Sorry, But Eating Healthy Doesn’t Make Me Weird

I’d rather eat food I made myself rather than a processed piece of shit that will mess up my stomach. I have a sensitive belly and when consumed the wrong food, the repercussions can ruin my day.

I’ve been to the gastroenterologist loads of times and the doctor suggested cutting out meat to see if it helped with my digestion. I never tried doing that because I feared I couldn’t stay away from hamburgers, especially. But, when my husband and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon and met with a nutritionist, he told me to do the same.

So, I did.

The nutritionist told me to stop eating processed foods and avoid food with animals that have four legs. He also provided us with a list of foods not to eat. This time I complied because I needed a change. My husband did the same and we waited a month to see how we felt.

To my surprise, my stomach actually did improve. I stopped feeling like utter shit after I consumed cheese or dairy products. I began to stick to a healthy diet and cut out foods with ingredients that I cannot pronounce.

And, here’s the thing: eating healthy does not make me weird. I’d much prefer a salad over a fried chicken sandwich with mounds of cheese. Not to mention, how many calories is that?

Whenever someone offers me something at work, if I don’t look at the ingredients and know it’s processed, I politely decline. However, I know what they’re thinking. They think I’m strange because who doesn’t like chocolate or muffins or heck, tater tots?

What they don’t know is I must look at every single label when I’m about to eat something or make sure it doesn’t have acid in it.

However, there is such a thing as cheat day, which is one day out of the week where I consume whatever I want. But, then, I get back to my healthy eating habits.

But, let me tell you something, most of the population is unhealthy and probably have several cheat days in a row. 

We walk around not knowing we have toxins in our bodies. This could eventually lead to cancer or other diseases, but no one knows it. We all just go about our day choosing foods that are extremely unhealthy because they look appetizing.

We’re so busy that we pick up fast food or purchase frozen foods. But, really, if we took the time to think about how bad this stuff is for us, we’d avoid it like the plague!

Let me ask a question: If a nutritionist told us to start looking at labels and watching calories, would we? Sadly, no.

As a general population, it’s hard to stop eating fries, fried food and foods that make us gain weight because it makes us feel good. But, I’m done with all that shit because it makes me feel horrible after I eat it.

I hate people looking at me like I have 4 eyes because I look at labels or opt for a healthy lunch. It doesn’t make me weird! Maybe I don’t want to get cancer or any other illnesses because I’m not concerned with watching what I’m putting in my mouth.

Just think about it.

Via Puckermob

The Mechanical Diet

By Hope Kumor

With so many diets out there, it’s difficult to choose one that works best for you. Fad diets, juicing and detoxing are a few popular ways to lose weight. But, what if you had to be on a diet due to fear of choking, without teeth or those who have Alzheimer’s Disease and it had nothing to do with losing a few pounds. There is such thing and I’ve interviewed Joanne Larsen, RD, to speak more about this Mechanical Diet.

GFGL: So, what is this mechanical diet? 

Joanne Larsen: Foods are ground prior to eating due to lack of teeth, for people without teeth who cannot bite off small pieces of food with their front teeth or grind food with their back teeth before swallowing, or as a transition between pureed and regular foods. Ground foods do not need to be chewed, though they should be mixed with saliva in the mouth or other liquid foods before swallowing to increase moisture in food.  Foods are ground small enough so that chewing is not necessary and all food should be moist or juicy.  Dry foods like ground meat or starches are more likely to cause choking.

What does it consist of? 

JL: Any food can be ground including lasagna or chinese stir fry. Casseroles or mixed dishes have more flavor than separating foods into just meat or just veggies. Solids like meat, cheese, starches, veggies, and fruits are ground before eating. Adding healthy fats like olive oil add calories for people who are underweight. Depending on the person’s chewing ability, ground meats like hamburger or turkey may not need to be ground again before eating.

Who needs to be on this diet?

People who have problems with choking like achalasia should be on a mechanical soft diet, people with advanced Alzheimer’s disease may need a ground diet if they forget to chew food and choke or pocket food in their cheeks instead of chewing then swallowing food.

How does it work? 

Foods are ground before eating so that chewing is unnecessary before swallowing. If people who are on a mechanical soft diet choke on liquids like after a stroke may suffer from dysphasia, swallowing problems, then liquids can be thickened before eating.

Does one have to be on this diet forever or is it a temporary thing?

People who have had teeth removed until dentures or dental implants are placed in the mouth,people who have choking problems will need to be on a mechanical soft diet until the cause of their choking is resolved like in achalasia or dysphasia after stroke.

How is it different than other diets? 

This is a consistency change from eating a regular diet of whole foods.  Any food is allowed as long as it is ground first or a liquid that can be drank and not choked on during swallowing.

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