Review of The Help (the movie) and Hypoglycemia

I always have two topics so I end up get making this really long blog title. Oh well.

First up: Last night I saw the movie “The Help”. I have already read the book and talked about how I loved it (I read it in 36  hours). Some of you commented that you have never gone to a movie by yourself. It is definitely something you must do! It’s so relaxing. You get to eat a whole box of popcorn by yourself and just be alone without being lonely, you know what I mean (an important distinction)?

I first started going by myself (just for your information, this isn’t something I do all the time – just once in awhile) when B first left to enter active duty service in the Army. I lived right next door to a movie theater and wanted to be alone sometimes and away from my roommate but I was lonely too because he was gone so it was a good escape by myself where I could distract from those lonely thoughts. I remember the movie I saw the day after he left: “What Happens in Vegas” with Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher.

ANYWAY, I thought the movie wasn’t very good. At first, I thought it was terrible and I honestly almost walked out at about 45 minutes (did you know that if you do that and go ask for the manager and say the movie was terrible, they will give you your money back? true story). But I stuck it out and then it got better. I ended up laughing a lot and crying at the end. So yeah, I wouldn’t say it was great but it’s worth seeing, although I wouldn’t really recommend paying money to see it in the theater. That’s definitely the closest I have ever seen a movie after reading a book, so I definitely think that played a factor in my judgment. Sometimes when people do fake southern accents it sounds so cheesy too. I don’t really know how to describe it. Terrible and good at the same time. You will have to judge for yourself and tell me what you think.

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Other topic: Hypoglycemia —> I am really going to commit to taking better care of combating this. I thought this was a great plan lay-out and I just REALLY want to feel better and healthier and not like such crap all the time so I am planning to follow this model. Excited to grow to the grocery store and get some healthy stuff tomorrow morning.

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/hypoglycemia-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html

From the article: I think these are great tips for combating any food cravings. I wake up with a blood sugar crash at 3am almost every night and it’s really annoying and I usually give in and eat something/too much and wake up feeling sluggish and sick and then have trouble with my sickness phobia/issues. I KNOW if I just push through that craving (it’s not even like real hunger just this craving/autopilot that wakes me up) and just drink a big glass of water, I am really going to start feeling better and more confident and be able to feel happier/more in control of my life again. And I just want to eat healthier. So much focus is put on pairing losing weight and health together and that has always bothered me and skewed my thinking. I don’t need to lose weight but I eat really terribly. I just want to make improvements without feeling guilty. Like I feel guilty that I am doing something wrong by wanting to eat healthier, like I am on a diet or something and that is wrong because I don’t need to lose weight. I don’t know if this makes any sense, but this pairing and how I feel like I am doing something wrong when I eat a salad has had a HUGE impact on my life since I was in high school. I feel like right now my health is suffering from this and even as I type this it is hard to stop this thinking but I just want to love myself.

I have always called this phenomenon in myself “Skinny Guilt“. You know what, I will post more on my history with this topic tomorrow.

“How to Deal with Hypoglycemic Cravings

Hypoglycemia seems to be about all the things you can’t have. But as you progress in your recovery, your senses, which had been dulled by artificial seasonings and sweets, will wake up, and you’ll discover that you’re enjoying food more than ever — and what’s more, you’ll be brimming with good health. Use the information in the following list to help you beat temptation:

  • Toss it. Go through your cupboards, pantries, refrigerator, and desk drawers, and toss out anything and everything on the list of foods to avoid. If you need your favorite fix, you’ll have to get into your car and drive to the store, or do something equally inconvenient.
  • Breathe. When you get strong urges to eat something non-hypoglycemically-correct, take in very deep belly breaths. Continue taking in deep belly breaths until the craving dissipates. Aim to breathe like this for at least five minutes. Don’t despair. It won’t always be this way.
  • Bathe. Go take a bath or shower. Water can help clear stagnant energy, and soaking in a hot bath can help relax you. For stress relief, pour lavender and chamomile oils into your bath.
  • Drink. Sometimes you may have a yen for a certain food when actually you’re thirsty. Instead of giving in to your cravings immediately, slowly sip a glass of water. Wait at least 15 minutes before you decide whether you feel hungry or not.
  • Meditate. Ask yourself what feeling you’re trying to experience by eating the food you’re craving. Comfort? Love? Security?Meditate and bring the feeling into you. Visualize a balloon hovering above your head, and let it expand. Fill it up with all the sensations you want, such as peace, bliss, or healing. The balloon is starting to glow like the sun. Now let the balloon pop, and let its contents cascade down onto you, filling up all the cells of your body. Let your body absorb everything fully and completely.
  • Visualize. Picture yourself happy and healthy — free of all food addictions. Imagine what life will be like when you recover. Think of what you’ll gain then, instead of how deprived you feel right now.
  • Pause before caving in. Don’t give in to the urge right away. Bargain with yourself. Tell yourself, “I will eat in ten minutes or a half hour” — and you better mean it! Use the time to figure out what’s behind the urge.
  • Switch and unbait. Switch to something that’s similar, but without the harmful effects. For instance:
    • Make your own ice cream using cream, protein powder, and an alternative sweetener, such as stevia.
    • Instead of cola, drink club soda with lemon.
    • If you crave the cool smoothness of ice cream or sorbet, make a delicious fruit smoothie. Use whatever fruits you like. Get frozen fruits as well as fresh ones and experiment with flavor and texture. (Avoid a smoothie if fruit precipitates a blood sugar drop.)
    • Make your own chocolate with carob powder and alternative sweeteners.
  • Use alternative sweeteners. Stevia and Xylitol won’t trigger a rapid insulin response.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners. Kick aspartame out the window.
  • Get active. Instead of sinking your fangs into food, do something else. Take a stroll down the office. If you’re home, do some housework and get things organized.”

*[All this from the article.]

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4 thoughts on “Review of The Help (the movie) and Hypoglycemia

  1. Kicking aspartame out the window is something I’ve done in the past year… for about 4 years I was using 1 or more packet of artificial sweetener each day every day in my coffee, tea, etc. I’ve finally learned to drink my tea with just milk (or soy creamer) but I’ve had to cut out coffee completely, since I can’t bear the thought of it unsweetened, haha. Wonderful goals and aspirations for you though! I’m impressed!!

  2. These are great tips. Unfortunately – I “know” them – I know what to do…but something takes over me. I never wake up hungry. I go to bed after midnight – after binging – and am bloated and disgusting. Ugh, enough about that. Love your positivity and will continue to pray there is a light for me…

    GREAT review – I am definitely waiting to see the movie later on DVD I think. 2 1/2 hours in the theatre? Not so sure! Unless it’s an evening showing…and then I’m usually home watching “Big Brother” 😉 But yeah – I feel like the movie is just intended to be a “feel-good typical Hollywood” portrayal.

    I LOVE going to the movies by myself!! You can choose your own seat, leave home last minute, don’t have to meet anyone…so much better. I felt weird about it at first…but I don’t know. My brother-in-law said before that everyone should totally go to movies by themselves occasionally – why not right? Some people shop by themselves, some people stay home or walk by themselves – just another thing to do 🙂

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