I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, but I have a theory about fat.  Fat from food, and fat on our bodies.

Remember a few decades ago when fat was vilified by scientists, doctors, and the media?  Butter was evil; tropical fats like coconut and palm oil were deadly.  Modified recipes were all the rage so that we could continue eating what we loved, while eliminating that dastardly fat from everything.  Fat was replaced by water, chicken stock, applesauce, and SUGAR!

No one paid attention to carbs any more, but if fat was in anything, the collective scream could be heard around the world.

As everyone scrambled to get the fat out of their diets, here’s my theory about what happened:

We all gorged on fat-free baked goods, salad dressings, dairy products, pasta, and skinless chicken, but none of us were satiated, and nothing tasted good any more, and…we all got fat!

Not only did we get fat, but the incidences of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, ADD, ADHD, and other brain-based diseases crawled off the charts.  Why?  Because our brain is the fattest organ in our bodies; it consists of about 60 percent fat, and it needs fat to function.

So, add some butter to your eggs in the morning; some olive oil on your salads at night; and a tablespoon of coconut oil in your smoothie.

Eliminate starchy carbs, SUGAR, soda, and processed foods.  Snack on nuts and seeds, and treat yourself to a serving of a premium ice cream.

Don’t fear the fat!


Another bully breed slam

If the “have it your way” slogan is true, then it’s time for everyone to write to Burger King and their ad agency, Crispin, Porter, and Bogusky, and let them know you won’t be eating there any time soon.  Why?

Last night I saw an ad for their new breakfast menu, featuring a mailman marching down the street.  During his march he referred to Rottweilers and Pit Bulls in a very derogatory tone.  I am SO tired of news casts, product commercials, television shows, movies, and people in general, slamming dogs who fall into the bully breed category.

Several years ago Burger King created an ad campaign that featured a rooster in a fighting ring to promote their new chicken sandwich.  I wrote a scathing letter to their CEO asking that it be pulled due to it’s obvious support of cock fighting.  Surely, I wasn’t the only one who wrote to them, but I never saw that ad again.

We have a voice with our computers, our pens, and our wallets.  If you agree with my position and want to be part of ending bias and condemnation for bully breeds, then please write to Burger King at mediainquiries@whopper.com and to the ad agency at info@cpbgroup.com

I did!


Corn, it’s everywhere

How many of you know that we’re sharing the planet with corn? Yep, the tall tropical looking grass, called Zea Mays, is corn, and it’s everywhere! Old baseball players come from corn fields and extra-terrestrials do artwork in corn fields!

But seriously, do you eat beef?  Then you’re eating corn. Do you eat lamb? Turkey? Eggs? Then you’re eating corn. Do you enjoy ice cream, drink milk, eat cheese? Then you’re eating corn. Even fish, who are naturally carnivore’s, have been coaxed into eating corn

Everything you ingest that contains high-fructose corn syrup (soon to be labeled corn sugar)  is from corn. And beer, which is alcohol fermented from glucose, is refined from corn.

Modified starch, glucose syrup, maltodextrin, crystalline fructose, ascorbic acid, caramel color, coffee whitener, MSG, xanthan gum, and a myriad of other curious ingredients…all began as corn.

According to Michael Pollan, author of “The Omivore’s Dillemma” states “there are some 45,000 items in the American supermarket…more than a quarter of them contain corn in some form.” That’s nearly 12,000 products.

And would you believe that corn is in things we don’t eat too? Yep, everything from “…disposable diapers, trash bags, cleansers, charcoal briquettes, matches, and batteries, to the shine of the cover of your favorite magazine which contains corn, as does the vegetable wax used to protect produce, and the coating on the cardboard” in which the vegetables were shipped to the store. Corn, corn, corn – it’s everywhere.

The supermarket in which you shop contains corn too. It’s in the “wallboard, joint compound, linoleum, fiberglass and adhesives out of which the building has been built.”

Another tidbit of information you may not know is that corn, along with soy, is the MOST genetically modified organism on the planet. Thanks Cargill and Monsanto for taking perfectly good produce and turning into something our bodies can no longer recognize as food!

Learn more by reading Michael Pollan’s book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” from which I have taken the above quotes.  And don’t miss “Food, Inc.” an eye-opening documentary about the food we eat.