You have finally landed on the one page on this entire site (and on the entire internet for that matter) that is purely without bullshit... my soapbox page. There are a lot of times during our show that, whether it's because of time constraints and other obligations, I don't always get to address some issues that I feel don't get the attention they deserve. There are even more times when I just don't feel like waiting until the show the next day to get some things off my chest. Thus, I have started the "Rob's Soapbox" page. If you have clicked on this page looking for someone to coddle your fragile sense of self-esteem, or tell you what you want to hear or to reinforce your outdated world view, then exit this page right now and go somewhere else. If you are in search of the last forum for reason and common sense left in the world, then sit back, relax, and enjoy. I make only one promise with this soapbox page... if you read long enough and often enough, you will eventually be offended. So here's my latest soapbox. Listen up, 'cause you just might learn something...
January 19, 2004
New Year's resolutions, Part II
Well, here we are in the third full week of 2004. At this point, many of you have already quit on your lame ass attempts to better yourselves. I say "bravo," at least you're not going to endure any more torture or lying to yourself.
Sadly, plenty of people are still locked into resolutions that will be abandoned soon. Still others will stick with theirs, and still discover that they are total losers. That latter group will be comprised by tons of people who have latched onto this asinine fad of "low-carb" diets.
We really are a stupid country. Every 5 years or so, along comes a fad diet craze that sweeps the nation. Countless numbers of people roll themselves out and say "see, I lost all this weight so it must be true." We are at the nucleus of the "low Carb" craze right now. We have gone from the Atkins diet to low card food packaging, low carb beer and now low carb offerings at fast food restaurants.
The true problem, of course, is that we are a lazy bunch of people with no self-control and personal responsibility. The only PROVEN way to lose weight is to exercise and control your eating habits, but that takes works and forces people to put the blame on themselves, and that's just not going to happen in today's society.
The Low Carb diet is a wonderful example of how the American society is suffering from information overload and an epidemic of over-thinking. As we have become more technological and more curious we have, indeed learned some wonderful things. We have also inundated ourselves with study after study that finds a way to make everything that we have been doing for centuries seem wrong.
Red meat is good for you because of all the iron. Wait, now it's bad for you because it causes colon cancer.
Caffeine is good for you because it increases your brain activity and alertness. Wait, now it's bad for you because it makes your heart race and is addictive. Now caffeine is good for you because it fights diabetes. Oooops…this just in, caffeine dehydrates you, therefore it's bad.
Fish is a necessity to fighting cancer!! Eat fish and live longer. Damn, new research says that the mercury in fish can kill you. Nevermind, eating fish is great because of the good cholesterol and lack of fat. Nope. New research says that farm raised salmon is toxic.
Eggs are a great source of protein, which is good. Don't eat eggs yolks because they'll give you heart attacks, and that's bad. No raw eggs, you'll get salmonella.
Enough is enough. Keep It Simple, Stupid. Your body, and more importantly your brain, need carbohydrates. THAT IS A PROVEN SCIENTIFIC FACT. Nobody cares about that anymore though because they believe they have latched onto the goose that laid the golden egg. The truth is, you haven't. Your body needs carbs, fat, protein, water, sugar, vitamins, toxins and everything else in moderation. The only way to lose weight and keep weight off is by exercising regularly and eating right, which of all the dieting choices is the hardest one.
Remember that anything worth having requires the most work, then make your decision.