1 + 1 = 2, Dammit!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written. Husband and I had our SC (Sanctioned Ceremony) so now we’re officially Wed (although we did our neo-tribal Wedding Dance about a year ago with our village Chieftain, so the SC was more of an AWESOME party), and I’m holding down the fort during his first deployment. (Gaah!)

Married! Yeah, MARRIED!

So this is the first spark of passion I’ve had in recent memory (that’s share-able, that is…sorry, Wedded joke).

Here’s the point of the whole thing, if you don’t feel like reading:

Americans are fatter than ever. The rise in obesity coincides with our love affair with packaged, processed, and/or “FAT FREE” foods.  (Read Good Calories, Bad Calories.) So stop buying crap (excuse me, “food products”) for what the LABEL proclaims (“Fat Free!” … “3g Net Carbs!”) and Just. Buy. Real. Food.

The following excerpt from a Theory to Practice post discusses an important point from Marc Ambinder’s article in The Atlantic called Beating Obesity . TTP sheds light on additional evidence that the problem is food QUALITY:

” ‘…[I]talian economists recently divided the number of calories consumed per day by the amount of time spent preparing food, they found that Americans consumed 42 percent more calories per minute of food-prep time than Europeans…’ ”

Can you say “reliance upon processed foods”?  Yeow-zaa.  Holy insulin rush, Batman.”

So, individuals that are “preparing” – and I contend most likely using REAL FOOD in greater proportion than their counterparts, are actually consuming FEWER CALORIES.

To the nit-pickers: “preparation” is not pouring wheat thins into a bowl or crumbling a cookie onto some ice cream. And yes, Italians eat pasta – but they also press olives, make sauce from real tomatoes and savor naturally-occuring spices. The last time you did any one of those was probably at an Italian restaurant. Ha!

This leads me to my next point, which is simple.

Our personal grocery bills are consistently lower on a month-to-month basis when we buy REAL FOOD. Meat, veggies, nuts, fruit. I believe it’s because we are more satiated with less food because our food contains so much protein, water, fiber, what have you.

In conclusion:

There is a connection between being fat and unhealthy and food quality.
Americans are the fattest and our health care costs are skyrocketing, and it’s our food quality that influences that statistic.
Americans belong to all incarnations of gyms and are still unhealthy fatties. Hence, food is a MONSTER part of the be-healthy equation.
If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to stand in line at the Wawa and try to come up with a different idea.

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5 Responses to “1 + 1 = 2, Dammit!”

  1. Loved the cupcakes.

  2. So, I think you should be a nutritionalist. Is that how you spell it? I like this line of thinking, what books do you recommend? I’m burnt out on the Nutri-System wagon and need to learn how to eat the right way.

  3. Look, I would have milked the cow, left the milk in the sun for several days, let it curdle and develop into cheese before crushing it up into a dust and gently sprinkling it on my handpicked pieces of baked, organic corn puffs, but at the end of the day, someone’s already done it for me. His name is Chester and he’s a cheetah. So, thanks to Chester, I am able to spend my time on other very valuable American things, like farting–I mean, family.

    And I agree with your mom, I loved the cupcakes. If having cupcakes at your wedding makes you a hypocrite then what’s the point? I mean, I love you and Spence, don’t get me wrong, but if you had a cake made out of vegetables I would have thrown rocks at your heads and cried for humanity (and I LIKE vegetables!).

    Anyway, I feel totally fat now. I should probably get some ice cream to make myself feel better…

  4. Haha! Your self-deprecating food humour would have the world believe you’re a slubby chubbers (yeah, I said that), but on the contrary – you have an appreciation for food, cooking, and nature that most don’t! You were the one that made me want to start to cook…Spicy chicken soup, anyone?!

    Oh, and – you could buy cow milk dust in convenient pre-packaged Whey Protein Isolate. Great sprinkled on Chester’s Organic Cheez Diddles. (Copyright infringement concerns.)

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