Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Excuses

We've heard some good ones for not being able (read: not prepared) to give up bread and pasta. One we've heard from several severely overweight people with significant medical problems relating to their overweight is that they are European.

How does your ethnic background force you to eat foods that are causing your weight to expand? It doesn't. It doesn't matter whether you are European or of any other ethnic background: it's simply a very convenient excuse.

It's true that humans have been eating grains for tens of thousands of years. So bread and pasta (which is made of wheat) are strongly ingrained in our culture. That pun was intended, by the way. Grains go back so far in our cultural history that they have even taken root in the way we use our language.

But think about it. You're saying you won't do what it takes to get healthy, because you are not prepared to change your diet?

Here's a reason that gets a little closer to the truth: You won't do what it takes to get healthy, because you know deep down you are addicted to grains and starches.

Put another way, if you don't believe you are addicted, what is stopping you from challenging yourself to two weeks without them?

In the following posts we're going to look at some of the reasons how grains and starches lead to weight gain, and some effective strategies for getting our minds around this very deep-rooted cultural addiction.

Get on board with us, and you'll find yourself getting off the grain ride.

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