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A day spent in the kitchen is a day well spent. I will never be as great a cook as my Mom was, but I do love to cook, and I manage to do a pretty good job. Even though I have a couple of bookcases full of recipe books, I still like to look at recipes on the internet to see if there is something new, or to get ideas for adding to old recipes. A couple of nights ago a recipe for a carrot, zucchini, and apple cake showed up in my Facebook time line, so I clicked on it.
After reading the recipe, I decided to look at the comments on the post (I should never do that). One gal said, “Just because it has veggies in it doesn’t mean it is good for you. Don’t make this.” And, another gal shrieked, “Flour and sugar will kill you!” (Emphasis added) Wow. I’ll bet the neighborhood potlucks with Debbie Downer and Morticia are a real hoot.
Sadly, these militant, angry foodies run rampant throughout our society. They seem to think that they are the only people on earth who should decide what everybody else eats. Looking down their snoots at the rest of us who just want to enjoy our food, they try like crazy to shame us into a diet that would make us as unhappy as they are. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.
There are as many fad diets as there are calories in a double meat, bacon, caramel doughnut burger with a side of fried cheesecake. If you want to lose weight, there is an expert with a special diet just for you. It is your choice. There are also a bunch of so-called experts out there who want to completely control every bite of food you consume. Whether it is the World Health Organization demanding that we remove all trans fats from our diets; some white coat wearing lab tech expounding on the dangers of bacon, beer and sausage; or the ubiquitous hippies with their organic everything, anti GMO, tinfoil hat, conspiracy theories – they are everywhere and they all want to control what you eat. (Just a friendly note: people who want to control one aspect of your life want to control all aspects of your life; it is a power thing.) Social media has made it real easy for these health-nut freaks to spread their angry food hate and shame into everybody’s life.
Food consumption and good health are unique to the individual. Some people metabolize food easier than others; some are genuinely allergic to certain foods; some have genetic disposition to obesity; some refuse to exercise and others must regulate their food due to medical conditions or diseases. When I was in my late 20s I topped out at 210 pounds (at only 5 ft. 4 in. that was way too much). I was in relatively good shape, but I was a porker and I decided to lose the weight. I lost 65 pounds without going on a diet. Yes, I did cut my portions, but I did not stop eating foods I like (no one will ever take bacon, fried potatoes and chocolate away from me – no one!) The weight came off as a result of daily exercise and portion control. Nothing fancy and nothing difficult. Thirty minutes a day on the treadmill and a few stretches were enough to do the job. I kept the weight off for 20 years, but have gained a little back in the last couple of years. It will be more difficult to lose the weight now, because I am older, but I can still do it if I work at it. There is the key to anything – if I work at it. It is an individual choice. Just like baking a carrot, zucchini, apple cake or consuming flour and sugar. For Debbie Downer; I will eat whatever I dang well please! And, for Morticia; newsflash, Sweetie, we are all going to die, no matter what we eat. I plan to enjoy each bite of precious food my Lord allows me to have.
Keep it real, folks. Ignore the angry foodies and their silly demands. There are too many people out there who want to control your life, so don’t let them.
Complacency is not an option.
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