ABC has pulled Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution from May sweeps in favor of airing recaps of Dancing with the Stars.

Apparently, ABC would rather overload the American public with 4 hours a week of a dancing show than educate them on the importance of healthy eating and sensible food choices.

You know, because people sitting on their asses while watching others dance their butts off will surely help the obesity epidemic that is quickly engulfing this country.

According to the network, their reasoning was the DWTS recap show was “a better complement to the results show” than JO’s show, and that his ratings simply weren’t as good as the first season.

Excuse my language– but I call bullshit.

I think the real reason ABC pulled the show is because they bowed to the pressure of overweight, lazy Americans who can’t handle the truth– that this country is obese and needs help.

And the fact that Jamie Oliver is bringing light to this issue struck a chord.

Instead of manning up and accepting the truth, the LA school district took the cowardly route by attempting to get the American public to turn a blind eye to what it is they’re actually doing— continuing to breed obesity in America.

They’ve fought Jamie tooth and nail the entire time he has been filming.

First, they wouldn’t let him into their school’s kitchens.

Then, he wasn’t allowed in the cafeterias.

He asked if he could simply peek in the windows– they had a problem with that.

At the end of the last episode, he was no longer allowed to speak to students about what they ate for lunch.

Why? Because the LA school district knows that the food they are serving is crap.

And now, the show is pulled.

I’m sorry, but whether or not you are fan of this show, you should be as angry as I am.

Your tax dollars go towards the national school lunch program.

They go towards feeing your children.

And if you don’t have an issue with school districts hiding what it is they are putting into your children’s mouths, then shame on you.

You should be skeptical and outraged that the school system won’t let you see. Why? Because they know that if the American public saw what they were serving in school cafeterias, there would be an uproar.

If anything, this should make Jamie Oliver’s ratings soar, because, to me, this blatant disregard for America’s children’s health is borderline child abuse.

Most of these kids don’t have a choice about what it is they are eating.

And it disgusts me that the one person trying to change the obesity epidemic for the better is punished for ruffling the feathers of some bigwigs over at the LA Board of Education.

And ABC didn’t even have the decency (read: courage) to let Jamie’s followers know his show was pulled for May sweeps.

Instead, I found out last night, when I was subjected to yet another hour of DWTS at 8pm, the normal time Food Revolution airs.

Shame on you ABC. Shame. On. You.

Just when I think I’m finally being healthy…

In lieu of the holiday season, I’ve been trying to clean up my diet a little. I figure if I’m going to be indulging in a little holiday cheer (and by cheer, I mean alcohol and cookies) on the weekends, the least I can do it keep it healthy during the week. Not too hard, right?

Wrong.

I started the morning off on a good note:

Low sugar oatmeal! Fruit!

And this wholesome, hearty breakfast held me over until lunch, where I had a nice can of soup and some salad waiting to be consumed.

But then I ran into trouble.

Big trouble.

All I wanted was the soup bowl I keep in the bottom drawer of my desk. Really, I wasn’t asking for trouble. So imagine my surprise when I open it up and see this:

SH*T!

How, oh how, did I forget that I bought this candy the day after Halloween during a moment of weakness when I went into CVS to buy mascara and it was on sale for, like, 2 for $1?

The fact that it has sat in my bottom drawer, untouched, for a month literally blows my mind.

Unfortunately, that candy is now on my radar.

I heard it calling my name while I glumly ate my stupid soup and droopy salad, which promptly lost it’s luster once I knew there was real, live chocolate within 2 feet of me.

I tried. I really did. But having chocolate that close would wreak havoc on anybody’s willpower.

Which is why it really isn’t my fault that this happened:

Failure

Damn you chocolate. You win again. 😦

The Downside of Splenda

February 18, 2010

I was reading a comment left on my previous post by Bridget, and she brought up a good point.

Is the revamping of the ketchup package just another way that American portions are getting bigger and bigger?

As much as it pains me to say this, it’s true. Between huge orders of fries and Big Macs, we now have even more ketchup to slop onto our meals.

I never said I’m not ok with this. Then again, I never indulge in a Big Gulp and Big Mac combo. But for the people who do, the last thing you need is more ketchup (read: sugar) added to your meal.

Which brings me to my Scary Fact of the Day.

Years ago, I started using Splenda in place of sugar in my morning coffee. It’s pretty much the only thing I add sweetener to throughout the day, but I figured it was a good way to make my coffee a little healthier, since giving it up entirely is completely out of the question.

On my flight down to Jamaica, I was reading an issue of Cosmo and ran across this little gem of information:

Splenda it is 600 times sweeter than sugar.

600???? Holy sh*t!

Some people will argue that since it’s sweeter, you use less of it, say 2 or 3 packets, as opposed to 6 or 7 spoonfuls of sugar. Less is better, right?

But there’s a downside. The trick is being able to explain it in a way it makes sense.

Since Splenda is so sweet, it makes sugar taste not so sweet. This, in turn, makes it harder to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Basically what happens, if I understood correctly, is by consuming Splenda, your cravings for sweets get even stronger. Desserts, unless made with Splenda, become not sweet enough, so it takes more of them to satisfy you.

So, unless you’ve got the will power of She-Ra, you end up eating more.

I should’ve known Splenda was too good to be true.

Kinda makes you reevaluate the meaning of healthy vs. unhealthy and natural foods vs. “healthier alternatives”, doesn’t it?

Junk Food = Heroin?!

November 4, 2009

I love food.

Especially chocolate.

Sigh.

Seriously, my dreams look something like this:

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Minus the Almond Joy (Yeck)

Just last night, I downed almost half a pint of Ben Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream. (Thanks Joe :))

If I didn’t force myself workout regularly, I’d probably end up as a contestant on The Biggest Loser, with Jillian Michaels teaching me kettlebells and feeding me 5 calorie Extra Sugar-Free gum.

**Shudder**

So, you’re probably wondering where I’m going with this. Hold your horses. I’m getting there.

A scientist in London has found that junk food is as addicting as drugs.

OK, is just me, or does the kid in the article look like he’s getting possessed by that burger?

He’s like, “Must. Eat. Red. Meat.” Nom, nom, nom.

Haa. Anyway….

This study actually found that junk food is almost as addictive as heroin.

Um, excuse me? HEROIN? Let me say this for everyone:

That’s effin’ scary!

It’s terrifying to think that people have become so dependent on junk food that it’s now being compared to illegal drugs.

It’s called willpower, people! C’mon!

Now excuse me, I need to go shoot up…errrr…eat a chocolate bar.

PS- Read the study. It’s interesting.