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  1. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    Ah, yes, snares. That's the bit where I turn over during episodes of Life Below Zero. Couldn't do that. And yet I'm sure it's necessary, cos sitting out in the open with a pellet gun is simply going to be too energy inefficient. It's one more of those insights that tell me I really don't fit in anywhere. Kinda makes me wonder why I spend so much time figuring out how to stay here longer. 😄
  2. Sledgehead

    I'm not entirely sure I understand life

    I believe the OP could have also included bureaucracy amongst his confusions of modern life: that set of purposes and actions that seem entirely deficient of ... well, purpose and action. If you haven't yet done so, see how life could be (unless the failure to have taken this route already might drive you over the edge of the depression pit): Ben Fogle, New Lives in the Wild: Canada
  3. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    Actually I could do those things ... I think ... well, I'd like to think I could. But I am incredibly sentimental. I hate even consigning trusted electrical appliances to the 'graveyard'. All this 'de-cluttering' trend fills me with horror. So maybe I couldn't do it. I guess we all like to think we're Bear Grylls... ... interestingly it's often the girls who grab the knife on progs like The Island. Protective instincts innit?
  4. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    Do we hear about these things "all the time"? Take diabetes. Friendly old familiar disease your gran had, right? Buy her a jar of sugar free jam and job's a good 'un, right? But what do the stats say, merely for the UK?
  5. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    Don't think I don't know how you feel. Bacon isn't just a taste, a texture, an aroma. It's all of those and all the emotions that come with it. The safe, nurturing mornings with Mum at the frying pan. The banter and steamed-window-warmth of a greasy spoon with a mornings hard-work-hunger in your belly. The butties below the duvet with your first, proper gf. And the back story or laying up a secure food store before battening down the hatches as winter sets in. We are hard-waired in so many, many ways. But it always was a stop-gap when 'fresh' was off the menu. And like so many preserved foods, it just happened to taste wonderful. But don't for a minute imagine it to somehow be 'natural'. And if it is 'unnatural', why treat it any differently from, i dunno, trips to the moon? I don't see anyone protesting their right to do that. Why imagine bacon to be any different? I am reliably informed fags 'taste' wonderful, but now a whole industry has sprung up to replace them, simply because the alternatives don't have health implications. Do the alternatives taste as good? I doubt it. Nonetheless, people are switching. It has just taken a while, and a viable alternative, fo rthe message to become palettable. The same will happen with all cured meat. Currently, bacon-eaters imagine themselves in the guise of latter day smokers: independent-thinking 'rebels without a cause', bacon bap tucked in their rolled-up t-shirt sleeve. But give it a decade - enough time for such habits to do their damage - and they will be seen as poorly informed victims, about as with-it as fag-a-minute Dot Cotton. The GPs will sigh and looking at them with pitty declare, "back in the day everybody got bowel cancer but it wasn't an issue because nobody lived past 100. I'm afraid you'll be lugging a colostomy bag around the golf course from now on ..."
  6. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    Glad to hear it, and I can't argue with all of that. My stance on this thread might therefore seem misdirected .,.. however ... ... there are still far too many people out there who know, say, rugby is dangerous (and even perhaps avoid it for that reason), yet presume an indulgent diet merely constitutes a 'healthy appetite. 10 years down the road and perhaps they have retinopathy, poor balance, high blood pressure etc and only wake up to the risks they have been taking when they suffer a heart attack. From that point on their life changes dramatically ... and all they had to do was moderate their behaviour 10 years earlier. Would it have been such a 'sacrifice'? And then there is the cost to society. And now we are told of the cost to humanity itself. To me these two things detract and even dilute the message: we already have the Green Belt - a measure one can't help think only benefits those rich enough to afford a house in the country. To talk of food in the same terms will have the less fortunate suspecting the rich are having trouble sourcing enough meat and need the WHO to cut demand. Instead, we need to moderate our indulgence simply because it will help us lead longer, fuller lives. This is where I have the biggest issue with this latest guidance, and why I picked on bacon. Simply put, we are probably not eating a high enough proportion of meat to stay healthy. I emphasise proportion, because we are all probably eating too many calories already, so merely eating more meat will not help our health. But i do feel we need to cut our addiction to carbs. This health advice seems to point in entirely the opposite direction. Bacon however, as with all cured meat, is something we all could and should simply do without.
  7. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    Well, I think we've established what constitutes 'enjoyment' in you case Brucie. For others who enjoy: - getting their own hard-ons and banging beaver; - reading, watching movies, photography, taking in nature and the wonderful sights this world and those in the sky have to offer; - getting the fresh air in your lungs from a brisk walk, going for a row on the river, climbing a fell, tripping through a forest, leaving it all on the road in a marathon or simply getting about under your own steam; - etc, etc, etc (ie anything besides stuffing your face), other lifestyles, eating habits may prove more efficacious. Simply put, some eat to live, others simply live to eat ....
  8. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    above is Bruce's quote to which you offered support. Sure I might have been a lil strident, but consider what you have said: you imply you can lessen your chances of brain afflictions if you die prematurely. But one of the leading causes of dementia is stroke. And the risk factors for stroke are all the usual suspects: vascular diseases and metabolic diseases. Sure, you can argue with the stats. But the statement I drew issue with basically said "indulge and avoid dementia", when the evidence suggest entirely the opposite. You seriously telling me you wouldn't get a bit strident if a minister said they intended to deflate the housing bubble with looser credit??
  9. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    I suggest anyone who has this view go seek out people with CVD / diabetes / PAD etc. What makes you think you will live a full life until, say 40, and drop dead instantly? It. Just. Doesn't. Happen. That. Way. These are chronic, degenerative diseases. They whittle you away. The only choice is whether you get them sooner or later. And in case you were wondering, brain degeneration of one form or another is part of the package. Here's the reality of the 'quality of life' over-indulgers refer to: https://www.channel5.com/show/benefits-and-bypasses-billion-pound-patients/
  10. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    Exactly. But what is "too much"? My Dad was asking me what I thought about Crimbo pud in light of his diabetes diagnosis. I said I didn't think anything but would be happy to calc the mass of pud equiivalent to a low-GL load desert. Some time later I learnt he had been asking a neighbour what they thought. The reason? I had informed him that the portion he should eat amounted to 1/24th of said pud - some way short of the 1/8th he was used to! Basically, he would not accept this was a 'sensible' amount. Yet what would an Amazonian tribesman make of such a carb hit? How would an Eskimo respond to such a foodstuff? The fact is most of the foods we enjoy SO much were never devised to be treats, but rather were developed as a means to get starving people through times when food was scarce. Preserving with sugar (jam, dehydration), preserving by removing oxidisable oils to prevent rancidity (white flour, white rice), curing (bacon, ham), salting etc, etc. All of these methods have been redundant since the advent of the freezer, and none of them have been needed to stave off hunger for decades. Yet we still indulge because they all hit the pleasure centres in the brain. To suppose we are capable of deciding how much of them is sensible is obviously wrong headed: we no longer require any of them, we know they are damaging and yet, we still indulge.
  11. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    Have to say, that, by default, that will mean you will eat unhealthily. Salt : love it. Bad. Sugar : love it. Bad. Sugar & Sat Fat : love it. Bad. Non-resistant starches: love 'em. Bad. Salt, Sugar, Sat Fat : Food of the Gods (salted toffee) . Certain addiction + diabetes + CVD. On the other hand: Avocado : tasteles. Healthy! Pulses (no sugar / salt!) : bland. Healthy! It doesn't matter what you think of. If it's tasty it's bad for you. Sorry.
  12. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    I already told you: there's no such thing.
  13. Sledgehead

    I'm not entirely sure I understand life

    my experience is it is usually the opposite: inferiority complex, aka chip on shoulder. hence Enfield's choice of reet-northerner spouting "Oy am connnnn-siderably richer than yow!" hence slum rappers braggadocio put-downs.
  14. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    In general I agree, but Casey Webb has a lot to answer for! If you want to be mind-boggled, try interleaving Man vs Food and footage from when Masterchef visit some 62,000-Michelin-Star-rated restaurant. Shovel! tweezers Shovel! tweezers Shovel! tweezers .... It's unfathomable how two English-speaking, developed economies could develop such diametrically opposed views on food.
  15. Sledgehead

    Quarter of a rasher a day..... LOL

    It may surprise you to know that there is no research linking stress directly to cancer. The link is thru ... drum roll ... comfort eating. comfort drinking. comfort drugs.
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