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Vacation Reading

I’m reading the Summer 2010 edition of “The Objective Standard” while on vacation. Paul Hsieh, husband of Modern Paleo blogger Diana Hsieh, has written an excellent article, “Protect Yourself Against Obamacare“. At Modern Paleo, Paul writes, “One of the points I highlight is the need to exercise your own independent judgment with respect to diet and exercise, rather than relying uncritically on government recommendations.” Amen.

Hooray for Hunts

I won’t eat anything containing corn, or corn syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup, for a couple of reasons. First is that it’s not on my diet – corn is a grain and not a vegetable. Second, the government subsidizes the corn industry heavily, and I don’t want to support any subsidized products if I can help it.

It’s not difficult to pass up corn in the produce section of the supermarket, but its a little harder to find out if another product I’m purchasing contains corn or corn products, although it usually just consists of reading the label.

I haven’t missed corn much except for two instances – bottled bleu cheese dressing, and my favorite, ketchup.

So I was thrilled to find that Hunts ketchup no longer contains high fructose corn syrup [see this article]. I don’t know if it’s on the shelf yet, but I’ll be sure to check next time I’m in the grocery store. Steak and ketchup, here I come!

I’m Loving It

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I’m not eating at McDonald’s right now — there aren’t a lot of Paleo options — but I love McDonalds. In fact, my cheat reward on reaching my goal weight of 125 pounds is going to be a #3 meal, my favorite, a Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Large Fries, and a Large Coke with lots of extra McDonald’s ketchup and salt. I will probably be ill when I’m finished because I haven’t had that many carbs at one time in ages, but I can’t wait.

My kids grew up stopping at McDonald’s occasionally. But never once do I recall their harassing me into going because some happy-meal-toy or another was being given away. In fact, the toy was always sort of an extra surprise with the happy meal. Sometimes they liked it and sometimes they didn’t. My favorite is a Chicken Run character that wheeled back and forth across my car dash board for a couple of years.

I just don’t get people who, unable to control themselves or their children, assume that I can’t either, and want to pass laws telling the rest of us what to do. To dictate what I can eat is a violation of my individual rights, and to dictate to a company how they can advertise their products is a violation of theirs. This editorial makes some terrific points (HT The Objective Standard).