Thursday, July 21, 2011

Magic & Diets & Magic Diets!

Did I ever mention that I wrote my Master's thesis on MAGIC? I'm talking top-hat-rabbit-magic-performance? :)

Anywho, two of my favorite performing magicians, Penn and Teller, have a big show in Vegas--and a little show on Showtime called "Penn and Teller: BULLSH*T!"

The show takes a no-holds-barred skeptical look at some of the most dubious trends and practices today. Like their "magic de-bunking" performance style, this duo calls upon science and expert testimony (and comedy) to expose the real issues underlying these trends and practices.

I came across an episode on YouTube called "Eat This!" It delves into the issue of "diet." And holy whoa, it will change your perspective on "health food." On the one hand, we privileged cultures are choosing to deprive ourselves of food to lose weight, and on the other hand, third-world cultures are STARVING without a choice.

As a fitness professional, I cringe at the word "diet." I really don't care if your aunt's friend's cousin's brother lost 1,987 pounds on the Akins/Raw/Real/Zone/Organic/Whatever Diet--diets are only temporary. Well-rounded healthy eating--and a well-rounded perspective on food--is for life.

Let me know what you think of this episode! (Warning: may contain some strong/sassy language!)

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Question of the Day: What are your thoughts on this? Are we too obsessed with what we are putting in our own bodies and not obsessed enough with the larger starvation problems of the world?

1 comment:

  1. I think with the influx of information and communications (internet connections), we are inundated with false information, inaccurate facts and figures, and personal opinion with no intellectual basis. We must wade through this sea of false reality to find the truth (or something close to it). This is the hardest part, especially when it is easy to accept the false hope that I can lose 30 pounds in 30 days.