A Dorset farmer has announced that he is holding the ‘1st World Garlic Eating Competition’ on 14th September. He is hoping for at least forty competitors who will each see how may pre-peeled cloves (please note that the cloves being pre-peeled is very important!) they can eat within five minutes. The farmer himself managed seven cloves…over an afternoon! What does someone get out of an eating contest, other than toilet troubles and a sore jaw?
Joey Chestnut is a professional competitive eater, currently ranked #1 by the International Federation of Competitive Eating…no really, there IS a federation for this madness! During 2012’s ‘Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest’ he managed to consume sixty eight hot dogs and buns in just ten minutes. This equalled his previous world record and earned him his sixth straight title!
His stellar career (are you sensing my sarcasm yet?!) began in 2005 when he ate 6.3lbs of deep fried asparagus in eleven minutes and thirty seconds. Later on that year he also won the ‘World Waffle Eating Championship’ followed by the ‘World Hamburger Eating Championship’, consuming ninety seven burgers to clinch the title. I must point out that these two championships weren’t won on the same day…that would just be silly! 😉 He went on to further his career by eating two hundred and forty one chicken wings in thirty minutes to win the ‘Wing Bowl’ and set a new world record; something he also did when managing to inhale seventy eight matzo balls during ‘Kenny and Jiggy’s World Matzo Ball Eating Competition’.
On the subject of chicken wings, our family used to frequent a rather nice Chinese that ended up giving my other half the nickname of ‘chicken wing’. It wasn’t because he hardly had a scrap of meat on him – seriously, what is the point of a chicken wing…I’d rather chew on an ear lobe! – but because he didn’t like trying new foods and so stuck with ordering chicken wings. His record was just over thirty five wings in an evening! We had a rather embarrassing miscommunication problem with a lovely gentleman when asking what flavour wings were available. He kept telling us that they were ‘pigeon’ wings, and we kept saying “pigeon wings?!”. “Yes, pigeon wings!”…we later discovered – and when I say ‘later’, I mean weeks later! – that what he was really saying was “Peking wings”…a rather nicely seasoned wing from Peking! When learning that this particular establishment was prosecuted and fined for illegal immigrant workers, I kept my fingers crossed that ‘Pigeon Man’ wasn’t one of the workers in question…he was a lovely chap!
Anyway, back to the competitive eating pros. Chestnut apparently stretches his stomach by drinking milk, water and protein shakes – which he considers as his training – along with periods of fasting. He has stated, “This sport isn’t about eating. It’s about drive and dedication, and at the end of the day…challenges both my body and my mind.” He says it’s about hard work, not gluttony. Crazy!
Whilst most people will agree with me, and think that it IS crazy, competitive eating is fast becoming a serious sport. Fifty thousand people were in attendance to see Joey clinch the 2012 hotdog eating title; he says there only used to be a couple of hundred when he first started eating for a living. Eating for a living…hmmm…that would have been appealing at one point! Also appealing is the money on offer; $10,000 for the hotdog eating winner.
When epidemic proportions of obesity are being publicised, how sensible is the promotion of eating yourself into a stupor for cash rewards and title belts? Whilst Joey and his eating counterparts ‘train’ their bodies, what sort of messages do televised eating competitions send to nations of people suffering from obesity? Many dieticians and nutritionists have expressed concern and say that it indicates binge eating and stuffing yourself with junk food is fun. Considering that binge eating can lead to stomach perforations and even stomach paralysis, Doctors are also expressing concerns!
I am a light-hearted kind of soul, and like to think that I am an easy-going, each to their own kind of character…that is keen to leave people to their own devices. But something about the competitive eating world disturbs me! I can’t put my finger on why because, as I type, I have got ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ on the TV, to be followed by ‘Man vs Food’…and I like watching them. I suppose it’s some kind of morbid fascination that these people can eat so much, yet not be hugely obese. Joey Chestnut for example is 6ft tall and weighs 15st-ish…not obese! And Sonya Thomas, aka The Black Widow – a nickname that refers to her ability to defeat men four to five times her size – is a tiny dot of a woman!
Maybe it’s just jealousy!
If it is jealousy, then I need to you all to give me a collective kick up the arse! For goodness sake, I overate for most of my life and binged seriously pretty much daily for a good five years…these guys obviously do not competitive eat on a daily basis! I however made a good attempt at doing just that and, instead of a world title belt and thousands of $$$s, all I ended up with was a BMI of 95.1, a massive stomach, spare tyres and a bloody big overdraft! My dad made me laugh last night, and it was about my awful habit for demolishing multipacks of crisps. He said something along the lines of, “What are Walkers going to do now? I’ve bet they’ve got three lorries parked up empty and the analysts wondering what has happened! ‘There’s not been another economic downturn, I just can’t work out why our sales have gone down.'” What a joker…but I have wondered if they’ve noticed a tiny dent in their Midlands sales! 😉
Competitive eating is now becoming popular in the UK, perhaps because of it’s popularity with our cousins across the pond and programmes such as ‘Man vs Food’ being shown on our screens. It is interesting to note that the host of Man vs Food, Adam Richman, no longer partakes in the gargantuan eating challenges himself and has passed the baton onto willing volunteers; I wonder if a health scare led to him making this decision. Wigan welcomes pie eaters for a competition, Somerset settles a battle between mince pie eaters, and Brighton blows heads off in an annual chilli eating competition. You can buy a foot-wide burger in Purley and if you ever frequent Great Yarmouth, you can find a breakfast that includes twelve sausages and twelve slices of bacon. Oh and on Slimming World, you can eat a whole cous cous cake for 0 syns, a whole roulade for only half a syn, and an unlimited trough of tomato pasta for ‘free’…wait, that can’t be right can it? In true pantomime style…oh yes it is!
I love the unrestricted ‘feel’ that Slimming World gives me…I HATE being told what to do and I think that this is why the plan works for me. Whilst I absolutely revel in the fact that Slimming World allows you to make your own decisions regarding portion sizes – with the only caveat being you have to fill up 1/3 of your player with superfree food – I feel really strongly about the fact that we need to get real with ourselves! Slimming World is working for me because I am finally facing up to the fact that I am a seriously greedy git and I am now learning more about portion control. On the plan, you will learn how to combine healthy foods in order to create ‘free’ meals, but what you need to take responsibility for is the portion sizes you have.
There is nothing wrong with eating more food when you get one of those hungry days that we all have. And there is nothing wrong in having a slightly larger than normal portion if you are resisting temptation and cooking yourself a Slimming World meal whilst the rest of your family tuck into a Pizza Hut! What I am not keen on is you believing that it’s a good idea to allow yourself to eat a whole cake just because it is only 0.5 syns. Just imagine for one minute that you get into the habit of making these cakes regularly, and that you get used to eating massive piles of pasta. Then, just imagine that, for whatever reason, you are no longer able to follow the Slimming World plan. Will you continue to cook your 0.5 syn cake, or will you gradually allow yourself to make steps towards eating other cakes? Will you continue to cook Slimming World pasta dishes, or will you start to add fresh cream and lots of cheese into your pasta mountain?
Do not think for one minute that I am bashing Slimming World, as I bloody love it and it has helped me to save my life. But do take a minute to think about that thing I keep harping on about…would a ‘normal’ person eat a whole cake in one sitting, regardless of syns or calories? Take advantage of all of the wonderful recipes and support that Slimming World has to offer, but use your noggin and don’t do a ‘Black Widdow’ on a 0.5 syn cake! We aren’t competitive eaters, we are trying to learn how to sustain our weight loss for life…eating a whole cake isn’t really a helpful lesson to take from Slimming World, but there are plenty of valuable lessons on offer! 😉
But what do I know? Perhaps my ramblings are only helpful for me? I doubt it though, as I’ve had many emails from people asking for advice…so losing weight isn’t as simple as it seems! We will eat a whole cake, or a huge bowl of pasta, and think that we are ‘on plan’ and ‘being good’ yet when the scales don’t give us the result we are expecting, we cannot work it out. Maybe these little tips I share could help someone…I don’t know?!
Now, can I get a drumroll please…it’s on to today’s usuals!
Got up, bathroom, treadmill, BodyPump, breakfast, bathroom, niece knocking at the door early wanting to see my dog, niece trying to climb all over my garden, wrestled niece towards car, niece and sister in car, sister delivered to work, niece delivered to nursery, horses, Boxercise and Dancercise, Asda, home!
Whilst out driving this morning I had a near miss when a lovely chap decided to cut across three lanes on a huge roundabout and cut in front of me and onto the exit that I was just passing. Freddie Freelander demonstrated his displeasure at this, and thinks that we make a highly visible pair…how could they not see a big black Freelander, with a huge person filling the drivers seat? Time for a visit to Specsavers I think! My other half also kindly pointed out that the new Audi A1s remind him of me, after I showed him one and said I really liked them. Why did it remind him of me? Apparently it was because it has “got a sticky out bit at the back that looks like your bum shelf”…charming!
This afternoon I spent some time listening to lectures regarding ‘The Fundamentals of Nutrition’ as part of one of the Coursera courses I’ve mentioned…interesting and sciencey, but boy the American lecturer was dull! I ended up falling asleep during the ‘carbohydrate’ slides and having to start again. I’m going to look at some Philosophy principles later…can’t wait to get all philosophical on your asses! 😉
Breakfast: Banana and an apple.
Lunch: Chicken and coleslaw salad and an Alpen Light.
Dinner: Middle Eastern chickpea stew.
Snacks: Two cheese, tomato puree and mushroom toasties, raspberry Muller light.
Breakfast was a bit nerve-wracking…no HiFi bars left – what’s a Weight Loss Bitch to do? 😉 I settled for an apple instead but fruit doesn’t seem to be sitting well with me at the moment…without giving TMI, I ended up in the bathroom shortly afterwards! I fancied a nice creamy chicken salad and so made my Slimming World coleslaw with an extra light mayo/fromage frais mix and topped this with chicken chunks and ‘normal’ salad. I dug out my Slow Cook book – which is marvellous and has loads of recipes that can be adapted for Slimming World – and labeled a few pages. My other half decided on the chickpea stew which, as ever, I adapted by adding in mushrooms for a low calorie alternative to meat, and a random green pepper we had in the fridge! A cheese craving has reared it’s head, so I bought some of the mature, but light, Cathedral City cheese and used my HEs and 6 syns to enjoy a couple of toasties later on.
Exercise: Treadmill followed by BodyPump and then a double Boxercise and Double Dancercise session.
I found the treadmill tough going this morning – I appreciate that it’s only nine minutes that I’m doing at the moment, but for someone who couldn’t stand up for more than a couple of seconds without being in agony until recently, I’m pretty happy that I got my arse on it and did it! I also managed to complete the deltoid section of my BodyPump DVD…when I usually miss out the same two moves…only one repetition of each move, but it still annoyed me! So today I channelled my inner Lara Croft and grunted my way through the whole section! 😉
And for the record, just before I go, I’d put money on Weight Loss Bitch over The Black Widow in a prawn cocktail Walkers crisp eating challenge any day! 😉
Love, as always,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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