Don’t Blame Yourself
ALL IS VANITY AND A CHASING AFTER WIND
Obesity occurs not only due to gluttony, but also because of your microbiota; that is, the gang of bacteria living inside you.
Israeli scientists have shown that every organism reacts to the same food in its own way, even if it’s healthy food. Therefore, don’t be so quick to resent your friend with the belly that doesn’t eat the nutritious muesli you were prescribed. It’s possible that your muesli could leave him even worse than before.
Modern man, living in developed countries, often violates the eco-system of their inner world; that is the stomach and its environs. Due to a monotonous diet, the stomach is usurped by not-so-friendly bacteria, and they crush the useful bacteria, thus depriving you of a blossoming variety of organisms. “Some of the beneficial bacteria that make up the microbiota of Western man are on the verge of extinction, and it’s almost time for them to be included on the Red List. “ (BBC)
WHEN TOMATOES ARE WORSE THAN CANDY
Fast food is best friends with your worst enemy. One scientist conducted an experiment on his son, who ate fast food for two weeks. At first, he had 3000 different types of good bacteria, but by the end of the experiment he had lost 1300 of the useful ones.
Once again, though, everything is individual. Participants in another study (all overweight) were given the same meal throughout a one-week period and blood glucose was measured. They discovered something incredible: some people were doing just fine eating butter, while one woman’s blood sugar would skyrocket after eating tomatoes, just like if she was eating candy.
I mean, you don’t even suspect which one of those “useful” products will at times contribute to your love handles, fatigue, lethargic sleep after eating, and lowered mood.
Individual metabolism is largely based on the different compositions of the microflora or microbiota in the stomach (or an even more beautiful word – microbiome). So advanced scientists recommend to completely reconsider our approach to weight loss and dieting, because universal principles do not exist.
A COUPLE OF WORDS ABOUT ME
I’m pretty much the male of Thumbelina genus (Thumbelinus familiaris). In sheer amount, I eat less than everyone else. In the morning, it’s coffee and cheese, although recently I started eating flat breads with cheese (a years-long abstinence from this bitter bread of exile has proven to be meaningless).
And in the afternoon, nothing or half an apple, and in the evening mostly chicken. And sometimes meat, yes, so kill me. A decent cut of fish costs the same in this coastal city as it would in the Sahara, except for some miserable bit of tilapia, and it is regularly out-of-stock in the stores where I am grazing.
I only drink alcohol on the occasions, like friends’ birthdays, when it is indecent to be sober.
Yes, my way of life is totally online… However, from time-to-time I perform something similar to a Saint Vitus dance with some Stromae accompaniment, and walk for at least 20 minutes a day. And for what? No results. The same extra 20 pounds. I managed to get rid of it 3 times thanks to the diet of Saint Atkins, but afterwards I inevitably celebrated my Pyrrhic victory with lots of beer.
And it’s not even my fault. I just can’t stay indifferent to my favorite still-life paintings of the great Dutch artists. The famous four: Pieter Claesz, Willem Heda, Willem Kalf and Abraham van Beyeren were painting vessels with beer like no one else.
I would happily do Atkins diet again, but it literally stopped working on me. You know my age makes a difference (I’m far over 40, even though it’s hard to tell by looking at me).
Recently, even beer became part of this fantasy and a “forbidden fruit” for me. If I drink some vodka at a birthday party, while everyone else peacefully goes to bed, I swell like a tropical frog. The Universe is expanding and I’m totally keeping up with it.
However, it’s good to know that while you are being punished without a crime, you are not alone in this world.
“Two-thirds of the adult population of Great Britain is overweight or obese. And that’s not only due to overeating, but also because all the good bacteria is dead as the result of a bad diet. Those beneficial microbes are not only responsible for food digesting, but also control the how many calories we consume and how exactly we do it.”
Among the many people I know, I can easily name two whose physical appearance gives me some friendly envy. The Benjamins, for example, – this unbelievably fit married couple. They explain their outstanding look by regular visits to the gym, walking, and not eating after 6 PM.
Yeah, right! But I think it’s all about their rich inner world.
Next time, I will talk about kefir, which will save the world. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s good for your vision, also, although that’s highly unlikely. BEI, on the other hand, is definitely good for your eyes. They don’t serve kefir here, but sure offer a good coffee.
Benjamin Eye Institute
9201 Sunset Boulevard Suite 709
West Hollywood, California (310) 494-7175
Text and photo: Sebastian Varo