by the vitamin and diet section of the store the other day
the aisle was crammed with shopping carts and people examining
the different bottles listed in alphabetical order from A to Zinc.
other side of the aisle were books on diets and health foods.
that was another whole shelf filled to the top with energy bars, diet pills,
and canned diet drinks. There were low calorie, sugar free, low fat, no
fat, and low carbohydrate diets. How does one choose between
all of these diets?
there seemed to be so many items for the low carbohydrate diet, I asked
a sales clerk about it and she told me it was the most popular diet now
and everybody was doing it. Her comment seemed strangely reminiscent
of the line my teenagers used to give me and usually I found that the definition
had been drastically altered.
went on to tell me that all that is needed
on the low carbohydrate diet was just to not eat anything white.
and said that sounded pretty good to me since I have a box of
coloring in my kitchen cabinet and chocolate cake isnít white.
didnít seem to appreciate my humor and pointed out that chocolate
have white flour and white sugar in them. She explained that
the low carbohydrate diet consisted of protein such as meat and eggs.
she was pretty much describing a McMuffin with only the Mc and no Muffin.
Does this mean the fast food industry may soon come out with a low carbohydrate
menu? I have a feeling it may be known as the ďGrouchy mealĒ.
to the diet section was a shelf full of bottled water. I thought that water
water and you had the choice of hot or cold but apparently not. The shelves
loaded with all kinds of water. The bottles were labeled spring,
purified, mineral, sparkling, and even water with flavoring and vitamins.
seems strange to pay the same price for a bottle of water as for
drink. It appears that we are paying twice for water since most
pay for water that comes to their homes unless
happen to have a well.
bottled water has now replaced the old canteen but unless a person
have good water at home, why do we buy it in bottles when it comes
from the faucet into our homes and often complete with a filtering system?
do we know some guy isnít in his backyard filling those plastic bottles
on the shelf with water from his garden hose?
we buy bottled water and diet food because of time and convenience.
way, we save time so that we can have more time to devote to getting
out so we can spend more money on vitamins that alleviate stress.
an interesting fact that statistics show the amount of money spent by
annually on weight-reduction products and services, including diet
products and programs is $33 billion dollars. That should tell us
help but wonder just what my grandmother would have had to say about things
like this. Her motto was, ďAll things in moderationĒ.
it came to water back then, my grandmother only had two choices:
well or cistern. Diet and exercise were just a part of daily life
nobody thought much about it because they didnít sit around much with a
to care for, food to preserve, and lots of chores to do. The children
had chores to do and played games outside for exercise.
no doubt about it, my grandmotherís lifestyle was much better than the
way we live these days. I think Iíll follow her example and work
in the garden this
but first I think Iíll just finish this high protein energy bar
my bottle of spring water.
Pamela Perry Blaine
© March, 2004
are a couple of humorous diets that just might work:
Scraped crumbs from burnt toast
1 donut hole with 1 glass dehydrated water
snack: Belly buttons from 2 navel oranges
Prime rib of tadpole garnished with 1 leaf of clover
walk pasta bakery without stopping.
pasta candy store without stopping.
pasta ice cream shop without stopping.