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Paula Deen’s Butter Flavored Career Is Over

ImagePaula Deen’s Butter Flavored Career Is Over

Deen recently came forward revealing that she has diabetes.

Coincidentally at the same time of her new endorsement deal with a very reputable diabetic testing company.

Is this the financial reward for revealing that she has this terrible condition. Does Paula deserve the great acknowledgment for making the revelation after years of promoting butter and other fattening foods.

I don’t remember moderation ever discussed every week and now Paula has the price to pay for it.

What about all the overweight fans that have to rethink how they cook now that Paula has seen the light.

How many years of damage has Paula done to her body with those tasty recommendations?

Maybe a disclaimer or warning should have been put before each show.

How can Paula Deen be the new weight loss champion? Why should we listen to someone who was in denial for so many years while she preached questionable recipes.

Should Paula Deen have to take responsibility to her legion of supporters and fans?

It’s one thing to be a overweight person or celeb who suddenly loses weight and wants to help others.

It is quite another to totally ignore it and preach the great use of butter in ones food.

I woke up one morning overweight and diabetic. Does that make me a great spokesperson or hero for change.

I would like to hear Paula Deen apologize and admit that she was flat wrong.

Let Paula actually take responsibility for her own actions and any way that it might have negatively effected other peoples lives.

Why should we put this nice lady back on the air until she does.

Shouldn’t there be laws to protect us from bad advice? Or is it just pure entertainment at the cost of we, the overweight fans that watch her.

On a side note, I do like butter and think it does have a place in peoples diet. Just in moderation as everything else.

Paula, your a very nice person and fun to watch on the television. Just don’t preach what you knew was bad advice all these years and now expect me to applaud your admission.

I want good nutritional cooking advice from someone not making a profit from her own mistakes.

Oops, I forgot this is most of todays reality weight loss and cooking shows.

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The New Coma Diet Arrives

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The New Coma Diet

 

 

 

I know what your thinking as you read this. Is he out of his mind? It may sound insane but I think I might have found a method to take off those unwanted pounds.

 

If I could just go into a temporary induced coma, I could easily deal with food.

 

There would be no way I would have to be bombarded by the slew of television commercials pushing pizza, burgers and cookies.  I wouldn’t have to drive by the more then fifty restaurants calling my name on my drive home. There wouldn’t even be those temptations brought in by my fellow co-workers with donuts or other goodies every workday. I wouldn’t even have to exercise as hopefully someone would do that for me. 

 

So within three to six months after being in a coma, I should theoretically be thin again. 

 

This all sounded pretty appealing to me. Maybe I just helped to conceive the latest and greatest new diet fad.

 

Well after thinking it out, I began to see the other side to this ridiculous idea. Coming out of my coma would require weeks of rough physical therapy. Possible brain damage  and worse of all, things would be no different.  I would have to face all of the eating problems that bombarded me to begin with all over again. Like some cruel and ironic joke, the weight would come back on faster then I took it off. 

 

So where is the escape. I just can’t get away from it all. 

 

Unless I turn off the TV, shut down my computer, put away my smart phone and stop driving my car… I will never be able to escape this mess. 

 

This is why I am searching for new methods to help me come to terms with the reality and culture that surrounds me today.  

 

There must be something that I can change or do. 

 

There is gastric bypass surgery, then the gastric band and even deep brain stimulation surgery going on now. Certainly none of those are looked at as extreme anymore, are they?

 

What actions could I take that would actually make a difference. 

 

There must be better and less drastic methods then any of these.

 

Well much to my prayer and surprise, It turns out there were a good number of them available to me now. 

 

While I can’t change my surroundings, I can start to adapt. The first thing I changed was to not eat while watching television or surfing the web. This gave me a chance to actually taste my meal and remember it later on so I could feel satisfied and full. 

 

The next thing I did was to go pull up the nutritional menu online of some of those many  restaurants I frequent. They all make it easy to find this information and it’s pretty shocking. Not only are some foods crazy in calories but others aren’t all that bad. This would give me a chance to make the best plan of attack next time I stop there and lets not kid ourself… I will stop there. Eating at home everyday can be a bit boring. Food is entertainment these days and I want to learn to be a good critic. 

 

The next task was to find a great support group like Weight Watchers or Over Eaters Anonymous.  That will help me work within the current environment I am surrounded by. Weight Watchers has the greatest new program of all with their 360 change.

 

The last thing I would promise myself is not to try and rush the weight loss. Every time that has happen before, I ended up putting back on all the pounds and more. Most of it faster then I lost it. 

 

So it appears that right now for me, the coma diet is not going to be needed at all. Food does not need to be the enemy. 

 

Just as long as a good plan of attack is in place to help me get through the rough times and current environment we live in within today.

 

 

 

 

New Diet Pills: Our Friend or Enemy?

Well here we go again. It’s been a decade or so since the last medical fiasco with diet pills. One went off the market and one is still around. Yet people in our country are getting heavier with each passing second. I should know.  I’m one of those people.

Now comes the FDA’s probable approval of another new diet pill. This new one is a mix of two older drugs put together to give you a nice kick-start. Yet what happens after the first few months? Will all my temptations be gone? Will they stop all those yummy looking food commercials and take away all the cookies and ice cream from the end of the store isles?  The answer is, no way! So then what is going to be different this time?

If I am no longer hungry, will I never want another pizza or piece of cake for dessert?  Will I stop eating out of emotion or stalking the kitchen at night? I really don’t see any indications that this is going to help me think any differently. Just because you tie my mouth closed, staple my stomach, or make me very feel ill if I eat too much, does not mean that I will start feeling differently towards those foods. Its almost as bad as sending someone for aversion therapy. It has never been shown to be effective and it is just cruel torture. Our country has to stop looking at ways to control our hunger and instead control the much bigger problem. Obesity is crawling up the front lawns of almost half our country.

Think about all your friends and family. Is there anyone in that group who could stand to lose some weight?  Is it more then one person?  It’s time to find a cure. So I encourage anyone considering diet pills to think long term about how you will feel if it does not work out. All of the money you will have spent and the many side effects to probably experience for nothing, just makes me wonder if it’s even worth going through.

Lets not rely on a magical cure and instead stick together to help each other. That’s where hope begins and the cure starts to arise.

-Barry

When Emotional Eating Changes Form

Since I moved out to L.A. to finish the film and start a new life, I have found it a bit stressful.  You are hit with so many things at once. New friends you need to make. So much stuff to buy and learn about.  I began to wonder if I could take this personally or professionally.

Luckily, I am very good at what I do and will let nothing deter me from my true mission of making this film.

Fortunately during this trying time I have not turned to food for comfort.  This new dieting strategy has brought about major weight loss and resulted in a much better state of personal health.

I was very happy with this result.   Made me wonder if I had finally beaten those demons that had been pestering me my whole life?  Well the answer actually is yes and no.

Even though I had put away my anger and emotions towards past issues in my life, there were still stressors.  With emotional eating gone, I really had no way to deal with them now.

Suddenly though, I found myself in a very new situation.  I was actually not hungry anymore.  I wasn’t even eating during most of the day. There were times that I would eat less than a thousand calories a day.

I have always known emotional eating is about using food as a tool to deal with your emotions. What I did not realize is that by not eating when I am stressed or emotional, this was also using food as a tool.

Emotional eating could be both the consumption and lack of consumption of food.

I was blown away. There were truly two sides to this coin.

Well, as with everything in life and especially this documentary… I have more to learn and more to share.

If anyone else has gone down this road, I would really like to hear your stories or thoughts. So feel free to post in the comments section, facebook.com/findingthin, or anywhere I can read/watch it!

Sharing is the best part of getting through this and helping others.

I will report back more often now that I am settled out here in California.

Thank you for reading.

-Barry

How To Start Exercising Again After Weight Gain

How To Start Exercising Again After Putting On Weight

I used to be able to walk two miles in under thirty minutes. This was when I weighed about two hundred pounds.
Now of course I am quite a bit heavier and have not walked any significant distance in over four years. Most of it was spent in a car traveling the country shooting the documentary ‘Finding Thin’. Probably would have been good to get out and do some activity somewhere.
Now when I go out for a walk, I can go a couple blocks but then give out with heavy breathing. If going up hill, I am really in trouble.
There must be a way to make it back.
The weight has finally started to come off over the last few months but as I know so well, there is a major component missing. I have got to get out there and walk.
I think back to the days when I was well over four hundred pounds and just started two houses at a time. I then built up house by house until I was really down in weight and kicking butt.
This time around though, I am out here in the hills of L.A. and that does make it more interesting and a heck of a lot tougher. Though when I get to the easier parts I get to walk past Warner Brothers and I love their studio lot.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to walk for weight loss as much as just the endorphin rush feeling better.
It is just a struggle to do that I am wondering if there are other exercises that I should to until more of the weight comes off first.
Every pound down makes it even easier to walk up.
I am sure that others of you heavy and thin have gone through this. It is so discouraging at times to be starting over but I am the most stubborn person who will not give up. The word no does not exist in my vocabulary. I like to find a way around walls.
So if any of you have been through this and have any suggestions, I really could use the help.

Eating Less Can Cause Weight Gain

When Eating Less Causes Weight Gain

Ever since the last month, I have found my self not eating emotionally anymore. This was one of my biggest problems and I was so glad to get past it. A wish come true. Yet with ever road I pass, there is always a speed bump or two. The latest one came to me while working ten hour days cutting ‘Finding Thin’ and taking meetings. I discovered I was eating far less then I should be. There was just so much to do that I was neglecting to eat enough. It was slowing down my metabolism and causing me to tire easily and for my weight loss to slow. Who would have though that would be even be possible? I would have dreamed for a problem like that. Well… maybe not.
When growing up I was always thought that less was more. If you went lower on the calories, you would lose more weight. That is so not the case. It really is a game of balance. Not too much and not too little. Finding that sense of balance is not easy by any way but imaginable. Yet it is actually enjoyable since I get to eat more of the foods that I enjoy and do now feel stronger. This was one of the things that I liked about the new Weight Watchers program. It did not deprive me. It made it much easer then counting calories and made sense to me.
As a former dieter, I knew how to skip on the calories but that was not the answer.
Now with diabetes. it makes it even the more a bit more difficult sometimes in choices but nowhere near impossible. I am already finding that the diabetes is going down which means I can stay off the insulin. This of course thrills me. After all, who likes sticking themselves with needles. Though there are millions that are forced to every day and I pray we can beat this dreaded disease one day. I am so fortunate enough to be able to now control this through different eating substitutions. You notice I don’t say diet much since I hate the word.
There are some people out there that have ways they recommend to trick your body but that just seems wrong. My body has gone through enough and deserves to be treated better.
So as I make it past emotional eating, I just have to remind myself to eat enough and at the right times during the day.
The next obstacle is learning to start walking again without wanting to fall over.
I would love to hear from anyone who face those same challenges that I do.

The Weight Loss Journey Comes To A Close, A New Chapter Begins

The Weight Loss Journey Comes To A Close A New Chapter Begins

I have traveled over half the country in search of losing weight. Had the chance to meet over three hundred experts and celebrities during shooting the upcoming film ‘Finding Thin’. I started at one weight and ended up gaining more while trying some of the new diets that might have that magic bullet. This was not what was supposed to happen. Yet my mission was to set out to save the world. That was until I found out that I needed to save myself first, then I could figure out the rest. The funny thing is that it took until that last few miles when I moved out to L.A. to really have it kick in. This was my last destination on the journey and a place that I was to call home.
The last year had many changes in my life. I had lost two of my beloved pets, a very close friend who turned out to be a wolf in a sheep cloths and most importantly… myself.
Then it began to change. I suddenly began to find myself. No longer did I find the need for emotional eating. Of course that brought many challenges. Yet I never stopped and was able to continue on and grow the movie to the finest state it has ever been in as well as myself personally.
We have some of the finest names and I don’t know where to begin thanking people.
Do I start with Jillian Michaels who really opened the door for us and showed me that we don’t always have to be victims. Or was it Dr. Michael Roizen over at The ‘Cleveland Clinic’ who showed me that I don’t need to feel so old and can reverse the process. He also introduced me to the mighty ‘Health Corps’ created by the efforts of Dr. Oz and ran by the lovely Michelle Bouchard. Then of course there was Bob Harper of ‘The Biggest Loser’ who was so real and made me laugh so hard. Then there was Tony Horton of ‘P90X’, not only the strongest guy for his young age but I am not sure he ever takes a breath. He is that good.. Then I begin to think of David Wallace of ‘Weight Watchers’ who helped get me back on track’. Of course I cant forget the king of comedy George Wallace or the wit and heart of actress Carlease Burke. There are just so many great people that have changed my life and contributed to making this movie that that much more. I have enough material to make three films. There are just so many names to thank. I just hope they help to bring the change and hope to your life as they have to mine. This has been the greatest honer and chance that I could have ever been given. Far from what I ever had hoped for. Beating my wildest dreams.
As I settle in now for the final phase of the movie and make my new home in L.A., I will be writing more frequently. Not to push the film, which I hope you will see, but to be there for you with new thoughts and stories form the battles lines each and every day. Have hope for this is a journey we take together.

Be Well

Barry Roskin Blake
Producer/Director
Finding Thin