Just What the #$%&! am I Supposed to Eat!?!

CW: discussion of food that may be triggering to people suffering from eating disorders.

Very interesting post talking about the arguments nutrition scientists make about how many milligrams of this and what portion of that one is supposed to eat. The main topic is recent studies that suggest the current sodium intake could be dangerously low and the post talks about how the current recommendation is just the bare minimum of salt a person can eat while still getting sufficient calories and nutrients. I’m particularly interested in this ’cause my mom and her parents had heart disease and I’ve avoided salt like the plague because of that.

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So have you seen the article in the New York Times that says it might be okay to eat salt again?  It seems some recent research is calling into question the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 1,500 milligrams a salt per day.  Now on the one hand, this question is almost moot, because it’s nearly impossible to achieve 1,500 milligrams of salt a day and do things like occasionally eat food that has had any processing, eat out once in a while, or you know, live in the modern world.   On the other hand, there are some indications that consuming sodium levels as low as 1,500 milligrams per day might actually be harmful.  So it probably does merit a second look.

So according to the article, several recent studies have indicated that a sodium level goal of 2,300 might be better than 1,500 milligrams per day.  Some of these studies…

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National Weight Stigma Awareness Week + Awesome Link

This week (Sept. 24-28) is National Weight Stigma Awareness Week, which is a great thing to get involved in. It aims to bring awareness to the stigma that weight carries in our culture and promotes social justice. To learn more, click here.

Today my friend posted forwarded-to-Facebook a great article on Jezebel written by a woman, who grew up being the “fat kid,” and how grateful she is that she didn’t grow up now with the fat-shaming ad campaigns that do NOTHING AT ALL to address any real problems that being overweight may have, and, in fact, invent “problems” that the ads “fix.” The article talks about how, even though she was the “fat kid,” she played three sports and was a very active kid. She also talks about how she’s “fatter” now but it also talks about how she’s very active still, eats organic, eats well, has never been in the hospital, is very healthy, etc. HOWEVER, she also makes the EXTREMELY important point that even if she ate ice cream every day for every single meal, society is still very, very, very, very disgusting for judging people for their weight.

Anyway, article here:

http://jezebel.com/5945955/its-hard-enough-to-be-a-fat-kid-without-the-government-telling-you-youre-an-epidemic

Heart Health

As I wrote about earlier, I have decided to focus on hearth health, rather than weight loss, but I didn’t really go into why, exactly, I decided this.

My mother’s father died from complications due to congestive heart failure. My mother’s mother had to have open heart surgery when I was a kid (I can’t remember for what, exactly, but I know that they put a vein from her leg into her heart and she had to take nitro for the rest of her life).

And, when my mom was 43, she suffered a sudden, massive heart attack and died in front of my sister, me, and our dad. We didn’t know her heart was bad at the time. Looking back, you can always see things and it’s easy to try to blame yourself about it. If you had just recognized the symptoms of heart disease in women. If you had just realized that she was overweight, diabetic, and had high blood pressure she was at risk for heart issues. If only. It can drive you mad. It’s taken me years to get to the point that the “if only”s don’t drive me insane with guilt.

Anyway, I obviously have a very strong family history for heart disease, especially if you look at how both my mom’s parents were diabetic, and my dad’s mother was also diabetic.

So I decided to focus on heart health instead of weight loss. I figure that weight loss/fitness will come with the heart health.

My goal is to workout 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes each day and work my way up to more than that. However, if I’m feeling bad because of my emotional state, then I don’t workout because it can be triggering to my anorexia.

 

Here’s a link talking about the minimal standards the CDC/ACSM Consensus Statement and Surgeon General’s physical activity recommendations:

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/107/1/e2.full#sec-5 — Possible trigger warnings there for talk of calories.

Every American adult should participate in 30 minutes or more of moderate intensity activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week.

  • Moderate activities: activities comparable to walking briskly at about 3 to 4 miles per hour; may include wide variety of occupational or recreational activities, including yard work, household tasks, cycling, swimming, etc.

So, there you go. That’s why I’ve changed my focus.