Lately, my favorite afternoon breakfast has been three strips of bacon, layered with onions, butternut squash, spinach, and eggs, all fried in the the bacon fat. Sometimes I add a wee bit of cheese. I was telling my sister this (a low fat, instant oatmeal diehard), and she said, "Sounds like a heart attack."
I've been paleo for awhile now, have talked to her regularly about what it means, given her links, but she's stuck. You know how it is. And this is despite my great progress and health improvement, which she can see just by looking at me.
The time for explaining is over. I need help with a snappy, sarcastic, yet true response. Do you have any suggestions?
And while I'm here, a vegan friend has been pushing the eco-atkins diet at me. I'm not interested, but I wanted to hear your thoughts on the diet.
Q: How many SAD'ers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: None. They prefer to stay in the dark!
Just watched in horror a few days ago at the "heart healthy diet" served to an inlaw at the hospital that consisted primarily of instant low fat mashed potatoes and gravy and desserts. And wanted to have some serious words with whoever designed the menu. The one thing I would say is:
When you remove the traditional fats from food, they are replaced with sugar to maintain taste. Every lowfat packaged food out there will have added sugar or fake sweetener. The immediate inflammatory condition caused by excess sugar consumption is far more likely to stop your heart than a 1000 sticks of butter.
Or for someone who is more visual, and things saturated fats are solid in the body this Tom Naughton response to Dr. Oz is pretty darn hilarious (minute 2-3): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1RXvBveht0&feature=related
To the first, I'd respond "Thank you for sharing." and forget it. That sort of response from your sister is rude and hurtful. You'd just feel yucky later if you stoop to that level. We all get them. Somehow, it seems people feel it's okay to be rude when talking about meat or fat in the diet. I don't get it, but I witness it far too often.
When someone questions my plates of bacon, or my giant, fatty steak and makes the heart attack reference, I simply respond with this: "If you think that's bad, you should see the giant stick of butter I put in my coffee this morning."