As some of you may now know, Ol' Yeargain is now a personal trainer. Certified, and NOW employed...
Thank ya, thank ya, I worked hard for it and I'm proud of what I've been able to do. It's been a journey since last year when the bug bit me. Now, to get this job, I applied to a lot of positions and this past week I've been through a lot of interviews. and one of the biggest questions that I got was...
"Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?"
Well, I didn't start out wanting to be a personal trainer, but once you lose a bunch of weight and you get the question of "How did you do it? Can you help me? What should I do here? Should I eat this?" You begin to enjoy telling your experiences and your investigations with others. More than likely if you've invested that much thought and time into something, it's certainly become at the very least a hobby. For me, it became a passion. Fitness at certain points became the best part of my day. And not just working out, but the reading, writing, and development of my programs and diets, and also the programs and diets of others.
At first I didn't think much of the position: Personal Trainer. Honestly, at first it just seemed like a cheap therapist and cheerleader. Which for some people, that's what they are looking for. No judgement: It's your money, do what you like with it. But, I think if you're looking for someone to just motivate you and kick your butt, you're already not going to succeed. Motivation and accountability have to be driving forces that come from within, because even financial investments are not strong enough factors for people to stick to things. People tear out their stitches from their gastric bypass surgeries all the time, thus tripling their weight loss investment.
Well, you're probably thinking "I thought personal trainers are meant to be motivational." And you're right, they can and should be motivational and inspire you, but they cannot be the only thing that does so. Because a personal trainer will not call you in the morning to wake you up, come to your home to pick you up, take you to the gym and proceed to move all of your muscles. Having a person there to work next to you can be immensely beneficial, especially if you're an outgoing personality. However, this isn't the practicality behind hiring a personal trainer, it's just an added bonus.
For me, a personal trainer is an investment that is meant to help you achieve your goals. It's you saying "I'm not sure what to do, but I'd like to change my current behaviors and find out ways to be healthier, fitter, and/or exist in the body that I desire."
So, I give you...
The Practical Reasons to Hire a Personal Trainer
There is a lot of bull shit when it comes to programming out there. Shit like Men's Health 18 ways to get a ripped 6 pack in 36 hours (Drink Poison? I dunno) and other hype things get the most attention, whereas things that require a little bit more work on your end like a Wendler 5/3/1 where you work off of your percentages of your one rep max and then you have to figure out what kind of accessory lifts are best for your goals, then you have to look up what those exercises are, and at this point you're probably wondering what the hell I'm talking about. A good personal trainer can develop a program for you that will be based around your experience level, your personal interests and goals, and one that you will enjoy doing. And, they will be there to make sure you're doing it correctly...which Brings me to my next point.
There are lots of things that we do in the gym that can be pretty much 12 different versions of stupid. There are some things like general machine use that is pretty much self explanatory, but the learning curve on free weights can be quite steep. You can literally crush yourself on things like a back squat, which is the king of all exercises and by far the most effective thing you can do for your overall body development. Learning this movement on your own ain't easy, and it takes a lot of homework. Having a trainer there to not just count your reps, but watch your form and look out for your safety will not only save you from potential harm and hospital visits, but also save you...
There is a lot to fitness, and it's something that you can potentially sink a LOT of time into researching and studying. But, more than this, you can very easily accidentally send yourself down a path that will not only not help you get results, but actually set you back several months in progress. Looking at one article written by a slack jawed yolo telling you that you can only make gains by doing endless drop sets and eating 400 grams of carbs pre, intra, and post workout is more than likely going to make you have severe DOMS and feel pretty bloated and watery. Or it could be perfect. That Yolo don't know, he's not your trainer, he's never even met you.
Basically, something that could take 6 months could be spread out over the course of 2 years if you allowed for basic trial and error to be your guide instead of seeking out specific help to your goals and situation. To me, this seems like a better financial outcome. Because we all know that Time = Money. Which brings me to my final point.
Now, this will probably be considered a stretch, however, I believe that an investment in a good personal trainer can go beyond being a cost effective way of getting your own programming and doing your own dietary and nutritional research. It can also save you from having lots of medication and hospital bills down the line. It can prevent you from having ridiculous injuries that come from being sedentary and over weight or injuring yourself doing exercises you don't know how to execute. It can prevent you from getting sick as often because your immune system is boosted and you have an idea of the kind of nutrients necessary to make your mind and body function optimally. Less time at the doctors means more time with friends, family, and your JOB which will definitely put more money in your bank account. Not to mention that people who are in shape statistically get higher paying jobs than people who are visibly out of shape. I obviously have a horse in this race when it comes to the argument, but allow me to go further and say that for the rate you are paying most personal trainers that you're getting hours and hours of research, practical practice and experimentation, and as in the case of Ol' Yeargain, real life experience with overcoming similar difficulties.
I've stated my case...
In later posts I will talk about what a person should look for in a personal trainer. But right now I'm spent after plugging my new profession. If I've sold you on my services, hit me up at Operabro1@gmail.com, check out My Personal Training Page, or visit me at Fitness 19 on Casady Square on Penn and Britton and we'll set up a consultation and see if we're a good fit and if I can help you achieve your goals. I recon I can, but I'll allow you to be the judge.
Until next time, make an investment that will get you to your goals, not just give you a nice person to talk to and a shoulder to cry on, and as always...
"Those who have an “unhealthy obsession” with otherwise healthy eating
may be suffering from “orthorexia nervosa,” a term which literally
means “fixation on righteous eating.” Orthorexia starts out as an
innocent attempt to eat more healthfully, but orthorexics become fixated
on food quality and purity. They become consumed with what and how
much to eat, and how to deal with “slip-ups.” An iron-clad will is
needed to maintain this rigid eating style. Every day is a chance to
eat right, be “good,” rise above others in dietary prowess, and
self-punish if temptation wins (usually through stricter eating, fasts
and exercise). Self-esteem becomes wrapped up in the purity of
orthorexics’ diet and they sometimes feel superior to others, especially
in regard to food intake.
Eventually food choices become so restrictive, in both variety and
calories, that health suffers – an ironic twist for a person so
completely dedicated to healthy eating. Eventually, the obsession with
healthy eating can crowd out other activities and interests, impair
relationships, and become physically dangerous." - National Eating Disorders Association
This shit is real. And it's actually fairly common in varying degrees...
Some will settle this issue in their minds and shop under blind
assumption at the cost of their pocket book by saying "fuck you" to
Walmart and saying "hello Whole foods, take my god damn money and fix my
woes." They take solace in things that say whole grain, 100% juice,
organic, fresh, grass fed, etc. and think they've done good. They have
saved themselves and their family. This obviously ain't true, but people
will live their lives as they see fit.
Some will go as far as to only eat raw, pure veggies that they've gone
to obsessive lengths to ensure that they getting just that...
"Starting in his early 20s, Righini dedicated himself to vegan and
raw food diets, thinking they offered a healthy way to recover from
years of anorexia and bulimia. But he took those restrictive diets to
extremes, agonizing, for example, over fruits and vegetables losing
their "life force" each minute after being picked.
"Just as I restricted
myself from food, I restricted myself from people," he said. "If they
were eating something my orthorexic mind didn't approve of, I would get
physical shakes and panic attacks."
He's aware that some people
think he's still being too restrictive, but for Righini the orthorexia
was never about a particular diet, but about his "mind set" toward food.
He said he's no longer the "drill sergeant" justifying every bite, and
is slowly becoming more flexible, eating cooked foods now and then. He
has increased his daily intake to 3,000 to 4,000 calories and is gaining
weight to reach his 115-pound goal.
Experts say orthorexia
becomes life-threatening when people's food restrictions make it
impossible for them to take in enough calories and nutrients to maintain
good health. Bell recently treated a 14-year-old girl who ate only raw
fruits and vegetables. She dropped to 80 pounds and had to be
hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat."
People who are desperate to lose weight and become healthier will often times spend hours in a store, walking up and down the aisles, staring at food, unaware of where to start to "eat better" and make "better choices." Sometimes it actually causes them to rebound to the nearest McDonald's because "fuck it, it's all bad for me, might as well taste good."
Trust me, I know from experience.
Let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?...
Again, it was the summer of 2008 and after a few years of having very strange health issues arise, including several episodes of heart palpitations, a few panic attacks, and a lot of quarter life crisis bull shiiiiit, I decided to take steps to alleviate myself of some woes. One of the things I did was buy a bicycle and start riding my bike, walking, jogging, and basically shit tons of cardio. The other thing that I did was start eating a lot of things that were "low sodium" and cut out regular soda from my diet. During this time I ate a lot of dry turkey and swiss sandwiches. That's pretty much all I ate now that I think about it. For some reason I didn't get the weird heart palpitations when I ate this stuff and I had less stress about eating when doing so. This is classic orthorexia. Anytime I stepped away from these diet procedures during this time, I would more or less fall into stress related illness or panic episodes. It was a very strange time in my life.
I'm sure some of my family will be shocked to hear I had such issues going on because I wasn't really open about a lot of things going on in my brain and in my life during this time (Like the fact that I was thinking of changing my career pursuits to opera singing...probably should have clued them in on that) I'll never really understand why I was so shut off. Perhaps it was shame or maybe feeling really different for going through such things, but I truly feel it is why I am so open about pretty much everything nowadays. The slingshot effect?
I lost a lot of weight, I stopped having as much issues with heart palpitations and what not, I slowly snuck more and more food and crap into my diet and eventually...BOOM
Yup. The moral of this story? I had officially convinced myself that the only way to be in good shape was to do shit tons of cardio, eat crappy bland food, and live a mediocre life. Later on down the road, Ol' Yeargain would become the badass that appears before you today, but I had some shit to look up and some life lessons to learn along the way. Now, back to the topic. Orthorexia.
Why is this a thing?
With all of the dietary bullshit that floods our ears from millions of "experts" on every side of every camp, I'm surprised we're not all nut cases. Some claim that carbs are the devil, that fat is the enemy, meat is the enemy, protein good, protein bad, What is processed? You're a bad mother if you give your children anything other than the crops you grew yourself and the cattle you raised...wait, were those cattle grass fed? What kind of grain?! GMO!!!!! Clean!
This was a major struggle for me when I first began dieting a few years back. I had no clue where to start. Literally not a single fucking clue. The YouTube game wasn't what it is now, and all I had were several hundred contradicting articles that popped up in google searches. They were shit for help if you couldn't guess. Now things have changed, the age of the internet is incredible, and although there is still a lot of crap information out there, there is a huge emergence of readily available scientific research that has become immensely accessible and digestible. God bless the internet in all of it's fucked up glory.
Do I Have Orthorexia?
Well, if any of you have similar stories or feelings towards food that I had, you very well might. But, I also think the following guidelines will clue you in.
"Consider the following questions. The more questions you respond “yes” to, the more likely you are dealing with orthorexia.
Do you wish that occasionally you could just eat and not worry about food quality?
Do you ever wish you could spend less time on food and more time living and loving?
Does it seem beyond your ability to eat a meal prepared with love by
someone else – one single meal – and not try to control what is served?
Are you constantly looking for ways foods are unhealthy for you?
Do love, joy, play and creativity take a back seat to following the perfect diet?
Do you feel guilt or self-loathing when you stray from your diet?
Do you feel in control when you stick to the “correct” diet?
Have you put yourself on a nutritional pedestal and wonder how others can possibly eat the foods they eat?"
The Take Away
I'm not one to go around pointing out everybody's disorders, stretching out my index finger in a wagging accusatory manner, bellowing "you have an eating disorder, and you have an eating disorder, and YOU have an eating disorder!" However, I consider part of my mission to be raising awareness of dietary issues that don't receive large amounts of media. Not in hopes of shaming, but to help. This is a real disorder that affects real people, and because the name isn't as well known, people may not know that others suffer and have a title to point their difficulties to.
If you do feel like you are suffering from Orthorexia, please seek help or at the very least be open about your feelings. As a young man who had to deal with a lot of crap alone (by my own choice) I know that it can be scary and quite a burden on your heart and head and really get in the way of enjoying your life. For help, you contact the following groups:
Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC), Los Gatos. 408-356-1212, www.edrcsv.org
The Body Positive, Berkeley. 510-528-0101, www.thebodypositive.org
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Naperville, Illinois. 630-577-1330, www.anad.org.
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 800-931-2237, http://nationaleatingdisorders.org.
Until next time, try not to let things like "eating healthy, eating clean, living pure" be the things that control your life. If you are suffering, get help, reach out and tell someone, even if its anonymously, and as always...
I'm not exactly sure how I stumbled upon this, perhaps on a persons Facebook thread. But, when I spotted it, I knew I had to figure out what it could possibly be about, since it literally seemed to be the antithesis of the paleo diet, and claimed their exact same principles. I've read and seen enough pro and anti-paleo propaganda, and frankly I'm bored with it for the time being. The semantics alone make me want to eat a whole cheesecake out of spite. It was time to see how the other half lived, the anti meat, anti fat camp that often get neglected in these scenarios. So, I plunged full boar into what is called...
The Starch Solution
What is the Starch Solution?
"This book argues that humans are naturally “starchivores” who thrive
on a starch-centered diet. Protein (in excess), fat, dietary
cholesterol, methionine (in meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and cheese), and
dietary acid (in animal foods) are toxic, and starch is the path to
detoxification and spontaneous healing. Animal-based diets are leading
to environmental devastation so we should follow a plant-based diet."
"A physician and nutrition expert who teaches better health through
vegetarian cuisine, John A. McDougall, MD has been studying, writing,
and speaking out about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30
years. Dr. John believes that people should look and
feel great for a lifetime. Unfortunately, many people unknowingly
compromise their health through poor dietary habits.
Dr. McDougall is the founder and director of the nationally renowned
McDougall Program: a ten-day residential program that he and Mary
McBoggle host at a luxury resort in Santa Rosa, CA where medical
miracles occur through diet and lifestyle changes. In addition to her
formal training as a nurse, Mary McMonopoly provides many of the
delicious recipes that make the McDangarang Program not only possible, but
also a pleasure. Dr. Mcgonnagle has cared for thousands of patients for
almost 3 decades. His program not only promotes a broad range of
dramatic and lasting health benefits but, most importantly, can also
reverse serious illnesses including high blood pressure, heart disease,
diabetes and others, all without the use of drugs.
A graduate of Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine,
Dr. McDungaroo performed his internship at Queen’s Medical Center in
Honolulu, Hawaii, and his medical residency at the University of Hawaii.
He is certified as an internist by the Board of Internal Medicine and
the National Board of Medical Examiners. He and Mary are also the
authors of several nationally best-selling books as well as the
co-founders of Dr. McDuckagull’s Right Foods, which produces high quality
vegetarian cuisine to make it easier for people to eat well on the go."
Eat as much as you want, the least processed you can find
Grains: barley, buckwheat, corn, farro, millet, oats, rice, rye,
sorghum, spelt, triticale, wheat, wild rice. Also products made with
these grains, such as breads, tortillas, flatbreads, pasta, couscous,
and whole grain cereals
Legumes: beans, lentils, peas (treat peanuts as nuts/seeds, below)
Highly processed meat equivalents made from soy and other plant-based foods
Isolated soy protein
Choose foods with the fewest artificial ingredients
Low alcohol is implied but not stated in the book
Low caffeine is implied but not stated in the book
Foods that are too high calorie or rich for every day – either avoid
completely or eat occasionally in very small amounts as occasional
treats, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or have a chronic
Nuts and seeds
Peanuts and peanut butter
Olives and avocado
Flours (whole grain, white, all-purpose)
Fruit and vegetable juices
Simple sugars – table sugar, maple syrup, molasses, agave
Seems pretty straight forward...BUT, they add more guidelines in order to achieve MAXIMUM FAT LOSSSSS!!! To be that lean sexy version of yourself you've always wanted to be, follow these guidelines:
Nonstarchy green, yellow, and orange vegetables – increase to about
1/3 to ½ of the food on your plate. Fill the remainder of your plate
Eat many small meals a day rather than one or two large ones Eat a simple meal plan – greater variety results in more food consumed
Fruit – fresh fruits only one or two a day
Simple sugars, including dried fruit and juices
Flour and flour products, including breads, bagels, and pastas
High-fat plant foods, such as nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, and soy-based foods
Eating at restaurants
Health benefits claimed in The Starch Solution
The diet in this book claims to reduce the risks or symptoms of:
acne, aging, anemia, ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, psoriatic
arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, autism, bad breath,
body odor, cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, kidney
cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, melanoma, prostate cancer, canker sores,
Crohn’s disease, chronic constipation, depression, type 1 diabetes, type
2 diabetes, diarrhea, ear infections, eczema, fatigue, gallbladder
disease, gangrene, headache, hearing loss, heart attacks, heart disease,
heartburn/GERD, high blood pressure / hypertension, high blood sugar,
high cholesterol, hives, hyperactivity, impotence, indigestion,
inflammatory diseases, kidney disease, kidney failure, lupus, macular
degeneration, multiple sclerosis MS, muscle pain, osteoporosis,
overweight/obesity, Parkinson’s disease, peptic ulcers, rashes,
schizophrenia, scleroderma, sinus infections, stroke, ulcerative
colitis, vitiligo As always, this is not intended to be a replacement for professional
medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. Consult your
doctor before starting a new diet. This page describes what the authors
of the diet recommend – Chewfo is describing the diet only, not
Satiation = Adherence
Potatoes, rice, whole grains, legumes, and vegetables are immensely satiating (Especially the almighty potato). They are generally high in volume, loaded with fiber, and also the things that make you farty and bloated. (Name that movie.)
The pitfall of most diets that are restrictive in nature is that they often times create a great deal of discomfort in the form of hunger. Nobody likes to be hungry, and we live in a society where our grandparents were the ones who had to feel the pangs of hunger, not us. Therefore, feeling hungry is a burden and cannot be tolerated. (Not my thoughts, obviously.) However, the starch solution allows for ample ingestion of these foods with high satiety, therefore people are less prone to overeat, (unless their inhibitors are shut down) which allows for weight loss to take its course.
Abundance of Energy Sources
Carbohydrates are our bodies preferred source of fuel for our energetic endeavors. People who switch over to higher carbohydrate diets from low carb often times feel a dramatic increase in energy (except in the case of people who have been ketogenic for a while, in their case, they feel high) because their bodies are now cookin with fire. The concept of pre, post, and intra workout nutrition is based all around carbohydrate intake and insulin response. A rigorous intake of carbohydrates will no doubt cause an abundance of energy in the majority of individuals. And since more energy is often times linked to better health (speed is healthy, right?) people think that this ratio of macro nutrients is king, and is also why The Institute of Medicine recommends you get between 45 to 65 percent of your daily calories from carbohydrates.
For me and others who eat in terms of physical and strength development, I think your carbohydrates (and frankly your macro nutrient numbers and calories intake altogether) should be directly related to the amount of energy you expend and your body composition goals. This is obviously highly individualized with some cross over between people of similar heights, weights, sexes and body fat percentages, but in the end, if you're ingesting too many calories, regardless if they are protein, fat, or carb, you will retain body fat, and if you eat below maintenance, will you lose body mass in fat and potentially muscle in the absence of protein and resistance training.
The issue with this diet
is not that people are choosing not to eat meat or dairy, it's the fact
that it tends to demonize a fairly important macro nutrient: Fat.
"The birth of the fat fallacy goes back to the 1960's, when
Keys started promoting a low fat diet to lower cholesterol levels. At
that time he was in the process of finishing up the first study
on cholesterol and heart disease. At this point he had convinced
himself that there was a connection between fat intake, cholesterol and
heart disease. He changed his stance slightly in the early 1970s , when he discovered that death in heart disease was best predicted by the intake of saturated fat specifically. Ancel Keys cherry picked his data to support a pre-existing notion he
had about a connection between saturated fat, cholesterol and heart
disease. Instead of choosing to continue his work in the seven
countries from his original study, he should have selected other
populations. When more and different data is added into the mix, the connection disappears. Keys seems to have been blinded by his own bias and wanted to validate, not investigate. Many of the old theories about dietary fat and disease have now been
contradicted by more rigorous studies that dispute the results, but it
wasn't until about ten years ago the tide started to turn. It is now
quite clearly established that there is no clear connection between fat intake, weight gain and
many of the aforementioned disease states. Fat gain, heart disease and other modern maladies has everything to do
with caloric excess and much less to do with dietary fat or any other
Fat is an immensely important macro nutrient. Fat helps you absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, the so-called
fat-soluble vitamins. The fats your body gets from your food
gives your body essential fatty acids called linoleic and linolenic
acid. They are called "essential" because your body cannot make them
itself, or work without them. Your body needs them for brain
development, controlling inflammation, and blood clotting. Fats are structural components of some of the most important substances
in the body, including prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that
regulate many of the body’s functions. You need fats because they
regulate the production of sex hormones, which explains why some teenage
girls who are too lean experience delayed pubertal development and
The reason I whip out all the text book bull shit is because often times people will read something LIKE a starch solution and proceed to go full fuckin potato and remove all dietary fat from their diets, which is extremely harmful and why I feel the need to list out it's necessities in our bodies...continuing on...
The comfort food theory:
Dr. McGoogle likes to claim that these starchy foods are comfort food. Things such as pasta, breads, and specifically he mentions mashed potatoes. However, everybody knows their favorite recipe of mashed potatoes contains no less than one stick of butter, and their favorite pasta dish is served with an oil or cheese based sauce, and that everybody likes to add butter, bacon, sour cream to their potatoe or a nice spread of peanut butter, nutella, or again, butter, on their bread. Comfort foods are things that hit all of our taste bud sensations. Sweet, salty, and fatty and the combination of them all in a filling meal. The carbs are mostly responsible for the satiation, the volume, texture, whereas the fats contain all of the rich and savory flavors. Nobody comes home after being away at school and asks their mama for their famous dry macaroni. Nah, gurl. They want MAC AND CHEESE, PLEASE!
Nice try selling me on that one, Doc. But I know better, Ol' Yeargain was raised in Oklahoma, land of the mayonnaise tree.
Like I've mentioned before. A diet that is restrictive can only work if a person has an eating disorder, an iron will, a potential threat, or a moral belief against eating such foods. Dr. McDouglous does a fairly good job drawing up scare tactics to create a sense of urgency in adherence, but that only goes so far. (People smoke packs and packs of cigarettes everyday with warning labels that claim it could cause cancer.) The reason diets that are of this variety work, such as veganism, is because of the moral beliefs associated with eating in this manner. Vanity alone cannot stand against a giant Meatball Sub with extra Parmesan cheese. When cravings hit, you've got to have the power of damnation on your back, a phobia, or a game plan, or you will fail.
There are a great deal of anti high protein diet claims made by this diet as well as all low meat/no meat/low protein diets, many of them stating that your kidneys can't handle large amounts of protein. This is simply not true. Here's my boy, Alan Aragon to smack this shit down.
"Back in 1983, researchers first discovered that eating more protein increases
your "glomerular filtration rate," or GFR. Think of GFR as the amount
of blood your kidneys are filtering per minute. From this finding, many
scientists made the leap that a higher GFR places your kidneys under
greater stress. Nearly 2 decades ago, Dutch researchers found that while a protein-rich
meal did boost GFR, it didn't have an adverse effect on overall kidney
function. In fact, there's zero published research showing that downing
hefty amounts of protein—specifically, up to 1.27 grams per pound of
body weight a day—damages healthy kidneys."
So, now that's out of the way, you can stop staring at your deep freezer full of chicken in fear now. It's okay, they're dead, they can't peck you. You've won, you can eat them now.
I'm certain that aspects of this diet will work. Dietary fat is calorically dense, saturated in a great deal of stream lined, processed foods, and is often the culprit to people's overeating and subsequent obesity problems. Cutting out foods that are notoriously filled with fat will help you lose weight (at least in some manner), and your weight loss will alleviate a great deal of your medical issues.
Claiming that it's a miracle diet that can prevent a number of serious diseases is altogether irresponsible in my mind. Especially when a number of people have seen miraculous changes in their health with things such as ketogenic diets. Even if a person is concerned with these potential ailments, they should not be listening to a book, or even trust an bro who likes to sing opera, they should consult their doctor and registered dietician and find out what their body responds to and if they even need to resort to such extremes. The real truth is that the majority of these ailments are more rooted in hereditary and sedentary factors, rather than you eating a nice fatted goose for Christmas.
Dr. McDoggleboggle attempted to create all cure with his potatoe theory, and in the end wrote a book and made himself a little retreat in California where him and his wife fix you and your rich ass friends some nice starchy crap for a nominal fee <$5,560/person (single) >. To me, sounds like business as usual.
I ain't got no hate for potatoes or vegans/vegetarians. You eat the way your heart tells you, I'm not your moral compass, plus you can still get plenty of protein and fat in a vegan diet. And potatoes are tasty as shit, especially fried in oil and served with chili and cheese. Maybe dipped in mayo if I'm feelin like a real sick bastard and I've been away from the fruitful mayo trees native to my homeland.
Until next time, don't be afraid of eating that rib-eye. Eat it, enjoy it, savor it...but if you're going to eat that rib-eye, don't put a bunch of butter on your potato, roll, and maybe have just one slice of cake and have a nice chicken salad with a nice no fat vinaigrette for lunch. Balance and all that shit. And, as always...