Overweight kids with high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, what is going on with the food choices in our community? We are eating more processed foods than ever or what CNN is calling “America’s killer diet.” Over the last ten years portion sizes have ballooned up as fast as our waistlines. Just twelve years ago you had an obesity rate of 1 in 6 adults where now 2/3 of people are obese. And this is now spreading down the ladder to our children. We have the benefits of stores stocked with foods of all types yet we are malnourished compared to those living in the Caribbean who is eating fresh produce, seafood and meats daily.
What has happened to family dinner time that now the majority of it is now provided by Ronald McDonald, Colonel Sanders, a White Castle, the King or a little red headed girl named Wendy? Our diets are riddled with sugars and oils high Omega 6 such as in seed oils and soybean oil which are linked to disorders such as depression, high cholesterol, suicidal thoughts and even criminality. A lot of the foods that say lite, diet and sugar free are loaded with these oils and sugars. In an average week most people consume more than 3 pounds of sugar through soda, candy, sugar added juice, cereals chips and any other processed food items.
The calorie content in most of the meals that we eat out at restaurants or our favorite fast food joint is about one to two thousand calories and that is per meal. This is pretty much the total amount of calories most people need in a day all consumed in just one meal. Along with this meal a person is going to eat at least two more meals, a few snacks and drinks which all undoubtedly will be full of fats and sugars. This has become the norm for part of society where vegetables are seen with disdain and French fried potatoes are now the vegetable of choice. But we do eat our vegetables, what about the salad bar where we gobble up salads in which we slather ranch dressings and toppings such as bacon bits, cheese and nuts, making this just as fattening as eating a couple slices of full topping pizza or hamburgers.
Cooking has become a thing of the past. A lot of people complain of not being able to cook or not knowing what types of foods would make a healthy meal. This could be because with the growing need for a second income our mothers are now in the workplace keeping them from being home with their children teaching them how to prepare proper meals. People also complain that they don’t enjoy healthy foods due to a lack of taste etc. Knowing what comprises a healthy meal and one that is tasty is as easy as a trip to you local library. There are cookbooks and recipes that can help to deal with our lack of knowledge with cooking good healthy foods.
In the Black community we are getting away from our roots and eating more fast food than ever before. We have made choices to allow our children to make their own food choices and consume candy, fast food and processed junky foods on a daily basis. A few of us want to put the responsibility from our actions on others and sue fast food restaurants as if they brought the food to us and forced us to consume it. What good is a lawsuit if you aren’t going to live long enough to do anything with the money? It is our responsibility to make sure that we consume the correct types of foods.
People constantly say that soul food is contradictory to healthy foods and that is just not true. We can eat healthy and tasty it is all a matter of choice. Sure Blacks are known for having full figured bodies, but somewhere along the way people took that to mean overweight bodies, just more propaganda that we have to deal with in the Black community. Taking pride in having a healthy body should be a priority that we as adults can pass down to our children breaking this pattern of food abuse.
We have to understand the health risks that obesity brings to us, our families, children and community. Starting healthy eating clubs or having healthy eating classes at the community center might be some options. We should also start getting the exercise we need to go along with our new found healthy lifestyles. Taking a little time to ensure that we have a handle on our health seems like a no brainer since the majority of us out here are lacking quality health care. Since health care is a problem keeping ourselves as fit as possible will surely help to offset this and many other problems.
I watched the interesting restaurant review that Bill O’Reilly gave after visiting a well known African American establishment called Sylvia’s in Harlem New York. Now he made some comments about it and everyone is in a bit of an uproar. There are allegations flying all over the place. But all that happened was it made me want to give my own review of a local restaurant as well since it is the entire buzz right now.
I went to a well known restaurant here in town run by a local Caucasian man. I was really surprised that the guy who seated us was tremendously respectful and never once did he refer to us as “dude” or the “N-word” and he didn’t have any lice popping out of his head. I was impressed right there to say the least. Then as we sat and looked around the place there wasn’t even a noose in sight or a Confederate flag. I was astonished that no toothless banjo players were present, in fact the music was a nice soft jazz. This almost floored me as you know Whites pretty much just began to start getting rhythm. They’re starting to get away from the Pat Boone’s and Como’s (Perry) and the people trying to lead them into rhythm-less culture. They’re just trying to figure it out, Look, I can make music. If I work hard and get a drum beat, I can make it.
My date quietly mentioned the fact that he hadn’t seen any NASCAR posters or one giant belt buckle, but I told him the night was still young. At any moment one of the Caucasian patrons was bound to jump up with his ten gallon hat and start shooting his pistols into the air while yelling “yeehaw”. At this point I was beginning to think that these people were actually just like me and other Blacks, although I did have to spend ten dollars for a burnt cup of coffee.
Our dinner came out without a hitch and the fellow bringing it didn’t have a mullet or a skullet. In fact he didn’t even talk through his nose as if he had once been Batman’s butler. But really Blacks who don’t have a lot of interaction with White culture think it is dominated by Michael Richards, Don Imus and Ann Coulter. Well this was a really fine evening for us as we didn’t see the Klan or any skinheads in the place. So all in all it was a very delightful dinner so hopefully other Blacks will realize that it was the same even though it’s run by Caucasians with predominantly Caucasian patrons.
To thank Bill O’Reilly for opening my eyes on all that can be expressed while giving an account of dinner at a restaurant run by those that are less than himself. I am glad to have been exposed to his rant as it gave me a chance to rant for myself. I hope that you enjoyed my review, sorry I couldn’t post the name of the restaurant as I didn’t clear it with the owner first. Please don’t call it racist it is just my ignorance of White people that I said these things. I was trying to pay the restaurant and the White community a compliment. Hopefully nobody gets mad enough that I end up with a burning cross in my front yard. So there you have it, I hope you enjoyed.
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Constantly I feel that we are being bombarded with images that are designed to connect Blacks with the ills of society. Each and every night on local and national news you see the same types of images being flashed across the screen. Black faces shown for topics such as welfare reform, crime statistics, unemployment, ill education and you name it a stock photo of a Black is associated with it. So basically what you have is Pavlov’s experiment using people. If you have not taken psychology 101 then Pavlov’s experiment was to ring a bell each time a dog was given food and soon enough the dog would start to salivate just from hearing the bell. The dog learned to associate eating with the bell. Just like Pavlov’s dog, people begin to associate Black people with crime, welfare, laziness and stupidity. So now just by hearing the term welfare recipients…I am sure your mind pictured a bunch of young, single Black females.
The problem is that young, single Black females do not make up the majority of welfare recipients. The majority just so happens to be White females. But, that is never what they show when the news has a story to cover. One such story I watched on the news was about a kid who brought a gun to school. The picture they showed was that of a Black student in the shadows walking in a school. When in actuality the student who brought the gun to school was Caucasian, so why should a stock photo of a Black student be representative of this crime. For one thing the school in question is 100% White. So where did this fictitious Black student come from that they needed to present him as the one bringing a gun to school. Why was it even necessary to show a picture if the picture could not accurately convey the message that needed to be sent, or maybe that is because the message was exactly as it should have been, “see, Blacks are bad.”
If any of you caught the last 60 minutes broadcast about the Geek Squad called “Get Me The Geeks” then you undoubtedly saw this very thing in action. As they spoke about the tech help industry they focused on bad customer service in which all attention was on what looked like a predominantly minority call center with a ton of Blacks and a then few Indians when they mentioned Delhi. And for each thing said that was bad they showed a Black representative. Reps have no idea what they are talking about the narrator said as a video of a Black lady talking on the phone flashes on screen. Then some reps were too exhausted to do a good job as they show another Black lady who was lifting her head off of her desk. Then it was on to how the software makers blame the hardware, yet another Black rep and how hardware blames the software, yet again another Black rep. We move on to the Geeks who were profiled we see a butt load of Whites and I counted three Blacks littered into the background.
Now what is this showing us, that Blacks are incompetent, lazy, with poor work ethic etc. Now they did show the three or so Blacks in the background of the Geek Squad showing that we are still incompetent that only a few of us actually got in and a lot of people might assume that for all we know that was due to affirmative action. I don’t want to even go into my story of the Geek Squad, just that I think I am better off on my own. But this is seen all too often just watch Discovery channel or any of their other stations such as Discovery Health etc, Food Network, HGTV or TLC and tell me how many Black show hosts you see. You could count them practically on one hand. I watch all of these channels regularly and I am wondering why I bother since they obviously don’t have me or people like me in mind when they think of their target viewers.
You can chalk it up to whatever you like as the reason this type of character assassination of Black people takes place or you might not even see it as that at all, that is your prerogative. I just know that I will continue to point this out in hopes of curtailing the negative propaganda that is infecting us all. How can we let go of racism when there are forces out there reinforcing all the negativity and disparities that we have been fighting since our forced arrival.
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As I am watching CNN all I can think about is why OJ Simpson doesn’t just go hide in a cave somewhere. Maybe he can hide out with Bin Laden it seems no one can find him and that would be exactly what the doctor ordered. I am just sick to death of seeing, hearing and just knowing anything about this idiot. He is becoming as bumbling and stupid as Homer Simpson, I wonder if they are related. But, at least Homer has some redeeming qualities.
Well anyway the story goes that OJ somehow knew that these fellows were staying in the Palace Station Casino, who had some memorabilia of his that included his Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of the running back with J. Edgar Hoover. He went there with some guys he just met at a wedding reception cocktail party to go and take what he says was his. The room had a few collectors in it including Alfred Beardsley who had testified in OJ’s civil trial. Mr. Beardsley said that the story is pretty much as OJ tells it except there were guns in which Simpson said, “I didn’t see anybody with any guns.”
Is this guy for real? He knows damn well that after he didn’t get convicted of allegedly murdering his wife and waiter Ron Goldman that the public, police, the victims families and hell only knows who else would love to see this bumbling idiot in prison, jail or even dead. He just continues to put himself in the weirdest and stupidest situations I have ever seen. By the way he acts you would think he was a 15 year old teenager who doesn’t have much life experience and continues to make bad judgments. A friend says that he continues to want to be a player totally involved in the high life even though those days are done. There he is on all the news programs cheesing for all to see just like a big ole stupid looking joker. He has come out with a stupid book that people are saying sounds like a confession hidden behind a “what if.”
Now I don’t proclaim to know whether this idiot did any of the things that he is accused of from murder to robbery but I do know that his stupidity makes my skin crawl. I can only take stupidity in small doses which I get plenty of just from daily life. OJ is constantly giving me a stupid overload. All I can say is please OJ I need a break from your idiotic behavior, its bad enough that I still have Paris, Brittany, Nicole and Lindsay. For whatever reason it is easier for me to ignore those idiots’ antics but OJ, there is just something about that man that makes it hard to deal with. I think it’s the fact that he used the Black communities hope for him by pathetically pandering to our sense of racial solidarity during his trial and no sooner than he got off he went right back to the stupidity that got him in that situation.
So please OJ for the love of whatever just leave us all alone and keep to your self. Find a personal brain like Bush so that you won’t have to ever do any thinking which at this time doesn’t really seem to be a problem.
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As I was surfing the web last night I came across an article about a one year old baby girl who fell out of a window on the second story home of relatives. Teaira Steed’s one-year-old girl, Telea landed head first on the concrete 15 feet below cracking her head and fracturing her face. She was in a coma and took two weeks to come out of it. This is a parent’s worst nightmare, that your child is injured so badly you don’t even know if they will survive. Now I thought this is just horribly tragic, but as I read on I found out that the mother is now suing the person who owned the house as she was staying with relatives who rent. I then became disgusted as I read on.
The mother’s attorney claims that it is the property owner’s fault that the little girl fell from the window because the window had no bars or screens on it. Luckily the baby “seems” fine but who can tell until she is a bit older. Now I am not against suing if you are maligned, wronged, or injured by someone who was being in any way negligent. Because why should you be made to pay for someone else stupidity. But, that said, doesn’t it go both ways why is the property owner responsible for this tragic incident?
Wasn’t it the mothers own ignorance that this situation occurred? So why should the property owner pay for her ignorance of caring for a toddler? Now ordinarily I would be right there with the mother if the child had been left in the care of the property owner and this is what happened. But the child was in the care of her mother when it happened. My question is where in the hell was the mother that a one year old has the opportunity to fall out of a second story window? I don’t care that the mother says she was in the room with other kids at the time, which does not excuse an adult’s supervision; in fact it increases the need for supervision. Not to mention, how the hell, did that baby reach the window, did the mother or other adults realize there were no bars or screens on the window.
Those are all just a few questions that need to be answered before I would bother to give this woman one dime of lawsuit booty. Because it sure sounds to me like the mother was extremely negligent. Why would you allow a one year old to be unsupervised by an adult or much older teen in a room with an open window that has no screen or bars. Also, how many times had she complained her family members who then complained to the property owner about getting these bars and screens?
Now I don’t even know this alderman who owns the property and surely can’t defend him nor convict his character. But, the mother is the one that should be paying the price for what has happened here. She knew that there was no protection on the window and still allowed for conditions to be in place which put a baby in a position to fall from that window. When are people going to start taking responsibility for their irresponsible actions?
Should we all get to sue for being stupid? Gee your honor I sure did know that there was no screens or bars on the window before letting my one year old play in that room before she fell. But you see, she has played in there before and not fallen out the window, so I thought it was safe. But, it’s not my fault I shouldn’t be compelled to actually have to supervise my children, the property owner should have done something so my baby wouldn’t have gotten hurt. I want to sue, can’t I just add my role in this up to ignorance. When did we become such an ignorant bunch of sue happy fiends? No matter what happens it is never my fault always someone else’s and so I have to be paid.
Maybe it’s just me and I am being way too hard on this lady. But, stupidity just rubs me the wrong way. I can not stand to see people use their stupidity for gain and every time I think of this it makes me think back to the McDonalds lawsuit with the coffee. I am too stupid to realize that coffee is hot so I am going to put it between my legs, squeeze it, then get burned and sue about it. Maybe they forced her to put the coffee between her legs the same as the property owner Charles Quincy Troupe, a St. Louis alderman forced this lady to be inattentive to her toddler playing near an unscreened, unbarred open window unsupervised. She is just lucky I am not on the jury, but like I said already, maybe I am just being too hard on her. Maybe I need to be less responsible for my children so that I can sue people too.
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