Butler County Times Gazette
  • Get A Life: Start enjoying food

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  • I don’t know about you, but I am very tired of the constant messages about what foods we should or should not be eating! Common sense dictates that filling our bellies with lots of fried foods, and sugar are not exactly good choices. However, in the last several years, eating has become a game of Russian roulette.
    There are a myriad books out now that demonize grains, linking them to dementia, diabetes and a whole host of other diseases. Good old oatmeal, that was touted as being able to lower cholesterol is on the hit list now. Rice, especially white rice, could get you a life sentence of bloating and weight gain. I found it amusing when I read that researchers had found that the Chinese were much thinner when they were eating rice as part of their meals. They are now getting fatter because of their love affairs with Western fast-food emporiums.
    Whole milk was a staple of my diet growing up. My grandparents, and parents ate lots of ricotta, parmesan cheese and mozzarella. Those dairy products have become an anathema! “No one needs dairy after a certain age, especially when it has fat in it.” Now comes a new revelation that extrapolating the fat from dairy leaves it high in “sugar.” Read the labels of many of the yogurt products and you will often see that the content can contain upward of 20 grams of sugar, with one exception being Greek yogurt. An eminent TV physician reported that skim milk should be shelved in lieu of whole milk. It’s interesting that my mother who died at 99, fell multiple times and never broke any bones. I wonder if the dairy she ate helped maintain them.
    Of course you can take a calcium supplements, but be careful, there is also evidence that calcium supplements may increase hardening of the arteries. Omega-3 fatty acids were hugely encouraged by health professionals as a way to get the benefits of fish without eating it, since there are a lot of folks who do not like fish. The benefits were considered to be enormous, promising everything from lower blood pressure to skin that might resemble a baby’s bum!
    The ultimate irony is the study that stated that some people on statins gain more weight than those who don’t take them. I suppose you must throw caution to the winds, thinking that a pill will save you even though you just chowed down a half an elk and a banana split.
    I think the stress over what to eat, is creating a plethora of problems including weight gain. Fear increases the stress response. Let’s face it, the majority of us know what makes up a healthy diet. Now let’s start enjoying our food instead of making it the enemy.
    Page 2 of 2 - Author, humorist, PBS star and Fortune 500 trainer Loretta LaRoche lives in Plymouth, Mass. To share your pet peeves, questions or comments, write to The Humor Potential, 50 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360. Visit her website at www.stressed.com.

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