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You Are What You Eat

Posted Jan 27 2010 12:00am

One of my all time favorite TV shows is called “You Are What You Eat”. This is on the BBC channel on the cable network. The “star” of the show is natural nutritionist Gillian McKeith. She goes into the homes of overweight, unhealthy people, and challenges them to change their eating habits. Some people ask for help. Others have a friend or loved one write Gillian, begging them to help their loved ones. The show is quite amazing and eye opening. She has the participants write a food diary for a week. At the end of that week, she reviews the food diary, and re-creates all the food and beverage choices by purchasing everything that was on the food diary. She places ALL that food and “fizzy” drinks (I love that word for soda’s) on a banquet table. It is pretty amazing what some people actually can eat per week. Sometimes it almost makes me sick to my stomach to see what one individual can put into their body. This revelation usually is very eye opening to that individual. The person is then put on a very healthy diet, with a rigorous exercise schedule. At the end of the 8 week time, before and after pictures are shown, and the results are amazing. Now, the individual usually has a hard time with the changes at some point during the process, and Gillian has to come in and get tough. Just like a drill sergeant. What would our banquet table look like after a week’s time? Challenge: Journal your food intake for a week. Every glass of water, every bit of food that goes into your mouth. Then, examine what that looks like at the end of the week. Is your banquet table full of green leafy vegetables, and colorful fruits and veggies? Or is your table full of “fizzy drinks”, cakes, fat, grease, and non nutritional foods? If your table looks like the later, consider making some changes this week. Take away the soda’s and replace with fresh water. Replace the french fries with carrot sticks and hummus. Another challenge: Make 2 positive changes this week in your diet. If you have a hard time wondering what type of changes to make, contact me, and we can talk about it. My email address is I find that being on the run is where many people make wrong choices. I have low glycemic shakes and bars on hand for these times when I am in a hurry. If I don’t plan ahead, it is easy to fall into the McDonald’s trap. You can find certified low glycemic shakes and bars on my website @ Email me and let me know how you did with your changes for the week. Joyce

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