Heaven and Hell

A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, ‘Lord, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like..’

The Lord led the holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell.’

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, ‘I don’t understand.’

It is simple,’ said the Lord. ‘It requires but one skill. You see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.’

Bacon… my two cents…

(Just received a note concerned about me being a fan of bacon, suggesting that the protein to fat ratio of bacon is fecked and that I would be better off using veggibacon on both a dietary and karma level. Cool, but i got some good natured issues with that, so here goes. This note is here because I have a genetic predisposition to talk too damn much and it wouldnt fit in the ‘comments’ box ;->)

Maple Caramel Bacon

If your bacon choices are made due to personal convictions about eating animal flesh, no one could argue with your choices, in fact, on many levels I applaud them sincerely.

I, however, am an omnivore. I have eyes on the front of my scull to judge distance and speed, canine teeth for ripping and tearing of flesh.. our kind evolved bigger brains and eventually the ability to maximize our potentials via the increased caloric density and profile of animal fats. This is not a sales pitch for eating flesh (although no vegetable protein profile compares to animal in availability or completeness, the amount of carbs consumed to get a full protein profile is whacked, and the risk/reward for ‘altered’ veg proteins is circumspect at best), I’ll save that for another time :-D

As far as bacon? I have never sat down to an entire meal consisting entirely of bacon (although I must admit, the thought is tempting) so as a dietician the macro profie of that item is less important to me than the profile of the meal as a WHOLE… and the profile of the fat itself, BY ITSELF, doesnt phase me a bit.

A salad with 4 cups of spinach, 3 strips of double smoked peper bacon, 5 eggwhites and one sliced gala apple, served with a roast red chili and corriandre vinaigre gives me a  meal with 30/20/50 (pro/carb/fat). That is RIGHT on the money for my desired macros. So as far as I am concerned, cheers to the fat!

Now I dont suggest anyone get all their daily fat intake from bacon as the profiles of fish oils, walnuts, coconut, almond, avocado, flax, etc. are all awe inspiring and should represent most of your fats. As sexy as it sounds to some of us ‘flaming carnivores’, an all animal fat diet would lose it’s honeymoon-like appeal in two shakes of a rams… er… nevermind.

As far as cholestorol, dont get me started, I’ll just point out that people on diets with 60% of their calories from fats (including animal fats) have seen their chol. numbers improve significantly. (Hint: its the SUGARS that are the problem, NOT the fats, when i comes to Hyperlipidosis, atheroschlerosis, etc.)

Now, be sure, MY bacon of choice is naturally dry cured and comes from a naturally fed and raised pig. I would certainly rather see a client of mine eat a grilled mission fig wrapped in apple smoked bacon (mouthgasm) than have them dig into no fat, textured soy protein on toast (the HORROR!).

My bottom line? If it’s a moral/ethical choice? It’s YOUR choice and no one can suggest that it’s ‘BAD’ (I dont agree, but I choose for my body, you choose for yours, that’s how it’s ‘sposed to be, eh?)… but as far as a nutritional imperitive that says ‘Bacon BAAD!’, that’s just not the whole story.

cheers, eat well.