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Yo S,
Did you ever figure out how much your time is worth? Once you do that, break down the price-point if you did all that stuff yourself! You'll find out that your investment is well worth it!

Then put a price on how much longer you'll be around us all...

Peace - 22

I am an addict. Or, I should say, a recovering addict. I'm addicted to sugar. Which, come to find out, is more addictive than cocaine. Mice will eschew cocaine water to hit that sugar water button. And America is like one giant crackhouse, with high fructose corn syrup in everything and coffeehouses (where I work most days) full of pastry,and I'm doing my best, but it is HARD.

As a fatty who grew up in Hollywood (back in the 70s when fatties REALLY stood out in LA), I share your rage at judgmental skinnies.

I've recently had great success eating what I call an "evolutionarily appropriate diet" (i.e., a variation on the Paleo Diet). Eating what we evolved as humans to eat just seems to make sense.

If you're curious, I wrote up my experience as a blog post...


Elizabeth, I'm thinking about giving up sugar for a year (like I did with fast food). It absolutely terrifies me. Let me know if you have any sugar avoiding secrets. I can only imagine how hard it's gotta be...

Jonathan, loved your posts on fatties! Thanks for sharing the link. I'll keep reading...

I think it's very sad that people are judgmental of, well anything of course, but in this case, weight. It's sad because you don't know the inner and outer struggles people may have in their attempts to be healthy.

All that being said, I think it does take some self-examination, as it could be all to easy to use "genetics" as an excuse. You know the old, "Well, my whole family looks like this". Obviously, it very well could be genetics or some other health issue. For myself, they suspect I have PCOS, which has some potential weight-related issues. (Won't go into detail here.) But, I get it. There are legitimate issues. What I believe people need to honestly assess for themselves, though, is: "Does my whole family look like this because of genetics, or because we have the same eating habits?" Even then, if you've looked at your situation and seen that there's room for improvement, there's still sure to be a long road ahead. And, it's certainly not up to us to judge others on whether or not they're on that journey. (End rambling.)

Anywho, nice post. :)

Sarah - I'm hoping you can tell when someone's made a comment on an archived post..

Do you or WP have any recommendations for good nutrition books? I'm looking for an overview, a (readable, engaging) place to start getting a better understanding of nutrition. I've always had what I think are good eating habits, "not too much, mostly plants," but I want to understand why those habits have worked for me, and hope that by understanding how the science works, that I'll be able to take a more deliberate approach with what I eat and cook.


Oh, Stephanie, I wish had a good answer to this question. I buy nutrition books and read them and most if what Ive read vanishes from my head. Good Calories, Bad Calories is one such book. Cant remember a thing I learned, but I bought it because other people absolutely RAVE about it-- and It is quite scientifically based. God luck!


Oops. I mean GOOD luck!


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