Modern to Primal: My Evolution to Proper Nutrition and Elite Fitness

July 28, 2009, 8:26 pm
Filed under: Food, Health and Wellness, Junk Food

hungry-girlI have this well-meaning aunt that knows I’ve struggled with my weight for some time, and has recently been forwarding me some nutrition/diet tips from this website called Hungry Girl ( It’s all the standard CW bullshit, and I cringe at all of the ‘healthy’ suggestions they list. Check out their ‘healthy’ mac ‘n’ cheese (using heart healthy whole grain pasta, of course!):

Serving Size: 1 serving (about 1/3rd of the package), prepared according to classic box instructions
Calories: 410
Fat: 19g
Sodium: 710mg
Carbs: 49g
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 7g
Protein: 10g

It always makes me roll my eyes when I see dieters trying to justify a sugar/carb binge as healthy when it’s low fat. Check it:

HG News You Can Use! Holey Donuts! makes really great-tasting low-fat donuts & reduced-fat cinnamon buns — and the donut co. is wrapping up a FANTASTIC contest right now. Five winners will each win three boxes of yummy low-fat donuts…

Well, shit…if the donut is LOW FAT that must mean it’s healthy, right?! No mention of the sugar content, because sugar is apparently a non-factor. Always looking for a way to deceive ourselves into thinking we’re making good choices.

And…the worst one:

Post’s Bowls of Hope Program – Want to chew for a cause? Chew on this… Until the end of ’09, Post will donate one bowl of cereal to Feeding America for every purchase of specially marked Post Shredded Wheat cereal (up to 15 million bowls!).

Great! Feed the world sugary, nutritionally-void pseudo food! Thanks, Post! Grr. So now I wonder if I should bother saying anything to my aunt. If she found out that I’m following a high-fat (saturated, even!), low-carb nutritional plan, she’d probably freak out. I haven’t told many people about it, as they tend to give me looks of disapproval and bewilderment and subtle, “Just be careful” warnings. I’ve not felt this good in a very long time, so I’m not worried about the approval of others, but it does get old feeling like you have to justify the way you eat.


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At least the delete key is simple to use in your case. I’m wishing I had joined the debate team in high school trying to defend my diet choices in person.

Today I was talking to my boss:
Me – “I’ve been eating this paleo diet for twenty-seven days and I feel great, I’m so glad I did this.”
Boss – “It’s not healthy.”
Me – “I track my vitamin and mineral intake and they are all above 100% my RDA, I eat more vegetables than most vegetarians”
Boss – “It’s not healthy.”
Me – *headdesk*

That site is a monstrosity. My god do they have to make everything into a dessert? Why are we so obsessed with sweets anyway?!?

I like to join those annoying “mainstream” fitness sites (ex:fitsugar) and quietly add my own subversive comments promoting lifting heavy and eating fat.

Comment by amyt

Hmm…seems to me that your boss is fairly close-minded in this case. He can’t even defend his position on WHY it’s “not healthy?” Oh well.

I find it amusing that people are always looking for a sugar and carb substitute, as if they are entitled to eating junk. Why can’t we just give up these foods altogether?! I know it’s tough at first, but once you are able to truly appreciate the natural flavors and aromas in whole foods, all of that other crap becomes just that…crap. I would love to see the comments you make at those other sites! I might have to take a gander over there…

I hope I don’t sound elitist here, I mean, I am a notorious carb-binger. I’ve gone back to my old habits more times than I can count. I do believe that this time is the last, as I have finally adopted this as a principled lifestyle and not just some fast way to lose weight. I hope the same goes for you. I can certainly agree that I feel so much better eating this way.

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