Sometime somewhere in the past week or so I made a comment on someone’s blog about weight loss maintenance. And my comment went something like this:
… for weight loss and maintenance, I agree it does look different for everyone. But one thing is consistent–it is healthy whole foods for the most part. Different people eliminate or severely limit certain food groups, but it is always healthy. And that should always be our goal, don’t you think? (health)
Now I’m not so sure of that statement. Are there people out there who maintain a weight loss eating the Standard American Diet (lots of processed foods, fast foods, etc?)
Since making that statement, I’ve been on an odyssey of sorts. I met with Wendy (my partner on The Bridge) on Tuesday, and we had an interesting discussion via email about food–genetically engineered foods vs. selective breeding/organic food, the evils(?) of wheat, etc. And then I caught a cold (first time I’ve been sick in years) and so I watched a bunch of documentaries on the topic. One of the really good ones was Fresh, the Movie. You can watch it free until Feb. 1. I also watched Killer at Large, Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat, and Deconstructing Supper, about genetically engineered crops.
Mostly I was happy that I have changed the way I eat. I enjoy eating good fruits and vegetables, and plain old meat (not fried or coated in something.) And of course you know I love my dairy–mostly cottage cheese and yogurt.
Don’t you think we need to get off of the “MUST LOSE WEIGHT” merry-go-round and get on the “MUST BE HEALTHY” roller coaster? Oh, I know. Being overweight is not healthy. I KNOW. Hypertension and diabetes are just a couple of the diseases that I side-stepped by losing weight. What I’m talking about is when we are tempted to try crazy diets or even worse stuff to get to a certain weight, or a certain size, or to look a certain way to please ourselves or what we think other people’s perception of us is. In that Killer at Large movie, there was a 12 year old girl who weighed over 200 pounds, and a doctor did liposuction on her to remove 35 pounds of fat WITH HER PARENTS APPROVAL. Seven months later she had regained 40 pounds. By the end of the movie her parents were taking her to Mexico for lap band surgery. It was kind of sickening. And its kind of frustrating to me to see bloggers and other people I know trying drastic measures THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EATING HEALTHY FOOD to lose weight that maybe is not necessary to lose for their health.
Anyway, by the end of all these documentaries I was ready to do a complete garden re-do, which would mean putting in raised beds so I could raise all my own healthy organic non-genetically engineered vegetables. And then I thought Wait! Let’s not get carried away. I bet I can just raise chickens for eggs again, and trade for fresh fruits and veggies from my more industrious friends and neighbors. So changing the topic rapidly…
I went to a chicken show on Saturday! I just love purebred animals of all kinds. Honestly, though. Is there anything more silly than getting your chicken all fluffed up for a chicken show? Unless maybe its fluffing your rabbit for a rabbit show (something I did for a brief period of time.) Anyway, I took some pictures to share with you all!
THAT is a real chicken!
His straight haired brother:
A gorgeous Barred Plymouth Rock rooster. These are one of the most common chicken breeds in our area.
My favorite chicken in the show! I’ve never seen these before–called a Coronation Sussex.
Ooh, if I’d had a place for them, these little Mandarin ducks would have come home with me! You can see how small they are by the chickens in the background.
And a “silkie”:
One of the breeds I am most likely to get–Salmon Faverolles. I love the color variations on them. They’re supposed to be easy going and good egg layers. (Rooster on the right and hen on the left.)
If I get banties, I would like some of these–called “splash” cochins”
And this was just one of the cutest things I’ve seen in a while. The little 4H kids all lined up so seriously, and then they were supposed to make their chicken walk up and down the table just by tapping it lightly with that little stick. (I thought about whether or not I should post this picture, but the kids were SURROUNDED by adults with cameras, and I’m betting most of them end up on facebook.)
That’s all for now. I’ve got a lot more ‘regular’ stuff to say, but I’ll save it for another day! I need to post more often…