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Are you a food obsessed person?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 07, 2011 at 8:05 PM

I came acros this blog post that I thought was worth a question.

Dear Food Obsessed People???

I think that when you're eating to live a healthy life there is always a risk of forgeting this and ending up living to eat a healthy diet.

"There???s no need to create your own little food cult. It???s just food. Learn to cook. Eat real food. And go live your life. Enjoy food. Love food even. Don???t obsess about food."

Are you a food obsessed person?

76d0056c773673e24b8c57a685d504ed

(132)

on July 28, 2011
at 10:57 PM

"dietary autopilot"....perfect definition

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 11, 2011
at 01:50 PM

This is me. I've always been this way. I want to know what is coming next and when, always.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 11, 2011
at 01:46 PM

I know I love her, tartare! <3

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(5136)

on June 08, 2011
at 03:14 AM

These notions of "food obsession" and "cults" lose their meaning to me when I can't even seem to explain my way of eating to someone who is obese without going in to vast and confusing detail that refers to the vast confusion of ingredients stuffed into potentially "benign" foods.

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on June 08, 2011
at 03:11 AM

yeah, i upvote Futureboy and call busllshit as well. Food is a business run in increasingly unscrupulous manners (as are many other businesses these days in a culture that worships money). It's our business, in any moral or otherwise, case to get the best deal for our interests. In this case, our interests are long term well being, and the sustainability and AVAILABILITY of a certain quality of life. This has everything to do with choosing food carefully and wisely, as our "business partners" in food are increasingly out to screw us for their bottom line.

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on June 08, 2011
at 02:56 AM

i think i love you, akd.

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(5136)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:56 AM

i think i love you.

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:48 AM

If she called one of the great unwashed, I wouldn't consider her a doctor "friend". I hate people like that.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on June 08, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Sounds awesome. Not all obsessions are bad :)

F087e79f7e8a76613c9b82528ab6dc3f

(580)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:01 AM

I never worry about any of my children surviving. Once a doctor friend of mine.OB-GYN called me one of the great unwashed because I had not gone to college. I told her that if anything horrific ever happened in this country, she would not be able to "help" anyone with out a pharmacy. My children know which herbs are safe for many different illnesses, where to find them and what they look like. They also know how to feed themselves in the wild.

F087e79f7e8a76613c9b82528ab6dc3f

(580)

on June 07, 2011
at 11:58 PM

I never worry about the kids surviving. I myself never had the opportunity to go to college. A doctor friend of mine called me one of the great unwashed. I replied to her that if anything horrific ever happened in this country,if she could never sure anyone because there may not be pharmacies. But all of my children have a basic knowledge of which herbs are helpful and what they look like and where to find them.

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on June 07, 2011
at 11:48 PM

that is flat out amazing. lotta work, but sounds like incredible experience...and if the outcomes laid out in some of the "financial collapse" questions ever do come about...INVALUABLE experience it will be.

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on June 07, 2011
at 11:46 PM

I used to be that skater dude. I would eat anything and everything, smoke all day long, drink all day into the morning the next day. And I ended up a depressed overweight agoraphobic insomniac dummy. I'm 5'6" and I weighed 145, which may not seem like alot to some on this site, but having only weighed about 115 up til my mid-20's it was a poor outcome.

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on June 07, 2011
at 11:43 PM

Good answer!!!!

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(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 11:36 PM

He's a hypocrite as he has his own "little food cult" complete with catchy name, the "Real Food Revolution."

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on June 07, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I'm constantly looking at labels, and just asking myself "Why why whyyyyyy did they have to put that in there?!?" It really sucks.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on June 07, 2011
at 11:12 PM

My girlfriend is coeliac, so I understand the nessesary obsession. After a while it becomes more automatic so it takes up a lot less thought.

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on June 07, 2011
at 09:05 PM

I like your sentiment of "a joyful relationship with food". In my opinion it's how it should be. I am in the same camp as you, enjoying my food for what it is...choosing to eat paleo foods but not agonizing over all the numbers per se. And on occasional occasion where there is some dessert involved I would like to try, I do so without freaking out about it. Perhaps some folks thrive on the more obsessive type of relationship, just like some folks strive better on stress, but no thanks, not me.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 07, 2011
at 09:00 PM

HELL YES. mine are in full bloom right now. SO EXCITED. http://imperfecturbanfarm.com/2011/05/30/peony-jelly-a-lesson-in-restrait/

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:58 PM

PEONY JELLY???!! i die.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:53 PM

I know.. soybean oil is my bane. :[

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:50 PM

The main thing I concern myself with when I eat out is requesting no sugar, and cooking in butter rather than veg oil. EVERYWHERE, in every kitchen from McD's to 4 star Michelin places uses canola or veg oil to cook meat. I know from working in kitchens here in NYC.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:47 PM

Um, so yeah, I'm pretty obsessed.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:46 PM

I think this is a good point. I often feel like there is poison lurking around every corner.. It's crazy how hard it is to find the simplest food. And eating out can be insanely problematic when you want to avoid fake food.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:38 PM

We should make T-shirts!

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I mean yeah, ok, I'm pretty obsessed.. I mean, I'm HERE right? But I don't think everyone should be like me.. I just choose to spend some energy thinking about how to properly nourish myself. I reckon that's better than, i dunno.. obsessing about *sports teams* or something.

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(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Leave a comment if you're gonna downvote me, yeah?

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(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Oh and he's part of the "Real Food" movement. no labels my butt.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I would also like to point out that his insistence on eating "real food" is less productive than my insistence on limiting polyunsaturated fats. Store-bought ketchup>not paying attention to a major cause of cellular dysfunction. Looks like JERF is more of an irrational religion than Stabby's PUFA-counting.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:25 PM

I would also like to point out that his insistent on eating "real food" is less productive than my insistence on limiting polyunsaturated fats. Store-bought ketchup>not paying attention to a major cause of cellular dysfunction. Looks like JERF is more of an irrational religion than Stabby's PUFA-counting.

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

(13635)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I would also like to add that I'm a proud card-carrying orthorexic.

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Oh and...he's a "Real Foodist." No label my ass.

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:12 PM

BTW, his first example is ridiculous. His "no label" stance just comes off as snobby, juvenile and wishy-washy, like Kramer saying "I don't wear the ribbon..."

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:53 PM

can we file this article under "chicken isn't paleo"?

im obsessed with food, but not in the way the author is talking about. i spend most of the day thinking about it, shopping for it, reading about it, talking about it, and making it. also, eating it. i love food. i love paleo, too but mostly i love to play with my food. what i do NOT spend my day obsessing about is macro nutrient ratios, micronutrients, calories, grams, ounces, etc. i have a JOYFUL relationship with food. some non-paleo people might think im in-freaking-sane for cutting out the things that i do, but a lot of paleo folks think im nuts for eating the occasional cookie, eating dairy, drinking daily coffee, ordering the creme brulee. meh. im happy and healthy, and thats really all i care about.

now, im off to make my peony jelly and IM EVEN GOING TO TASTE IT.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 11, 2011
at 01:46 PM

I know I love her, tartare! <3

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:58 PM

PEONY JELLY???!! i die.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:56 AM

i think i love you, akd.

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on June 07, 2011
at 09:05 PM

I like your sentiment of "a joyful relationship with food". In my opinion it's how it should be. I am in the same camp as you, enjoying my food for what it is...choosing to eat paleo foods but not agonizing over all the numbers per se. And on occasional occasion where there is some dessert involved I would like to try, I do so without freaking out about it. Perhaps some folks thrive on the more obsessive type of relationship, just like some folks strive better on stress, but no thanks, not me.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on June 07, 2011
at 09:00 PM

HELL YES. mine are in full bloom right now. SO EXCITED. http://imperfecturbanfarm.com/2011/05/30/peony-jelly-a-lesson-in-restrait/

Medium avatar

(5136)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:56 AM

i think i love you.

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F087e79f7e8a76613c9b82528ab6dc3f

on June 07, 2011
at 11:39 PM

Well, What If there were no grocery stores???...It may be all you would do. When we had a mini farm as the kids were growing up, we spent two to three hours a day just weeding.Then we watered. We spent all morning feeding chickens, feeding rabbits, breeding rabbits, collecting eggs,cleaning cages, cleaning the chicken coop. Moving the fence for the chickens. Tilling, spreading horse manuer, planting, hoeing, , digging, picking , plucking, snapping, washing and peeling tomatoes dunking them in boiling water,cutting,slicing, canning, boiling, drying, sterilizing jars..In the fall we went hunting every spare minute, hunting mushrooms, hunting deer, hunting pheasant and duck. We built a fire and beheaded chickens and dunked them and plucked them and gutted them and bagged them and froze them. We picked strawberries, blueberries,peaches apples.. we washed and froze anything we could get our hands on. I was a stay at home mom. I also home schooled. We studied animal husbandry, we studied weather, we studied propagation. We built a house and a barn, We built compost bins. We built rabbit hutches, we built chicken roosts and nest boxes. We found out that if you put a male rabbit in a female cage she will neuter him. You have to bring the female to the males cage. If they don't have baby rabbits in exactly 32 days, you have to give them a shot of pitocin.

I could have had a job and gone to the grocery store and let my children play video games all day.

My daughters in law praise the fact that their husbands can do anything. One son is a building contractor, who went to Indiana University.He owns his own business. One son is a State Farm agent. One son is still in College in New York after serving two tours in Iraq and earned a purple heart.We also have a free spirited daughter is working at a boys and girls club in St Croix and managing a coffee shop.

Do you think that is a little obsessive?? It is not if you want to eat all winter.

F087e79f7e8a76613c9b82528ab6dc3f

(580)

on June 07, 2011
at 11:58 PM

I never worry about the kids surviving. I myself never had the opportunity to go to college. A doctor friend of mine called me one of the great unwashed. I replied to her that if anything horrific ever happened in this country,if she could never sure anyone because there may not be pharmacies. But all of my children have a basic knowledge of which herbs are helpful and what they look like and where to find them.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Sounds awesome. Not all obsessions are bad :)

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 11:48 PM

that is flat out amazing. lotta work, but sounds like incredible experience...and if the outcomes laid out in some of the "financial collapse" questions ever do come about...INVALUABLE experience it will be.

F087e79f7e8a76613c9b82528ab6dc3f

(580)

on June 08, 2011
at 12:01 AM

I never worry about any of my children surviving. Once a doctor friend of mine.OB-GYN called me one of the great unwashed because I had not gone to college. I told her that if anything horrific ever happened in this country, she would not be able to "help" anyone with out a pharmacy. My children know which herbs are safe for many different illnesses, where to find them and what they look like. They also know how to feed themselves in the wild.

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:48 AM

If she called one of the great unwashed, I wouldn't consider her a doctor "friend". I hate people like that.

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on June 07, 2011
at 09:30 PM

I looked out my window the other day and saw this skateboarder dude roll up to a food cart, order a burrito, eat it rapidly, roll a cigarette, light it and continue merrily along his way in traffic. I honestly really envied his complete disregard for health and realized that I can't just get hungry, grab some food that is nearby and continue living.

Dietary auto-pilot in America is simply too dangerous these days; you need a constant attention to what you're eating and its provenance. I cook nearly all of my meals and I generally plan most of them at least a day ahead of time, but as I've been figuring things out more and working them into a protocol, I find that obsession gives rise simply to habit. In a way I suppose I've constructed a new sort of auto-pilot for myself. I can stop it from consuming my thoughts, but with so much shopping, preparing and eating, I can't really stop it from consuming my time.

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(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 11:46 PM

I used to be that skater dude. I would eat anything and everything, smoke all day long, drink all day into the morning the next day. And I ended up a depressed overweight agoraphobic insomniac dummy. I'm 5'6" and I weighed 145, which may not seem like alot to some on this site, but having only weighed about 115 up til my mid-20's it was a poor outcome.

76d0056c773673e24b8c57a685d504ed

(132)

on July 28, 2011
at 10:57 PM

"dietary autopilot"....perfect definition

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:09 PM

In a society that makes it difficult for me to eat the way I want, how can I NOT be obsessed?

I'm HIGHLY INTERESTED and MOTIVATED to seek out good food choices for myself and my loved ones. The good ol' Yewessay is a difficult place to do that. Not as difficult as some, but difficult nonetheless.

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(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Oh and he's part of the "Real Food" movement. no labels my butt.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:46 PM

I think this is a good point. I often feel like there is poison lurking around every corner.. It's crazy how hard it is to find the simplest food. And eating out can be insanely problematic when you want to avoid fake food.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:50 PM

The main thing I concern myself with when I eat out is requesting no sugar, and cooking in butter rather than veg oil. EVERYWHERE, in every kitchen from McD's to 4 star Michelin places uses canola or veg oil to cook meat. I know from working in kitchens here in NYC.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:53 PM

I know.. soybean oil is my bane. :[

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Oh and...he's a "Real Foodist." No label my ass.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Leave a comment if you're gonna downvote me, yeah?

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:12 PM

BTW, his first example is ridiculous. His "no label" stance just comes off as snobby, juvenile and wishy-washy, like Kramer saying "I don't wear the ribbon..."

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 11:34 PM

I'm constantly looking at labels, and just asking myself "Why why whyyyyyy did they have to put that in there?!?" It really sucks.

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91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

on June 07, 2011
at 08:19 PM

I'm a food blogger and am writing a cookbook, so yes - I'd say that puts me in the "obsessed" camp. Not necessarily a bad place to be when one is paleo, IMO.

Edited to add: Okay, so I didn't actually read the article till I posted this (my bad). Food obsessed? No. I just love it.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on June 07, 2011
at 08:15 PM

Yes I'm obsessed, wanna fight about it? lol.

I want to start keeping track of numbers just so I can be more scientific for while. It's all part of being a self-experimenter. Nobody can count numbers their whole lives, but I want to get a snapshot of what I'm doing.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:38 PM

We should make T-shirts!

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

(13635)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:24 PM

I would also like to add that I'm a proud card-carrying orthorexic.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on June 08, 2011
at 01:42 AM

I was obsessed with food pre-Paleo and am obsessed with food now that I follow a Paleo diet. I personally wish I were not obsessed with food in the way that I am (e.g. thinking about what I will have for dinner before I even eat breakfast that day). However, I am healthier post-Paleo, and my relationship with food, while still an obesssion, is better than it was.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 11, 2011
at 01:50 PM

This is me. I've always been this way. I want to know what is coming next and when, always.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 08, 2011
at 01:32 AM

Well I might have gone along with his screed because it probably is annoying to do those obsessive type things on a daily basis. I don't. I do think about what I eat. I do work hard to cook healthy foods in an exceptional manner each day.

The thing that bothered me most is how bad his food looked in the pictures on his blog. The meatball with an egg inside was burnt. The chicken leg with red stuff all over it looked like a slasher film gone wrong. Most of the meat looked gray. Most of the vegetables looked grayish also. The only dish that looked promising was the plate of bacon wrapped things. Don't know what they were though. I guess I can't take the advice of a guy who says he cooks food...that looks like that.

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on June 07, 2011
at 10:55 PM

To answer the original question, "YES!"

I think that food "obsessed" is an understatement.

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on June 07, 2011
at 09:22 PM

I really try not to be. I care a lot about what I eat, and believe strongly that what you eat determines your overall health to a very large degree, and the recommendations and products you find in the mainstream vary from being not-so-good to outright harmful.

However, I really try not to obsess about it. It is possible to fall into the world of diets, statistics, supplements, not to mention blogs (lol) etc. and it becomes a hobby, perhaps an all-consuming one. The point is to eat to live not to live to worry about one's food choices.

So I try to keep to simple rules, which is why the Paleo diet appeals to me. No grains, no sugar, no processed foods, exercise 3-4 times per week, and that is about it. Nothing could be easier and you are able to find something to eat almost everywhere you go, and your health will be very much improved.

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 07, 2011
at 09:21 PM

I am not obsessed about my food. I am obsessed about where my food comes from.

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(5639)

on June 07, 2011
at 11:43 PM

Good answer!!!!

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1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:28 PM

I'm food obsessed in the other way he mentioned: I'm the guy who ALWAYS wants a cookie. I don't count anything, I'm waaaay too lazy.

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559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:22 PM

I tooootally agree with the blogger... EXCEPT - I've found that I have weird food sensitivities that can make me feel VERY BAD, and it's not yet fully clear what-all can cause a reaction; so giving in to a "just relaaaxx" attitude just ain't worth a coupla bites of somethingorother.

But I'm assuming he's talking about people who don't (yet?) have health concerns and stuff - who are just being obsessive about an idea or something. I do pretty much think that many/most people can get away with "just" eating Real Food.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:35 PM

I mean yeah, ok, I'm pretty obsessed.. I mean, I'm HERE right? But I don't think everyone should be like me.. I just choose to spend some energy thinking about how to properly nourish myself. I reckon that's better than, i dunno.. obsessing about *sports teams* or something.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:47 PM

Um, so yeah, I'm pretty obsessed.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on June 07, 2011
at 11:12 PM

My girlfriend is coeliac, so I understand the nessesary obsession. After a while it becomes more automatic so it takes up a lot less thought.

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:11 PM

Not particularly but I do think that it is prudent and worth the effort to know how much polyunsaturated fat I'm consuming in a day. Fine line between chill and lazy.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:25 PM

I would also like to point out that his insistent on eating "real food" is less productive than my insistence on limiting polyunsaturated fats. Store-bought ketchup>not paying attention to a major cause of cellular dysfunction. Looks like JERF is more of an irrational religion than Stabby's PUFA-counting.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on June 07, 2011
at 08:26 PM

I would also like to point out that his insistence on eating "real food" is less productive than my insistence on limiting polyunsaturated fats. Store-bought ketchup>not paying attention to a major cause of cellular dysfunction. Looks like JERF is more of an irrational religion than Stabby's PUFA-counting.

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3c997ffae3db9464325b96979346d9e9

on June 07, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Certainly you don't mean on this site.

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