Today just happened to be one of those lazy Sundays that I’m feeling empowered to start my “Weight Gain Journey Pt: Deux”. Only problem is that, I honestly don’t feel like going grocery shopping for new foods or anything else. I’d rather just sit in front of my computer contemplating on recording a YouTube video, while watching re-runs of Martin and Girlfriends.In my head screams a 7-year-old child saying, “ I don’t wanna move from the couch!!!” Yet there’s that quiet voice within saying, “Someone could really use your tips that you continue to hoard for yourself.” So… here I am, writing to you in my first blog post. Let’s first begin on, why do I even want to gain weight??
This time last year, I had just gotten back from a Puerto Rico trip with my girlfriends and had successfully gained 10 pounds within 6 weeks. I was so determined to “Get Thick” for this trip! Why this trip? That was just my reasoning I used to justify the cause for such rapid weight gain. To be honest, I always wanted to have extra pounds on me but never took an active role in achieving my goal. This trip was a great reason to cause urgency within myself and go after this new plan full speed. Unfortunately when reviewing my nutrient levels I find out that I am deficient in several… B, C, and D. [insert shocked face] My approach the first time was canned soups with high calories, cow’s milk, Boost Plus Drink, peanut butter sandwiches, weight gainer powder, cheese, and other processed breakfast and dinner bags. See the problem here? These foods were very instrumental in increasing weight but at the same time decreasing my nutrient levels. How did you lose nutrients when Boost drinks and canned soups have high level of nutritional value?? Easy… it’s not fresh, it’s processed with high sodium and artificial sugar. Let’s take a look at the ingredients for something I consumed on a daily basis.
Chocolate Boost Plus Drink
Water, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Canola, High Oleic Sunflower, Corn), Milk Protein Concentrate, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Less than 1% of:, Calcium Caseinate, Soy Protein Isolate, Sodium Caseinate, Gum Acacia, Oligofructose, Potassium Citrate, Inulin, Soy Lecithin, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Salt, Sodium Ascorbate, Choline Bitartrate, Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Carrageenan, Potassium Chloride, Ferric Pyrophosphate, Natural And Artificial Flavor, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin D3, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Beta Carotene, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin K1, Sodium Selenite, Sodium Molybdate, Vitamin B12
The ingredients in any product are organized based on the amount used in product. So if Corn Syrup and Sugar are the top ingredients after water… it makes sense as to why my body reacted the way it did. Consuming too much sugar on a daily basis for a prolonged time affects your white blood cells and hinders it from effectively protecting you from any invaders. So regardless of how “healthy” it was supposed to be the ingredients trumped any nutritional value intended. If you need more insight on Corn Syrup and Sugar please research and consult a doctor.
Fast-Forward to 2013, I’m trying to clean my body out, experiment with foods and yet I continue to decrease in size. By the summertime, I decide to go on a cleanse using Dhealthstore’s Full Body Detox and learn how to survive on whole foods only. When I say whole foods I mean, REAL FRUITS and VEGETABLES, not the store. I shop at the store too though. Now feeling rejuvenated and my body loving real food, I start to explore ways to possibly gain weight without going back to heavily processed foods. Now here we are with a new blog and possible videos to document this journey.
So there you have it, the background on why I want to start this journey AGAIN on the right foot. Not only start the journey but stay on the path as well. It’s not necessarily a RAW Food Diet or even VEGAN diet, but we will examine foods and products that are not doused in corn syrup or covered in white sugar. We will read labels a little more closely to keep our bodies healthy and whole. We will also explore juicing and smoothie recipes, easy exercises, and shopping healthy on a dime. Look out for other foolery related to music, DC restaurants, and beauty couponing. Welcome….