Thursday, December 19, 2013

Podcast EP 004: All the Facts about Fats

   Who Knew? Eating No Fat Makes You   Gain Weight Faster! 

  (And Everything Else You Never Knew About Fats)

Every time I look up at that picture of blue cheese, I salivate, as I'm doing now. No kidding. How can something so delightful and delicious have been made into such an ogre?? 

It's  a very tough sell and a thankless job trying to persuade an American that eating foods containing oil and other fats is MORE healthy for you and HELPS you lose weight. Madison Avenue's message is everywhere: "nonfat is healthier," "reduced fat is healthier," "you'll get a heart attack and die." They know the power they have to scare you. But it's overeating of ANYTHING that causes you to get fat, not eating moderate amounts. 

The podcast transcript follows the podcast just below.


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Today begins my Nutrition series, which will be a regular feature on this podcast. The Nutrition episodes will focus their information on losing weight. There will be much here that may surprise you. Today’s episode is all about fats, what they are, and why they are just as valid and necessary a nutrient as all the other nutrients are, like protein and carbohydrates.

I’m doing the nutrition of fats first, because there is SO much misinformation and missing information out there about fats, mostly from the food industry. What about nonfat milk—is it good for you? And reduced fat—is that good? Let’s find out the answers to these questions and others right now.


One day a woman—a supermodel—walked into the office of perhaps the greatest nutritionist of our time. The model had a very sad story to tell: she and her husband had tried to conceive a baby for a long time, yet hadn’t been able to do so. I think there is no sadness and emotional torture greater than that of a couple that keeps trying to have a baby without success. I’m sure you’ve all read or heard stories of the extremes couples will go to in order to have a child.

This model and her husband were no different. Her search had taken a long time before she finally arrived at this nutritionist’s office. After getting the model’s story, the nutritionist told her to go home and start adding salad oil—vegetable oils—to her diet. At least two tablespoons a day. Period. Nothing more. No convoluted meal plans or special foods. Just the vegetable oils. Within a short time she was pregnant, after having tried for years.

Without realizing it, the model had been withholding from herself the greatest joy she could desire. She had not been eating fats for a long time to keep her weight down, wrongly thinking fats would put weight on her.  Her whole future as a mother was in her own hands all the time, yet she had no idea it was until she came upon this nutritionist. In thinking she was doing something good, something absolutely blameless, to support her occupation, she caused a great deficiency in fatty acids that were essential for pregnancy.

Roles of Fatty Acids

Misinformation and lack of information about fats are rife in American society, and people who try losing weight are hit with the brunt of this misinformation. The biggest offenders are industry and business, who repeat and repeat and repeat myths in order to sell their foods. How many times have you heard about non-fat this, non-fat that? Does anybody ever give you the real, factual lowdown?  You get info that tries to persuade you to buy the stuff. But no real facts.

In learning how to lose weight with me, there is a place for fats and oils, as there should be in any common-sense person’s meals. Fats give you glowing health and amazing zest for life. If you didn’t eat them, you’d never survive the transition to the absolute BEST way of eating there is. And that would be a shame, because the food is delicious, your life improves immensely(!), and the plan takes the anxiety and stress out of losing weight. Your satisfaction will last a lifetime.

Fats are a nutrient that, like all the other nutrients, has several purposes in the body. It is not just to add calories. Let me repeat that:  FATS ARE NOT JUST TO ADD CALORIES. They play important roles and do several things in your body nothing else can do. Depriving yourself of one fat in particular can even kill you.

Fats are made up of glycerine (glycerol) and fatty acids. The body can make fatty acids out of sugar, except for three fatty acids which can’t be made by the body. That’s why they’re called essential fatty acids.  One, linoleic acid, is so vital that without it, you will die. The second, arachidonic acid, can pinch hit for linoleic acid pretty well, and linolenic acid can foster growth but will not keep you healthy.

Linoleic acid is part of the structure of every cell in your body. Without it, you die. Knowing this, who in their right mind would want to stay on a nonfat diet? I think it is because no one knows this. All people know about fats is from manufacturers who are trying to sell their nonfat and lowfat products. Every day, they see it drummed into their heads over and over, on most of the products in the supermarket: lowfat—buy it, it’s healthy! Nonfat—buy it, it’s the healthiest!  People believe this and avoid fats like the plague. That’s when their health problems can start if they’re dieting. Their diet also suffers and they often go off it at this point. They body is talking back to you. It needs these nutrients!

Essential fatty acids are also found in

-     large amounts in your brain and nerves,
-     in the hormones of the sex glands and the adrenal cortex, the gland that controls    your fight-or-flight instinct and your resistance to stress,
-     Must be available to the good intestinal bacteria which need them before they can multiply. These bacteria produce your B vitamins among other things.

What happens to you when you don’t include these oils in your diet? You lose your sex instinct, your libido; you can’t take stress and it leads to adrenal exhaustion. It makes life too much to bear. Without the good intestinal bacteria, you get B vitamin deficiency and your intestine doesn’t absorb vitamins A, D, E and K, because there is no bile, which is required for that. And, of course, the structure of all your body’s cells dies—and you with it—if the deficiency goes on.

Sources of fatty acids

Fatty acids are found in vegetable oils primarily, with much less in animal fats. For instance, cottonseed, corn and soybean oils supply 35 - 70% fatty acids.  Safflower oil is 85 – 90% fatty acids, but in animal fats, natural lard supplies the most of any, about 5 – 11 %.

My favorite is sunflower seed oil. This oil is one of the most nutritious and best-tasting oils on the market. I love it! In order to get organic, I would have to accept refined oil. This is a no-no, because the refining takes out the nutrition in the oil. Eating this kind of oil, you will not be getting the nutrients you MUST have. Now I find unfiltered oil, but it’s not organic.  Although it IS cold-pressed. You must have it cold-pressed, organic and unrefined. Cold pressing keeps the oil in good shape with the nutrition intact, not like the more common way oil is pressed which results in heating the oil up to such a high temperature that it gets degraded..

Non-fat Diets Cause You to Gain Weight and Have Many Other Problems

In her many years of working with clients, our nutritionist saw many who were on fat-free diets. Even though they were on diets that were good in every way except for the lack of fat, she was perplexed that many of them showed signs of linoleic acid deficiency.

            - one sign was seeing overweight people with greatly swollen legs and ankles and thighs. After adding  2 tablespoons a day of oil to their diets, they lost weight and the swelling went down. She said it was mostly swelling anyway and a result of the lack of this particular fatty acid.

            - they showed increased sexual interest

            - time after time, their hair went from dull and lifeless to glossy and lustrous
            -  rough, parched skin with eczema became soft, beautiful skin without eczema

            - menstrual difficulties disappeared

The only thing added for these people was the oil.

There are 3 reasons you gain weight from non-fat diets:

1. Our nutritionist felt that many people who look fat are only waterlogged from the lack of linoleic acid. Once the people got the oil needed, they lost weight.

2. It has been proven that when you don’t eat enough fatty acids, your body changes sugar in your body to fat much faster than it would otherwise. (Respiratory Quotient) That means that if you overeat with sweets, you get fat faster when you are WITHOUT salad oils.
3.When you forego eating 100 calories of fat at one of your meals, you get starved and end up eating 500 calories worth of starch or sugar. This gives you two problems instead of one: you gain weight because of the extra calories you ate. AND, YOU GAIN WEIGHT FASTER because you lack the oils you need to stop your body from making the sugar into fat fast.

A little fat has its place in any meal. It keeps you satisfied so that you don’t go looking for food before the next meal. In a classic meal, that is why a person is often offered an ounce or two of hard cheese as dessert. It takes you gently to the next meal. This is so important! When dieting, I experienced this so many times I can’t count them. I always justified it by telling myself I couldn’t help it and I was entitled not to starve (which I was doing at that moment). But by changing my meal makeup, I stopped being hungry before my next meal. I incorporated that, of course, into my new way of losing weight, which is part of my present plan.

I’m going to give you now some general rules to remember about eating fats.

  1. Avoid hydrogenated fats. Hydrogenation is a manufacturer’s process that turns liquid fats into solid fats, like cooking fats—Crisco, for example. Hydrogenation means the fatty acids can no longer link with good nutrients to carry them to your cells. The fat becomes a ‘dead’ nutrient. It can do your body no good. Avoid the French-fried foods cooked in the Crisco or other solid fat. You can’t get nutrition from such foods because of the hydrogenated fats they’re covered with.
Like hydrogenated peanut butter. Get your peanut butter in the bulk section of the grocery store, where there may be a peanut butter grinder. You’ll know it’s fresh. Others are processed cheeses. BUT REAL, AGED CHEESES are good!

  1. Limit solid animal fats, mostly from beef and lamb. Cut them down.
  2. Increase your intake of fish and fowl, which fat is more unsaturated.
  3. Take at least 1-3 teaspoons of vegetable oil daily.
  4. Use unrefined, cold-pressed organic vegetable oils and store them always in the refrigerator so they won’t become rancid.  If you can’t find the right oils at home, look on the Internet where you can get exactly what you need.
  5. Do not buy fats treated to not become rancid. If a fat is treated so that it cannot become rancid, it is ruined for nutrition. Do not buy it.
  6. Rancidity itself can be bad. Don’t eat rancid anything. The rancid taste is often slight and barely noticeable, but pay attention! Throw out any fats—in a bottle, in nuts, or other food—that are even slightly rancid. I have tasted slightly rancid nuts from bulk bins or cellophane packages--they are commonly rancid because they're too old. Even though they are still palatable, spit them out. Throw out the remaining ones. Vitamins A,K,E and several B vitamins are destroyed by rancidity. 
That’s it for this week. I hope you got a lot out of this Nutrition episode about fats, because it’s going to make it SO MUCH easier for you to lose the weight. This was a very important podcast, because it underpins a whole lot of the reason why people are overweight today and can’t stay thin.

If you have any questions, you can post them in the Comments on my blog— I really want to see them.

In our next episode—look for it in two weeks—I’m going to reveal something that will change your whole attitude towards food. This is NEW. It’s not something you’ve probably ever heard about. And when you’re finished, you will be powerfully armed to win the weight war you’re waging against an army you’re not even aware of.

If the opt-in form is up yet, sign up for the special gift I have for you. It’ll help you get started. Look for it. You’re going to love it!!

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End of Podcast #4:  All the Facts about Fat

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Podcast EP 003: The Cult of the Scientist

Have We So 'Scientized' Our Food That It's Screwing Up Our Minds -- and Making Us Fat?

 Science said organic wasn't
any more nutritious than non-organic.
Now? Wrong

 Scientists said egg yolks were BAD . . . now
they're GOOD and HEALTHFUL for you.

In this podcast, you're going to see how easy it is to get your head wrapped around a notion or belief that takes over your life. That notion then controls your actions and gets you doing things that are against your own best interests. Sound Orwellian? But if you got something out of it at the same time--a yummy-tasting bit of momentary heaven, for instance--would you do it? A lot of us have. It's a bargain with the devil, but who's the devil? And how does it all end? Hmm--let's see. The transcript follows the podcast below.


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Did you ever wonder why scientific studies often are soon disproved and replaced by others? After all, you just get used to one, start buying just the food they say will help you improve your health and whoa! Another one comes out that says the first one was wrong!

Well, the food industry has found a way to make this process pay for them. And it affects you, too, my dear listeners. Today I’m going to talk about trying to make a sensible way of eating out of using science. And I’m going to show you what’s better.

Let’s get started.

If you were offered today either a one-week vacation with luxury accommodations and only ordinary food OR a one-week vacation with ordinary accommodations and extraordinary food, both at the same price, which would you choose? Think about it for a few seconds before we go on. Decide which one would appeal most to you. 

Okay, are you decided? Now listen to this.

In a study comparing food views, a researcher named Paul Rozin asked a group of Americans and French that very question. The difference in responses between the two nationalities was stunning: the Americans chose the better-food option only HALF as often as the French did (42% to 86%).

WHY? Well, the Americans thought about food as calories, nutrients, and the effects of food on the body, while the French simply thought about eating all that great food.

How ironic it is, Rozin said, that Americans worry so much more about food and their health, and eat much more food with reduced-fat, yet more than double the number of French saw themselves as healthy eaters!!—74% to 34%.  AND THEY’RE RIGHT. The French ARE more healthy eaters, even though they eat more fat! And they stay thinner.

Notice that the Americans’ words were couched in scientists’ terms—nutrients and calories. It indicates what’s behind Americans’ thoughts about food. And that’s a good place to start.

The Scientizing of Our Food

The story I just told you is a small jewel that shows in miniature what’s happening on a grand scale throughout the ENTIRE United States today. The scientizing of our food, I like to call it. Do it and you’re on a SLIPPERY SLOPE that you’ll never get off.  It’s a big part of the reason people gained weight. And since the persistent advertising keeps them indoctrinated, they’re still eating this way.

So, now it’s why they can’t beat their weight problems. It causes people to try to lose weight over and over again, most times failing. You’re on rails that take you nowhere and almost nobody can get off.

Almost nobody ends up living thin for the rest of their lives, like they want. Yet living thin is NOT that hard! I know it can be done because I’ve done it.

Not being able to live thin permanently is the most intractable weight problem people have. So get out the credit card, buy your first diet book, and plan on buying several books and diet aids every year into the future. Plus thousands in more clothes as you yo-yo up and down. Because it’s not going to stop. People have been so inundated with 23 billion dollars a year worth of advertising that they are totally hooked into scientizing-as-a-moneymaker-for-the-food-industry. 

The food we eat is riddled with popular myths, suspicions, lack of knowledge, bias and scientific error, perpetuated by the food industry and sometimes, even the scientific community. CHOOSING YOUR FOOD THIS WAY IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU’VE GOT TO LOSING WEIGHT.

People SHOULD be able to live thin all the days of their lives. 

But they CAN’T do it while forever looking for the latest scientific study findings. Why?  Because these findings are always changing. With each new study the previous one is proved wrong. What you THINK you’re going to get is NOT what you get:  you don’t get dependable scientific knowledge—you get shifting sands of knowledge you can’t depend on. It’s always wrong when the next study comes out. It’s impossible to exist while trying to stay thin on such information.

Just some previous ‘truths; that have been proved wrong are this: 

- Previously:  organic food isn’t any more nutritious than non-organic.
- Present: That’s been proved wrong. Organic food has now been proven to be much more nutritious.

Before - all fat is bad ( listen to my 4th podcast) 
Now: Wrong! It’s necessary to life itself

Before - egg yolks are bad. Eat only egg whites. 
Now: Poppycock! Eating whole eggs with the yolks is very important. They contain necessary nutrients like lecithin that help people with heart and weight problems;

And many more, which I will be telling you about in my monthly nutrition podcast episode.

The food industry repeats things it knows not to be true over and over to grow itself and make more money.  If the food industry didn’t do any advertising, didn’t push people to eat more, their growth would be only about  ½--1% a year because people’s food consumption is that amount. There’s only so much food we humans can eat. But Wall Street and the companies themselves wouldn’t stand for just growing ½ - 1% a year. They insist on much greater growth. Establishing a ‘need,’ then filling that need with new products for people to buy is how they do it. This way they make more money than they could any other way. It’s their way of going from ½ % growth to 10% growth in revenues in a year.

The growth, you might have discovered, is on you—on your stomach, your buttocks, your arms. That’s where the 7 ½ % (after inflation) increased growth is landing—and staying. That’s why scientizing an issue is good for the food industry and bad for you: they get money, you and the people buying this way get fat.

I was scientized, too.

With me, it was carbohydrates. I told myself that there was something about carbohydrates that my body couldn’t handle. I ate primarily meat and fatty things. With a few carbs. Sort of like a Dr. Atkins forever diet. And when I went off it just to get some carbs, of course, what did I eat?  Delicious homemade-type cinnamon and raisin buns with butter and icing. Just to get some of what my body was being starved of—only it had turned into huge amounts to make up for the carb-starvation my body was feeling.

The “scientifically-based” low-carb diet, based on certain scientific processes that bring about weight loss while you’re eating lots of fat and sparse carbs caused me a great deal of harm. After eating this way for a few years, my blood and other tests showed I had very high blood pressure—even measuring 190-over something at points. To any of you who haven’t heard BP measurements before, this is very, very high. It wears out your heart and your blood vessels and kills you off much earlier from a stroke or heart attack.

High inflammation showed up. High inflammation tells you that illnesses like cancer and other harmful body processes are present. It can indicate processes going on that will kill you sooner rather than later.

And I was pre-diabetic. Being pre-diabetic is just plain dangerous, because it leads to diabetes, which can result in death. I was on a jury once where a fellow jury member had diabetes. He had troubles every day with it. There were times when he had to get off a bus, off a subway train RIGHT THEN. Times when he almost passed out. Then one day he didn’t come back anymore. There is no fooling around with this one.

I gained and lost many pounds, yo-yo-ing up and down 20 – 30 – 50 – and finally 70 pounds. It’s what ultimately caused me to leave dieting entirely and devise a new way of losing weight and a new way of eating.

The way I eat now, I stay thin and pretty stable in my weight.  My health checkups are in the ‘superb’ category.  My doctor said she hadn’t seen such good cholesterol readings in “many, many years.” I have normal blood pressure and no pre-diabetes at all. I also have almost no inflammation—under 1% (There is never NO inflammation in anybody’s body because of normal body processes. Under 1% is as close as you ever get to none.)

It’s all due to what I eat now AND HOW I eat now. I LOVE eating. I did a very important thing when I stopped dieting and devised a new way of eating. All the problems with carbs I had had became non-problems! That was funny when I first thought about it.  I wonder if they ever really were problems. It surely was me being “scientized.”  Low-carb, a “scientized” term, if I ever heard one, had taken the country by storm earlier and went on for many years. So, my whole health profile changed when I changed from one of these science-based diets to one based on Nature, which is what my plan is.

My aunt did the low-carb diet, too. She ate whole bags of fried pork rinds for snacks. Even though it was overflowing with energy—fat—it was low-carb so it was okay in the low-carb diet. Yes, she lost the weight. But her face hollowed out, not in a good way, and her skin became grayish.  She became older looking. Her health went down, too, along the lines that mine did. She died of a heart attack some years later. But who’s quibbling when science can do such amazing things like show you how to lose weight while eating all this fat, eh? 

Scientizing Confuses You and That’s Just the Beginning

Notice how food and meals get out of kilter so easily with the way science is taught by the food companies. Yes, taught! First it’s all fat, no carbs; next it’s no fat, reduced-fat and lots of carbs. One thing is a reaction to the other. Both things generated multi-billions of dollars for the food industry in their time. The reduced-fat, nonfat thing is still going strong.

That’s the way the industry works. They carry out the advertising plans on Madison Avenue. The change from one thing to the other is planned. They whet the appetites of people for one thing for as long as it can bring in huge revenues. Then, when revenues diminish to a low roar, they give the people the opposite or most attractive alternative—a whetting they’ve been getting ready for all along.

While the low-carb craze has largely seen its day, the nonfat advertising is still going great guns. Then it will become something else when people get tired of that and turn away. That happened to Dr. Atkins’ low-carb diet. Although I’m sure they probably still sell a lot of those books every year. Just not unearthly amounts, like they did.

The Latest Fad
A new one has already arrived. And it’s HUGE. Ads are everywhere. I walked into the grocery store the other day. A man came out of the elevator (yes, we have elevators in our grocery stores). He had a big box of something that said in also-big letters:  ‘GLUTEN-FREE!”  I said to him,  “Oh, gluten-free!”  Sensing I was skeptical about the issue, he said, “Yes, but I really have a condition. I can’t have gluten.”

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and some oats. You eat cereals, breads and baked goods that contain it. That’s when you may get a reaction to it in your small intestine. There is something to it, but no ordinary person can explain what causes celiac disease, which is the name of the gluten condition/disease. 

Americans will spend $7 billion this year on gluten-free foods. $7 billion! Two million of us actually have the disease, the Mayo Institute says. And 1.6 million are also buying it, but don’t have it!! They’re buying gluten-free anyway “There’s a lot of self-diagnosing going on out there,” says a food marketer.

Accurate self-diagnosing is nearly impossible, because the symptoms are the same as hundreds of other conditions. You could have any number of things, not celiac disease. Diagnosing celiac disease takes a biopsy and blood tests. 

Science has a valuable role in curing disease

In closing, I want to say strongly here that science does have a valuable place, a valuable role to play for us. It’s just not in our daily meals.

For your meals, knowing something about nutrition is good. But once you’ve got the basics, it works much better not to run to the science books for your information. And heaven forbid, not to the ads in the magazines, newspapers and on tv! Eating naturally while choosing your food naturally, too, will get rid of that.

Scientific research, although still riddled with uncertainty and wrong conclusions, manages to find out some things that are quite valuable though, all to do with curing disease with food.

I have been using food and food supplements for many years to cure my own illnesses and have succeeded beyond my expectations. I will tell you about that in future podcast episodes. But, for now, I’ll tell you I’ve cured serious infection with vitamin C (no bad side effects, unlike prescriptions, except for diarrhea if you take too much), up to the most serious, being foods to cure cancer, and hundreds in between.

So that’s all for today. I want you to do something for yourself and for me during the coming week, will you? Notice the ads in the grocery store or magazines and newspapers. Notice how they pull you in. Try to find what they’re using as the hook, the reason for you to buy. And try to think of an answer to why it is or isn’t good. Then, let me know what you found and your answer. And put it in Comments on my blog, would you? We’ll talk about those Comments next time.

My podcast episodes will be spaced two weeks apart for the next few weeks. So sorry, but I find it hard right now to give it the time it deserves. It will still be in-depth and valuable. I want you to get that ALWAYS. We’ll get back to weekly podcasts soon.

Remember to put your findings in the blog Comments.

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See you next time!



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Podcast EP 002 : It Knocks Off Pounds Like A Magic Elixir

I have got something today that's really exciting--a blow-your-mind way to get rid of gym, if you don't enjoy it so much. Lose weight fast with something you have never thought of. It's called Mary's Back-to-the-Future exercise plan. When I start, you could be stunned. But hang on to your seat because this thing has legs!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Podcast EP 001: My Life and What This Podcast is About

Hi everyone, this is Mary Stock. This is a transcript of my very first podcast, which was also just launched today, along with my blog--August 8, 2013. You can find it on iTunes (I hope! It has to be reviewed before they accept it.) I am so happy, and especially grateful to have you here for it. I’m really honored that you would stop by to hear/visit me.

Today I’m going to be telling you a little about me to let you know who I am and how I got here, sitting on this chair talking to you. So I’m going to tell you about my life and how I came to be a weight loss expert. Where I came from. And what I’m about, in general.

And for the second part, I’m going to give you what I want for you to get from this show, because this is why you came here and why I came here, too. I’ll also talk about some of the formalities of the show.

Did you ever hear the expression “You can’t go home again”?  Well, I’m here to disprove it. It is possible to go home again! I did. Not literally, but in mind and memory, yes.

Many years after I’d left home, gone to university and was living in the big city, New York, my childhood home became the avenue for my transformation and my salvation. Embracing that way of life again—at least my eating life—so changed me that I was able to lose 70 pounds and have never gained it back. It was all possible because I went back home.

It began when I was seven. My family moved that summer to Crestlane Farm in Camillus, a town outside Syracuse, in Central New York.

My father came from a long line of farmers from away back in England and my mother was a ‘health nut’ before her time. She made us eat wheat germ and swallow big spoonsful of blackstrap molasses and (ugh!) mint-flavored cod liver oil, but we otherwise
lived on the lush fruits of the land. We had our own chickens, cows and pigs, a garden, fruit trees, and endless fields of grain.

The taste of the food has lodged itself forever in my memory—delicious roast chicken with crackling skin and tiny, wild strawberries mashed in their sweet juice and wrapped in the thick, yellow whipped cream of our Guernsey cows. We even made our own butter, cottage cheese and soap. And in the fall, we canned hundreds of jars of big, ripe, shaggy-edged peach halves in peachy syrup, plump red tomatoes, green string beans and corn.

I remained thin even though I ate enormous amounts of these wonderful foods. It never occurred to me to think this unusual—until many years later.

After university and a divorce, I ended up in NY.    I was 108 lbs. I had gradually lost weight—2 lbs. a year. I used amphetamines to get there. Yup, me.  Diet pills. I liked to think I couldn’t stay at 108 without them. This went on for a few years. I gradually became emotionally dependent upon them. While it was a bad experience, it was the most CRIPPLING feeling in the world. I couldn’t get up in the morning without taking an amphetamine first. The amphetamines focused on the fear part of my brain, too. I was immobilized—better to feel good than to confront fear. It made fears where there would have been none without them. I couldn’t make an effort on my own behalf, like starting a career. I just couldn’t make plans and do them. The thoughts in my head didn’t connect w/my feet. I’d have to take an amphetamine pill first. Imagine! Me!  No one who ever knew me would have guessed I was going thru this.  I seemed too strong for that. There was a picture of a movie actress high on amphetamines. She was SWINGING on a chandelier in a hotel ballroom. This was the beginning of my education in dieting. Label this “diet pills.”

Trying to make myself whole again after the amphetamines took up the better part of 10 years of my life. I’ll never forget the day when I realized I could once again connect my brain with my legs and feet and arms and make a concerted effort of my own without the pills. I was whole again. But it took 10 years and going off the amphetamines completely.

All through this period I’d been yo-yo dieting on one diet after another. I’d gain 20, 30, 40 pounds and each time, have to lose it. It was hard, really hard. I used iron willpower. On one diet, I only ate every  2 ½ days, then ate one meal, and went another 2 ½ days before eating again. Yes, I lost the weight but only 2 – 3 lbs a week. Many people lose that while eating plenty. My body has never shed pounds fast, so I went this route because I thought it would. It didn’t.

This is NOT a good way to lose weight. It could affect you for the rest of your life by lowering the amount of food you can eat a day.  More than that causes you to gain weight.

The big 7-0 and the diet that never happened 
There came a day about 10 years ago, when I just couldn’t take it any longer. I’d hit 70
lbs. overweight. How was this possible?!  I couldn’t conceive of it. Me! 70 lbs. overweight. I’m 5’3” and I looked square and stolid and much, much older than I was!

My humiliation
I wore sack suits, dark colors. Not as heavy as Kim Jong-un in North Korea, but just as exciting. I refused to wear “fat people’s clothes”—like the ones in Macy’s 8th floor—mostly because I thought that doing so was giving up—saying I didn’t ever expect to get back to my normal weight again.

I would never give in to thoughts like that. So I got a piece here and there that I could make fit me from the regular racks of clothes on the lower floors and put them together.

I avoided every plate glass window near my home. The Barnes & Noble bookstore window stretched a full half-block. Every day, I would skirt it by walking on the outside of the crowd walking by the store.

I felt intimidated, too, at social gatherings of any kind—business or outside of business. I didn’t approach people and hung back from engaging others in conversation. I didn’t even want to be there because I was SURE they were all looking down on me and my appearance.

The guilt and humiliation I felt, all of this self-loathing, was so hard to deal with. It’s harder than the problem itself. But I was determined not to go on another diet. The diets hadn’t stuck.

Thoughts of our farm began to arise in my mind, things I hadn’t thought of in years.
I thought of the dinner at mid-day at harvest time, when my father and the workers would come in out of the fields and we all sat down to eat at the long hewn wooden picnic table. I thought of the wild strawberries I found in the field.

The way back—the beginning of a new way of life
In 2003 I hit 70 pounds overweight and reached a point of no return. Over the many years I had lost hundreds of pounds, and they had always come back. Dieting was just too darned hard for such little return. She absolutely refused to go on another diet.

I didn’t know how I’d lose the weight, but gradually a method began to take shape the more I focused on the ways we ate and what we ate on the farm. It is based on Nature’s rhythms and what we ate on the farm.

I haven’t dieted again. A person naturally fluctuates within two to four pounds of her ideal weight. There was a time I fasted for 2 ½ days a week. In the 3rd day, I’d eat one meal and then I’d fast for another 2 ½ days. That is a really bad way to lose weight I found out, and I’ll tell you why later on in our series. Gorging is something I knew when I dieted. Now, I can’t remember the last time I gorged. I’m sure it was, though, before 2003.

Living close to Nature makes it easy to stay slim by allowing the natural mechanisms your body has to work. They regulate your food intake. This is a lost art for many in the world, because people have been enticed to eat so much more food than they are hungry for that it pushes up all their controls to force their body to eat more and more.

I am happy. I am thin. And I really enjoy food. It doesn’t control me; I control it.  You can be slim, too. And I want to empower you to take back your life, eat wonderful food and I will try my greatest to help you get it.
.In talking about things health and losing weight on the podcast or on my blog, I want to say that I really respect you, my listeners, and I aim to be completely transparent in return.  Hopefully I’ll make this a business I can afford to stay in to continue to help you. But I’ll never recommend a product—my own or someone else’s—that I don’t want to use myself. Most if not all of the things I recommend will be products I use myself regularly. I think that’s the only right thing to do.

I’m going to be very upfront with you when it comes to losing weight. I’m going to tell you the truth about losing weight. I won’t hold back and say the expected things. For example, I’m going to show you that overweight is not really caused by what you think it is. I’m going to make it so that when you really find out how this world works and why you’re still overweight in this world, it will make you excited and optimistic. Knowing what’s wrong takes away the guilt and gives you motivation to do something about it.

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Goodbye for now. This is Mary Stock. I’ll see you next week – same time, same pla