“Work Out” Recaps: Episode 3.6 “Get Nasty”

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Jackie Warner will now take your questions — Last week, the SkyLabbers

had a group therapy session, giving everyone the opportunity to share their

stories and struggles in a safe and nurturing environment. Micah and Damon altruistically

tried to help Deenie gain some clarity by telling her she’s full of crap and is

“killing” the rest of them. All in all, a good night.

Today, Jackie has summoned

the clients and trainers to the hotel gym to review what they’ve learned so

far. Everyone’s just thrilled to be there.

The meeting quickly

becomes a Q&A for the Queen of All Fitness Knowledge. Natalie wants to know

why people tend to crave carbs and sugar when they feel low. Um, because Brussels

sprouts taste like doody?

Jackie explains: “They’re

comfort foods. Your entire life, you’ve been fed foods that have chemicals in

them, and those chemicals — a lot of them — are now found to be very addictive.”

Thankfully, my mother did

not feed us chemical-laden junk when we were kids. When I’m down, I reach for the

things we were fed in childhood: steak, tofu and an Asian dish called Don’tshamethefamily.

Deenie trots out her weak

psyche for its regularly scheduled appearance — shows are every hour, on the

half-hour. She admits that she’s nervous that after the Sunfare meals stop

coming to her house, she’ll have to rely on her own food choices.

Jackie advises her to consider

what those Sunfare meals are missing: no white breads, no processed foods.

Jackie: Give me an example. If you were

at a restaurant and you had anything at your disposal, how you might order from

that menu?

Deenie: If I went to a fast food

restaurant, I would order a salad and I would get the dressing on the side.

M’kay. Raise your hand if

you believe that. If neurotics build castles in the sky, and psychotics live in

them, I’m pretty sure Deenie has pizza delivered to them.

Jackie suggests that

ordering a grilled chicken sandwich, throwing out the bun, and adding the meat

to the salad is a great way to fill up. Without that trick, starvation can too

easily lead to cheating. Everyone nods at Jackie’s words and their beautiful

simplicity.

Gah, I hate it when she’s

right.

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