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A perfect body or world peace?

On television the other night someone said that in a survey women were asked to choose between bringing about world peace or having a perfect body. Over 40% said they would choose a perfect body! This doesn’t really surprise me, I am constantly amused by the lengths women will go to in an attempt to look good.  I saw a woman on television the same night, with thick makeup and false eyelashes that looked as long as the draught excluder on my kitchen door. She was heavier than me and at least 10 inches shorter. Does she really think all that crap on her face makes her look any better, when she has a body like a beached whale?

I live in what is often described as a deprived area, but there is no shortage of businesses that do very well out of manicuring nails, styling hair, suntans, tattoos and selling rubbish that is supposed make people look good or smell good. We appear to have an epidemic of obesity, wouldn’t they look good and save money if they ate less and more sensibly? This is my first blog about how to stick to a diet, either to lose weight,  for health reasons or both. First let’s try to understand protein. Protein is made up of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein and we need protein to replace tissue like muscle and repair our bodies. Anorexics often don’t eat enough protein and that  can be dangerous. The full range of amino acids are in the proteins found in meat, poultry, eggs and fish. There is protein in many vegetables, pulses like beans and peas have lots of protein, but they don’t have the full range of amino acids in them like meat.  I weigh about 155 lbs. or 70Kg and so I’m not overweight for my height, but I have gained weight and don’t need to gain a lot more. I need 1 gram of protein for each kilo in weight and so I need about 70 grams of protein each day. A piece of steak can be 300 grams in weight and of that 100 grams would be protein. More than enough for a day. So if I eat 200 grams of meat a day that is enough protein. I also eat fish and eggs and so I need even less meat. There is sometimes a lot of protein in my vegetables, especially if I add peas to a stir fry and so I need less pork or chicken in a stir fry. This is about sticking to a frugal diet and protein foods can be the most expensive in your diet and so by not overeating protein foods, you can save money and lose weight. You do need protein in every meal though, because protein stops you feeling hungry and helps you to feel full. I have a boiled egg for breakfast and sometimes cornflakes, but it’s the egg that keeps me going through the morning. In future blogs I’ll be looking at how adding more fibre to your diet can help you lose weight and make your diet healthier. I shall also look at fats and sugars, reducing these will reduce the calories in your diet and help you lose weight. I shall look at how to burn up those calories with exercise and using them to keep warm in winter. I shall also look at how adding more water to your diet will help stave off the pangs of hunger. Soups, stews and even boiled rice can be good in a diet. In the meantime, do comment and you can find more amazing blogs on the home page. If you don’t need to lose weight, you can keep your weight stable and use frugal tips to save money on food. I used to pink salmon to fill out my salad in the picture, prawns are expensive… Less chips next time…

6 Responses

  1. Fairy Dharawat

    Nice article, thats plain awful, 40% is a huge share. It is the society too that wants every one to look like anorexic these days. It is so harmful. The mentality the media creates is so impactful to everyone around that some people will go to extreame measures to look “good”. Yes I strongly feel and think to look good corresponds to feel good. Nice and very informative post. May be these ladies don’t know world peace could also help them with nice bodies – perfect does not exist, it is all adobe flash magic. Think about it. World peace would mean peace from these media people whose aim seems to make people think less of themselves with these thousand so called ‘beauty products’.
    Enjoyed the read.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:18

  2. Hi Fairy,

    Yes, I thought 40% was outrageous, but I wasn’t surprised. You’re right about anorexia too although here obesity seems to be a bigger problem. Anorexia is a serious problem amongst young girls though.

    Glad you like the blog and thanks for visiting.

    June 1, 2012 at 14:16

  3. alex

    I do miss eggs, developed an allergy at age 30 =(my diet is very good, it’s lack of exercise doing me in.
    I do well for a while , then i get sick..or injured. and i backslide. starting swimming next week, but have been battling nausea 2 days now. seeing a doctor Monday.
    people need to understand fitness is not instant, it takes time and dedication. nothing wrong with the odd sweet or fried food, but so many people live on this. and what’s sad here in the states, junk food is cheaper than proper food, so those who are financially struggling usually live on non-value food such as white rice with no veg or meat. nothing wrong with rice, but alone it’s not nutritious enough

    June 2, 2012 at 14:06

    • Hi Alex,

      Food is getting expensive here. Many people have changed to using discount supermarkets and it’s the poorest that suffer from increases in food and energy prices. It’s a shame about eggs, but I can’t have gluten or dairy and I manage. I’m eating more eggs now and they seem to suit me! There is a movement to ban caged chickens but the price of free range eggs is ridiculous. I don’t like chickens being kept in cages, but I’m not that keen on animals being killed for food. It’s just necessity. I don’t fancy eating lots of beans and peas to get all my protein!

      June 3, 2012 at 10:28

      • alex

        no way to win is there? 🙁 I too don’t like cages or killing for food, but I also cannot go 100% vegan. I do eat a lot of beans, but only on a tostada with a lot of lettuce and tomato. when made right, they aren’t too terribly caloric or fattening. my biggest pitfalls are cheese and bread. 2 things i limit. I can’t wait to get a plot for a garden. Right now i rent my spot, and unsure if landlord would allow what i want to do. (garden isn’t the issue..the issue would be a cage around the plants to keep possum and coons out) he hates “clutter”. I do some container gardening, but not very well >.<

        June 3, 2012 at 14:45

  4. Hi Alex,

    I have lettuce and Chinese leaves growing. The rain is working wonders! I planted some green beans but only 3 have germinated so far. I can’t eat too many beans, I make enough gas already! lol

    I have a big garden, but not the energy to dig it. I have a gardener coming soon though. 🙂

    June 3, 2012 at 23:35

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