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DEC, 2019

This post caught my eye yesterday on a reputable Facebook page of a weight loss company – helping people to lose weight by eating whole food. It wasn’t so much the post itself that caused my heart rate to rise with like 5 beats per second, but the comments that were made by a few folks.

“Unbelievably arrogant & unkind”

“True but a very aggressive, unkind way of putting your message over. Shame on you”

“You are so wrong. I eat properly, all home cooked food, and only once a day, as well as exercise daily, still cannot lose the last 5kg I so badly want to lose. We are all different, so do not judge anyone”.

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I wasn’t quite sure whether the last comment was a reply on mine, or whether it was just a general remark on the post…but who cares. The truth hurts.  So yes, this article is for you who thinks this comment by ICE-T is arrogant and unkind.

Coincidently enough I was busy preparing my content for my 90 Day Sugar Detox Course when I saw this – so I have half of my speech prepared already!  But comments on a Facebook post is not enough space for me, so here I am… so that I can comment on this properly.

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Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, is an American musician, rapper, songwriter, actor, record producer, and author.  You would probably recall him from his appearance in Law & Order.

This veteran rapper was known for his cutting lyrics about his harsh upbringing in California. His mother died of a heart attack when he was in third grade. He was then raised by his father. But when he turned 12 years old, his father also died of a heart attack. These events led him to look at his health and other men like him, a little more seriously.

Diet food definition as per Wikipedia – Diet food (or dietetic food) refers to any food or beverage whose recipe is altered to reduce fat, carbohydrates, and/or sugar in order to make it part of a weight loss program or diet.

So, let’s call it by its name…processed food.  Or better known as processed junk. Interesting that people get offensive when you call out the truth. It hurts.  If you have enough self-awareness or walked the path already, you can deal with the harshness of reality. It is you who realized through your own transformational journey, that weight loss is not just about going on a diet.  You made it a lifestyle. You are fighting for your health. 

It’s because the effects of processed food and poor nutrition is being sugar coated, that our nation’s health is in such a mess.  And yes, processed food is for lazy people. I don’t care what excuse you dream up.  You have time to spent 2 hours on Facebook, but you don’t have time to take 30 min and cook a wholesome whole food, unprocessed meal for yourself, let alone your family.  And don’t come with the “it’s expensive to eat healthy”.  Been there…done that.

I’ve been that lazy mom that cooked all my dinners at home from processed packaged shit.  I think only the meat and veggies were real food – oh wait…probably not.  Probably injected full of hormones and water to make it look like something that just stepped out of a PIXAR movie.

It took a lot of education and awareness, and willingness to really look in the mirror be honest with myself, to realize “who am I kidding”.  It amazes me that you are willing to spend so much time on your career, to get to the top – something that could end in a heartbeat – but you spent so little time on your nutrition – something you will take with you for the rest of your life.

The reason why something like this stir up so much emotion is because you still act like you’re the victim.  Yes, you might be the victim of childhood trauma, you might be the victim of a poor relationship with food, you might be the victim of big food marketing.  But for heaven’s sake. Can you just at some point in your life stop playing the victim card and DO something to get rid of this victim mentality?

The scary part is you are probably not willing to change your mindset and perception about healthy living.  Most of the change takes place in your mind, that controls your brain, that controls what you do.  And I place a lot of emphasis on that during my Sugar Detox Course. My question is always “Ok, you’ve followed a diet, you lost 10kg’s.  Now what?”.  It’s because “just following a diet” can cover up so many things. It’s easy. Then you don’t have to deal with it.  You don’t have to face yourself and what you’ve done to your health for the past 20-30 years.

You need sustainable habits and actions. And if it can help you in the rest of your life, your career – why not? We are after all spirit, body and soul.

Apparently, you are not desperate enough to fight for your health. You are not desperate enough to fight off chronic aches and pains, weight gain, being medicated, cognitive decline, chronic fatigue. You think it’s normal.  “Just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s normal”. A profound quote by Dr Nick Greiner.  It’s almost like you need the chronic aches and pain, all the chronic meds otherwise you don’t have anything to compare your ego against when you braai with your friends on a Saturday. It’s about who saw the doctor the most this year. Who has the best and latest diagnosis? Who’s pain is the worst. Who has the most meds on their bedside table?

Clearly you are not mad enough at what “just existing” stole from you.

Get mad. Get mad at the aches and pains. Get mad at the weight gain. Get mad at being on chronic medication every single day of your life. And get desperate enough to do something about it.

It’s only THEN, that the quote will make sense to you and you will fully understand it.

“Diet food is for lazy people”.  I still believe it’s true.

Get over the quote and do something about your own life.  If you struggle to lose that last 5 kg, become relentless and educate yourself with whatever you can find, so that you can get rid of the last 5 kg’s.  Don’t’ sit there and mope about it.

✌ Happy holidays,

Petrolene