Sunday, February 5, 2012

Soap Box Sundays!

I was inadvertently given a great idea this week by fellow blogger, Mrs Munchberry of I'm Just Puffy. (Thank you Munchie!)

For now on (or until I get tired of it anyway), Sunday posts are going to be a subject that is important to all of us in the world, important to all of you, important to me, speaking against the useless, misleading, unhealthy or just plain WRONG people, places and things in the world of weight loss, control and maintenance.

The Paula Deen-mon
Ah hell, let's not limit my gentle tirades to just a few suds. I will rant against any topic that has irked me that week. Every Sunday I will stand up on my soapbox and rail from my pulpit against the insidiousness of deep fried butter in Catholic School lunches, the Paula Deen-mon diabetes cure, or the 8,000 Calorie Jersey Shore Diet.

STOP! DON'T Google any of those stories - I made them up. Or at least, I hope I did. God help us if they are true. 

U walk me puleez now?
If I do not have a subject for the week I will just take the Sunday off from blogging and visit my real world, where floors wait to be washed and the dog waits to be walked because Mommy is busy on the Internet - again.

I am sure there will be weeks where I find nothing to bitch complain about, I am more sure there will be weeks where I will have more than one topic share with you because I like to complain share my thoughts. I hope you will keep coming back to Keeping the Pounds Off on Sundays and tell me what you think about the health/diet/nutrition/exercise/weight things that effect all of us in one way or another. And feel free to suggest topics for each week's Soapbox.

This week I am enjoying the bubble bath too much to get out and stand on my soap box for more than a paragraph or two, three, four okay, five. Of course, I have to devote those two five paragraphs to Dr Oz for this week's 'Faturday' episode.

Before the good doctor turned from sound medical advice to whatever device would plump the ratings, I enjoyed his books and the sound information he gave during media appearances. Now there is too much push for ratings over sense. He should never have become a stand alone show. It has reduced his medical credibility and boosted his star quality - not a good combination when the health of many is involved.

Try as he might, Dr Oz does not truly understand addiction or the mind of a compulsive eater. To counter obesity with the idea that you can overeat one day a week and it will be okay is a harmful suggestion for the masses who do not have continued personal support.  Perhaps when I reach that holy final number on the scale I might find it useful to have Faturday. I don't know because I am not there yet - and it could very well trigger the insanity of food addiction if I tried the actual foods I would desire, so I would have to be very careful to substitute with items that do not trigger that unhealthy part of my brain that demands food over all else. But as a tool while losing weight; to suggest that people who are currently overeating can suddenly stop, limit it to one day a week, and then change their one day a week choices into the healthier options he suggested, is simply the idea of someone who does not get the insidiousness of addiction. Yes, there will be people who can do exactly what he suggested and succeed over and over again, week after week. Very - few - people. But many people will waste a few more months on the journey spinning their wheels, trying to make this work. I know because I always looked for the way to have my weight loss and eat my cake, too.

Just the thought of it makes the addict in me want to have a 'Faturday'. I would love to eat some of the foods I no longer have. To deny that would make me a liar. I would love to try it. Oh wait, I have tried it. I have tried that experiment over and over again. When I could limit it to one day a week I didn't lose any weight before the next one. When I couldn't stop after I started, I just gained and gained. Either way, it was a failure as a weight loss device.

Dr Oz suggests changing the choices into items that do not trigger the addiction. He says on Faturday, if you crave salty, have goat cheese, a healthier choice than chips because it is a lower fat cheese. Umm, it tastes great with chips. How many people are going to really have it with celery once they get started? Of those, how many will be able to do this week after week without slipping back into what they really want to eat?

If you are someone who is spinning your wheels, losing the same pounds over and over again while you still have more to lose, do you think this method would work for you? Let me know if you try it and if it is working and what you consider 'working' to mean. If your definition is to eat what you want and gain an acceptable amount but then lose it and additional pounds and not have after effects from the 'Faturday' each week - I wish you luck and success.

I know his heart must be in the right place but this idea seems to be up the network's ass. -And there goes my chance of ever getting back on the show and having my plea for pro bono plastic surgery fulfilled. I guess I will have to find some other way to get  the skin pounds off.



E. Jane said...

You are so right about Dear Dr. O. I have lost my interest in his show, simply beacause of his oversimplified attitude to obesity and food addiction.

I remember a segment with Carnie Wilson: He told her with a blood sugar of 100 she was already a diabetic (wrong--just at the top of the normal range). He did not take into consideration her lifestyle and obviously addictive personality when he and his rather arrogant partner were designing a plan for her. She became angry and quit. I didn't blame her, because of the way she was being treatedby him and his partner.

I know he is loved by millions, and many will strongly disagree with me, but I think he views every medical issue in terms of his own personality and physiological make-up.

I also think he means well, but his show is becoming too sensational,in an effort to get good ratings. I rarely watch anymore. I think other doctors must be shaking their heads. A more credible "Dr. program" is "The Doctors."

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane,

Your sentence "just the thought of it makes the addict in me want to have a "Faturday" is SO so true for me too.

Sometime in the last three years I went from a person who overate to one that binged. From the 'oh my I ate way too much', to 'oh wow, I want MORE MORE MORE'.

I am not sure when it happened exactly, but sometimes I think if I WAS ~just~ that over-eater, I MIGHT be able to have a Faturday every now and then.

However, after realizing (and it has been a HARrrrrrrD realization!) that I am truly addicted to certain foods, I know that something like a Faturday would set, not only the physical, but the mental roller coaster of binge eating on it's destructive path again.

For me, it's almost harder to deal with the mental nightmare than the physical. Don't get me wrong, being 80lbs overweight isn't fun physically!!!

That's why shows like Dr. Oz's really torque me, even the 'experts' on the morning news shows, with whatever 'research' came out the prior day on how to get healthy, stay healthy etc etc. Of course their advice will change the next day, or the next week. Argh!!

I am much more apt to take the advice from someone (like you), and having done my own research, as opposed to someone who has never LIVED and experienced what a food addict has.

Now, tell me if it's wrong to NOT take my therapist's recent advice to: concentrate on not bingeing until I 'get good control of that'. Then, I can move on to eliminating the foods I tell him lead to binges. ?? Got any ideas for me? I feel it's OK to eliminate binge trigger foods, just makes sense to me!

Take care Jane, I love your SOAP BOX Sunday, idea!

Heather ~~~~~ :O)

Caron said...

I agree that his heart must be in the right place but I also agree that stardom has trumped good medical advice. I do not watch Dr. Oz although I did catch a show or two when he first started.

PS: Rant away! :)

Vickie said...

I did watch Dr Oz for part of the first year. And then I wandered away for some of the reasons you listed and also because I saw similar things on other topics (I think I remember something on pimples that really bothered me, and knew that dermatologists and plastic surgeons everywhere were cringing).

I do not watch ANY of this type of TV (any more). Especially not the morning shows. I do not watch very much news either for many of the same reasons.

I do not read Lyn very often (I keep my mouth shut about other people's food, but I sort of can't watch either). But I happened to wander by and see a list that I liked the other day.

Here is her list:
"So I guess my solution is
1) find substitutes
2) eliminate the total junk
3) moderate the good stuff
4) cut out the uncontrollable"

the post is here:

I think my concern would be related to number #1.

I have a hard time with the substitutes idea unless the substitutes are veggies (and actual veggies, not carbs).

But I thought this was a great little five line summary.

And I think there is a great deal that falls into item #4 for most of us.

I thought uncontrollable was a GREAT one word description.

I think recognizing what is uncontrollable is a real gift.

So many keep trying in the name of effort and do not realize they are sabotaging selves and also banging their head against a brick wall.

Another way of putting it: I think the key is knowing what actual works and getting out of our own way.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with you; too easy to keep the slide going after a "Fat-urday."