Is it “Reverse Weight-ism”?

It seems society is up in arms these days in regard to making sure they are politically and socially correct as not to offend anyone. We tiptoe around things we are thinking because it might make someone feel bad.

Being nice is never a bad thing after all our parents taught us “if you can’t say anything nice, it’s better not to say anything at all.” With that, we don’t disagree.

But let’s be fair 

This leaves many of us wondering – Why has fat shaming become a thing… yet its ok to make fun of or pick on those who in the opposite direction, can’t manage to gain or keep on weight? 

The image comes to mind of the classic beach scene where the big buff muscular guy is kicking sand in the face of the thin guy in order to get the girl. Isn’t that bullying and prejudice too?

We call it Reverse Weight-ism

Telling someone to “eat a burger”, “damn your skinny” or calling them names like “Skeletor” is just as damaging as calling someone “fat ass” or other derogatory names. It damages the self-image and bruises the ego.

Stop it.

Putting other people down does not make you a better person or raise you up in any way. You might not even realize you are insulting them… after all, we are a “weight loss society”, it’s everyone’s goal to be thin. Right?

WRONG

It is just as difficult, if not more so to add-on weight with a “too fast” metabolism than it is to take the pounds off with a slowed one.

Our point?

We are just asking you to try to be more aware of how your words could affect other people.

HARD GAINERS

Don’t give up. You can get there with the right direction – diet, nutrition and belief… talk with us. We can help.

Originally Published: https://www.hardestgainer.com/single-post/2017/03/16/Is-it-%E2%80%9CReverse-Weight-ism%E2%80%9D

Obsidian Tower (An Original Fairy Tale)

Locked away in an obsidian tower in a desolate far reaching long abandoned kingdom there dwelt a very sad lonely cursed princess. She was sad because she had been hexed by an ill willed evil nymph who was insanely jealous of the princess, not because she was beautiful, although she was, but because she possessed the one quality that the Nymph could never attain. Immortality.

 

The Nymph wanted to make sure that if she was to suffer the ravages of time herself physically, then the princess was to suffer banishment and solitude for all of her eternal life. She threw the princess up in the tower and heated the obsidian to its melting point, sealing the door shut for all time. The Princess screamed and writhed in pain for the tremendous heat, but she could not die and her burns would heal. As if all of this was not enough for the poor princess the bitter nymph added one more phrase to her spell – and took away the princesses ability to be effected by gravity. If she were somehow to escape the infernal tower she would surely just float away.

 

All trees for 100 miles were pulled from the ground by the roots leaving nothing of the lush fertile land but craters where life had formerly thrived. All subjects in the kingdom were banished with threat of curse themselves if they dared to defy the power happy nymph and be so foolish as to try and rescue the princess.

 

Centuries passed, the princess grew accustom to her solitary life. She watched the birds and few animals that still meandered through on rare occasion. She yearned for human companionship, but no one ever came. Or, if they had, they had died trying to reach her and she would never even know.

 

In villages near by the story of the princess had become more legend than fact, her tale was told as more of a fable and no one knew for sure if she really existed.

 

One morning the princess awoke and upon looking out of her window, as she had done daily for over 3 centuries now, and gasped to see in the arboretum below a beautiful glimmering statue of multi colored glass! She called as loud as she could HelloOooOOoO! Anyone? !!! She heard nothing in response but her own faint echo in the wind. Staring closer at the statue she noticed the faint outline of what appeared to be a face encased within the glass staring back up at her!

 

The nymph had been very thorough…. Anyone who ventured this far was turned and imprisoned with in a glass encasement. Beautiful, but forever trapped – Much like the Princess herself.

 

As the days passed more statues appeared. All different, all beautiful, and all made her cry.

 

She began to sob and as her tears fell, they drenched a blue green metallic figure, it seemed she would cry forever as her heart was breaking to see all that must suffer because of her.

 

Through her bleary eyes she realized that her tears had melted the glass! There below her was a creature! It was morphing from the glass to its former state! “Oh! Hello!”  she cried…and the figure slowly wiped the melted glass from its body and gazed up at her. Their eyes met and her heart leapt. But it was only a short moment before she remembered the other part of the curse. Her weightlessness.

 

The princess gazed out at the baron land. Not even a tree to hang on to, or a good heavy rock in site. She looked sadly at the creature. But he smiled back at her and ran off around the tower. “Wait! She wailed! Oh please don’t leave me!”. He returned with a glimmering statue in his arms.

With all of his might he hoisted the statue upwards toward the window were the princess was. It landed in her arms, the weight knocking her backwards. She looked at him perplexed and a bit annoyed… she may be immortal but that did hurt.

 

He gestured for her to jump and finally she understood. Taking the statue in her arms she jumped from the window and floated gently to the ground. As her foot hit the soil, the curse was broken. Trees began to spring forth from the ground and the shattering sound was deafening as all of the woodsmen, fairies, elves and townspeople that had tried so bravely before to come to her aid over the years broke free of their drinking glass tombs.

 

The nymph by now had grown quite old and much of her power had diminished. She was in such a state of shock and anger when the story reached her of the princess’s release that she spun herself in to such a tizzy that she died right there on the spot. She may not have achieved her goal of immortality, but through her wickedness she will live on forever in tale.

Originally Published on Helium.com 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Agave Nectar – A Safer Sweetener Alternative?

Agave is quickly making a rise in popularity among sweetener choices as more and more people realize just how dangerous artificial sweeteners are to our health. But is agave actually better for you?

At approximately 60 calories per tablespoon (compared to 40 for sugar) it is also nearly twice as sweet so most people will not use as much.

Most agave sweeteners are produced from the blue agave plant. But what part of the plant are we consuming? The core of the plant contains sweet “honey water,” the substance used to make syrup (and, when fermented, to make tequila).

Miel de Agave (traditional agave syrup) is made by boiling honey water sap from the core of the plant for a couple hours reducing the water content. This is the same way Maple Syrup is made. This still retains the nutrition found in the plant itself; unfortunately this is not how Agave Nectar is made.

Although agave starts out as pure, the form you can buy in stores has been processed.

Agave “Nectar” is what is widely marketed. It is made from the giant root bulb, not the core. The principal component of the root is starch – it’s a complex carbohydrate called inulin, which is technically a highly indigestible fiber. It does not have a sweet taste. The process by which agave glucose and inulin are converted into “nectar” is similar to the process in which cornstarch is converted into HFCS. The agave starch is subject to an enzymatic and chemical process that converts the starch into fructose-rich syrup —anywhere from 70 percent fructose and higher according to the agave nectar chemical profiles posted on agave nectar websites.

Nutritionally agave once processed isn’t any healthier than high fructose corn syrup or sucrose (Karo syrup). They offer no health benefits and eating them puts you at a higher likely hood of developing visceral fat, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and diabetes.

Agave is slightly lower on the glycemic index than the other sweeteners, which has caused it to be marketed to diabetics as “friendly” sugar, but the American Diabetes Association lists agave right along with all other sweeteners and states clearly that it should be very limited in diabetic diets. Well known doctors such as Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Mercola, and Dr. Oz who once were proponents of using agave have retracted their support and now recommend alternatives.

According to Russ Bianchi, managing director and CEO of Adept Solutions, Inc., a globally recognized food and beverage development company, on the similarities between agave nectar and high fructose corn syrup:

“They are indeed made the same way, using a highly chemical process with genetically modified enzymes. They are also using caustic acids, clarifiers, filtration chemicals and so forth in the conversion of agave starches into highly refined fructose inulin that is even higher in fructose content than high fructose corn syrup.”

Other Reasons to avoid Agave

Poor Quality Control

Pesticides residue and multiple reported incidences of cutting with corn syrup

Saponins – Agave is high in saponins, which are a toxic steroid derivative, capable of disrupting red blood cells and producing diarrhea and vomiting. There is also a possible link between saponins and miscarriage by stimulating blood flow to the uterus. Pregnant women should not use agave.

Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) – Some agave syrups contain a contaminant called hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF, also called 5-hydroxymethyl furfural), an organic heat-formed compound that arises in the processing of fructose — in both agave syrup and HFCS. HMF has potential toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects. HMF is EXTREMELY toxic to honey bees, which is a problem since commercial beekeepers feed HFCS to the bees to stimulate honey production when field-gathered nectar sources are scarce.

Agave may start out as natural – but what you are buying in that bottle is a broken down, over processed and unhealthy choice.

Better choices would be: Raw organic honey, Coconut Palm Sugar, Maple Syrup, Stevia and Maple Sugar.

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-agave
http://blog.doctoroz.com/dr-oz-blog/agave-why-we-were-wrong

Agave Nectar: Good or Bad?

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/30/beware-of-the-agave-nectar-health-food.aspx

Also published on Natural News, HCBL, and Dr. LeonardColdwell.com