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Which mainstream "New Year's Resolution" nutrition/exercise/health advice most gets your goat?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

In the past few years I've received a few magazine subscriptions for free, but having read their diet and exercise advice I found myself glad that I hadn't paid anything for them!

Of course the routine offenses include recommendation of healthy whole grains, soy milk and soy formula, celebration of "real sugar" over HFCS, etc.

So, this morning I decided that my eye twitch hadn't been activated in a long time, therefore I ask you:

Post a quote of the most cringe-inducing New Year's Resolution geared nutrition/exercise/health advice you've read, heard, or watched in the mainstream press. I'll leave it to you whether or not to name the source, but really the interesting thing for me to discover in your responses is how over-the-top bad such advice could get.

The most jaw-droppingly egregious offenders when listed with a brief but valid rebuttal of your own (can link to another PaleoHacks question or sources as relevant) should get the most votes.


Edit to add (01/20/2011): These submissions have blown me away. Having read them, I've graduated from reactivated eye twitch to full body shudders and hives, so thank you to all who participated with these appalling examples. Get in your last votes tonight as there were some very good latecomers - the bounty deadline is tomorrow. :)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 10, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Sounds like a good bumper sticker to me.

3874fa3e7624fb3134013c43766b6eba

(110)

on April 12, 2011
at 01:55 AM

Scatalogically! Love it, just laughed out loud :-)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 24, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Thanks for the bounty! And 3 cheers for sending kids to school with packed lunches! 8)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 23, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Nicely done Ali!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 21, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Government + food recommendations + children = magnified future ramifications, to the nth generation.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 21, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Coke = Windex a la Big Fat Greek Wedding then, eh??

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 21, 2011
at 03:45 AM

My mother can be just as bad.I finally got her to stop the Zone bars and artificial sweeteners, but she still buys canned thing with no idea of what is actually in them.Got her to read the label of Progresso clam chowder, and she was shocked to see all the crap in it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 21, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I have friends that would swear by Coke as their go to for stomach aches, headaches and other various maladies. Ew.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 21, 2011
at 12:52 AM

Unfortunately since she is in far better shape than your average American mom of two I think she is seen as someone who is qualified to offer sound nutritional advice. Wouldn't it be something else if eventually a paleo (and Crossfit?) enthusiast came to the White House with a similar-thinking spouse?

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 20, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Well, real ginger ale is made with ginger, which is a good stomach quieter, though I'm not sure that sugar water is the best way to enjoy the benefits of this herb. But Coke? Really?

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on January 20, 2011
at 06:55 PM

I love how these magazines are always dragging my Alma Mater and their studies into things. Not to mention I've flipped through one of those at my grandma's and I always laugh at those blurbs. You are definitely correct, every week they have more and more MIRACLES!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 20, 2011
at 06:46 PM

Well, bittykitty, I see you've been following m MIL around the grocery store!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 20, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Michelle Obama does bits on Disney TV about nutrition too and it makes me want to cover my daughters eyes and ears.

21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

(1103)

on January 20, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Thank you Sherpamelissa for showing me the silver lining in this! You're so right she isn't ready to believe in Paleo so for now I'll have to be thankful she isn't advocating light and lowfat and splenda!

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 20, 2011
at 04:52 PM

The over 50 crowd buys them by the cart,along with the horrible "injected with god knows what"Rotisserie Pigeons(they are not big enough to be chickens)we sell.Then they wonder why they need to make a stop by the pharmacy on the way out for 19 kinds of medication because they can't move,breathe,or function well.

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on January 20, 2011
at 09:01 AM

Wow, that cookie diet is AWFUL - check out the ingredients... http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Diet-Replacement-Chocolate-1-4-Ounce/dp/B000MU7GFU

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on January 20, 2011
at 08:24 AM

...but I'd like to try chocolate-dipped crickets!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 19, 2011
at 07:13 PM

You almost have to eat 10 of their products to feel full.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 19, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I tried this out. I made it through one whole box of cereal, opened the second box, and couldn't imagine eating any of it. I kept the box until the cereal went stale (that takes awhile) and then finally threw it out. Bleh.

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on January 19, 2011
at 05:21 PM

"white whole wheat"? *cries*

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 19, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Im supposed to provide commentary for the question... I cant. Theres nothing to be said. It simply deserves a "moment of silence"

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 19, 2011
at 04:45 PM

Euggggh!! This kills me!!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 19, 2011
at 04:44 PM

I'd comment, but I just died from SADness.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 19, 2011
at 02:41 PM

I see your edit THATgirl and I could have written that even 6 months ago. I know we all believe that gluten is evil and I don't touch it anymore, but if your friends aren't ready to believe in Paleo yet, there are much worse ways to eat. At least they aren't advocating light and low fat and splenda.

21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

(1103)

on January 18, 2011
at 01:27 PM

agreed, everytime I see the commercial it makes me want to punch the TV.

21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

(1103)

on January 18, 2011
at 01:27 PM

I have a good friend who is a High School gym/health teacher. I have no clue how she was even hired because of her size. I know, probably wrong of me, BUT if I was one of her students (or parent of a student) I don't think I would listen to her.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 18, 2011
at 01:38 AM

I enjoyed your trying to make sense of this stupidity Stephen. Sometimes, people are just dumb. See, your COOKIE DIET. LOL.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 18, 2011
at 12:33 AM

Once again, AKD you have more patience than me. This is why I don't have a lot of real life friends either. (Well that and moving 28 times as a child.) The friends that want my help with diet/exercise stop talking to me eventually because they feel guilty and I never, ever let them off easy.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 18, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Eye twitch duly reactivated. Thanks. :)

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 17, 2011
at 11:16 PM

P.S. Have you ever watched the WW mafia monopolize the microwaves at work? Not fun.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 17, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Weight Watchers is a strange cult, with the main ritual being self-flagellation through starvation.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 17, 2011
at 01:32 AM

Wow someone downvoted this? Man up and explain yourself.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 16, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Lean Cuisine is giving away a lunchbag right now. You need 10 codes from the products.

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on January 16, 2011
at 05:14 AM

oh man, i wish i could upvote this more than once. i have been masochistically following the carb lover's diet media blitz and it is seriously crazy making. case in point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCzhoN-qGcc&feature=related ugh.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 16, 2011
at 03:32 AM

perhaps its old rollover from beneficial healthy drinks such as kombucha or vinegar?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 16, 2011
at 03:31 AM

i uh. uh.. wow.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 16, 2011
at 03:30 AM

cardio itself is a scam! Its not more, its different. Cardio is not good for health/weight loss, its good for enjoyment. If you're not enjoying it(or hunting down game) you're doing it wrong.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on January 15, 2011
at 08:12 AM

A friend seriously told me off for having cream in my coffee as it was too many points, yet she then continued to eat every single carb combination you could think of, and that was OK. She is overweight and is still struggling to lose any weight on this diet. I am not. She berates herself for eating bad things, I do not - well, I do not eat 'bad' things......

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 15, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Hahahaha, I am imagining that costume AKD and it is FABULOUS! *\o/* WE will be the stars of the Paleo Parade!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 15, 2011
at 01:33 AM

omg omg omg can i be the suet princess?!?!?

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 15, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Possibly the only thing that would make this campaign a worse scenario is if sales of the challenge products were explicitly and exploitatively tied to charitable contributions to a cancer-fighting foundation.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 15, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Possibly the only thing that would make this campaign a worse scenario is if sales of the challenge projects were explicitly and exploitatively tied to charitable contributions to a cancer-fighting foundation.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 15, 2011
at 01:03 AM

If you become Bacon Queen, I will decorate your float (aka "HMS Fatback") in preparation for the Paleo Parade, and you can toss Tanka Bars and Larabars at your fawning admirers.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 15, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Okay, I'll admit it. I was totally on the sandwich thin bandwagon for awhile. :p I was the WHOLE GRAIN FIBER QUEEN. Yeppers! Now I'm thinking about working on the BACON QUEEN title.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Hahahaha. The Cookie Diet. I mean, it's friggin GENIUS, because who doesn't want to lose weight eating cookies, but what kind of idiots actually believe that is going to work long term!

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:57 PM

A saw a lady looking at this in the bookstore the other day. It took all of my willpower to not smack it out of her hands and then set it on fire.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:51 PM

Whole Grains are MAGICAL!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:26 PM

"The carb that melts fat" REALLY? Even when I ate more carbs I certainly never believed that the whole grains were what was melting my fat.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on January 14, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Tis mine, but I don't care if others steal it as long as they try to give me some credit.

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on January 14, 2011
at 10:04 PM

Ahhh, nicely said! Is that a trademarked slogan? or did you come up with that Adam? "cows eat grass so that I don't have to...thank you, cow!" LOVE IT!!!!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on January 14, 2011
at 09:32 PM

This is the same way I feel about fat trainers at the gym. Why would I want advice on getting in shape from someone who is simply, not in shape. Yet I see it all the freakin time. Unreal!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 09:00 PM

Oooh, now I am totally busting out my MILs "Women's World" magazines this weekend!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 13, 2011
at 06:52 PM

oh, when i did WW back a million years ago, i would make these one point sandwiches with "fat free" bread, "fat free" margarine (!!), and one slice of soy cheese. gross!!!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 13, 2011
at 06:44 PM

...and don't even get me started on the "1 point!" whole grain sandwich thins (look like thick stale coasters to me) that a relative of mine tries to sell as a worthwhile sandwich base.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 13, 2011
at 02:47 AM

that is a great point. i might borrow that. thank you.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 13, 2011
at 12:42 AM

A common theme I've sadly noticed in friends and family who do Weight Watchers is the moralization of food as good or bad, sinful or "guilt" inducting. Can't food just be delicious, effective fuel - and anything else that doesn't deliciously, effectively fuel you NOT be thought of as food in the first place?

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 13, 2011
at 12:38 AM

I have a relative who thinks that Dr. Oz walks on water. No advice that I offer on nutrition can hold a candle to Dr. Oz, because he's a doctor, so she'd rather roll the dice on his suggestions than mine.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 12, 2011
at 11:34 PM

All I'm seeing here is "edit", "close", "delete", "flag", and even when I go into the edit function, I don't see any special way to add a bounty. Maybe it has to go through a certain amount of time in the wild before adding a bounty becomes an option in the UI.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:48 PM

isnt snookie doing the cookie diet. she looks great..... :/

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:47 PM

ha! magic with cookies....if i have to hear one more time about someone "blowing their points" on two slices of pizza" and then not eating anything else for the rest of the day and PATTING THEMSELVES ON THE BACK for their restraint, im going to toss my cookies.

8ce2e69af79dcb1488f776efc1c54052

on January 12, 2011
at 09:18 PM

I second this!!!

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:14 PM

It should be to the left, below your question. I can't see it because it's not my question.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I go through this a lot with people who want me to help them lose weight. I've "coached" a few, but none of them want to eat right. They just want it to be magic. Magic with cookies.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:12 PM

On the AWFUL DOCTOR list though, I have to say I hate the smarmy Dr. Oz even more. EW.

21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

(1103)

on January 12, 2011
at 08:27 PM

RIGHT?! THANK YOU! But it's sad because I know tons of people are going to watch the show and go "mmm, that sounds like a good idea." BLAH! :(

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 12, 2011
at 08:23 PM

Nothing's worse for business than a pandemic of good health.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 08:21 PM

Damn. My reading list just keeps getting longer and longer...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Ugh. Dr. Phil kills me. Just look at him? Would you go to him for nutritional/fitness advice? ACK. What is wrong with people?!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on January 12, 2011
at 07:52 PM

I recently read that book and the fat camp diet was pretty shocking.

F910318b9aa27b91bcf7881f39b9eabe

(1164)

on January 12, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Damn, what a sexy pair of jaws! :)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 12, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I'm up for offering a bounty, only I'm having trouble figuring out where the "add bounty" is... :) Anybody with a tip?

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on January 12, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Great isn't it? It is from this site: http://lardlovers.ning.com/photo/love-lard-ad-1957?context=latest.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 12, 2011
at 05:11 PM

This pic is the jam! I may post on my blog with credit to you.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11488)

on January 12, 2011
at 05:09 PM

If you offer a bounty, it will make your contest more interesting.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 04:49 PM

LOL. I like that one. There should be NO BROWN in your rainbow!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Great question. I was contemplating something like this or what the worst NEO-LETHAL ad was because I see some pretty horrible billboards daily. I don't read any of this stuff anymore, so I'm my answers would be anecdotal. Maybe I'll go thru my MIL "women's magazines" later and hunt some down for you. They have TERRIBLE advice!

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 14, 2011
at 09:54 PM

The one aimed at our kids.

The menu at schools might get revamped to offer healthier choices. I think this is a great idea, but of course, the changes are not all great.

The proposed rules are far more wide-ranging and would gradually reduce sodium, limit starchy vegetables, ban most trans fats, require fat-free or lowfat milk, increase whole grains, add more fruits and vegetables, and, for the first time, limit the number of calories children consume daily.

The proposed changes don't say anything about protein and seem to be removing any trace of fat, healthy or otherwise. This could possibly be a step up from pizza and french fries, but it's nowhere near what kids, or anyone, needs to fully function throughout the day.

Be sure and read the part that says we want healthy kids so we can send them to the military...

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 23, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Nicely done Ali!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 21, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Government + food recommendations + children = magnified future ramifications, to the nth generation.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 24, 2011
at 03:51 PM

Thanks for the bounty! And 3 cheers for sending kids to school with packed lunches! 8)

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:09 PM

i hate how many of my girlfriends are signing up for weight watchers every january. they probably lose 10 or 15 pounds, then fall off the wagon. all they talk about are "points" and fat-free this and sugar-free that. they tell me about every component of their nutritionally void meals with a hungry gleam in their eye. they are obsessed with food, like someone whos been in a POW camp. they tie their emotional well being to how many points they ate that day, then feel depressed, despondent and hopeless when, come march, they are off the program. they are ashamed that they "failed" (again) so they keep it all a secret. i hate watching them spiral up and down, emotionally and weight-wise, for the first three months of every year.

an old friend just proudly told me about her first meal on The Program this morning- one cup of skim milk, one cup of cheerios, one slice of whole wheat toast with 1tbs peanut butter. then, one of her other WW friends talked her out of the peanut butter because "it has too many points."

they dont strive for strength, speed, health or long life; they want to be skinny. they want to look 20 again, erasing all evidence of their child rearing and aging. they just want to look like the airbrushed woman on the cover, and as long as their goals are that unrealistic and that unattainable, they will continue to feel like failures and i hate that. they are wonderfully beautiful, strong women who deserve health and vitality. ive mentioned paleo to them, but they are set in their ways. i hope someday they will hear me.

ETA: i have a friend who i have been trying to convince to go paleo, who is obese and MISERABLE and tired. i sent her all the info, she was psyched. on facebook she posted a picture of her dinner- a hugel pile of pasta, meat sauce and garlic bread. i said, "so much for paleo, hu?" and she replied, "Yeh i did it for almost three days and felt so sick by the third day. Very lethargic and my tummy was upset. I have to have carbs (as in grains) I just dont think its for me but i wanted to try it to see. Moderation is key...its just a matter of being able to apply that discipline ...the battle for most of us. But when i couldnt go to the bathroom i know its not good for me. I cant say whose way is right or wrong. Weight is an issue for alot of us...i am hypoglycemic..i could feel my sugar was extremely low and was shaking headache dizzy...once i had some sugar it was like someone flipped the switched. Im sure what i was experiencing was a combination of detox symptoms..but im not one who really eats meat..and i dont eat fish..except maybe some shrimps once in a great while. Im trying to incorporate a variety but within moderation. I did however, use whole grain pasta, organic beef and tomato sauce and some spices. The garlic bread was not though..but i just had one piece and cut my spaghetti serving in half and drank water and small glass of red wine...but that was all i ate today except my morning coffee and rasberry iced tea midday. I never eat breakfast. We all have different body types. Now to just get my ass off the sofa."

so, then your body type is UTTER DENIAL?

ETA: umm, can i edit this AGAIN? i just saw a yoplait yogurt commercial. "you can lose five pounds in two weeks by just replacing breakfast and lunch with a fruit, a grain and a low fat yoplait light!" i bet i can also lose weight if i ate one twinkie a day, or on a diet of chocolate-dipped crickets. this might fall under the category of "just be cause you can, doesnt mean you should."

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 13, 2011
at 12:42 AM

A common theme I've sadly noticed in friends and family who do Weight Watchers is the moralization of food as good or bad, sinful or "guilt" inducting. Can't food just be delicious, effective fuel - and anything else that doesn't deliciously, effectively fuel you NOT be thought of as food in the first place?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 13, 2011
at 02:47 AM

that is a great point. i might borrow that. thank you.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 13, 2011
at 06:44 PM

...and don't even get me started on the "1 point!" whole grain sandwich thins (look like thick stale coasters to me) that a relative of mine tries to sell as a worthwhile sandwich base.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I go through this a lot with people who want me to help them lose weight. I've "coached" a few, but none of them want to eat right. They just want it to be magic. Magic with cookies.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 15, 2011
at 01:33 AM

omg omg omg can i be the suet princess?!?!?

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:47 PM

ha! magic with cookies....if i have to hear one more time about someone "blowing their points" on two slices of pizza" and then not eating anything else for the rest of the day and PATTING THEMSELVES ON THE BACK for their restraint, im going to toss my cookies.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 15, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Okay, I'll admit it. I was totally on the sandwich thin bandwagon for awhile. :p I was the WHOLE GRAIN FIBER QUEEN. Yeppers! Now I'm thinking about working on the BACON QUEEN title.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:48 PM

isnt snookie doing the cookie diet. she looks great..... :/

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 15, 2011
at 01:03 AM

If you become Bacon Queen, I will decorate your float (aka "HMS Fatback") in preparation for the Paleo Parade, and you can toss Tanka Bars and Larabars at your fawning admirers.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on January 13, 2011
at 06:52 PM

oh, when i did WW back a million years ago, i would make these one point sandwiches with "fat free" bread, "fat free" margarine (!!), and one slice of soy cheese. gross!!!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 18, 2011
at 12:33 AM

Once again, AKD you have more patience than me. This is why I don't have a lot of real life friends either. (Well that and moving 28 times as a child.) The friends that want my help with diet/exercise stop talking to me eventually because they feel guilty and I never, ever let them off easy.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 15, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Hahahaha, I am imagining that costume AKD and it is FABULOUS! *\o/* WE will be the stars of the Paleo Parade!

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on January 17, 2011
at 11:16 PM

P.S. Have you ever watched the WW mafia monopolize the microwaves at work? Not fun.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on January 15, 2011
at 08:12 AM

A friend seriously told me off for having cream in my coffee as it was too many points, yet she then continued to eat every single carb combination you could think of, and that was OK. She is overweight and is still struggling to lose any weight on this diet. I am not. She berates herself for eating bad things, I do not - well, I do not eat 'bad' things......

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on January 20, 2011
at 08:24 AM

...but I'd like to try chocolate-dipped crickets!

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on January 17, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Weight Watchers is a strange cult, with the main ritual being self-flagellation through starvation.

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33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on January 12, 2011
at 04:48 PM

I detest The New Year Cleanse-Fest that most healthy magazines go on around now. I hate it. "Eat nothing but grapes for a week and hot water with lemon, then slowly build yourself up again with a green salad in the afternoon from day 7, then introduce one piece of LEAN chicken breast on day 10. Don't forget to drink plenty of water" Even men's magazines seem to be great advocates of The Cleanse.

Why do we need a cleanse in the first place, because we ate bad things at Christmas? Chips? Cookies? Cake? Chocolates?

I wish I could post this photo in every magazine I see (but of course never buy) at this time of year. Perhaps one day I will take out an ad.......what horror it would create. If only people realise that fat is the greatest cleanser of all......

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I think they are drinking BABYCHAM........

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 12, 2011
at 05:11 PM

This pic is the jam! I may post on my blog with credit to you.

33b6c516904a967ef8ecb30f1dbd8cf2

(7073)

on January 12, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Great isn't it? It is from this site: http://lardlovers.ning.com/photo/love-lard-ad-1957?context=latest.

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(1164)

on January 12, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Damn, what a sexy pair of jaws! :)

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065bc9a541c742defb28b9c58ad34fbd

(1783)

on January 15, 2011
at 12:26 AM

The "Special K" challenge is 'specially horrifying. It's as mainstream as they come and it's a perfect storm of mindless consumerism and empty "nutritional" advice.

Basically, you buy Kelloggs products and eat them morning, noon, and night for 14 days to lose up to 4.8 pounds. Almost all contain HFCS and are processed, packaged, and designed to fill you up for about 15 minutes, until you start craving another "snack".

http://www.specialk.com/challenge/reso

Here's a great criticism of the program:

http://m.jezebel.com/5729628/the-problem-with-the-special-k-challenge

Check out the meal plan. Little of this is actually food:

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/39/2011/01/special_k_chart_11011.jpg

Terrifying and sad.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 15, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Possibly the only thing that would make this campaign a worse scenario is if sales of the challenge projects were explicitly and exploitatively tied to charitable contributions to a cancer-fighting foundation.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 15, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Possibly the only thing that would make this campaign a worse scenario is if sales of the challenge products were explicitly and exploitatively tied to charitable contributions to a cancer-fighting foundation.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 19, 2011
at 07:12 PM

I tried this out. I made it through one whole box of cereal, opened the second box, and couldn't imagine eating any of it. I kept the box until the cereal went stale (that takes awhile) and then finally threw it out. Bleh.

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1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

on January 12, 2011
at 04:43 PM

"Choose brightly colored fruits and vegetables plus the brown of whole grains. Your diet should look like a rainbow with a complement of brown, says Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis and the voice of the syndicated radio show Eating Right Minute." - Web MD

At the risk of being scatalogically vulgar, that "complement of brown" might as well be another brown substance...neither is food.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 04:49 PM

LOL. I like that one. There should be NO BROWN in your rainbow!

3874fa3e7624fb3134013c43766b6eba

(110)

on April 12, 2011
at 01:55 AM

Scatalogically! Love it, just laughed out loud :-)

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on January 17, 2011
at 11:54 PM

I have finally gotten my hands on the evil Women's World magazine my MIL adores. My biggest problem is that they take bits and pieces of things and turn them into MIRACLES! and cover them in EXCLAMATIONS POINTS! and by the time you are done reading the magazine you have no idea what to do first, so you do nothing.

My first pick:

The 12 cent pill that firms you up!

Feel sore after a workout? Pop an ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) Not only do they ease pain, they also boost muscle mass after resistance training! Ball State University Researchers found that these painkillers promote metabolic changes that allow the body to add more protein to muscles, bulking them up!

or how about...

Tone Muscles with Milk!

Been doing resistance training exercises such as lifting weights, but haven't seen the body toning results you want? Here's the problem: As you get older it gets harder for your body to build muscle at any age - sip milk! In their recent study, women who drank 2 cups of what free milk within one hour of doing resistance training exercises gained more muscle and lost more fat after 12 weeks than women who didn't! Milks secret power: It could be that the combo of calcium, protein and vitamin D in milk delivers cell building nutrients to muscles, says lead study author Stuart Phillips, Ph. D.

The lead study author doesn't even know why it works? I hate that it is skim milk. And I hate that they talk about the "secret power".

Next up...

Inducing drowsiness with oatmeal

Eating a bowl of carb rich oatmeal or whole grain toast just before bed will dampen the production of stress hormones, triggering relaxation and drowsiness in 20 minutes.

Except they don't mention the part will you will probably wake up hungry due to the insulin bomb you delivered right before you went to bed.


OH NO. Page 18 DR. OZ REVEALS THE NEW OBESITY CURE!

"Want to take the fight out of your most stubborn flab? Dr. Oz is here to tell you how! We blame weight game on eating too many burgers and getting too little exercise, but scientists are discovering that chemicals we are exposed to every day could be a big part of the problem. Sounds a little scary, but it's actually good news. Because simply knowing about these sneaky substances called "obesogens" means we can easily avoid them.

OBESEGENS? REALLY? Okay. Moving on...

I'll give him his #1 suggestion, cut out HFCS. His #2 suggestion? Outsmart super bad fat. Pesticides used on farms can end up trapped in the cells of farm animals, so these foods can be loaded with obesogens. "Choosing lean meats helps limit exposure. The most budget friendly option: Enjoy more vegetarian meals"

It's just so half assed. It's no wonder my MIL won't listen to me about Paleo eating! Dr. Oz is telling her about the obesegens! It's not her fault! ITS IN THE FOOD!!

TURN THE PAGE...

"Good times Guide"

Invite the gang over for chocolate fondue! Choose decadent dippers and toppings cake cubes, biscotti, doughnut holes, rice krispies squares, brownies The best toppings crushed cereal, sprinkles, pretzels, graham crackers

So, screw what Dr. Oz told you on the last page! To have Good Times you must have all this HFCS GARBAGE.

ARRRRRRRRRRRGH!!

And then they try to have decent advice, but screw it up!

Surprising Sneaky ways to stay healthy all winter.

EATING A GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

A slew of studies have confirmed the immunity enhancing propercties of cheese, yogurt, sauerkraut and other foods filled with probiotics or good bacterial. When good bugs attach to the lining of the digestive tract the interact with the immune system stimulating it, says Allison Tannis author or Probiotic Rescue "To make it work for you" Have a serving of any naturally aged, nonpasturized cheddar daily, such as gouda, emmentaker, cheddar or colby.

I mean, seriously? WHY take the good advice and wrap it around a picture of a grilled cheese sandwich? You know most of these women will take their Wonder bread and Kraft singles and think they are "doing something sneaky to stay healthy all winter".

And the whole damn magazine is littered with ads for losing weight without any effort:

SENSA from GNC

FASTIN novel fat burner taking industry by storm!

Medifast shakes

I didn't even mention everything in this one issue. If you could see the pictures, it's even worse.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 18, 2011
at 12:09 AM

Eye twitch duly reactivated. Thanks. :)

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on January 20, 2011
at 06:55 PM

I love how these magazines are always dragging my Alma Mater and their studies into things. Not to mention I've flipped through one of those at my grandma's and I always laugh at those blurbs. You are definitely correct, every week they have more and more MIRACLES!

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on January 14, 2011
at 09:26 PM

"High fructose corn syrup is simply a kind of corn sugar that is handled by your body like sugar or honey." covered in detail by this website: http://www.sweetsurprise.com/learning-center/what-is-hfcs

They have experts: "... to read quotes about high fructose corn syrup from the American Medical Association, American Dietetic Association, the Food and Drug Administration, medical doctors, registered dietitians, academic researchers and consumer advocates" http://www.sweetsurprise.com/experts-on-hfcs

Click here for THE BENEFITS OF HFCS http://www.sweetsurprise.com/learning-center/hfcs-benefits

My teenage daughter showed me this website and passed it onto me. This sickens me and I think she learned about it at school ???? errr!

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on January 19, 2011
at 04:27 PM

Domino???s Pizza Launches Domino???s Smart Slice School Lunch Pizza Program

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ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 17, 2011 ???Domino???s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, is striving to be a part of the solution when it comes to promoting healthy, active lifestyles for young people ??? highlighted by the launch of its Domino???s Smart Slice school lunch pizza.

Domino???s Smart Slice is a white whole-wheat, reduced fat and reduced sodium pizza, which is baked fresh and delivered to schools. Domino???s Smart Slice is already being served in more than 120 school districts, and Domino???s plans to double that number within the next year.

Leading Change in School Lunch

???This is a new approach to delivering pizza to schools, and we are extremely excited about the potential of Domino???s Smart Slice,??? said J. Patrick Doyle, Domino???s Pizza president and chief executive officer. ???We are pleased with the launch, and the feedback from school districts has been very positive ??? which makes us believe the upside is tremendous. We want to lead change in this area.???

With 93 percent of schools in the U.S. serving frozen pizza, and NPD research showing that only one in four kids enjoys the taste, Domino???s sees an opportunity to provide hot food that not only meets nutrition guidelines ??? but also tastes great.

???Most of the pizza currently served in schools by other companies is frozen and not as nutritious as it could be,??? said Doyle. ???These freshly baked pizzas can help schools meet or exceed nutritional requirements and goals, while appealing to kids with great taste.???

This comes on the heels of the announcement late last week that the USDA has proposed new federal guidelines for school lunch. Domino???s Smart Slice was specifically developed to meet these newly proposed federal guidelines.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 19, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Im supposed to provide commentary for the question... I cant. Theres nothing to be said. It simply deserves a "moment of silence"

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on January 19, 2011
at 05:21 PM

"white whole wheat"? *cries*

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 19, 2011
at 04:44 PM

I'd comment, but I just died from SADness.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 19, 2011
at 04:45 PM

Euggggh!! This kills me!!

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on January 14, 2011
at 11:04 PM

CARBSTARS!!!!

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6BR15G20101228

Unlike other weight-loss plans that restrict carbohydrates, at least initially, the core of the CarbLovers diet is carbs and resistant starch, an ingredient in bananas, oatmeal, beans and lentils, wholegrain pasta, barley, brown rice, peas, polenta, potato chips and rye and pumpernickel bread -- foods the authors have been dubbed "carbstars."

see Bolded: I dont even need to explain why this is TERRIBAD advice.

The 28-day diet includes a kickstart phase with carb-filled recipes totaling 1200 calories a day, followed by a 21-day immersion plan during which foods such as steak, french toast and chocolates are reintroduced.

1200 calories? thats how it works, its a poison/starvation diet! French toast! sigh. At least steak is on the list. probably some deck of cards nonsense.

"It's that visceral belly fat that hugs your internal organs, causing diabetes, increasing your risk of stroke and even cancers," Stork said in an interview.

im sorry, what do they think these foods DO to humans? Its why they have those problems in the first place!!!

Adults who ate three or more servings of whole grains per day, and limited their refined grains to less than one serving per day, had 10 percent less belly fat than those who did not follow this diet, study researcher Nicola McKeown, a scientist with the USDA Human Nutrition Researcher Center on Aging at Tufts University, said in a statement.

So... someone who ate less poison was less poisoned than someone that ate more poison? Brilliant Detective work Watson!

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From USDA

Whole Grain Tips for Children Set a good example for children by eating whole grains with meals or as snacks. Let children select and help prepare a whole grain side dish. Teach older children to read the ingredient list on cereals or snack food packages and choose those with whole grains at the top of the list.

I died a little inside.

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The Cookie diet killed me, sorry. Perhaps another incarnation will resume my internet ramblings in the future.

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on January 16, 2011
at 05:14 AM

oh man, i wish i could upvote this more than once. i have been masochistically following the carb lover's diet media blitz and it is seriously crazy making. case in point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCzhoN-qGcc&feature=related ugh.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Hahahaha. The Cookie Diet. I mean, it's friggin GENIUS, because who doesn't want to lose weight eating cookies, but what kind of idiots actually believe that is going to work long term!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:26 PM

"The carb that melts fat" REALLY? Even when I ate more carbs I certainly never believed that the whole grains were what was melting my fat.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 17, 2011
at 01:32 AM

Wow someone downvoted this? Man up and explain yourself.

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:57 PM

A saw a lady looking at this in the bookstore the other day. It took all of my willpower to not smack it out of her hands and then set it on fire.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 14, 2011
at 11:51 PM

Whole Grains are MAGICAL!

7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on January 20, 2011
at 09:01 AM

Wow, that cookie diet is AWFUL - check out the ingredients... http://www.amazon.com/Hollywood-Diet-Replacement-Chocolate-1-4-Ounce/dp/B000MU7GFU

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on January 14, 2011
at 09:56 PM

FROM: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/01/01/your-number-one-new-year-s-resolution-go-vegan.aspx

Like most people, I make a list of New Year's resolutions every year???stop watching so much TV, get more exercise, eat fewer cookies???only to pretty much forget about them by Valentine's Day. The one resolution I've never had trouble keeping was cutting meat, eggs, and dairy products out of my diet. If you're not yet vegan, that should be your number one resolution for 2011: You'll save more than 100 animals a year, improve your health, and help Mother Earth???plus you can eat all the cookie dough you want without worrying about salmonella poisoning.

In short: Why do you have cookie dough as a goal anyway!?!?

However, Once we get to my eating of the happy animals, I'm going to be in the line that is ordering up the bacon. The bacon and other meats from happy animals is going to be my fountain of health.

Sidenote: I agree with PETA that factory farms and CAFOs are evil, that's why I support my local ranchers and farmers as best I can, and don't eat sick and/or unhappy animals.

Cows eat grass so that I don't have to... thank you, cows!

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on January 14, 2011
at 10:04 PM

Ahhh, nicely said! Is that a trademarked slogan? or did you come up with that Adam? "cows eat grass so that I don't have to...thank you, cow!" LOVE IT!!!!

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on January 14, 2011
at 10:11 PM

Tis mine, but I don't care if others steal it as long as they try to give me some credit.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 10, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Sounds like a good bumper sticker to me.

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35804450388f518132ae3e7cb70cf573

(140)

on January 12, 2011
at 08:19 PM

I actually just got a diet advice newsletter from my health-care provider, Kaiser Permanente, which was written by an RDA (never a good sign). Of course, she uses Ancel Keys' discredited "Seven Country Study" as the basis for her recommendations of such things as soy products, whole grains, low-fat/non-fat dairy, canola oil, and limiting red meat to only 1 or 2 times a month!
I guess Kaiser is trying to stay in the sick-care business.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on January 12, 2011
at 08:23 PM

Nothing's worse for business than a pandemic of good health.

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(1783)

on January 20, 2011
at 05:54 PM

Michelle Obama unveiled a new 5-year plan by Walmart to sell "healthier" processed foods and cut down prices on fruits and vegetables. I'm not going to comment on the program itself but I couldn't resist sharing this quote from a Walmart executive.

???Our customers have always told us, ???We don???t understand why whole wheat macaroni and cheese costs more than regular macaroni and cheese,??? ???

Really, everyone? Eating healthier is as simple as choosing whole wheat MACARONI & CHEESE???

My life just got so much simpler, and cheaper!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/20/business/20walmart.html

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 20, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Michelle Obama does bits on Disney TV about nutrition too and it makes me want to cover my daughters eyes and ears.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 21, 2011
at 12:52 AM

Unfortunately since she is in far better shape than your average American mom of two I think she is seen as someone who is qualified to offer sound nutritional advice. Wouldn't it be something else if eventually a paleo (and Crossfit?) enthusiast came to the White House with a similar-thinking spouse?

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on January 16, 2011
at 02:38 AM

This was in a pseudo-mainstream source about reasons not to drink soda. That wasn't the problem, the problem was this:

The only time I really bring soda into my house is when we are sick. There is nothing quite like a real coke or ginger ale to soothe an aching stomach. It???s medicine, really, and frankly, I think it should be treated as such.

I mean, wow. I is just so incredibly stupid. I responded something along the lines of:

Soda was only patented as a medicine because people thought there was something medicinal about bubbly water. If there's anything you shouldn't be doing when you're sick, it's drinking sugar water. If you want to soothe your stomach, eat real food and if you're thirsty, drink water.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 16, 2011
at 03:32 AM

perhaps its old rollover from beneficial healthy drinks such as kombucha or vinegar?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 18, 2011
at 01:38 AM

I enjoyed your trying to make sense of this stupidity Stephen. Sometimes, people are just dumb. See, your COOKIE DIET. LOL.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on January 16, 2011
at 03:31 AM

i uh. uh.. wow.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 20, 2011
at 07:19 PM

Well, real ginger ale is made with ginger, which is a good stomach quieter, though I'm not sure that sugar water is the best way to enjoy the benefits of this herb. But Coke? Really?

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on January 21, 2011
at 06:03 PM

Coke = Windex a la Big Fat Greek Wedding then, eh??

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 21, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I have friends that would swear by Coke as their go to for stomach aches, headaches and other various maladies. Ew.

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1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

on January 15, 2011
at 04:08 PM

I've noticed a pattern to our Lean Cuisine/SlimFast/useless diet food advertising at work.Six months before swim suit season(New Year's resolution time, also women worried about wedding dresses), and right after Labor Day(the ice cream and sodas got you this summer,gotta look good for the holidays!), they will start issuing coupons and having big sales on the stuff.Not to mention gyms pimping half price sign up fees for a yearly contract. My favorite is the women's magazines that have big headlines like"Lose 15 pounds by next Friday!"(are you going to give me instructions on how to hack off a limb?Because it's the only way that will happen)and, right next to that,some recipes for a dense chocolate dessert or greasy starchy casserole. They poison you and keep you looking for the antidote by telling you the logical answer of stop eating poison isn't correct.It's sick, sad and wrong.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 16, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Lean Cuisine is giving away a lunchbag right now. You need 10 codes from the products.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 20, 2011
at 06:46 PM

Well, bittykitty, I see you've been following m MIL around the grocery store!

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 20, 2011
at 04:52 PM

The over 50 crowd buys them by the cart,along with the horrible "injected with god knows what"Rotisserie Pigeons(they are not big enough to be chickens)we sell.Then they wonder why they need to make a stop by the pharmacy on the way out for 19 kinds of medication because they can't move,breathe,or function well.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on January 19, 2011
at 07:13 PM

You almost have to eat 10 of their products to feel full.

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 21, 2011
at 03:45 AM

My mother can be just as bad.I finally got her to stop the Zone bars and artificial sweeteners, but she still buys canned thing with no idea of what is actually in them.Got her to read the label of Progresso clam chowder, and she was shocked to see all the crap in it.

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021e16994cbe4a8082cd241a5887c59b

(20)

on January 12, 2011
at 11:29 PM

'diet low in saturated fat and containing whole grains...'

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Medium avatar

on January 12, 2011
at 07:33 PM

Not specifically what you're speaking of, but in the same vein: I was reading "What I Eat" last night which is a collection of 80 people's daily food intakes from all walks of life from around the world and one of them was a fat camp where they're feeding them "healthy" pancakes, whole wheat bread, non-fat milk etc. The poor girl was 15 years old and kept coming back to the camp year after year and getting the same terrible advice.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 08:21 PM

Damn. My reading list just keeps getting longer and longer...

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on January 12, 2011
at 07:52 PM

I recently read that book and the fat camp diet was pretty shocking.

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976844bb16c0ab60ca2632aa5df149f8

(317)

on January 12, 2011
at 06:58 PM

Mcdonalds new add for their "healty" oatmeal... Which has 32g of sugar in it!

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on January 12, 2011
at 09:18 PM

I second this!!!

21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

(1103)

on January 18, 2011
at 01:27 PM

agreed, everytime I see the commercial it makes me want to punch the TV.

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21084e275703e9a3909dafa28e5d29b5

(1103)

on January 12, 2011
at 05:55 PM

Dr. Phil is currently pushing the "17 Day Diet".

It bothers me because the information regarding the diet is kept hidden (you can only purchase the book and/or dvd from the 17 day diet website) and that a few years back Dr.Phil himself had a challenge and a book out called The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution. So why is he pushing the 17 Day Diet now?

~~~~~~~~ NOT KIDDING...one of my friends on facebook just sent me this...(mind you we've been having several conversations on facebook about paleo and anti-industrial ways of looking at food...I feel sick, I have no clue how to even respond or to begin to respond...)

*You should also read the "You! on a Diet" by Dr. Oz simply cause it provides medical explanation for alot of things. Separately I helped two guys at work lose weight by telling them how to change their diet. They were former cheerleaders at GW - tall guys too that were used to eating whatever they want with no consequences cause they would throw 115 pounds in the air for two hours a day. So this is the list of dos and don'ts i gave them. i think you know all this but just wanted to pass it along in case you learned something that countered this knowledge:

Fiber slows down the movement of food through your digestive system. Hence why it makes you feel fuller longer. It also helps you to absorb the nutrients, etc in food. Thats why people encourage food higher in fiber.

About White vs. Wheat wheat bread Or wheat wraps good. Wheat! White pita/other pitas like corn are baaaaaad. White bread/pasta actually makes you hungry later ??? according to latest studies. The fiber in wheat offsets the high calorie/fat that you find in WHITE breads making the wheat better for you too.

Easy rule for guesstimating calories/fiber on the go and general calorie watching: If it???s a one ingredient item (like bread, crackers, etc)???.aim for calories in the 100-180 range with at least 2-3 grams of fiber. Obviously you want more fiber if you are going to settle for a higher calorie item. It???s a trade off. The fiber will help those calories keep you going longer. That???s why cheeseburgers from mcdonalds don???t keep you full for as long as they should ??? given their high calorie content (800 calories and up!). They don???t have any fiber!!!

If it???s a two ingredient item (like yogurt with fruit on the bottom) you can settle for higher calories like 150-180ish with same spread of fiber 2-3 g for each (combined 4-6g fiber).

For three ingredients or more (like frozen dinners) you want to aim for 250-350 calories with 3-7 g of fiber. Since Michael was tall and a boy he went as high as 400-450 for calories.

The point is you aren???t eating more than 300-600 in calories (depending on how active you were that day) per meal. With two snacks at 150-250 that will bring your total calories for the day to somewhere between 1200-2300. I aim for about 1600-1800 cause i???m running/biking/being a moron every day but when i???m not active at all i aim for 1200. If i???m semi active then 1300-1500 depending.

Low cal snack ideas: Wheat pita and hummus. Carrots and humms. Carrots and ranch (as long as you only eat the serving size amount of the ranch). Fruit! Yogurt. The pretzels from the vending machine (really low cal).

Michael aimed between 250-200 cal for snack i think. I aim for 150-100 but that???s cause i???m a foot shorter than him and a girl.

Water weight: 5 pounds of weight lost in a week is NOT water weight. Water weight is lost/gained over the course of day(s) not weeks. if you are going to weigh yourself as a measure of progress (i do not support it!) then weigh yourself at the exact same time every day. I suggest in the morning, first thing when you get up.*

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on January 12, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Ugh. Dr. Phil kills me. Just look at him? Would you go to him for nutritional/fitness advice? ACK. What is wrong with people?!

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on January 14, 2011
at 09:32 PM

This is the same way I feel about fat trainers at the gym. Why would I want advice on getting in shape from someone who is simply, not in shape. Yet I see it all the freakin time. Unreal!

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on January 12, 2011
at 08:27 PM

RIGHT?! THANK YOU! But it's sad because I know tons of people are going to watch the show and go "mmm, that sounds like a good idea." BLAH! :(

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(18701)

on January 12, 2011
at 09:12 PM

On the AWFUL DOCTOR list though, I have to say I hate the smarmy Dr. Oz even more. EW.

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on January 13, 2011
at 12:38 AM

I have a relative who thinks that Dr. Oz walks on water. No advice that I offer on nutrition can hold a candle to Dr. Oz, because he's a doctor, so she'd rather roll the dice on his suggestions than mine.

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on January 18, 2011
at 01:27 PM

I have a good friend who is a High School gym/health teacher. I have no clue how she was even hired because of her size. I know, probably wrong of me, BUT if I was one of her students (or parent of a student) I don't think I would listen to her.

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on January 19, 2011
at 02:41 PM

I see your edit THATgirl and I could have written that even 6 months ago. I know we all believe that gluten is evil and I don't touch it anymore, but if your friends aren't ready to believe in Paleo yet, there are much worse ways to eat. At least they aren't advocating light and low fat and splenda.

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on January 20, 2011
at 06:04 PM

Thank you Sherpamelissa for showing me the silver lining in this! You're so right she isn't ready to believe in Paleo so for now I'll have to be thankful she isn't advocating light and lowfat and splenda!

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

60 minutes of cardio every day is what will make you lose weight and maintain. It is so much more than cardio!

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(22923)

on January 16, 2011
at 03:30 AM

cardio itself is a scam! Its not more, its different. Cardio is not good for health/weight loss, its good for enjoyment. If you're not enjoying it(or hunting down game) you're doing it wrong.

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on January 15, 2011
at 01:24 PM

I constantly hear I am giving up red meat and I never get an educated response back as to why. The responses are always, so I can lose weight, I don't feel good when I eat meat, and even I don't know why answers.

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on January 15, 2011
at 03:42 AM

"Slimfast" because who has time to slim slowly? WTF? Ugh!

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on January 12, 2011
at 10:30 PM

Lots of folks around here are going vegan and doing "cleanses". Not exactly mainstream but increasingly common, I think. I shudder to think how much vegetable oil and "natural" sugars they are going to be taking in.

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