I Hate Toxins: A Science-ish Vlog

Also ‘detox’. A vlog about healthy eating, January resolutions, misuse of words, and making things complicated in order to make money out of them.

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  1. Most people know that fruits and vegetables are good for you. I think the main thing they’re confused about isn’t toxins and detox but things like fats and carbs, how much and what kind are okay. There’s so much conflicting information out there.

    • Everyone needs carbs to survive. It’s just that too many people are eating the refined, processed carbs and skipping out on balancing their nutrition. Then they don’t exercise, to top it off. I’m guilty of this myself.

      The best thing you can do is try switching from white to wheat (or at least mix in some wheat if you can’t stand it all on it’s own), make sure that just about every meal has veggies of the green, orange, and red varieties mixed in, and that you get protein on your plate on some capacity, preferably in some form that’s got less fat in it, and that hasn’t been processed to the point of being a ‘meat-like’ product. Then reduce the amount of fried, greasy, and sugary things you eat. There’s plenty of sweet treats you can make with fresh (or frozen) fruit without adding a lot of sugar, and even chocolate isn’t forbidden as long as you’re smart about how you eat it.

      The most important thing that anyone should have taken away from health class is balance. It’s not so much about forbidding everything you enjoy so much as making sure you eat a variety of foods.

      • I honestly don’t get the notion that wheat or grain breads are so repulsive… to me personally, unlike white, they actually have a distinct flavor and defiition to them rather than “indeterminately bread-ish flour mush”

  2. Excellent video. I agree wholeheartedly.

  3. Food does attract a hell of a lot of woo woo crap. Look up something about food PH if you really want your head to explode.

  4. I’ve always CRINGED when people were telling me they’re going on a “Detox” or “cleanse”. That always translated as “I’m spending more money than you on useless expensive food to make myself all high and mighty”.

    Want some of my money saving tips?

    Drink less soda. Replace it with water. In fact, just drink water entirely.

    Less fried and processed foods. Steak is actually good for you.

    More veggies and fruits. Learn to LOVE them. I was a junk food eating kid who hated fruits and veggies, but now I can’t eat anywhere without at least having a salad or fruits.

    And obviously regular exercise.

    No need for “detoxing” or “cleansing”

  5. I almost didn’t realize that this was one of your videos! This was an interesting video. I’m glad that I didn’t miss it.

  6. I heard of a recent increase in an eating disorder called orthorexia. It’s sort of like anorexia but instead of an obsession with not eating it’s an obsession with eating “healthy.” At first the rules sound simple, avoid processed foods, things high in fat or sugar, etc. The problem is thanks to all the scare mongering people take it to absurd levels, like gluten free, “organic” fruits and vegetables, not eating anything with “chemicals” or “additives” (I can’t pronounce this ingredient name, it’ll probably kill me!) There’s a difference between cutting back on twinkies and not eating an apple because at some point the farmer might have used insecticide on his land. The result is actually similar to anorexia, malnutrition, the body being unable to absorb essential vitamins, weakened bones, and unhealthy weight loss. Basically attempting to get healthier causes the person to make themselves sick.

    It also kind of pisses me off because people who try to eat like this are suffering from a case of historical amnesia. Our modern farming techniques and food processing have made our diets stable, healthy, and affordable, without them we wouldn’t be able to feed our 300 MILLION mouths in this country alone. Denying that and saying you know better about how to feed the world is on par with people who refuse things like vaccinations, you know, the things that allowed their grandparents to survive long enough to give birth to their parents and to which they owe their very EXISTENCE.

  7. I’ve always found cheap diets to be, at the very least, odd and, at the very worst, insane.

    I have Cystic Fibrosis so my weight has always been an issue. When you have CF, your body doesn’t absorb fat the way a normal person’s body does and you burn a lot of calories coughing so you will spend your life fighting to keep weight on. It’s not an easily loseable battle but you do need to watch yourself. A dietician regularly monitors you( I go to clinic every 3 months) as part of your basic treatment so that you never stray too far off of a safe weight. Unless a patient’s weight is too low or CF-related diabetes kicks in, words like “portion size” and “carbohydrates” never even enter the conversation.

    If people want to lose weight, or gain it, they should talk to their doctor. The doctor will help them work out what needs to be done.

    Eating healthy is not that complicated. I have diabetes, controlled by diet, and eating well is not rocket surgery. You need to arm yourself with PROPER knowledge so that you can make the right choices.

    I’m lucky: I know that. I don’t have to worry about where food is going to come from; I can afford a rec centre pass; I was able to leave my job so I a) don’t have the stress of working, on top of being sick, to wear me out and b) am now wealthy in time, an asset rare to most people.

    I find it funny, however, when people who are many times more loaded ( the non-alcoholic slang definition) than, or at the very least on-par financially with, me seem to treat eating well as this mysterious enigma which must be solved with expensive fad diets. They waste time and money on things that will end up hurting their body. Quick tip, guys: Any diet that says eating NO carbs is how you lose weight, smash it. Smash it HARD! Apples have carbs. Carrots have carbs. It’s the amount, coupled with the types, of carbs that you need to regulate, and the needs of one person can differ drastically from the next. I, again, refer you to that university-educated medical- type person.

    I know that to many people “Eat right and exercise” sounds so bor-ring and “Like, hard work, man” but that’s pretty much the answer to basic health. Good looks will follow good health so you have every incentive to do what you have to do.

    If your head leads you to do fad diets, and liposuction, even when a basic grade school education tells you that simply eating well and getting up off your butt is the way to go, then you are stupid, and need to be called as such. I don’t blame people for their weight, simply based on what they weigh: There are too many factors that go into that number. I DO blame people who treat good health like it’s out of reach, or something to be toyed with, when a quick “Hey, doc” hasn’t even been tried. Stupid is as stupid does: People have to learn how to spell ‘Mississippi’ at some point in their lives.

    • I used to be in the “I don’t have the time to eat right or exercise” group of people and was pretty chubby into my mid 20’s. When I started having serious head and chest pains, it was all related to my blood pressure and cholesterol.

      It’s sad that most people wait until their bodies have serious problems before they decide to live healthier lifestyles. Sometimes it’s a little too late.

  8. Here’s the fact of the matter. Back in ancient times when people walked with dinosaurs, schools actually had a decent education budget, which started being trimmed down (and then gutted) over the course of 40 years. One class they used to have was home economics. Which was basically a girl centric course to teach high school girls to be good housewives because communism. Sure guys could take it, but then they’d be called gay, etc, so very few did.

    Basically those courses taught everything from cooking through sewing and whatnot, just how to do stuff around the house. Boys got shop, girls got home ec. It was a different time, that’s how it worked.

    Problem is, as budgets were slashed, those courses were slashed as well. Hands up, how many here did automotive shop or home ec? Anyone? How about 10 years ago? *crickets*

    And the problem with not knowing basic home and cooking skills is, you don’t know how to cook very well. So you’re stuck eating prepared meals that, if you wanted decent nutrition, would be best served if you chucked out the bag inside and ate the box.

    35 years ago it was *slightly* better because latchkey kids were encouraged to fend for themselves, some learned how to microwave a burrito, I said screw that, and taught myself how to cook actual food.

    Of course, the benefit of knowing how to cook real food, is that you have complete (or almost complete) control over the ingredients, and can actually live cheaper than those who buy packaged meals, to a degree. Head of bok choi for $1, 4 oz beef steak for $1, 40 cent onion, $1 either peas/stir fry veggie mix/snap peas, 10 cent green onion, 20 cents worth of soy sauce, .01 cents worth of starch, and various seasonings, and you have a meal to feed a small family that likely won’t kill them in the long run. Compared to a packaged meal with half its weight in MSG. The real cooks know how to make MSG from scratch.

    • That’s silly. Cooking isn’t hard. We have the Internet now, so you don’t really have to “learn to cook.” Just follow recipes until you get it down or read how to guides.

      We just don’t want to take the time to do it, and have become used to the way the packaged food tastes.

      Plus, think about it. If you’re marketing food, what are you going to do? You’re going to make it taste as good as you can for the price you spend on it. We evolved to like high fat, high carb, and just plain high calorie foods, as food was much more scarce. So of course that’s the stuff used in prepackaged food.

      And we evolved without a shut off valve for that, as we might need to store up energy for later when food might become more scarce. Up until fairly recently, being fat was a sign of good health (relatively speaking). Back as recently as the 1950s we had problems with significant numbers of children being undernourished. Take us back to like the 1700s or earlier, and anyone who wasn’t fat was probably undernourished–there really wasn’t an in-between.

      We were essentially “designed” by nature to be fat making machines. All processed foods do is make it easier to get supplies for the machine.

      • If anything, gas prices in America have went down considerably, so there’s not really much excuse to eat healthier now.

      • I think it’s a mix between our “get it now” culture and the lack of home ec education that’s done the most harm. You would be amazed at how many people I went to college with could not cook anything to save their lives. I was an anomaly because I cooked almost every day in some form or fashion, and I got creative with what I made, even if it was just a microwaved meal. I knew all the basic home fix-it stuff to the point that some of my friends and roomies jokingly called me “Mom”.

        A common “on the go” meal for me was microwaved ramen with frozen veggie stir fry and sliced turkey sausage piled on top. Cost of the meal? Probably around $.50. Time to prepare it? 5 minutes. Satisfying? Yes. Nutritious? Well, certainly more than the ramen alone. It packs extra protein due to the sausage, and extra fiber, vitamins, and minerals due to the steamed mixed veggies. If you want to cut down on the sodium, just reduce the amount of seasoning packet you use, and/or fix it up with interesting spices from your slowly growing spice rack.

        Meanwhile, my roomies went for the full blown cup-o-noodles. Cost? Comparable. Taste? Like styrofoam. Nutrition? Definitely less. Filling? Not remotely.

        And that’s just the “basic” meal made of college staples.

        I was able to get far more creative with frozen veggies, chicken, rice, beans, and a good array of spices that I acquired over time. While they were eating frozen dinners, I went around making full meals the way *I* liked them.

    • That is completely inaccurate. education spending per-student has been rising since the 1960s. The problem is not that public schools are underfunded. http://www2.ed.gov/about/overview/fed/10facts/edlite-chart.html

  9. How do I detox my body? Do you have a working liver and kidneys? Then it’s being done for you.

    Still, I’m okay with detox as long as it’s not used in a literal way. As long as the “toxins” are just the stresses of life or something, have at it.

  10. One of the most offensive things I have ever seen was in the waiting room in an ER. And this person was sitting there with I think their mother and they had a Steroids IV I think attached to them and a friend happened to see them there and the friend was slightly overweight. And she said oh hi funny to see you here oh wow what is this about or something like that. And the friend mentioned she had cancer and she was going through chemo.

    Her friend said oh you should be eating Organic food, I would too but it’s expensive. You should eat at least Organic fruit and vegetables at least.

    I was so pissed off. Because what you are supposed to say to a friend going through chemo oh I am so sorry call me if you need anything. Not I blame you because you weren’t eating Organic foods. And this is coming from an overweight person that obviously isn’t doing that themselves. They just read an article about it in a magazine or something.

    Also right after my best friend died of liver failure 3 months ago, someone told me he should of drank this homeopathic stuff. And spoke about it for like 20 minutes. That isn’t what I want to hear after the loss of the most important person in my life. Ugh people.

  11. Not what I was expecting. And here I was getting ready to come in here and call you on some crazy detoxing misinformation.

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