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Moderation

Modern Eating Disorders Part Four: Just Stop Eating Already!!!

In the past three installments on modern eating disorders, we looked at diets the vilify everything from eggs, meat, dairy, grains, starches and of course, animal fats. Each camp maintains that their way is the ONLY way to eat and that touching foods from their forbidden list will surely cause anyone to meet with a sudden, untimely death. Furthermore, they also have additional lists of forbidden foods which could be anything ranging from tomatoes to citrus fruit. They have zapped virtually all enjoyment of food from this life as they sneer down their noses at the rest of us looking to find a balanced way of enjoying the very foods that have kept our ancestors surviving until the modern age.

With so much conflicting information, it is no wonder that many people have just given up. Such is the case of obese people who have been completely misled on diet. They often find themselves eating “the right foods” and gaining a ton of weight. With so many foods off the acceptable list and weight careening out of control, they are left with little choice but to get bariatric surgery — a procedure which either removes, reroutes or or ties off a portion of the stomach so that it can only hold a few TABLESPOONS of food at a time.

Doctors and patients hail this procedure as the go-to solution for the morbidly obese. Initially, recipients lose weight effortlessly as they have no appetite. Then their blood sugar and certain other stats, such as blood pressure, seem to fall within the acceptable range. But eventually, the plan backfires. Even though the dieter receives vitamins which are supposed to replace all the nutrients they no longer get from food, their hair begins to fall out, diarrhea and other digestive upsets form and up to 40% of surgery recipients end up hospitalized during the first 6 months due to complications.

But they aren’t the only ones. An increasing number of people are whittling down their food consumption in favor of vitamins, powders and food substitutes for fear of what Food will do to their bodies. Perhaps the most disturbing case I have recently read about is the case of Rob Rhinehart. A 24-year old software engineer, Rhinehart feels that he NEVER has to eat food again! This young man believes that after millions of years of survival on the planet, he’s stumbled upon the perfect solution to the impractical practice of cooking and eating food. Frying an egg, he claims, is too much hassle — what he does to make egg-frying such a time consuming and messy affair, I have no idea.

Every morning, he prepares a shake full of supplement powders as purchased in bulk from various online outlets. To this blend, he adds some oil, water and a few other ingredients. Rhinehart doesn’t feel he’s extreme because he will eat out socially on occasion. But on such a diet, I can’t see that he feels terribly social on a regular basis.

These may seem like extreme cases, but there are an increasing number of doctors who are so confused over what to eat that they not only endorse these practices, they actually invent some. A handful of steamed vegetables without fat, salt or … flavor is the order of the day — a knee-jerk reaction brought on by a confused mind. And yes, doctors who routinely do NOT study nutrition seem to be leading the pack with these insane and punishing diets.

So if avoiding everything isn’t the answer, what is? Don’t say moderation. I’ve already established in a previous article that moderation is merely a cover for anti-Food eaters to continue eating less Food and more junk.


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

Day 3 - Moderation is for Losers

People are often most resistant to things that are actually good for them. The moderation spiel is just one of many excuses that people use to get out of getting healthy. Watch today’s video to see why I think that moderation is a MAJOR cop out that will keep you sick.

So what did I eat today? I really didn’t eat enough breakfast. Went to bed late last night and with the dark winter morning, just didn’t want to get out of bed. So I had a cracker with pâté and a bite of some leftover spinach omelet until I got home for lunch. So what was for lunch?

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I didn’t have time to put together a vegetable, so I just pulled some kimchee out of the fridge. Kimchee is wonderful Korean sauerkraut that has probiotic properties. I generally try to include it or some other kind of lacto-fermented vegetable with my meals, but tend to fall off when the weather gets cold. The cold vegetable with the cold weather are too cooling on my system, making me want to hibernate. I think that’s why the Germans usually cook their sauerkraut. And from what they tell me, it seems to retain all of its probiotic qualities as well. I actually had a client once with terrible digestion. When I suggested she start eating sauerkraut, she got excited because she happened to love sauerkraut and had several cans of it in her kitchen. A month later when she returned, she reported that her constipation cleared up just by including some of the canned kraut with each meal. Now, I wouldn’t get it in cans because of the metal being leached into the kraut, but it does go to show that fermented vegetables are probably not so ready to lose their benefits even during the canning process. So if that’s all you can get your hands on, it’s better than nothing.

So now on to dinner. I had some lamb stewing pieces. They were mostly bone, so the meat was going to need long cooking. I ended up kinda cheating here because I also had to feed the kids and wanted them to have a little more starch just to make sure they felt adequately satisfied before going to bed. And let’s face it, lamb stew just wouldn’t be the same without the aromatic flavors of carrot or some other kind of root vegetable. So I ended up putting a few carrots and parsnip in the pot to bring the flavor of the lamb together.

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My husband (who’s doing the challenge with me) and I did not eat those veggies, but we did eat the lamb along with some guacamole. Yum! Very satisfying. I think I’m gonna go eat a little kimchee now. It’s been several hours since I’ve eaten and it should help ensure that I stay asleep — a problem I’ve had since I was involved in a car accident.

Have you started this year on a high note by cleaning up your body? If so, I’d love to hear from you!


About Adrienne Hew

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Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.

The Myth of Moderation

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Moderation is a term that is often bandied about by people when they no longer understand what to eat. Unfortunately, this approach to eating fails nearly 100% of the time.

My grandfather was the first person I had ever hear use the saying. He was born in the West Indies in the late 1800s. To him moderation meant eating his meals made from whole ingredients such as meat (including seafood and chicken), vegetables, bread, rice, fruit, dairy and tea. Snacks, desserts and alcohol were occasional indulgences mainly reserved for birthday parties, weddings and holidays.

To him, moderation also meant living moderately. He didn’t perform any extreme sports or go to the gym. He took walks when he needed to get somewhere. He didn’t smoke, but was not paranoid to be in the company of someone who was. He took life in stride, was never sick a day in his life and lived to be 103.

The next person to give me the moderation speech was 37 years old. She was 60 lbs overweight, avoided red meat, ate cup of soups and other processed foods for most of her meals, snacked throughout the days on various confections and ate a half dozen Dunkin Donuts and large coffee with extra low fat milk and several packets of sugar every morning for breakfast. She was a runner and contracted every disease and illness that circulated. Unfortunately, this is how the vast majority of people interpret “everything in moderation.”

The reason why some people feel this is living moderately is because they are so confused by the messages we receive from the media. We are continually told that meat and fat are bad. Then the same “nutritional experts” find every excuse possible to let us know that we need to include chocolate, coffee, red wine and processed soy foods into our diets. They claim that the only reason our ancestors thrived on high quality protein such as meat and saturated fats is because they were constantly on the move. Yet there is so much missing from this misguided information!

True, few of our ancestors sat behind a desk, but relatively few of them performed intense physical activity all day long either. Energy was often expended in short spurts followed by long periods of down time spent communing with others. Today, however, the “moderationists” feel that we can somehow exercise all the nutrients that are missing from our diets into our bodies. This is impossible. Only foods that have co-existed with humans since the dawn of our species can do this. There is no factory, no exercise, no substitute to match nature’s elements.

So if you want to live in moderation to protect your health, eat like our ancestors. They had the blueprint for good health. True there were famines and other scourges that often took them in the prime of life, but those who escaped such an end routinely lived to be 90 years and older. They did not succumb to cancer, heart disease or complications of diabetes.

To this satisfying diet, add your exercise, your spirituality, and other components of a healthy lifestyle. It is proven that all of these elements go hand in hand, but it is difficult to have the lifestyle when the diet is not congruent.

There are far more elements to consider to determining exactly how to proceed with a healthy diet. They will be gradually revealed to you as you browse the pages of this site.


About Adrienne Hew

Adrienne-Hew_BlackWhite.jpg

Adrienne Hew is a Certified Nutritionist and the Nutrition Heretic Podcast Host, but is best known online as an author of the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller 50 Ways to Eat Cock: Healthy Chicken Recipes with Balls! Receiving a certificate in Chinese dietetics in 2002 and her degree as a Certified Nutritionist in 2004, she has helped many clients and workshop attendees to decode their own health dilemmas by understanding the inconsistencies in conventional nutritional dogma. She currently resides in Hawaii with her husband and two children.