“Single Serving Size, My Ass!”In: Fit-n-Fab 40's
So let’s get this straight kids, you do not get to have an ass like that at 44 and eat the “single serving size” portion that the US Food and Drug Administration has determined appropriate. How do I know? Because after 6 months of eating according to the recommended allowances by the FDA, I no longer have an ass like that either!
How have things changed since before I had children 20 plus years ago, when I was not as meticulous about what I ate, and now? For one thing, a single serving of soda was 6 1/2 ounces then; and today, according to this 20 ounce bottle of ginger ale in front of me, that is a single serving. And a candy bar to go with that soda? Well a single serving used to be about 160 calories. And now? 400! What was called “King Size” and appropriate for 2 1/2 is now labeled as a single serving. How did that happen?
There are a number of reasons that contributed to this situation: the sugar embargo and the introduction of High Fructose Corn Syrup, corporations marketing to consumers in the “Costco” era where more is cheaper and therefore better, the FDA saying it’s okay, blah, blah, blah. What it really comes down to is people’s unwillingness to take personal responsibility for their decisions. Nobody made you pick up that fork. It was not a corporation that made that woman’s ass look like that!
So cut it out. Literally. If you can’t do it all at once, aim small, miss small. Cut the candybar in half; substitute garbage sweets for nutrient rich ones, ie, Hershey’s Reese’s for dark chocolate-ceovered almonds; drink water with a slice of fruit in it. And then reward yourself with something other than food…like a healthier pancreas!
This is an addendum I’m adding here. A dear friend, Andrew, the hugger, shared this photo with me. It is a fantastic visual. However, it is not entirely accurate. Most of those drinks have High Fructose Corn Syrup, not sugar in them. And to elaborate on what I wrote above, when HFCS is eaten, the body is only able to digest small amounts at a time and only in the liver which converts it directly into fat. Unlike other carbohydrates, HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin, the substance that acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain. Hence, the vicious cycle, eating food that gets immediately stored as fat and never feeling full, causing us to crave even more food in an attempt to get the nutrients we need. May I remind you that the FDA has ruled twice that HFCS is “safe” to consume. And if the government is saying that it is safe, isn’t it? I don’t think so…unless you want to be morbidly obese, have diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.