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Comment by Daniel W on November 29, 2014 at 10:13am
Chris that sounds like a great story!

Pat the "eat real food" mantra has also long been a concept promoted by food author Michael Pollan in "food Rules". His books changed what I think of learning history, much more interesting and dynamic than I learnrd in school. if you haven't read them already, I do recommen Pollan's books.
Comment by sk8eycat on November 29, 2014 at 9:48am

Another interesting book is Good Calories, Bad Calories, by Gary Taubes....or his less technical sequel, Why We Get Fat.  The gist is that fatty foods do NOT go directly from the stomach to the arteries, and/or body cells. Our bodies are more complex than that.

ALL refined (simple) carbs should be approached with caution...white sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup (which is what food processors are using more and more), white flour, white rice....

I was overweight and diabetic 15 years ago...I stopped using sugar immediately, and my blood glucose went to normal, but I was still fat.  About 4 years ago I switched to multi-grain bread with nuts for toast, brown rice, added bacon back to my eggs,  and turkey sandwiches (it's an easy, tasty way to baste turkey, too), and other "whole" foods....I lost 40 lbs without craving anything and without hunger.  I may have lost more weight this year, but I haven't weighed myself since February.  My clothes don't fit now....sweatshirts don't matter.

I stopped taking my diabetic meds several months ago because I can't afford it anymore, and I was having hypoglycemic attacks, and my blood sugar still tests within the CDC's normal range.  My A1c was below normal for the last year.

I have always used butter, cream, or half & half.  Low fat milk gags me, and margarine reminds me of axle grease with water added...can't cook with the stuff, either.

My sister is more than 100 lbs overweight, religiously follows all the diet instruction sheets her doctor gives her, and hasn't lost a pound or an inch.  She eats flavored, sweetened yogurt at least 3 times a day, non-fat cottage cheese, 1% milk (ugh!), no meat or eggs at all, and exercises. I don't.

Comment by Pat on November 29, 2014 at 8:59am

Randall, there were two of us. She really likes the brussel sprouts and home made green bean casserole. I like the dressing, and we both like the smoked turkey. Oh hell, who am I kidding? I like it all too. Otherwise I wouldn't make it.

Had it been just me, it would have been a grilled turkey sandwich on rye, with a side order of cole slaw, and a piece of bakery bought pumpkin pie.

As to "low fat" foods, I avoid those like bubonic plague. You're absolutely correct in that the sugar content is boosted to make up for the reduced fat. I think the best advice as to what to eat came from Dr. Sanjay Gupta. It wasn't all the fad diets promoted (pimped)  over the years - Scarsdale Diet, Adkins Diet, South Beach Diet, Mediterranean Diet, Paleo Diet, etc., etc., ad nauseum. Dr. Gupta's advice. "Eat real food."

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 8:52am

Thanks, Randall. Just finished my winter solstice text - I hope it will amuse and surprise my elderly students. A story about a village of 3000 years ago, written to show the hard work to prepare for winter and the isolation of such villages and the importance of the solstice.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 29, 2014 at 7:54am

Chris, you have good ideas (signs)!

Pat, did you prepare and eat your Thanksgiving food just for yourself?

I just read an article by Dr. Mercola about how the advertisement business has for years told us "Low Fat" processed foods is the way to go. But they fail to inform us about the high sugar content in their products. And it's not the fat that is harmful--it's the fructose, etc. Sugar is extremely addictive as we all know. It's bad for your health, even for a thin guy like myself. I need to get used to just plain (or Greek) yogurt. In the words of the late, great Paul Lynde, "You think it's easy?"

Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2014 at 2:27am

Children wouldn't have done a thing to help you, Felaine. I see it in the care homes where Aunt and brother-in-law live: the family isn't there, they're off on holiday or something else. B-i-l told me some people in his home have hardly any furniture in their rooms, because the family wouldn't take the trouble to go to Ikea.


Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 4:24pm

Both cats are napping with my sister right now....and we don't have a car for them to drive, anyway.  I thought I was going to save a buncha $$$$ when I got rid of that old heap (it was a 1979 Ponti-wreck), but the cost of everything else went up so drastically that I'm just stuck.

Burbank does have a Senior & Disabled transportation service, but they have cut back their hours, and there are so many rules and restrictions pertaining to using the service that it's hardly worth using it. 

Plus, the "buses" are just a smallish bus body welded to a truck chassis, and IMO they have NO springs at all. The drivers are not allowed to help the passengers in any way....(except to check that our seat belts are fastened) save the city money on insurance....  And because I need to use a walker when I leave the house, I need someone to help me carry the groceries.  I wish

I still had the red wagon I had when I was about 5 or 6.....

Comment by Patricia on November 28, 2014 at 3:13pm

If they are anything like my cats, they wouldn't drive you to the grocery store either......beneath their dignity, ya know.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 28, 2014 at 3:10pm

I had Cup Noodles for breakfast to celebrate the Flying Spaghetti Monster, and half a deli turkey sammidge (w/my own cranberry sauce) to celebrate all the rotten shows on TV.

The cupboard is nearly bare.  I can't get in touch with anyone who can drive me to BTAC for some free food.  Everyone has either moved away, or is busy with family. 

Sometimes I think not wanting children was a mistake, but I KNOW I would have been a rotten parent.

Oh, well.  My kittehs love me....when they're in the mood.

Comment by Pat on November 28, 2014 at 3:00pm

Well, I think I over did it yesterday, Then again I do enjoy cooking. I will say the turkey and pumpkin cheesecake came out great. As did the dressing, home made green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and brussel sprouts. I have enough leftovers for at least the long weekend.


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