Anyway, all that to say, last night I was out until midnight at a schwanky Derby party at Churchill Downs. My throat hurts from talking and my feet hurt from my awesomely adorable new shoes. And in a few minutes we are off to the Derby Oaks. That’s the day BEFORE the real Kentucky Derby (think Christmas Eve), where there’s a big ole’ horse race and everyone shows up in fancy clothes and hats and sings My Old Kentucky Home—the words of which I still do not know.
So I’m typing frantically to get this Fitness Friday post up. Did you really need to know all that? Yes, you did.
This week I’m answering a few questions that have been discussed over at my other blog Fitness Friday Fanatics*. This is a private blog I started for those of you who wanted a little extra accountability in reaching your fitness goals in 2009.
(*note: this blog no longer exists.)
One of the things I love about Fitness Friday Fanatics is that we totally let our hair down. For me, that means that I never, ever proofread a post (I know you are thinking that I don’t proofread this one either, but I swear I do.) And I don’t add fancy links or cute graphics. And I post whenever I want, or DON’T want! It’s RAW blogging freedom, y’all. Something about that statement just made me want to drive a pick-up truck with a confederate flag on the back glass. Weird.
It also means we speak freely about our struggles and concerns, and we ask lots of questions. And then all these smart Fitness Friday Fanatic ladies chime in with their thoughts and encouragement. (Thank you, Jesus, for creating the person who invented Google…because without it, I would have nothing to contribute.)
So this week, I thought I’d share some of the questions these awesome ladies have posted, along with some of the answers—cleverly disguised, of course, so as to protect their identities. (Insert Mission Impossible theme music here)
Q: I’ve always heard that sugar substitutes are harmful – more harmful than real sugar? Are they worth using?
A: Permission to speak freely? I hate sugar substitutes. I hate everything about them. Not only do I think they taste odd, but they are chemically produced in a lab. That means they are FAKE FOOD. Not intended for human consumption. I’m sorry if you consume them.
I don’t hate YOU.
I love YOU.
I just hate what you are eating. The more I read about chemically processed foods and their effect on our health, the more I hate them. Here’s a little tidbit of information about two of the most popular:
Aspartame (Nutra-Sweet) accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious including seizures and death. A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain.
According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, parkinson’s disease, alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.
Sucralose(Splenda)-People think this one is safe because it’s “made from sugar.” But recent studies have revealed links to weight gain, disruption of sleep patterns, sexual dysfunction, increases in cancer, MS, Lupus, diabetes, and a list of epidemic degenerative diseases. And a recent Purdue University study found this fake sweetener to wreak havoc on the metabolism of laboratory animals. Which may explain why people who consume diet sodas and “sugar free” processed foods tend to still gain weight.
Consider this: the average American eats about 30 teaspoons of sugar a day, or 114 pounds of sugar a year! So sugar substitutes appear to be the best of both worlds: sweetness without calories.
Q: I work out very hard, (4-5 days per week) and I’m seeing little results. If I miss a day or two of working out, I gain weight immediately, even when I restrict calories. Also, when I first started working out, I lost weight easily, but now I can’t seem to lose any more. What is going on?
A. That is incredibly frustrating, especially when you are doing all the hard work of exercising. Here are a few things I would suggest:
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