Both Sides of the Fence

A Tosa resident since 1991, Christine walks the dog, cooks but avoids housework, writes and reads, and enjoys the company of friends and strangers. Her job takes her around the state, learning about people's health. A Quaker (no, they don't wear blue hats or sell oatmeal or motor oil), she has been known to stand on both sides of the political and philosophic fence at the same time, which is very uncomfortable when you think about it. She writes about pretty much whatever stops in to visit her busy mind at the moment. One reader described her as "incredibly opinionated but not judgmental." That sounds like a good thing to strive for!

Bacon's back

Food, Health, Oprah

Yesterday, while deconstructing the terrible diet habits of alarmingly obese teenagers, Oprah blessed bacon.

Maybe not Oprah, but David Zinczenko, one of the beautiful lean and healthy men who advise her (and the rest of America) in these matters. The seal of approval was really a preference for pig bacon over turkey bacon: both have the same number of calories, but the turkey stuff is wicked salty, saltier than its pork counterpart.

(Disclaimer. We're talking one or two crispies here, not half a pound on top of your cheeseburger.)

It's not just Oprah. Yesterday's New York Times paid homage to the Bacon Explosion

NY Times image 1-28-09

Put this concoction in your smoker and smoke it for your SuperBowl delectation. NY Times image.

The inventor bought "$20 worth of bacon and Italian sausage from a local meat market. As it lay on the counter, he thought of weaving strips of raw bacon into a mat. The two spackled the bacon mat with a layer of sausage, covered that with a crunchy layer of cooked bacon, and rolled it up tight." You can find the recipe here.

Mouthwatering? Repellent? To this carnivore granddaughter of a hog farmer, a little of both.

Is it any wonder kids -- and the rest of us -- have trouble knowing how and what to eat? The whole world sends conflicting messages like the cover of a lady magazine in the supermarket checkout lane: "Lose 20 pounds by Thanksgiving." "Wow 'em with Death by Chocolate."

The message "bacon and eggs" got firmly planted in my head. That's what I had for breakfast. One egg. One bacon strip. Okay: two bacon strips.

Moderation. It's a concept that gets easier as you grow older and grow up. But it's getting harder and harder for our culture shapers to serve two commercial masters at the same time: the diet industry and the food industry.

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