THE WAY YOU EAT, WHAT YOU EAT & WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT IT!

THE WAY YOU EAT, WHAT YOU EAT & WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT IT!

Diet cartoon"FAT' is usually the first insult a girl throws at another girl when she wants to hurt her. I mean, is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be?  Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive', 'jealous', 'shallow', 'vain', 'boring' or 'cruel'?  Not to me; but then, you might retort, what do I know about the pressure to be skinny? I'm not in the business of being judged on my looks, what with being a writer and earning my living by using my brain. . .

I went to the British Book Awards that evening.  After the award ceremony, I bumped into a woman I hadn't seen for nearly three years.  The first thing she said to me?  'You've lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!'

'Well,' I said, slightly nonplussed, 'the last time you saw me; I'd just had a baby.'

What I felt like saying was, 'I've produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you.  Aren't either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?' But no - my waist looked smaller!  Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!      - J. K. ROWLING

J. K. Rowling's rant is hilarious, but the fattening of America is a real concern.  Sanjay Gupta, M.D. and CNN medical correspondent, came to the Bay Area May 2nd, 2014 for the 13th annual Mills -Peninsula Hospital Foundation lunch and lecture.  Some surprising facts that came out of his talk:

1.  40% of the country is health illiterate.  We are not mindful and simply don't understand what foods we need to consume to be healthy.  For e.g., most people who live in the U.S. don't know that having 2 tbsps of ketchup is like having 2 desserts.

2. 100 million people in this country will have diabetes in the next 35 years. If we reduce our body weight by just 5-7%, the likelihood of us getting Type 2 diabetes goes down by 71%.
3. All calories are not created equal. Sugar, more than any other substance, is toxic to the human body. An average woman should have no more than 25 grams of sugar daily; an average man no more than 40 grams daily. Yet it's so hard to meet this challenge; to wit, a bluberry muffin has 42 grams of sugar; a standard soda has 67 grams, which is nearly triple of what an average woman should consume every day.
4. You can fool the brain by using tiny tricks, for e.g., taking a small plate instead of a big plate. The brain is also not good at distinguishing when you're thirsty rather than hungry. Bottom line: any time your stomach rumbles, reach for a glass of water instead of a cookie.
5. We've heard this many times-your brain takes 20 minutes to tell your stomach you're full. The problem is that's 20 minutes too late. The solution: walk away from the table 80% full, not fully full. Simply pushing the plate away and saying it's enough, makes a difference.
Name of the game: start eating right; start aging well!

Author with friend and Dr. Sanjay Gupta

 

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