15 thoughts on “Fashion”

  1. High carb seems to be the path to high blood pressure,at least based on my personal experience. Reading ” Good Calories,Bad Calories”,by Gary Taubes was a revelation. The science he describes is almost as breath-takingly bad as AGW or “Climate Change”.

  2. I grew up in California. It inoculated me against fad and fashions, made me an extreme skeptic about popular solutions, popular experts, and has made me very unpopular, especially when I laugh at fads, foibles and fashions unaware that the person explaining them to me isn’t joking.

  3. Good one. Butter used to be bad for us too. It was all margarine all the time when I was growing up. Now margarine is the trans fat devil. My grandmother would have laughed at the whole thing.

  4. My daughter and I are experimenting with modified paleo – vegetables, eggs, meat, real butter and olive oil … not so much grains, bread and pasta, and processed food. I have high blood pressure too, and hope that eating more protein and less carbohydrates will help. Curious, that the USDA-approved food pyramid weighted towards grains coincided with the burgeoning levels of obesity and diabetes …

  5. Eat whatever you damn well want, but don’t eat too much of it. Or eat it every other day.

    Ignore fads.

    Just don’t get fat.

    If you are fat, ingest fewer calories as harshly as you can stand, because it hurts, for as long as necessary and don’t pretend there is any magic solution. The ELF diet always works: Eat Less Food.

  6. I have had excellent success losing body fat by eating a more paleo style diet: high fiber, minimize carbs (especially processed carbs), no processed sugar, and as much protein and fat as I want.

    What I found is that I was much less tempted to snack between meals or eat junk. The satiety produced by a meal with plenty of bulk fiber and a moderate amount of fat and protein lasted for hours. I don’t know how much less I was actually eating; I made no attempt to count calories or eat less. What I do know is that I was never hungry, I ate as much as I wanted, I enjoyed what I ate, and I lost about fifteen pounds of body fat with no change in my activity level.

    The problem I ran into — and the reason that the above paragraph is in the past tense — is plain laziness. Eating a “simple” diet in the 21st century requires significantly more careful shopping and cooking. Buying and eating processed junk is a lot less work, and as my habits have reverted so has my weight.

    If I could afford a personal chef, I’d be set.

  7. Eating fewer carbs, especially sugary stuff, works. I drop weight and I feel so much better: less bloated, more energy, and no crashing after meals. But it’s not always easy to eat lower carb. It can get a little boring if you aren’t creative in the kitchen. Plus, we are surrounded by cheap addictive high carb foods. Eating lower carb requires more planning and self-control. But life is hectic and it’s very easy to fall off the low carb track.

    I’m sure this has been mentioned before, but this is a good website for low carb/paleo information:


  8. A diet is, by definition, an aberration of one’s normal eating habits. Unless you change your eating habits, you will not keep off weight. It is amazing the crap that Americans eat, once you read the labels and calorie counts.

    I believe “eating less” – and what you eat – are equally important. I have lost weight – down to 170 – just by changing a few habits.

  9. There is an excellent video by Dr. Robert Lustig about how the body metabolizes different types of carbohydrates. It’s 90 minutes, but it’s fascinating. Worth every moment it takes to watch the whole thing.

    Regrettably, Dr. Lustig is a food fascist of the worst sort. He openly advocates government control of what foods Americans should be allowed to purchase and eat.

    So while his politics are nothing short of horrific, his research is sound and relevant. Think of him as the Wernher von Braun of nutrition science.

    I challenge anybody to watch that video and then claim that all calories are the same.

    (Not saying that anyone in this discussion is claiming such a thing, but I have heard that assertion made in other contexts.)

  10. Coincident with reading these comments, I received an email photo from my wife, who’s visiting family in SW Missouri. It show a couple of local diner red-letter breakfast menu items.

    For Big Appetites

    Lumberjack Breakfast
    Chicken Fried Steak, w/2 Pancakes, Hashbrowns, Toast, Biscuit w/Gravy, 2 Eggs & Coffee . . . $7.89 . . . .

    or (and?)

    Show-Me Sampler
    .2 Pancakes, 2 Eggs, 2 Pcs Bacon, Sausage Patty, Biscuit w/Gravy, Hashbrowns, & Coffee . . . $6.39

    Which, brought to mind a story a pal tells of a Mizzou lineman, who on entering a Columbia diner, and sat at the counter, and commanded the cook: “Make me happy, Ralph., and proceed to eat all the menu seriatim.

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