Friday, July 23, 2010

Reductionista?

I was mindlessly surfing around the interwebz the other day and happened upon a bloggish type of site about health/nutrition. I don't remember which one it was... Must not ave been that great, since it made so little an impression on me. I do remember one thing I read there, tho. That calorie counting is now "the hot thing" in weight loss and dieting. So, does that mean that those of us who count calories are now "in"? Are we the "it girls/guys" of dieting and weight loss? Is carb counting now "soooo last season"? Is it okay to eat bread, pasta and potatoes, again? Providing we count the calories, of course... ;) lol

I have been at this game, on and off for the better part of my life. I have seen a lot of weight loss methods come raging into vogue and then die fast and quiet as the newest thing hits the airwaves. I can recall carb counting having two major heydays. Calorie counting, several. There was the whole Low Fat Movement (in which calories were never mentioned!) that helped result in America becoming one of the fattest countries on the face fo the planet. Different forms of weight loss surgery seem to cycle on and off our radar. From what I am seeing here on the blogs, bands are hot and much loved. But will they remain the fair haired child of weight loss surgery? Or will something innovative, sexy and oh, so effective bump them out of favour and out of the hearts of those who love and have them?

We are a strange and fascinating species. We want the best. The newest. That which is perceived to be better and desired.

But who makes these determinations? Who sets the fashions of weight loss? Who are the unseen designers strutting this year's method down the runway before our ever seeking eyes and desperate, sobbing hearts?

I am endlessly entertained by weight loss methods waxing and waning in popularity. Coming in and going out. Netting the architects of these methods untold billions of dollars and driving us all crazier than a belfry full of bats.

The bottom line is, whether you have surgery or not, count calories, carbs, fat grams or points; if you take in less food energy than you need to fuel your bod, if you add a little exercise and work to get your head and your shit straight, you will lose weight. It is that simple.

AND!!!!!

It is that maddeningly complicated.


*I just want to make it clear that I am just ruminating and rambling, here. I am not, in any way, shape or form laying criticism on anyone for any method she/he decides to use to lose weight. I follow and support people who, like me have not had surgery and are counting calories. I follow and support those who have had surgery. Or count carbs. Or do Weight Watchers. Or Medifast. I am very much a live and let live kinda girl. And if it is working for you, if it is enhancing your health and getting you to your goal, even if it isn't my personal choice, you are going to have me in your corner, cheering you every step of the way.*

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Those Boca burgers I have? I forgot to mention that they have cheese in them. If you have never tried a veggie burger, fear it not, Grasshopper. I thought that they were going to be nasty. They actually remind me a lot of a turkey burger. But a little softer. A bit less "chewy". And amazingly tasty. I have the black bean Morningstar Farms on my list to try, too. I also would like to pick up the veggie crumbles, some taco mix, lo cal cheese, sour cream, tortillas. Yes... Mama is jonesing for tacos. And I think I know how to make them yummy and healthy, too. :D

I didn't do BYOC, this week. I am in a weird mood. (When am I not? ;)) I am also trying to come up with enough material to do my award tell alls.

I didn't walk, today. I had to rest, again. Gah!!! I should be out and pounding the trail, tomorrow. As long as it isn't storming... We had a good storm, today. Lots of thunder, lightening and rain today.

Okay. 'Nuff of this shit. I have to pee and move around a little my hip is yelling at me. lol

Oh! I think I got everyone who follows me, whose blogs links I could find faved, followed and added to my blogroll. If I have missed you, it is because I couldn't find a link to your blog, if you have one. If you would like me to pop in, follow and add you, please drop me a comment or e-mail at the addy in my profile with a url and I will be there and you will be added. :D

Okay...

Bye! <3<3

11 comments:

  1. Great post - Like you, I cheer for anyone that is trying to lose weight.

    I recently discovered BOCA veggie burgers @ Costco - they are very yummy and only 1 point each, which is fantastic for those of us on the Weight Watchers program.

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  2. um, wow...I think this would be the first time I was in a trend. lolol.

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  3. This is wisdom, simple wisdom:

    "The bottom line is, whether you have surgery or not, count calories, carbs, fat grams or points; if you take in less food energy than you need to fuel your bod, if you add a little exercise and work to get your head and your shit straight, you will lose weight. It is that simple. "

    It is just not that effin complicated.

    High five sistah :)

    G' night

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  4. I need to follow your example and get out there. I have been telling myself for months now that tomorrow I am going to go and exercise and watch what I eat, but I am such a procrastinator.

    Where can I get some of those Boca burgers?

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  5. Always love hearing your musings.

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  6. You are doing great. If what you are doing is working for you, then STICK WITH IT. Surgery was my last resort. IMO though, the band will NOT stay "in". I know too many people who have failed with the band and the complications can be seriously scary. The information about the band scared me more than having my stomach stapled and my intestines rearranged. I think it would be a GOOD thing if the band was pulled off the market. Not trying to offend bandsters, just giving my take. I think the Duodenal Switch surgery will eventually be the Ultimate Weight loss surgery. It is primo. I would have had it myself instead of gastric bypass had it been available to me. Watch for news on the DS in the future. BTW I love veggie burgers but I haven't been able to find any that aren't highly process. Processing turns me off a bit. I like more natural whole foods, but that is just me. You hang in there and have a great weekend!

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  7. Sometimes they sell Boca Burgers at Aldi, but most of the time, they are in the frozen section of the grocery store. If your grocery store has an organic section, they are frozen there.

    Morningstar Black Bean Burgers are AWESOME! If I weren't allergic to eggs, I would be eating those all the time! I should start getting those for my kiddos again. They love them.

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  8. Erika, I love this post. It's like Nike says, Just Do It!

    Like you, I support anyone who cares enough to try any weight loss method. But what works for "me" is what "I" am doing. And if it quits working, I will be changing methods.

    Great post!

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  9. I LOVE Boca Burgers!!! Hubby hates them...thats OK more for me!!!

    I get sidetracked on weight loss methods. Many times I have 'changed horses' in the middle of the stream when I was bored with what I was doing. That was just my excuse to quit once again and take a break and start over.

    My problem is food and eating it. I just love finding ways around that fact!

    LOVE your insights!

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  10. Great post and wise, too. When I was a vegetarian, I ate Morningstar Farms stuff for splurges. I loved the veggie burgers--don't go ugh. Even Chef (Bob) liked them. They have onions that crunch. Dressing the Grillers up with A-1, onions, lettuce, tomato...and you can have two, cause they only have 130 kcal/each. The veggie burgers have like 80. I like anything you can have two of.

    I've never eaten a Boca burger. I'll try them on your recommendation.

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  11. You're awesome, and conspicuously absent on my blogroll, I see. Someday I'll have my ducks in a row for the masses I follow.
    Obviously, I get your RSS feed or I wouldn't be here. OR WOULD I???

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