What you eat may not be directly related to the environment but a healthy diet is close to the hearts of those who yearn for a healthy planet. Much is being made of the avatar of Southern cooking, Paula Deen, admitting that she has diabetes. Her recipes are usually pointed to as the kind of high calorie, high fat foods that lead to obesity which is the “usual supect” for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, heart problems and more.
I have a real concernn about diabetes. My father died from it. My sister and brother have it. I dred my annual medical check up this week since it may finally find me as a new member of that fateful club. Genes no doubt have something to do with this possibility but obesity looks like the more likely cause. My father was basically a small man, about 5 ft 5 in stature he weighed at age 70 when he died as much as I did at the same age, but I stand half a foot taller.
The great dilemna I see is that we all like to eat the rich, tasty foods popularized by Deen but they are the main culprits in causing obesity. “Healthy” foods tend to be less interesting and flavorful. As I always say, all diets start the same way, drink water and graze on the lawn. I know I wll hear many who say there are tasty healthy foods but I don’t see many craving a portabello mushroom sandwich as much as a Big Mac.
My remedy? Instead of wasting time trying to convince people to eat less tasty but less fattening foods, we should turn our attention to making the popular, but fattening, foods less fattening. What’s that you say? It can’t be done. What about sugar. We have successfully produced a “sugar” that has no calories. Splenda is made from sugar but without the bad calories. Surely there are ways to extract calories from other popular foods.
Rather than change the rich diet of tasty foods that make life more interesting, let us work to eliminate the calorie count in them.