Pick it, Catch it or Milk it


‘Fake Food’ Is Probably Why You Are Fat




If you exercise properly and often, and you are still overweight, it may be your diet that is the problem. Portion control and what you eat are key factors for weight gain. Although exercise is essential for fitness and cardiovascular health, it is the food you eat that makes people obese.

Proponents of primal diets insist that our species, Homo sapiens, evolved over the millennia as omnivores. Until a short few thousand years ago, a mere page in our history book, our ancestors were foragers, not farmers. A root, some leaves, maybe a frog, might be all they would eat in a day. They hunted when they could or ate carrion when they found it. Oona and Thag were lean and small, and free of disease. None of them were overweight. Diabetes didn’t exist.

Grain farming came late in the family history. We haven’t had time to evolve for a high-calorie, grain-based diet. Grains, whole or refined, are foreign to our metabolism. Our body can digest them only if they are cooked, but once cooked the human gut processes grain carbohydrates too well. Bread, beer and pasta, as delicious as they are, were the first ‘fake’ foods to arrive at the table.

Modern food scientists think they can tinker some more. Highly processed food is inexpensive to produce and store. Their goal is to create profitable food. Tasty food. It needn’t be nutritious or healthy. We got snacks instead of sustenence.




Nope. Highly processed. Mostly fake. There are better choices.


And so for the last century we’ve gorged on repurposed lamp fuel (Crisco) and genetically modified animal feed (Canola). High-fructose corn syrup and margarine cannot be produced by nature. Only now, after years of consumption, do we suspect a correlation between these ‘fake foods’ and the obesity-diabetes epidemic.

My grandmother always said “you are what you eat.” She shopped for fresh food every day. Fish, meat, nuts, greens, fruit and potatoes were served at her table. As kids she never gave us Coke or chips (“garbage!”). My grandparents were lean people because they ate well. Abuela cooked her food every day. “Pick it, Catch it or Milk it” she intoned. I’ve (mostly) followed her advice. I’m in my fifties now and have never been fat. I don’t want to be a high-fructose blob.




Totally fake. Unnatural. Extruded. Chemical.


Think about it. Are you fatter than your grandparents? If so, are you eating a different diet than them? How much of your food is artifical? Does the list of ingredients in your pre-processed food say “modified,” “hydrogenated” or “BHT?” Do the additives require a degree in organic chemistry to decipher?

Eat less prepared food. Stop drinking beer. Avoid the fakes. Cook your own meals. You will loose weight.




  1. My oldest daughter says, “The women in our family all start out beautiful. But, we’re all headed toward Bachi.” Bachi (Polish for grandmother) is pictured here with my handsome and fit Dad. http://bit.ly/qhZJn5 This photo was taken before I was born, before the wave of process foods and high fructose took over the American diet. She cooked for my Dad and his seven brothers. Although I do agree with you, heredity has something to do with layering on the extra pounds.

    And what Polack could stop drinking beer? That’s just heretical. 😉

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