I love Dr. Oz. LOVE him. He motivates me and informs me… and inspires me. Some people don’t share my feelings for him, but that’s okay… more for me! :)
Today I was watching his show about addictive foods and the dangers of a food addiction. Everyone knows about nicotine addiction or alcohol addiction (and the negative connotation surrounding them) but the people in Dr. Oz’s audience today were actually arguing over whether or not food addiction is possible. Of course it is (in my opinion). I believe we can be addicted to just about anything. TV. Video games. Activities. I think at one point in time I was actually addicted to crying. I know, without a doubt, that I am struggling with an addictive relationship with food.
I’ve stumbled upon a couple of blogs lately talking about food and wellness, and most recently it was Lisa Byrne’s weekly newsletter (delivered this morning) that really spoke to me. Dr. Oz’s 4 Most Addictive Foods (linked in the photo above) are listed as: sugar, chocolate, meat, and cheese. Lisa’s list of dangerous acid-forming foods are listed as: caffeine & soft drinks, sugar, white flour, and meat and meat products. Is it a coincidence that the lists are nearly identical? Probably not.
Over the last few months I have been struggling with a terrible tummy ache after just about every meal. The worst time of day is following dinner. I haven’t been able to figure out just what the problem is, but I’ve decided that it’s time to get to the bottom of it. I went vegetarian for a while (August-October) and I’ve never felt the same since then. I felt fine going into the transition (I went vegetarian for ethical reasons rather than dietary) but since then my body seems to have a hard time digesting anything–not just meat.
As a result I have decided to start eating differently. I plan to cut my sugar and soda consumption WAY back. I plan to only eat meat that was ethically raised (Lisa’s disclaimer on adding meat to her list) and add in a whole lot more fruits and veggies. I’m afraid that my tummy could be mad at wheat & wheat products… but I’ll cross that bridge after this one. I’m hoping these changes will fix me right up and it’s not gluten at all.
Either way… I’m looking for help from you guys. What do you eat to be healthy? Where do you get your sweet-but-not-sugar-loaded fixes? I have a giant sweet tooth and that’s what scares me most about this. And how do you dress up your veggies? I’m excited and nervous for this venture all at the same time. I just have to do something…