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Carbohydrate Addiction, Is It Real?

Why did I write a book about carbohydrate addiction?

I’m a fit, healthy 71 year old woman, who has travelled the world. I am always ready to learn and absorb new information. I’m always compelled to ask: Why? – Whenever something doesn’t make sense. During the seventies, I was on the fringe of events that triggered a media scare campaign about cholesterol. It drove millions to abandon the traditional diet.

Healthy snack (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Almost a decade later, I was tested for cholesterol and had a very high cholesterol reading. Because I also had a thyroid condition, my doctor insisted that I see a dietitian, to get a ‘proper’ diet that would keep me healthy.

Like most people, I did not connect the dots as I began to gain weight. Instead, I continued on the diet with the assurance that if I followed it correctly, I would lose the weight. Yet, there in the back of my mind, I should have remembered the things I witnessed some years earlier.

If I had, I might have saved myself a twenty year long struggle with my weight. Because all along, I had the knowledge, the critical facts that few people knew and nobody wanted to talk about. I even had the ability to collect my thoughts and ideas and write them down. Like most

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people, I was seduced by all the ‘diet talk’ and just didn’t connect the dots.

So despite all that I knew to avoid it, I still let carbohydrate addiction happen to me? I spent 20 years being overweight, frozen in indecision and lack of confidence. My mistake was to listen to ‘experts’ when what I call my innate “BS” barometer was screaming: this is all wrong!

Is my mistake about carbohydrate addiction also your mistake?

You see I listened to the wrong people till it was almost too late. They were the ‘experts’, most other people listened to them with reverence. How could I be right and they be wrong? Logic was already beginning to nudge me. Everybody seemed to be on a diet and everybody was getting fatter – it didn’t make sense!

EXPERT (Photo credit: Pete Prodoehl)

Like you, I wanted to believe these people. What they said was new and modern. I was seduced by simplistic slogans like: If you eat fat you get fat! Green equals healthy! Carbohydrates are energy food. It was complete nonsense.

All I had to do was to stop and remind myself of how the inside of my body actually works. But like everyone else, I was too busy getting addicted to my new diet. I was also falling victim to a prevailing new attitude. It was no longer good enough to eat the food we thought was right.

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We now had to eat the food that ‘experts’ thought was right. Bit by bit I joined the schizophrenics society. I began to see myself as two different people. First there was the outside. My exterior. I spent endless hours with my friends, as we fuzzed about our hair, our make-up, our body shape and clothes. No detail was too trivial. Then there was the inside of my body. I once took great pride in knowing how it worked and what it needed. Suddenly I lost confidence in that knowledge. It seemed outdated. I was dazzled by the pseudo-science and diet talk prattle that emanated from people who appeared on TV and called themselves ‘experts’. I began to ignore my internal body. I had experts to look after that now, didn’t I? I ceased to worry if it was happy, if it was healthy. If it cared for the food I gave it. I no longer cared, because if I had, I would have been in serious conflict with the gap between what I had always known and what had become the new dogma.

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What finally alerted my to my carbohydrate addiction and brought me to my senses?

One of the few benefits of growing older is that you become more skeptical. You look down your telescope to the past and remember how it was before. You have had time to learn that it’s not about what people claim to know. It’s about where their claims originate and what they are based on. You begin to realize that ‘experts’ are not always expert and they do not always know what they are talking about. That’s when I finally got back into touch with my body. I put my BS Detector to work and began to use my common sense.

That was eight years ago. I have been slim and healthy ever since!

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Carbohydrate Addiction, Is It Real?