I’m Not A Psychopath, I’m a High Functioning Sociopath

Have you ever met someone who always has that odd mysterious vibe about them? They always seem like their hiding something, bad with social rules, can easily get you to do things for them? You may just know a Psychopath or a Sociopath than. A good example of such is my favourite sociopath, Sherlock Holmes, played by the ever dashing Bennedict Cumberbatch.

A psychopath or sociopath is a fascinating person but not one that you want to mess with or get on the wrong side of, they may seem lovable but very dangerous also (again much like our Mr. Holmes). Psychopathy is defined by the Hare Psychopath Checklist which measures different traits that follow typical psychopathic behaviors and goes as follows;

-glib and superficial charm,
-grandiosity
-need for stimulation
-pathological lying
-cunning and manipulating,
-lack of remorse
-callousness
-poor behavioral controls
-impulsiveness
-irresponsibility
-denial
-parasitic lifestyle
-sexual promiscuity
-early behavior problems
-lack of realistic long-term goals
-failure to accept responsibility for own actions
-many short-term marital relationships
-juvenile delinquency
-revocation of conditional release
-criminal versatility

This is the basic outline for psychopathic behavior. There are many real life examples of people with these tendencies. This test is usually administered by a trained professional that gives the patient a score if 0-2 on each item and typically a score around 30 and above receive the title of psychopath or sociopath. Not all of those diagnosed have to meet all of these categories and often times they don’t, it’s just a general representation and guideline.

These people are often very manipulative and cunning. They come across and sweet and charming and mysterious and before you know it you’re out some money, time, or a huge favour. They are very good at charming people into doing anything.

One of the most well known characteristics of them is their lack of feeling and remorse. Although they will often lie and say that they do feel things, it is often very shallow and short lived. Most of the time they are fascinated at people when they show emotions such as fear and love, as they have never felt that either at all or to that extreme. One of the most famous psychopaths is the serial killer and rapist, Ted Bundy. His interviews are very creepy and fascinating at the same time, they are very interesting to watch how his mind works. It was once said that a biographer working on a book on Bundy went to interview him in prison and the series that he told were so gruesome and sick that after each interview he would leave and throw up because he was so disturbed by the things he heard. Here is an interview by Ted Bundy, but don’t worry it is not nearly as disturbing as those talks were, most viewers will be fine.

Right Way To Go Gluten Free

As I mentioned in my last post, there is a growing number of people going gluten free in the world, for whatever reason, if it be health, diet, or you just felt like it. There is always a right and a wrong way to do a diet. If you do the gluten free diet correctly and smartly you will feel a lot better and less weighed down and most likely loose weight also, but you have to be smart with it.

Cutting out breads and wheat products can be VERY hard. No muffins, pizza, bagels, cereal, tacos, waffles, pancakes, and any other desert that is made with flour. Before I freak you out too much, there are always alternatives which I will mention later on. You have to find a way to cut out all of these foods from your daily diet and replace them with healthier alternatives. If you remove your morning muffin and replace it with something worse for you, than you’re not helping anything. There are many different recipe options for those who are gluten free that can also be healthy and filling. There are easy and still good ideas for every meal of things that you can still have when gluten free:

Breakfast:

Yogurt

Eggs

Gluten Free Pancakes

Smoothies

Omelettes

Hash Browns

Potatoes

Find specific recipes here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/gluten-free-breakfast

 

For lunch and dinner you can find so many different delicious ideas. Meats of all kind are allowed so that will give you a lot of protein and energy which will make the transition easier on your body so you don’t have to be focused on food and eating all the time. There are many gluten free substitutes. Gluten free flours and mixes can be found in almost every local grocery store and usually they are very easy to make and create new meals with. Occasionally you have to be a bit creative with the meals that you make, but it makes things more interesting that way.

As long as you don’t replace the gluten and wheat products with items that are worse for you, and are smart with how much you eat (a new diet is not an excuse to totally gorge on everything)  than you will be totally set on your new diet.

 

 

Gluten Free Craze

 

I recently discovered that about half of my close family is now going gluten free. This came as a shock to me because I have always known them to be big bread lovers and pro-carbs, so I decided to follow and do a little research on why people would want to give up amazing foods like breads and such. My sister is gluten free because my parents are under the false belief that she is allergic to it, but that is a whole other topic. A herbalist chiropractor told her to go gluten free so that is somewhat understandable if you were told by someone that you should go gluten free. There are many different reasons for giving up gluten, so let’s begin first though by at least knowing what it even is.

Gluten is a protein found in breads, pastas, cereals and many other popular foods that give it it’s elasticity to it’s dough and helps the product rise and makes it taste chewy. It basically makes bread fluffy and delicious. So how can something so good be so bad for you? There are many different theories on what gluten can do to different people and why.  One of the most obvious reasons for going gluten free is if one is effected by Celiac Disease. This is where the body mistakes the gluten for a poison and can cause many health issues as a result of the molecular mix up.

Most of the people who are going gluten free however, are doing it for mainly health and diet reasons. It is becoming one of the growing diet and health fads through the world. The number of gluten free products being found in grocery stores in skyrocketing and the diet is becoming more and more popular and even restaurants have adopted a menu for gluten free individuals when many still don’t have a menu for say lactose intolerant or vegetarian diners.

An article on Oprah’s website discussed the growing amount of complaints of people against gluten:

And a growing body of science is linking a range of problems—including chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraines—to a condition called nonceliac gluten sensitivity”

Many people have recorded having many health side effects as a result of eating gluten. There have been studies that research the gluten sensitivity although scientists often agree that there is no way to have definitive proof of a mere sensitivity. There are many reports of people simply feeling better after cutting gluten out of their diet. This seems like a logical argument as you will feel more refreshed and alive after having a fruit smoothie rather than a a big bagel or a muffin. If you do the gluten free diet the right way than you may lose weight, but it is important to understand that not all gluten free foods are better for you than regular foods and like with any other diet you should be careful as to how you approach it. I will follow up with another post about the right way to do gluten free and some tips and tricks for cooking. Happy Cooking!