This morning as I was brushing my teeth alongside my R, I looked at my thick waist and said, “I have a very matronly figure, don’t I?” R looked at me, smiled broadly, and replied, “Oh, my yes, you certainly do!” “I don’t like it,” I said. “Why not,” he replied? “Because I have lost my waist,” I said, with a definite frown on my face.
“What did you say,” R asked tentatively? I said, “I have a matronly figure!” He said, “Oh, I thought you said you had a major league figure!” Oh, my, I laughed so hard. Once we had straightened out that miscommunication, my R, bless his soul, told me that he loved every inch of my matronly figure and that for a woman of my age he thought it was a major league figure. Well, you just have to love a guy who thinks like that!
Thinking about my disappearing waist, I could have been pitched into the despair of the darkest, longest night. But, aha, no, I will not. I have given up the hope that my waistline will ever be the same, but I have also resolved anew to eat healthy and to be whatever I will be with whatever waistline I will have.
Thus, I have given up on lo-fat, no-fat, less sugar, no-sugar, no “Lite” anything, and for sure no non-fat. And definitely no “High fructose corn syrup.” As I think back about fifty years or so ago, we all ate the same amount of food. Maybe one in fifty or a hundred was what we would consider fat or obese. It was not the norm as it is today. I have this theory that whatever it is that has been done to our food has done us in.
They have taken the fat out of everything. This is not good. We need a certain amount of fat in order to metabolize our protein and sugars. Without it our digestive systems run amok! Bring on the fat. Fat, when eaten in the natural proportions of nature, is actually good for us! Milk is a well balanced food and it has 4 percent fat. Throw out that skim milk and get back to milk as the cow delivered it. Or, for that matter, as mothers deliver it to their babies. Forget lo-fat cottage cheese, or non-fat yogurt. If you look at the labels they have taken out the fat and added high fructose corn syrup!
Sugar, another name for carbohydrates, are not good for us without some fat. When all you eat are carbohydrates and proteins your body turns them into your needed fat! Duh, this is also not good and thus, I believe, it leads to our rampage of obesity and my thickening waistline. So, I am going back to the way nature wanted it. I have banned high fructose corn syrup from my pantry shelves. My R and my DD#2 laugh at me. But, I believe that if we eat naturally occurring foods with a natural balance of protein, carbohydrate, and fat, we will not overeat and not be overweight.
I may never have that 24-waistline again. I don’t care because I am now old enough to have earned a few inches here and there. But, I will eat unprocessed, unadulterated, un-high fructose corn syrupy foods and try to bring my metabolism into some normalcy. Good bye you lo-fat rascals, you’ll never see the inside of my refrigerator or pantry. Good-bye high fructose corn syrup, go back into your ear of corn where you belong! Hello, health, and a wonderfully matronly, major league figure!