This weeks edition of the new and improved ESHF is a particularly difficult one for me. I have been charmed by Duff Goldman’s on-air persona and I have really enjoyed his show, Ace of Cakes. However, his latest program, Sugar High, is what has earned Duff a spot on my ESHF list.
As many of you are aware, I am a low carbohydrate follower and proponent. Actually, in the last several months, I have shifted gears and a more accurate description of my eating would probably be closer to a low carb, paleolithic, primal model. Most of my food choices are as close to nature as can be found, I shop local farmer’s markets and I can’t remember the last time I have eaten anything prepackaged.
With all that said, I still indulge in what the internet’s low carb standard setter, Jimmy Moore, has coined as “planned splurges;” although they are less frequent than I had originally written about in my book. So, every now and then, I enjoy the foods that aren’t part of a regular low carbohydrate plan. I do it for several reasons, including the fact there are foods from my Italian heritage that I just happen to enjoy eating, I absolutely love Thanksgiving feasts and yes, even some cake on my birthday. As I have often stated, I have lost weight and improved my fitness level to enjoy life and these sinful foods are an occasional part of that enjoyment. The difference between now and then is that my mental and physical discipline keeps me focused on the more important aspects of my life; good health and fitness, and these splurges are the exception, not the rule they once were.
Back to this week’s ESHF, Chef Duff. I was a fan of his show, Ace of Cakes, because that show celebrated the artistry of occasion cakes. The viewer was aware that these cakes were not for everyday consumption, partly because of their ornateness and partly because of their price, so the entrainment came from following the construction of the pre-consumed, finished product.
Sadly, his latest outing from the hell with good health folks at the Food Network, Sugar High, is just the opposite. It not only seems to encourage daily consumption, but it appears to almost promote it.
Sugar High follows good old friendly Duff from place to place as he stuffs himself full of over-processed, over-sugared up, waistline enlarging, health destroying, nutrient devoid and, some would argue, highly addictive foods that would be better run through a trash disposal than the human digestive tract. Even the name of this abomination of entertainment programing proudly intimates a parallel to the goal of illicit drug use, THE HIGH!
I only watched one episode, and I forced myself to sit through the entire thirty minutes. Each segment leads off with Duff’s belly, then the rest of him, entering a food establishment and then with great exuberance, he goes on to tell us the ingredients being mixed together — ingredients which include liberal amounts of sugar. Then, after the sickeningly, sacchariferous preparation is complete, Duff gloriously gorges himself and then, via his little boy grin and charming mannerisms, conveys to the viewer just how delicious the sugar soaked concoction is.
I am a very strong proponent of personal responsibility and choice, yet these purveyors of poor eating food fetishes are bringing a full frontal assault on the American television viewer. Adult obesity is running rampant in this country, taking from those who suffer not only quality of life, but giving a host of obesity related and potentially life ending diseases. Childhood obesity is stealing from our children their — well, their childhood. Instead of being active and happy kids playing outdoors, their unnecessary and unfortunate girth confines them to idle, inactive, indolent activities ranging from computer gaming to watching shows like Sugar High.
For the above reasons, it is with a heavy heart that I add Chef Duff Goldman to the undesirable list as an Enemy of the State of Health and Fitness.
Physical Culturist and Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book, “Obesity Undone” and a contributor to NaturallySavvy.com and CarbSmart.com. He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet.
He has appeared on 94.3FM’s The David Maderia Show, What’s Weighing You Down, w/Dr. Marilyn Gansel on FTNS radio, Nurture and Nutrition on Blog Talk Radio, Low Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore and Friends, BlogTalk Radio’s Toni Harris Speaks, Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.
Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and check out his website http://www.betterlifeseminars.com.
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