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Looking to the Past for Some Answers to Obesity?

” Simply stated what we have being doing in the last few decades didn’t work as intended, so why not start a trend back towards habits that did, both dietary and political?”

I was stunned by this sentence concluding a long email discussion with a renown forensic coroner who loves not only medicine, but also politics, fashion, cultural developments, and corsets. I often consult with him on medically-related questions that arise when I am coaching a waist-training student, or regarding some new article I’ve read about nutrition or the body.

We were discussing obesity, and a recent article I’d run across that claimed that grazing, that is, eating more than three times a day, was not all that effective to ensure a svelte figure. I’ve written about that topic before.

He went on to point out that “babies are born with a sense of hunger and thirst. When a newborn  is given breast milk, the first milk is watery, then if the baby is hungry it continues to suck, and the milk become fattier and more satisfying.  When we feed with a formula it’s the same from end to end, so to what extent are we teaching numerous youngsters to ignore the normal  appetite sensations and control mechanisms? ”

There’s something to be said for eating when we feel hungry, but “feeling hungry” seems to do with watching all those delicious food commercials on tv, boredom, stress, and being an at-home worker and near the refrigerator, as much as it has to do with any simple bodily sensation. We can’t get rid of at-home offices or the refrigerator, but we can become conscious of all the non-natural forces that pull on us to move this way or that, eat or overeat, and try to stop from being an automaton in how we move through life.

Consciousness, living in the moment or for the day, seem to be one of the main keys. But so too, looking to the past for some possible answers also makes sense.

Continue today to do the same thing and expect different results than one has achieved, is the definition of crazy, right? So why not look backward? What was it in the past that we did, that we could reasonably replicate today, that kept our population svelte (and our  nation deficit-free and on solid monetary footing?) And was “svelte” all that healthy? Those are big questions, deserving of serious research and thought.

Middle class Americans did live closer to the land, grow more of our own food, and prepare meals plus eat together as a family. I remember my maternal grandad raised chickens in the far back of his yard behind his big home in Bluefield, W Va where they lived. I used to love going into the chicken house to collect fresh, brown eggs with thick creamy golden yokes. I know, because I dropped a few on the way to grandma baking homemade cookies in the kitchen.

We also ate less refined sugars and wheat, more wheat bran and wheat breads or cornbreads. Of course there were meat and potatoes in abundance in my home, simple foods. Why didn’t cholesterol seem to bother our extended family? The only one to have heart problems was my paternal, skinny aunt!

The topic is worth a lot more discussion. I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Filed under General Waist Training Information, Hot Topics on Health

To skip or not skip breakfast?

It was only a matter of time before I would run into the below article, casting doubt on eating breakfast or eating more than three squares a day:

Likely worth your read. What I took away was that we should eat when we are hungry, and it’s only common sense to eat breakfast with hunger’s onset, right? I also agree that eating protein for breakfast (my mom always said, “have a little bacon at breakfast for protein; ” a bit or two of last night’s dinner steak or even chicken, is also fine; try it, you may like it!). For snacks, I agree that protein will tend to stave off hunger  better than carbs.

When walking for exercise I find I have to eat a mozzarella cheese stick or peanut butter Trisket or two 30 min. before I take off. If I don’t then midway through I get the shakes, or  too hungry by the time I get home. The writer of this article seems to agree.

As for dividing your daily food intake into about 8 meals as I recommend during waist training, I stick to my guns. The writer of the article says that doing so doesn’t satiate hunger, but I disagree, when you are wearing a corset. Eating anything at all when corseted snugly satiates hunger, and with very, very little portions of food at that.

The real reason to eat about 8 times a day when waist training, is that one wants to avoid constipation and heartburn, right? Right! Carefully chewing each bite and starting that digestion process in the mouth rather than gulping food and letting that start in the restricted, overly-full tummy, makes for less distress for corset-wearers.

Do you have some stories to share about uncomfortable situations you’ve encountered when corseted or waist training, or a preferred way to consume food and deal with hunger?


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