- I am really new to blogging and am having the hardest time figuring out how to do what seems like it should be easy. Like, how do you add a tab? Can we only use the design templates provided in this program? etc.? So frustrating. And there is no way in hell I am asking my husband because I don't want him to know how to get to this blog.
- I started on soft foods a few days early. I am justifying the move because I start my new job on Monday and I want to make sure I know what foods I can tolerate before getting into the office. It would be mortifying to have some sort of sliming episode when I am the new kid on the block. So far, tuna, ground turkey in marinara sauce and scrambled eggs all seem to be winners.
- I'm getting a facial today - woohoo! My little "new job" treat to myself. I am sooooo looking forward to it.
- I weighed myself
Thursday Fridaytoday and find that I am the exact same weight I was last Saturday. How is that possible?!? I have been following Dr's orders to a T. Could I have already plateaued? I'm freaking out a little bit. If anything, maybe I am getting too few calories. But I am trying really hard not to "test out" my band limits yet since I am still healing. Of course, I feel no restriction so far. I get to see the doctor this Thursday so maybe he can tell me.
After reading Amanda's post yesterday, I thought it was fortuitous to come across this article this morning. You all might find interesting. It's by Mark Hyman, MD and explains food addiction. It's a long read, but well worth it. In part, it says:
Here are some of the scientific findings confirming that food can, indeed, be addictive(ii):I've long believed that the introduction of high fructose corn syrup and the explosion of fast food/chain restaurants since the mid-70s has contributed to the explosion of obesity in America.
- Sugar stimulates the brain's reward centers through the neurotransmitter dopamine, exactly like other addictive drugs.
- Brain imagining (PET scans) shows that high-sugar and high-fat foods work just like heroin, opium, or morphine in the brain.(iii)
- Brain imaging (PET scans) shows that obese people and drug addicts have lower numbers of dopamine receptors, making them more likely to crave things that boost dopamine.
- Foods high in fat and sweets stimulate the release of the body's own opioids (chemicals like morphine) in the brain.
- Drugs we use to block the brain's receptors for heroin and morphine (naltrexone) also reduce the consumption and preference for sweet, high-fat foods in both normal weight and obese binge eaters.
- People (and rats) develop a tolerance to sugar -- they need more and more of the substance to satisfy themselves -- just like they do for drugs of abuse like alcohol or heroin.
- Obese individuals continue to eat large amounts of unhealthy foods despite severe social and personal negative consequences, just like addicts or alcoholics.
- Animals and humans experience "withdrawal" when suddenly cut off from sugar, just like addicts detoxifying from drugs.
- Just like drugs, after an initial period of "enjoyment" of the food, the user no longer consumes them to get high but to feel normal.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend!