Shape Up! – Week 44


This is week 44 in my series of Shape Up!  The weekly post on what I did over the last week in my quest to getting healthier.

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Many people across the country have not taken the news of Hostess Brands going out of business lightly.  Across eBay auctions for boxes of Twinkies have gone through the roof!  I have seen online auctions where they want you to bid up to $10-$15 million!  All of this panic will soon be for nothing by the way.  Someone is going to buy the rights to make all the Hostess products again.  Sure it might take a year or two to see the snacks in stores again.  But I do think we all can live without this junk food for a while.  Did you know there are recipes to make a Twinkie online.  And by making them yourself they would be much healthier and without all those chemicals.

A Twinkie has 37 ingredients.  Some of these ingredients should shock you.  Did you know the B vitamins in enriched flour come from Chinese petroleum.  Or the phosphoric acid comes from a mine in Idaho.  Or the Polysorbate 60 which is an emulsifying agent is used in cosmetics.  Or the cellulose gum, Polysorbate 60, and calcium sulfate which are ingredients that are used in sheet rock, shampoo, and even rocket fuel!  The Twinkie is basically made from a bunch of chemicals!  Yes I did enjoy a few Twinkies before they were scooped up by everyone else.  Watch the video below!

Here is every ingredient in a Twinkie:  Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour [Flour, Reduced Iron, B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (Soybean, Cottonseed and/or Canola Oil, Beef Fat), Whole Eggs, Dextrose. Contains 2% or Less of: Modified Corn Starch, Glucose, Leavenings (Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Baking Soda, Monocalcium Phosphate), Sweet Dairy Whey, Soy Protein Isolate, Calcium and Sodium Caseinate, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour, Cornstarch, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness), Yellow 5, Red 40.

Why read that list; let opera singer Hai-Ting Chinn sing it for you!

I think we will all live and we don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for a Twinkie.  Sometimes eating something healthier like a fruit can be better for you than a processed snack food.  I think this is a big reason the obesity epidemic is huge right now!  Maybe it would be a good thing if the Twinkie and the other Hostess products would never come back!  As for the last week for me; it’s been the normal things.  Since I am low on money I am only walking.

The other bad thing is I went 48 hours without eating anything.  Right now I pretty much don’t have a choice.  I have been unemployed for 16 months and I am still searching for my 14th job in seven years.  There is just no one out there who is willing to hire me.  So to save money I went two days without eating anything.  I know this is not good if you are trying to stay in shape and lose weight.  But what can I do?  If something does not change soon I will be going hungry 24/7.  I guess I better get used to not eating anything.

Here is what I ate last week:

Saturday: Party Pizza, Diet Coke.

Sunday: Steak Sandwich, Diet Coke.

Monday: Steak Sandwich, Diet Coke.

Tuesday: Nothing!

Wednesday: Rice, Popcorn, Diet Coke.

Thursday: Burgers, Diet Coke.

Friday: Tacos, Mountain Dew.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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