Society is Addicted to Crap Food and Lost Their Discipline


Going to be tough today!

Every day I have a salad with some form of meat and/or cheese–with vegetables, for lunch.  I also have a salad at dinner, but the salad and veggies might be separate from my meat.

But, for the most part, that is what I eat.  I have discipline. I have snacks in between and after dinner–protein-based.

It saddens me to see people trying to lose weight and still get stuck on eating white bread sandwiches (which have gluten and no nutritional value at all–it is all about just FILLING UP THE BELLY)–and boy does it fill up the belly, outwardly.

But, SO many people now seem to feel that they need to wash that sandwich down with a bag of chips.

I eat at a lunch place where they serve salads, sandwiches and soups.  There is a rack of potato chips to choose from.  Everyone who orders a sandwich (except my husband), grabs a bag to have with their lunch.  Most people eating salads seem to know better and don’t eat the chips.

What is the deal with the chips?  Is everyone so addicted to the carb, glucose-high?

Do you want to lose weight?  You have to get through the addiction.  I did it.  I was addicted to pasta (wheat-based). It takes a few weeks and you must have a lot of low-fat cheese snacks and hard-boiled eggs to tide you over until the addiction clears…but it does.  I learned to like coffee even more.

Then, you will lose the weight and keep it off.

Until then, the chips and bread are winning, not you!  Nutritionally, they are useless.  A lot of sodium (Not good for the heart), few vitamins, only 2g of protein and 24g of carbs.  If you want to lose weight and only want 50 to 100g of carbs a day, you are going to waste it all on a bag of empty chips?  It is going to turn to sugar and only make you crave more sugar later (about 6 sugar cubes worth)….

The sandwich in itself is about 24g of carbs for the bread.  Great–in one sitting, little nutritional value and around 50g of carbs.  This is not going to help with losing weight.


So, it is your choice.  Do it or not.  Stop complaining though if you don’t lose and you hate how you look!

Eat Well, Look Good and Live Well

I read stories daily about how eating well can actually heal your body.  How many of you want to lose weight, but also have health concerns?

It doesn’t just affect your blood sugar and diabetes, or your high blood pressure and hypertension……I read today that nutrition has a lot to do with plantar fascitis foot pain.  And there are many other issues due to poor nutrition.


There are many cancers and health issues coming from just eating processed foods, artificial dyes, high fructose corn syrup, GMO products, etc.

If you are addicted to junk food, there are a bevy of health issues that could lead to health concerns, mental health issues, as well as obesity.

Junk food:

  • It’s low in fiber.
  • It’s high in palatability (that is, it tastes good).
  • It offers a high number of calories in a small volume.
  • It’s high in fat.
  • It’s high in sugar in liquid form

Processed food:

It is highly addictive and slowly killing you with its low nutrition, its use of genetically modified products, they cause gut inflammation and lead to further breakdown of the immune system, they are full of pesticides and they just ruin your insides.

The best foods for you are on the outer skirts of the market.  The organic fresh fruits, veggies, lettuce products, fresh grass-fed meats and organic eggs, bovine growth hormone free milk products and nuts.  All of the stuff that is easier to get to–in the center–about 80 percent of it didn’t even exist 100 years ago.  That stuff in the boxes–those are processed foods.  And some are way worse than others.

If you choose to eat a Paleo diet, chances are that you will not only lose weight, but you will get well or stay well.

Since I stopped eating things that were not so prevalent many years ago, I am feeling better and look my best. I used to be very sick and I am doing much better than ever.  Even my skin glows now.  I stopped eating stripped wheat and I actually avoid wheat.  Once in a while, I have a Perfect 10 Wheat Bagel from Western Bagel.  I also stopped eating rice…if I had any at all, it would be brown rice or quinoa (and only a golf ball sized portion).  I stopped eating starches like potatoes and once in awhile, I put some carrot strips in my salad. No one has to eat potatoes.  If you want minerals or iron, there are so many healthy foods to choose from to get those things.  Kale, Spinach, brocoli and Cauliflower have many necessary minerals in them.


And I hate to ruin your breakfast or lunch (hopefully it is not some nice GMO cereal or Mac and cheese, because here is an example of what the processed food companies would like you to not ever see.

Here is what happens to rats who eat nothing but GMO products: (I hope it makes you think!)




Even Burger King Has Entered the Diet Low-Carb Ring

The news has been out for a few weeks now. Burger King now has new lower fat, lower calorie fries.


In light of the rising rates of obesity worldwide, Burger King’s “Satisfries” can be munched on for 20 percent less calories than normal fries, and 40 percent less fat. In addition, the snack contains 30 percent fewer carbohydrates than competitor McDonald’s french fries.

Burger King’s Chief Marketing Officer, Eric Hirschhorn, told the Huffington Post:

“You live in Manhattan and might be having a kale smoothie on your way to work this morning. But a lot of people don’t even know what kale is, and if they do, they don’t want to eat it. You have to give people what they want.”

If you want to order the Satisfry, you will need to pay 20 – 30 cents more. Children can have the substitution for free.

Despite claims that the Satisfries are better, here are the nutritional counts:

Calories. 340. Protein. 4g. Carbohydrates. 51g. Sugar. 0g. Fat. 14g.

51g of carbs in a bag of fries is good? If I can only have between 50 and 100g of carbs a day to lose weight, then a bag of fries is pretty much IT for the day! But, the protein is only 4g and I need 6 protein meals throughout the day, so this is NOT a diet food.

Rule of thumb. Want to lose weight? Avoid root vegetables. They are loaded with carbs and sugar.


If you are stuck going to Burger King–

Here are some of my recommendations for Burger King Low-Carb dinner choices that are lowest in carbs. Please note….no bun, hardly any carbs. The Low-Carb Whopper has 3g of carbs and the Low-Carb Jr Whopper has 1g of carbs (because there is NO bun!)

Low-Carb Breakfast Choices

Breakfast Bowl: Serving Size: 1 bowl, Calories: 540, Fat: 42g, Carbs: 17g, Protein: 24g

Breakfast Muffin Sausage Egg Cheese W/o Bread:
Serving Size: 1sandwich, Calories: 270, Fat: 22g, Carbs: 2g, Protein: 15g

Breakfast Sausage Burrito – No Tortilla:
Serving Size: 1 Burrito, Calories: 170, Fat: 14g, Carbs: 2g, Protein: 10g

Breakfast Bowl (Eggs and Sausage Only) –
Serving Size: 1 bowl, Calories: 270, Fat: 21g, Carbs: 3g, Protein: 13

Breakfast Muffin Sandwich Without English Muffin
Serving Size: 1 sandwich, Calories: 268, Fat: 25.9g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 15g

Breakfast Muffin Sandwich: Sausage, Egg and Cheese – No Muffin
Serving Size: 1 sandwich, Calories: 270, Fat: 22g, Carbs: 2g, Protein: 15g

Breakfast Bacon: Serving Size: 1 Serving, Calories: 40, Fat: 3g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 3g

Breakfast Muffin-bacon Egg & Cheese
Serving Size: 1 Muffin Sandwich (131g), Calories: 250, Fat: 11g, Carbs: 22g, Protein: 14g

Breakfast Muffin Without Muffin
Serving Size: 1 sandwich, Calories: 290, Fat: 25g, Carbs: 2g, Protein: 12

Breakfast Ham
Serving Size: 1 Serving, Calories: 35, Fat: 1g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 6g


Buyer beware, stay away from the fries, shakes and buns. Then, you could be eating low carb. Always look at nutritional information.

Junk Food is BAD for your Health and DIET


Heard the saying?  “You are what you eat!”

I admit that now and then, I have junk food.  But, I am very particular what I do have.

If I go to Taco Bell, I have the beef or chicken taco salad with only cheese, sour cream, lettuce, beef, salsa.  Or a burger, protein style at Carl’s Jr or In and Out burger.  Or a fast food salad if my choices are slim and I watch the carbs in it.  But, overall, most of those food items are cheap, not organic and not that healthy.  I also might order low-carb pancake mix or pasta now and then to have something that tastes “good”, but isn’t as bad as the regular version.  Bacon and sausage have nitrates and that is not good for you, but I keep it limited.

However, if you eat well, your gut will run well.  I know that since I have been careful about food choices and cut down on carbs, my irritable bowel and my heartburn has gone away.  My churning gut, filled with gas-producing items and bad balances was actually making me sick and this could have led to further health issues and complications down the line.

This following article is about how what we eat affects everything.  We can’t just eat whatever we want based on desire or taste.  We can’t eat Hawaiian rolls for breakfast, pizza for lunch and Panda Express for dinner.  All of these items are filled with preservatives, white flour, gluten, sodium, major carbs and calories and little protein and nutrients.  We are supposed to eat to live, not live to eat.

And gut flora and bacteria are issues in how well your brain works.  There are studies as well, that show that the first 20 days of a baby’s gut flora and the foods they get can affect whether they are prone to autism or not.

There are 4 types of foods that help keep a healthy gut:

1.  Foods with fiber (get at least 25g a day):  citrus fruit, , leafy greens and yellow vegetables and food with fiber.

2.  Foods that help the good bugs:  yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, bananas, garlic, asparagus, onions.

3. Choose foods that soothe: caraway, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, fennel, ginger, mint, nutmeg, oatmeal.

4. Eat foods to flatten your tummy: avocado, brown rice, dark chocolate, nuts, oatmeal, olive oil, seeds.  (Keep in mind that these foods are higher in carbs, be mindful of measuring.

Eat fresh, healthy foods and you will feel and look better too.  It affects EVERYTHING!

Emergency Junk Food

If I ever get in a bind and need a protein hit in the morning (gotta have breakfast and eat again  a few hours later), I make a sacrifice and stop through a fast food restaurant.  You can order a side of eggs, a side of eggs and bacon, or if you are disciplined enough–you can order a breakfast sandwich and throw away the bread.


Yes, I throw away the bread.  I sometimes feed it to birds.

The biscuit itself in this sandwich is about 30g of carbs and less than 2g of carbs for the rest of what is in the biscuit.  Is the biscuit itself (white flour that is SOO not good for you) worth 30g of carbs, when you want to only eat 50g to 100g of carbs to lose and maintain weight?

It is your choice.


Junk Food=Junk Brain (leads to anxiety/depression)

Eating junk food can actually change the brain, spurring symptoms of anxiety and depression if you stop consuming it, according to a new study in mice.



Researchers from the University of Montreal found that mice fed diets high in sugar and fat had different chemical activity in their brains and exhibited more signs of withdrawal if they stopped eating it, compared with those fed more healthy foods.

“The chemicals changed by the diet are associated with depression,” study researcher Dr. Stephanie Fulton said in a statement. “A change of diet then causes withdrawal symptoms and a greater sensitivity to stressful situations, launching a vicious cycle of poor eating.”

They found that the mice fed the high-fat diet were more anxious at the end of the study, and also had higher levels of the CREB molecule, which is known to play a role in dopamine production (dopamine helps promote feelings of reward).  They also gained weight and the changes in the brain occured before obesity.

This is certainly not the first time junk food has been linked to negative effects in the brain. A Neurology study published last year showed a relationship between having high blood amounts of trans fats anddecreased performance on brain functioning tests, as well as decreased brain volume.

“It’s clear that trans fats are bad — both for your heart and now, we see, for your brain,” the researcher of that study, Dr. Gene Bowman, of Oregon Health & Science University, told HuffPost Food.

It is recommended that people stay away from all trans fats. If  there’s vegetable shortening, partially hydrogenated anything… just put it down.  You will have some withdrawal, but let it pass and eat healthy food and avoid future issues with messing with your brain chemistry.