Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Rant

Forgive me; I'm not in the best of moods today.  For a more cheerful post, go visit my RBRU post today.

First of all, the Paula Deen announcement.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, the 'Butter Queen' has recently disclosed she has Type II diabetes, and 'everyone' is in an uproar.

Why?  I love her show; I'm also a fan of butter and sugar.  A chef went on the morning news and basically accused her of misleading her followers for the past 3 years, and contributing to obesity, along with buffets, sports bars, and athletes who endorse fast food chains.  If Paula and Food Network decided to follow 'his advice' and start cooking healthy meals, I guarantee her ratings will drop.  Want to see a chef cooking healthy? Try someone else's show.   And if that's the case, what about Man vs Food on the Travel Channel?  If Adam suddenly announces he has heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol, will this mean an end to our fascination with seeing someone consuming great quantities of food in under an hour?

I hardly think so.

I think people are smarter than that.  Just because I watch a show on southern cooking doesn't mean I cook that way all the time!  Right now, a lot of 'healthier foods' cost more than my budget allows, but I do the best with what I can.

If you BAN something, don't you know you just made it more APPEALING to others?  I personally miss the cereal cartoons.  And granted, some of then are still continuing.  The daughter and I had a discussion yesterday concerning Lucky Charms.

Remember this?

'Pink Hearts
Yellow Moons
Orange Stars
Green Clovers
Blue Diamonds (I remember when these were added, lol!)
Purple Horseshoes' (These also!)

'Silly rabbit; Trix are for kids!'

'Snap crackle pop Rice Krispies!'

Cookie Crisp

Count Chocula, FrankenBerry, BooBerry Ghost.

And another personal favorite, all those 'treasure hunts' of Cap'n Crunch.

What's made us overweight isn't the foods available; it's our own lifestyle choices.  Yes, my family went through a period of time where we ate out three times a week; my sister and I had activities and it was more practical to go get pizza or sandwiches instead of making a mad dash home.  When my spouse worked nights, I took the kids to town where they could spend an hour in a playscape to run around and shriek all they wanted.

But just because someone's health went downhill doesn't mean it applies to everyone.


Harlie Reader said...

I actually feel sorry for Paula in a way. My MIL is a type 2 and she eats what she wants but she does maintain her sugar levels. I think that people need to leave her alone right now about it but I don't like the fact that she is hawking medicine now for her disease.


Great rant. :)

Molly Daniels said...

My spouse was diagnosed Type 2, and I quickly realized I already cook healthy. But he's the one who goes out and buys the bad stuff. I've tried to keep healthy snacks in the house; he rebelled and went to the store for pork rinds. He's an adult; he'll do what he wants. And as for myself, I knew I was over-indulging during the holidays, and now I know what I need to do to in order to undo the damage. But what I don't need is someone on TV telling me to stay away from a buffet; don't eat sugar cereal; or put down one of my favorite FN personalities.

As for the medicine....if there are new ones out there which help, what's the harm? The SU is one step away from insulin....but then again, if he'd test his sugar more regularly....

Sorry; I'm just in a bad mood today.

Harlie Reader said...

Don't worry about it Molly. I'm having a very bad at work...

Plus, I had gestation diabetes with Brian, so I'm very familiar with insulin injections and testing my blood sugar.