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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
February 12, 2019
Okay, so this year I was pretty wrong about something. My yearly theory about the Super Bowl being the weekend where diets and New Year’s Resolutions go to die was proven wrong. You see, anytime you see a horrible game with horrible commercials…people are going to do other things with their time. When I went walking during the game, there were lots of people on the walking path with me, including cyclists!! Some of the normal spots in my neighborhood that are always hosting something (probably because they had the biggest house and yard, two things synonymous with my neighborhood) were quiet. I walked past the normally jumping Buffalo Wild Wings and it looked like a Wednesday night, not Super Bowl Sunday. My parents and I went to go watch a rather interesting documentary called “They Shall Not Grow Old,” and there was remarkably a large crowd of people at the theater. I have made this something of a yearly tradition for myself and I can say the crowd was huge in comparison to normal years. So what the heck happened? Are people deciding to get healthier these days? I can only figure that the early reveal of the all the Super Bowl commercials made watching the game unnecessary as well as a lackluster halftime show, a lackluster game and a team that no one really wanted to see win. So for the most part, a lot of diets and resolutions most likely survived because people probably felt it was better to do something else. The ratings for the game reflected it, and I am sure the NFL will ultimately blame it on Colin Kaepernick or millennials rather than bad officiating that always seems to benefit a certain team (ahem!). So here is the new question….What do you do now? I mean, you did not break your diet and start on the downward spiral of putting off your resolution until summer, which ultimately morphs into next year. So, are you supposed to keep going forward?
Well, in my case, Facebook and Instagram are coming at me full throttle with cleanses, detoxes and liquid diet manufacturers. It’s like they somehow knew how my brain was working and such (get out of my head Zuckerberg!!) Granted, I am intrigued by some of the liquid shake stuff (which is just Slim Fast with better science and a more ethnic sounding name), but some of this stuff is making some pretty hefty claims. “Lose 50 pounds in 50 Days!” Okay, I suppose if your diet is really bad and you weigh a lot and you are sedentary, you can easily do this with a cleaner eating regimen and some basic cardio. But I didn’t see any people like that in the ad space. “Burn that fat with this additive.” Okay, still a lot more healthy looking people with abs and such smiling. I doubt they had much fat to begin. “Just like a meal, but in shake form and will fill you up!” Okay, there is some truth to this kinda stuff, but these shakes are not meant to take over your complete nutrition. Now, I have all of these speculative traits due to my work in the media and I can generally spot a lot of nonsense on the internet, especially if it has a really ethereal name that sounds like a dumb catch phrase (like SonsofDemocracy.com, heathnerdnews.com, WelcometotheRevolution.comand FoxNews.com). Yeah, I am a little surly so to speak, considering all of my old newspaper clips at the defunct Tucson Citizen were lost due to a server error. Thanks, didn’t need them anyway.
A lot of people might consider these weird steps as new ways to walk into the world of good health, because if celebrities say this stuff works, then it must be true (slamming my head into my open hand). Here is the reality of this my friends. First and foremost, we will start with the so-called detoxes and cleanses. Several studies have indicated that these measures are redundant to the human body. I wrote about this a few years ago and it still rings true. We have various entities in our body that helps cleanse toxins out of our body. We urinate it out. We sweat it out. We flush it down the toilet. Our liver, intestines and stomach do most of this dirty work. Doing a weird juice cleanse is really going to do nothing for you. If you feel your diet has been too dirty for the last few weeks, drinking a prune/apple mix for three days is not gonna solve your problem. Just go back to eating food that is good for you and your body will do the work for you. https://www.healthline.com/health-news/better-off-not-doing-a-detox#1This article here illustrates some of the dangers of trying to do long term “detoxes.” If anything, restricting your body of minerals causes more problems in the long run, for you can fear lethargic and disrupt multiple organs in your body. The problem lies in this…your body naturally gets rid of stuff when it needs to, and if you are constantly flushing your body out, what do you think is going to happen? Eventually the minerals you need to stay operational are not going to stick around, and this is why this sort of thing can make someone feel even more sick. Do this sort of stuff with caution or don’t do it all. Doctors are not 100% united on doing body flushes and what not, but they’re not saying to do this type of behavior on a regular basis. This is something I usually don’t worry too much about, especially since it has been described by very people that I drink enough coffee to out poop a race horse (I know, a little TMI). Anyway, just be careful. If you are going to participate, maybe do this type of thing for one day at a time. Heck, if you really want to do some kind of health conscious thing, intermittent fasting seems to be a healthier alternative. Now hold this thought, because this leads to the second point.
Liquid diets are becoming a rage again, but how much is too much into this life style? Now I have a lot of people on my Facebook feed that really loves blended fruits and stuff. They get large mason jars and drink to their heart’s content. I tried it once and quit after a few days. Needless to say for me, I was just too tired and just not satiated enough. Now I could fall under a biological normality that my body will reject this mode of eating, or it could be I am just normal and the people that can live this life are either genetic freaks or lying about their happiness. Because you know, social media has so much truth behind the veneer of personal posts and stuff. Entrepreneurs are really getting in on this bandwagon, providing multi-vitamin mixes that are essentially Slim Fast on steroids. And if you also notice, they are no longer using the false advertising that used to supplement this industry. While liquid meals may become more of a norm in the future, they should not be used as the end all to your weight loss journey. If anything, they should maybe be a meal replacement every couple days. Fortunately many of these companies are not stating the miracles of their product, but are being a little more truthful and saying it just has enough vitamins to help you out. Just remember, your body does need solid foods from time to time to really keep working. Solid food will also keep your jaw healthy and your teeth strong since you know, we are mammals and if we eat a diet that is TOO soft we will not really create a healthy mouth.
Anyway, as you continue your health journey after not eating culinary abominations like meat sushi and deep fried double bacon cheeseburgers with onion rings, just be careful at the promises of these types of advertisements. If they have a special offer, try it out. Just don’t get addicted because once you ultimately do something like a lot of liquid dieting, your body is gonna get extremely angry when you go back to the old ways.
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