The relationship between obesity and low self-esteem

September 12, 2009

This British study found that over 20 years, low self-esteem leads to obesity and not the other way around.

I believe low self-esteem leads to poor eating habits, especially the need to stuff yourself with sweets, which makes us feel the need to eat ever more carbohydrates to feel full.

It’s called stuffing your feelings instead of letting them out and dealing with them, and it can turn into a never-ending vicious cycle.  We stuff our feeling and try unsuccessfully to hide them.  Pretty soon they are showing all over our body!

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Sweets: How much is too much?

June 22, 2009

sugar how much is too muchI just heard a very disturbing statistic:  over 60% of American women wear a size 14 or larger.

I’m sure there are many reasons for this unhealthy and unfortunate fact, but I have gained new insight into one major reason for our obesity epidemic in the past few months.

I have been engaged in a difficult but amazingly revealing experiment since mid-April when I began cutting all sweets from my diet for health reasons.

That includes all types of sugars, honey, maple syrup, fruit and fruit juices, cane sugar, agave, most dairy, potatoes, white flour, and most artificial sweeteners.  Stevia is my only exception, and I try not to use very much of that.

The most important fact I have discovered is that some form of sugar hides in almost everything we eat, even those products you might never suspect!

For example, did you know that you cannot buy a cracker or any type of sausage without sugar in them?  Even at the “health food” stores?  If you start looking very closely at the ingredient labels you will see some type of sugar is truly everywhere!  Even in the salty snacks you thought you were eating just for a salt fix!

BTW, dairy products are also full of milk sugars!

I’ve heard all the debates about whether sugar is worse for you than high fructose corn syrup and how honey or agave is better.  I don’t buy any of it anymore!  Just cut it all out and find out who you really are then!  See how well you can cope when your mood altering addiction to sugar and dairy (read as ice cream this time of year!) is no longer an option.  And no more fake sugars either to tide you over!

Imagine everyone in America giving up sugar at the same time!  I was doing fine for a while and then I got into a very stressful situation.  I was upset, hot and miserable and ALL I WANTED WAS SOME ICE CREAM!!!  This is how I cope and I would venture a guess I am very much not alone in that behavior pattern.  Time to learn some new and healthier coping skills.

I would also venture a guess that sugar is the number one killer in America and most of us are at least as addicted to it as a heroin addict is addicted to his/her regular daily fix.