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Here’s The Skinny On Shopping, Part 1.

A Special Guest Blog By: Courtney Mueller, Co-Producer of “Finding Thin”

I love shopping. Shopping can is sometimes little addiction for me in fact.

Heading over to the department stores to check out the latest fashions and perhaps treat myself to a new shirt or pair of pants is both an adrenaline rush and a release for me. It truly is retail therapy.

But lately my therapy sessions are ending poorly.

It feels as if clothing designers are unaware or uninspired by the realistic size of the average American woman.

I’m a real woman with curves. I’m not a twig, not obese- just
regular when it comes to size. But when I’m trying clothes on, I
feel as if I’m squeezing into what my normal size should be. I’m not trying to fit into a smaller size for the vanity of a tag with a smaller number; I’m just constantly battling my standard sizes thinning down.

I wonder what Michael Kors or Diane von Furstenberg would do if they traveled the same locations as “Finding Thin” and really took note at what Americans really look like. Not everyone is a size two… let alone a size zero (what I refer to as “size non-existent”). The average American woman can’t squeeze into the unrealistic expectations that clothing designers create…

and I can assure you that she doesn’t feel beautiful when she tries.

Of course designers design for all sizes, but as soon as we reach a
select size we go from model material to plus-size clothing. There’s a reason why the racks are always full of smalls and extra smalls; the larger sizes are selling out.

Dear Designers-If all the larger sizes sell out first, doesn’t that give you an indication of what the public wants?

As for me, where is the regular? Why is there no in between?

I think everyone should occasionally indulge a little retail therapy.

Go ahead and buy that new shirt or skirt to show off whatever you are
proud of, even at that “regularly plus size”.

Maybe I need a new form of therapy.

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My Sugar Drug Addiction

I was one of the people who until recently believed that Corn Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup was addictive. Then finally, after a long while of research and experimentation, I no longer believe that Corn Syrup and regular syrup aren’t really that much different.

What was bothersome to me was that I was still under the belief that since Corn Syrup was disproved then sugar itself must be addictive.

I had read the studies from Princeton and interviewed their experts. The only problem was that they had only experimented on non-humans.

I viewed PET scans of comparing subjects on miscellaneous narcotics and subjects induced with sugar. Amazingly both scans displayed that the subjects were hitting the same receptors in the brain.

This confused

me even further. It’s not like we can ban sugar or any sugar alternative from our foods. And let’s not forget the thousands of American jobs that would disappear with them. Both our health and economy are fighting for their lives.

So, what gives?

Well it turns out that I once again turned to sugar over the weekend. Not anywhere as terribly as I have in the past, but I found myself there… again.

What was different this time was that I tried to figure out what emotion I was feeling while I went back to my unhealthy habits. It was a form of depression again. I was coping again… I was doing something that millions of Americans suffer and deal with every day. Could sugar be an underground drug to cope with life’s trying times, since it hits the same receptors as other drugs?

Is there something else to turn to?  There seem to be a good number of recovering drug addicts in the world, so why is it so difficult for me to stop going to my “Sugar Drug Addiction?”

I welcome your input…