Sep 262010
 

Back in early May I wrote about sugar and my pledge to quit eating it. So how’s that going? Well, actually, pretty well. Still not eating sugar, chocolate, ice cream, desserts with sugar, condiments with sugar, cans of stuff with sugar or the new, re-branded “corn sugar” aka high fructose corn syrup. Result is I’ve lost fifteen pounds of sweetness. As a percentage of my weight, not huge. But noticeable, and helpful for endurance and reducing knee pain. But I think that fifteen pounds is all I’m going to get from not eating sugar. I’ll have to figure out something else to give up to get down to the next level.  Hopefully, I have reached Peak Waist.

Our food supply is essentially junk, cans of stuff laced with corn syrup, corn fed beef loaded with antibiotics, chickens that have never seen the light of day, water full of chlorine and fluoride.  Another big advantage of living on an island—cleaner water, cleaner air, access to chickens that can actually walk, chicken eggs with yellow yolks, and the opportunity to buy grass-fed beef.

I’ve been a vegetarian for many years. Vegetarianism is no guarantee of good health. There’s just as much junk veggie food. And now vegetarians must come to terms with the truth that soy products and our old standby, tofu, are junk food as well producing a number of unsavory side affects and compounded by the fact that 90% of soybeans are now GMO.

“The average number of products
carried by a typical supermarket has more than tripled since 1980,
from 15,000 to 50,000. In 1998 alone, manufacturers introduced more
than 11,000 new foods. More than two-thirds of them were condiments,
candy and snacks, baked goods, soft drinks, cheese products, and ice
cream novelties–much of it loaded with empty calories.”

The food and candy industry spends about $6billion  a year advertising. Restaurants spend almost as much. Thus, we are compelled to buy Cheetos and eat Bic Macs.

Getting ready for the future means getting healthy, cleaning up, eliminating poisons from the diet. The best advice is to not eat any packaged food or processed food. Everyone needs to work on Peak Waist.

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  One Response to “Peak Waist”

  1. May I also suggest you eat locally grown food? (I know you do, Randy.) You can get it at the peak of ripeness and freshness to maximize nutritional value. If everyone in the US ate one locally grown meal per week, we could save 57 million barrels of oil each year (according to Barbara Kingsolver in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle). Just one meal per week! Check out my blog, if you’re interested, for info, menus, and recipes: http://whatcomlocavore.com

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