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Change Your Food Attitude

As I sat watching the BBC news this morning and reading news updates, I was struck by the lack of planning and thought we Americans put into our eating choices. The LA Times features an op-ed on Michelle Obama’s common sense approach to childhood obesity. God bless her! She is absolutely right.

Should there be a sin tax on junk food as suggested by the opinionator? No. I would suggest what Georgia has though, reduced tax on most non-processed foods. Foods that have be prepared along with the list of foods covered by food stamps, those foods are taxed at a lower rate. Talk about saving money at the grocery store!

I finished reading about the First Lady’s program as an ad for Prevattack or one of those anti-stomach acid pills appeared showing a woman drinking her coffee, eating a burrito at her desk, and then suffering heartburn.

Why is this ad troubling? Marketers have identified and targeted two of our major weaknesses, lack of planning and lack of self-awareness. If the character in the add, presumably an “every man or woman” character, had planned ahead or at least considered the DIRECT effects of what she was putting into her body, she would not need to spend the extra money on the pills to resolve her problem, she would not feel like crap while at work and, generally, she might enjoy life more.

Here’s my pitch, pay attention to your body.

Yes, I eat pizza and potato skins and pretty much anything gluten free (and refined sugar free) that smells good unless my body tells me not to. I have to take one of these silly pills every morning for a stomach condition the result of generally treating my body poorly for 34 years and maybe some genetics. I stopped eating the foods that caused me the most problems, the foods that kept me up at night. If I find one, I make a note to stop eating it or eating at different point during the day. If I choose to eat the food, I am aware of the resulting impact on my body and my day.

A pill will not solve your problems. A doctor cannot prescribe your bad choices away. You must choose between taking care of yourself by being aware of what you put into your body and the seemingly indulgent pleasure followed by pain, suffering or at least increase weight/cholesterol/blood pressure.

No magic pill can fix that.



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Get a Pike

Today, the NYTimes published a scathing article about the life and times of Cindy McCain. The sole flattering aspect of the article, a photo. I believe that the fourth estate seeks pikes for their political enemies. Historically, those who challenged the king would be displayed as an example at the Tower of London. Thankfully, we don’t live that nasty England of Olde.

The media however want the proverbial ultimate sanction-literal skewering of the Republican candidates. The metaphorical impaling of the Palins and McCains just falls short for the fourth estate. The blood thirsty reporters seek and search for more raw meat, not satiated  by display on their victims’ entrails. No, these vicious cannibals seek the hearts and spleens of their victims. 

The political debate between the two candidates receives less attention than the personalities and lifestyles of the Republican ticket and spouses. Reporters will rehash old information with a new spin or, at least, a new headline. You will note that the New York Times fails to filet the life of Michelle Obama. No, why would anyone do that, she’s the wife of the media darling. Still ironic that the media cannot see their lack of objectivity. The zeal to break down McCain and Palin is matched only by their strong desire to PROTECT Obama. Sad really. 

What’s worse, the media use McCain and Palin to extend their popularity and gain status within their estate. Sadly, they don’t realize NO ONE CARES who writes the story. You are all interchangeable. Each hates McCain and Palin; I imagine that every desk has a voodoo doll effigy of McCain and Palin on pikes. At some point reporters will all realize that the venom sounds alike and negative spin run together in a vitriolic rage. You will gain no readers or popularity or more importantly name recognition. Why not find a real story to write about? After the election, you will all be relegated to boring topics. Why not be creative? Oh, that would require you to work and get NEW information.

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