Beware of Angry Foodies

 

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.

Post Script: I don’t like asking, but if you wouldn’t mind, please share my GoFundMe account, and please say a prayer. Thank you and God bless you.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Susan McDaniel: Wow. I’ll bet the neighborhood potlucks with Debbie Downer and Morticia are a real hoot.

    Haven’t finished reading yet, because I am too busy rolling on the floor after this line.

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  2. Umbra of Nex, Fractus Inactive
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    Susan McDaniel: double meat, bacon, caramel doughnut burger with a side of fried cheesecake.

    I’m sorry, my mind wandered off somewhere around here.

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  3. Arahant Member
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    Now, if you want a real food fight, discuss what can be a pizza topping or whether chili has beans.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    Umbra of Nex, Fractus (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel: double meat, bacon, caramel doughnut burger with a side of fried cheesecake.

    I’m sorry, my mind wandered off somewhere around here.

    Mine, too. That sounds delicious.

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  5. Jimmy Carter Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Now, if you want a real food fight, discuss what can be a pizza topping or whether chili has beans.

    Less Filling/Tastes Great

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  6. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel: Wow. I’ll bet the neighborhood potlucks with Debbie Downer and Morticia are a real hoot.

    Haven’t finished reading yet, because I am too busy rolling on the floor after this line.

    They would be such a fun duo to have at the party, wouldn’t they?

     

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  7. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    Umbra of Nex, Fractus (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel: double meat, bacon, caramel doughnut burger with a side of fried cheesecake.

    I’m sorry, my mind wandered off somewhere around here.

    Does sound good, doesn’t it?

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  8. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Now, if you want a real food fight, discuss what can be a pizza topping or whether chili has beans.

    Where I come from, pizza has green chili on it and red chili con carne does not have frijoles… those are a whole nuther thing. :-)

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  9. Arahant Member
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    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):
    Where I come from, pizza has green chili on it…

    Yeah, but how about spinach?

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  10. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):
    Where I come from, pizza has green chili on it…

    Yeah, but how about spinach?

    Oh, no! None of that… not on pizza. Ewww.

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  11. Mark Camp Member
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    Susan McDaniel: There are as many fad diets as there are calories in a double meat, bacon, caramel doughnut burger with a side of fried cheesecake.

    I would never have thought of pairing a double meat, bacon, caramel doughnut burger with fried cheesecake.  We always complement this particular burger with the traditional plain cheesecake, and what? half an hour later, you’re hungry, right?

    You are my kind of cook, Susan.

     

     

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  12. The Reticulator Member
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    Susan McDaniel: 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.

    That sounds like it might be good!

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  13. The Reticulator Member
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    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):
    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.

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):
    Where I come from, pizza has green chili on it…

    Yeah, but how about spinach?

    Oh, no! None of that… not on pizza. Ewww.

    What’s wrong with spinach on pizza?  I’m pretty sure we’ve had it at our house, back when our youngest son used to make pizza every Friday night.

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  14. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel: There are as many fad diets as there are calories in a double meat, bacon, caramel doughnut burger with a side of fried cheesecake.

    I would never have thought of pairing a double meat, bacon, caramel doughnut burger with fried cheesecake. We always complement this particular burger with the traditional plain cheesecake, and what? half an hour later, you’re hungry, right?

    You are my kind of cook, Susan.

     

     

    Good food is good for you! That is my story and I am sticking to it! 

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  15. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel: 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.

    That sounds like it might be good!

    I saved the recipe and will try it in the fall when baking season begins. I think it does sound good ;-)

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  16. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):
    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.

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):
    Where I come from, pizza has green chili on it…

    Yeah, but how about spinach?

    Oh, no! None of that… not on pizza. Ewww.

    What’s wrong with spinach on pizza? I’m pretty sure we’ve had it at our house, back when our youngest son used to make pizza every Friday night.

    I guess it would be okay, as long as it is covered in green chili.

     

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  17. Arahant Member
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    By the way, we have a group for recipes:

    http://ricochet.com/groups/you-will-need/

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  18. The Reticulator Member
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    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):
    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.

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan McDaniel (View Comment):
    Where I come from, pizza has green chili on it…

    Yeah, but how about spinach?

    Oh, no! None of that… not on pizza. Ewww.

    What’s wrong with spinach on pizza? I’m pretty sure we’ve had it at our house, back when our youngest son used to make pizza every Friday night.

    I guess it would be okay, as long as it is covered in green chili.

    I was thinking more of pineapple, as long it doesn’t make the crust soggy. 

    I had better leave now.

     

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  19. Arahant Member
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    The best spinach pizzas have sliced almonds and Feta cheese and pesto sauce.

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  20. The Reticulator Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    The best spinach pizzas have sliced almonds and Feta cheese and pesto sauce.

    That sounds even better than pineapple. 

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  21. Arahant Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    The best spinach pizzas have sliced almonds and Feta cheese and pesto sauce.

    That sounds even better than pineapple.

    Next time you’re near Detroit, let me know.

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  22. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    By the way, we have a group for recipes:

    http://ricochet.com/groups/you-will-need/

    Cool! Thank you!

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  23. Idahoklahoman Member
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    That’s the right attitude! Flip ‘em the metaphorical bird and eat whatever you want.

    That said, the flour and sugar will kill you, if they can. It’s just that they’re in a race with bacon, bourbon, alligators, tornados, nuclear power, driverless cars, sitting too much, and communists, and it’s not likely they will win.

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  24. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    Idahoklahoman (View Comment):

    That’s the right attitude! Flip ‘em the metaphorical bird and eat whatever you want.

    That said, the flour and sugar will kill you, if they can. It’s just that they’re in a race with bacon, bourbon, alligators, tornados, nuclear power, driverless cars, sitting too much, and communists, and it’s not likely they will win.

    Exactly! Flour and sugar are going to have to take a number and stand in line!  Meanwhile, they will be put to work – for cake, bread, waffles, COOKIES, and all that other horrible stuff that makes life good ;-)

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  25. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    It just occurred to me that if this post makes the Main Feed, I will be able to post the link in the comment section of recipes I find on line. 

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  26. John Park Member
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    @idahoklahoman you left the end of net neutrality out of the list of things that will kill all of us

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  27. iWe Coolidge
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    Susan McDaniel: “Flour and sugar will kill you!

    Americans are entirely unmoored from any basic facts. And this is a great example.

    We are all going to die. Some special diets help, some hurt – but if you are reasonably fit, avoid drugs, and are in the weight range, what you eat makes very little difference to life expectancy. Them’s the facts.

    And yet people insist on finding bogeymen and insisting on moral superiority because other people are not following the fad.

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  28. Susan McDaniel Inactive
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    iWe (View Comment):
    And yet people insist on finding bogeymen and insisting on moral superiority because other people are not following the fad.

    Absolutely! Every other week a food is good for you and then the next week it is bad for you (eggs, coffee, chocolate, etc).  People who waste their time trying to shame others with senseless arguments are just a symptom of the bigger problem our culture faces – too many people want to control the way everybody else lives. 

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  29. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    The best spinach pizzas have sliced almonds and Feta cheese and pesto sauce.

    Don’t try this at home, folks. I’m sure my husband would throw me out the window with the pizza!

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  30. Mark Camp Member
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    The best spinach pizzas have sliced almonds and Feta cheese and pesto sauce.

    That sounds even better than pineapple.

    Larry’s,  just across the street from the Midas Muffler makes the world’s best spinach, sliced almonds, Feta, and pesto pizza.

    I like to jazz up my pizza. I tell them, “add bacon, double donuts, and caramel sauce…and hold the spinach, sliced almonds, Feta, and pesto.”

    I order this so often that now, as soon as I walk in the door, Larry yells to the back, “Gimme a Campy, and put a rush on it!”

    I agree with Susan that ‘good food is good for you’.  Part of the reason a Campy is  good for you is that bacon has very low carbs.  Part of the reason it is good is that at Larry’s they pre-dip the bacon in maple syrup right before the pizza goes in the oven.

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