I thoughtlessly decided to "subscribe" and watch the "For Women Only: The Weight Loss Solution" special event. I'll never again get offended when people insult "paleo" because Oh ... My ... Gods....
Yesterday was Day One: while I pressed and cut fabric for my next three projects, I listened in. There was an introductory interview of Neely Quinn by Sean Croxton, in which he led her to say all kinds of stupid stuff, like:
"I used to say, 'Food is my boyfriend."'
"I had to break up with chocolate."
"When I gave up gluten, I cried."You begin to observe, this is a woman with significant food issues. No wonder she thinks that eating disorders can go back to your childhood, and how traumatic it was when you had to sit at the dinner table.... She also thinks that if you have carb-cravings, it means you NEEEEEEEED them! She sounds very Freudian -- I wonder if she has daddy issues, too?
Neely also mentioned how the discussions at PaleoFX were SO anti-carb -- she complained that the provided food was, like, all PROTEIN and FAAAAAT, and there wasn't much of it! So she went out and brought in a SAAALAD cuz she needed some CARBS ... and this guy was, like, harassing her, saying "you're eating CAAAAARBS!"....
But that gem was just the first course! I skipped the next video, which was probably more intelligent -- Mark Sisson talking about The Dangers of "Chronic Cardio." I'll never do THAT again, so i'm not really interested ... and besides, i've always disliked podcasts and interview-videos. ;-) The third and last installment of the day was Melissa Joulwan, "How to Lose Weight & Heal Your Thyroid" ... except she didn't, and she didn't.
Like so many faddish young things, she wandered through bad diets and ill health for decades, and it sounds like she continues the cycles of "better" and "brainless 'intervention' catches up." At one point when she was visiting a doctor because she "didn't feeeeel gooood" (just imagine that spoken in a whiny California-girl accent...), he told her she had a nodule on her thyroid and proceeded to EXCISE MOST OF IT.
Sorry, kids -- "healing" and "cutting out then having trouble adjusting supplemental hormone" are NOT synonymous.
With the help of alternative health-care providers she jumped through hoops of goofy protocols and senseless exercise regimens ... and considers herself something of a cognoscenti on this score! She has two cookbooks out, and she spoke a little on how she deals with taking lunch to work -- you see, you put some frozen broccoli in the bottom of a Tupperware container, then add some lightly cooked meat that you prepared during an afternoon's-worth of work over the weekend (like broiling chicken-breasts), drizzle on a little sauce (tahini, she suggested); then at mid-day, you just nuke it for a minute, and there's lunch! For a quick meal at home, open a can of sardines, garnish with a little parsley, and there it is!
Let me get this straight -- this woman has published two cookbooks, and this is her idea of paleo-quality meals??? Just because her chicken is pastured?
There's no doubt in my mind that these two women didn't get the memo about fat -- active people can't live on chicken breast, frozen broccoli, a drizzle of sesame paste, and sardines ... even if it IS better than what the majority of Americans eat. No wonder they think they need more carbs.
I can hardly wait to see what the rest of the week brings!
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