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Sunday, 22 August 2021

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I wish I were astonished by the eating habits of too many Americans, but when millions reject science and refuse to get vaccinated or wear masks, it is not at all remarkable.

What we need to improve our diet is another World War. It’s long been claimed the health of people in the U.K. benefited from the privations and rationing in WW2 and it seems to be correct:

https://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2001/jan/14/life1.lifemagazine5

Thank god we have all those "diet" drinks.

Mike

When you stand on your (I heard it's a high end one) weighing machine, you get your daily feedback on how to plan your eating for the day.

The diet of developed countries - teeming with processed foods - generally makes people obese.

Count yourself fortunate to stay in the outbacks where you can still find food in it's natural, unprocessed and unmodified form.

Now you can have a KitKat as a reward.

Dan K.

Peaches, and many other fruit, really benefit amazingly from being left on the tree until ripe. I once had an apricot off a tree in California; itwas actually worth eating, and no other fresh apricot I had ever had had been.

Even store apples are a bit iffy, and apples are more durable than most fruits.

(Tomatoes, technically a fruit though not one that grows on a tree, also benefit amazingly from being left on the vine until ripe.)

As to diet...well, maybe?

"The days of our years are threescore years and ten, and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet it is their strength labor and sorrow: for it is soon cut off, and we fly away." (Psalm 90.)

So Moses -- okay, I know what you're thinking -- thought people should live to 70, and if they were strong, to 80. How much better are we doing eating grass instead of bacon and eggs, that's what I want to know. That three score and ten was fairly widely accepted for centuries, if you made it out of childhood. Of course, people died earlier than that, but they still do. So, I'm a veggie, but if I wasn't, I wouldn't spend too much time worrying about it. Time for a cookie. Mmmm.

Well Mike,
It is this blog where I heard of the plant based diet. I just finished reading "How not to diet".
Ik stopped eating meat. Try to lessen my butter and cheese consumption. Nearly no alcohol.
Instead lots of ingredients mentioned in the book. I am happy to live in a country, where healthy food is available for moderate prices and always obtainable within walking, or at least cycling distance for everyone.
I reached my all time high last February: 129 kg. Now I am down to 116 kg. This new eating habit strengthen my hopes that I can reach below 100 kg, maybe even less.
I know it will take a very slow course, which can be frustrating at times, just like I know there will be plateaus. I already had one. When my weight stayed around 119 kg for weeks without any change.
But I read somewhere (here?) that this was to be expected and nothing to worry about.

Well Mike: Thank you for that.
And please, please continue writing about non-photo-related stuff. It is so helpfull for some readers, I am sure. Anyway, for me it is!

Let me pick you a fresh peach.

I'll hurry.

It’s not only the quality but also the quantity. I remember ordering an omelet once somewhere in Nevada. I got three fried eggs!
Only one wasn’t on the menu.
Whenever we are in New York we always have excellent fresh meals for a, compared to European standards, very low price. Even the coffee is acceptable nowadays at places like Starbucks and some others. But my wife and I always order only one cup that we share. Tall, that's the smallest. The other ones are Grande, Venti and Trenta. Large, larger, largest. Don’t forget to add one of those Naturally Flavored Syrups that contain enough calories to keep a coal miner going all day.

Do you mean to say a breakfast of potato chips and a coke is not healthy?

OK how about a couple of pop tarts and coffee?

It is sad- I have seen people do this to themselves when so many healthy options are available.

Jb

It's not just sad, but tragic. Those unhealthy diets contribute to a population that is overweight and susceptible to heart disease and many other chronic health conditions. The Covid epidemic is an example of how a virus can selectively afflict those with heart and lung conditions directly attributable to obesity.
Off my high horse, have you tried a Western Slope Colorado peach? Hurry, season is almost over!

One of the advantages I gained from my low income childhood was no soda, chips or junk food. Mom cooked all our meals because it was how she could afford to feed her children on her income. As an adult, I have never desired soda or junk food. I did however have to wean myself off of her fantastic baking, which I eventually did, but only after I spent years telling others my favorite meal consisted only of pie and salad.

When my son was growing up, I taught part time in the school he attended. Sadly, I learned some of the students felt they were addicted to a certain soda. It all started when a student asked me if I knew how he could stop craving it. He said it started at breakfast and continued throughout the day, and he wanted to stop craving it, but felt he could not do it on his own. Other students chimed in and added similar experiences. I never forgot that, and was always grateful my mother never brought it into our home. The greed of capitalism overruns the common sense of what is good for us.

I always enjoy your food and nutrition posts, but I am an ex-ad agency worker and understand who the "food pyramid" was actually designed for; the food industry!

If more Americans were diagnosed with type II diabetes or as pre-diabetic (and actually paid attention), we'd see a lot of good changes. I thought I was doing fine until my A1C went up. I ditched almost all added sugars, white pasta, and breads in favor of whole grains and fresh fruit/vegetables. It took all of four months for a complete turnaround. It's amazing; I can't even stand the thought of sugar at this point.

The other change to make is to get rid of the food deserts in this country. When you can only afford food that's bad for you, a terrible cycle begins. Your food makes your entire body susceptible to injury and illness. You get sick. You pay for medical care. Then, you can't afford good food even if it's available.

Everything in life starts with what you put in your stomach.

Although the US leads the way SAD could be the Standard Australian Diet too.
So how much do doctors know about nutrition? Absolutely nothing, as I've known for almost forty years. Having been 100% "plant based" and 80-100% whole foods for that time, at just shy of sixty I have yet to go to a doctor. Meanwhile I get to see a parade of illnesses in most people that are at least 90% preventable that proliferate as they get older. The "SAD" thing is that many are under the belief that they eat well and very few are willing to change even if you could convince them otherwise.

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