids sitting next to
another old girl (in her 40s like me). My lecturer (buff, shaved
head, awesome biceps, probably in his late 40s early 50s) shows
us up on the screen the metabolic pathway of proteins, carbs and
fats. At the point where he describes the metabolic pathway of CHO
I turn to my overweight neighbor and grab her on her fleshy arm
and threw gritted teeth utter these words
f-ing kidding me woman? Did you hear what HE just said?
She looks at
me dazed and confused.
KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS?
She looks panicked
like I might just jump and in the theatre and scream like a madwoman,
raises her eyebrows and shhhs me!
I wanted to
jump up in that theatre and scream like a madwoman. It was like
someone flicked a switch.
At the end
of the lecture I raised my hand and asked Dr. Hotstuff (name change
due to privacy or something), Excuse me, can you tell me WHY
Im eating lots of healthy carbs like on the food pyramid,
and my lecturer, god bless him, answered me
with this thats a very good question Jane, perhaps
you should look into that. Or at least thats how I recall
it going. I was a bit mesmerized by his amazing guns, six pack stomach,
smooth skin and general buff looking self. ? I wonder to this day
if hes Primal. He sure looked like he might have been. That
hot and in your 50s, cmon???
So from the
very week I took my biochem exam I gave up carbs. Carb flu and headaches
were no match for my determination. I ate eggs and bacon with abandon.
I ate tuna and veggies for lunch. I had steak and salad for tea,
and in between I ate cheese cubes, olives, salami sticks, macadamia
nuts. I still drank a load of Pepsi Max though (seriously, is there
crack in that is that stuff legal?)
I had no book
or anything to follow but I typed carb counter into
Google and basically avoided carbs like the plague
I did happen
upon Marks Daily Apple and I dont think I slept for
a month. Ironic when youre reading about turning the laptop
off to ensure good sleep at 2am because youre too excited
to sleep! I was about 80kg at first. Here is a picture of me in
all my awful glory.
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February 14, 2012
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