It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that "casino capitalism" is one of the very worst and lowest expressions of the human spirit. In human civilization, we have achieved some of the most extraordinary acts of love, art and heroism for millennia.
Four years ago, when I decided that I was going to finally lose weight and this time it would be for good, I knew that the only way I was going to do it was to ditch the diet mentality and see it as a lifestyle. This meant finding a balance.
Can you cheat on your diet and still lose weight or maintain a healthy weight? Nutrition professionals say "yes," and we frequently cheat, ourselves. Here's what I and 10 other top nutrition pros indulge on, and how they fit these less-than-healthy treats in their diet.
Anyone who's ever tried to lose even a little weight, or to break any bad habit, for that matter, knows how it goes: You take an absolute stance, you spend way too much time thinking about the thing that has become a taboo, and then, eventually, you cave.
Fresh-baked bread with cream cheese is not something I eat daily. Sometimes not even weekly. But it is something I enjoy in moderation. Even if I'm being strict with my eating plan (something that, for the record, I'm always paying close attention to, even when "treating" myself).
It's true, isn't it? Moderation is a joke. Moderation is un-American. Moderation in any healthy, compassionate sense in this year of our extremely hot and imminently riotous 2013 is nothing short of a goddamn modern miracle.
I remember a time before the BlackBerry. And while I appreciate its value for emergencies, mapping and the like, I am not fond of its other effects. Today, we are flooded with distraction and noise, and the skill is not drowning in it all.
The response to Paula Deen's revelation that she has Type 2 diabetes highlights the false "either-or" dilemma that plagues our culture's approach to eating (and most other things): good or bad, right or wrong, all or nothing.
I have discovered that if you adhere to a few common-sense guidelines as you totter through the seasonal minefield of office parties, neighborhood potlucks and family get togethers, you can feast and frolic without incurring an excessive shroud of post-holiday guilt.
While I regularly enjoy eating fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains and have eliminated some unhealthier items, such as soda, from the Executive Mansion, at birthday parties, we definitely eat the cake!