Monthly Archives: July 2014

Crazy Commuters

I will never understand people who seem to drive into work with the plan to be in the incorrect lane for as long as possible and then cut everyone who was waiting off. Seems very selfish.

What’s more, they wait for their opportunity to change lanes, slowing down everyone behind them. If you can’t plan on leaving on time, why is it the responsibility of everyone else on the road to cater to your schedule?

Just to clarify, I’m not talking about construction, where I know the “zipper” is the correct protocol (though the rest of Winnipeg doesn’t seem to get it). I mean when I’ve waited in a line of cars down Main Street, only to have 5+ people cut in front of me between the crosswalk before Broadway and the turn onto St. Mary. Just waiting for the accident to happen…

Who Expects McDonalds to be Healthy?

There’s virtually no dispute that on average Westerners weigh more today than 10, 20, or 50+ years ago. The numbers speak for themselves.

While the concept of “health” is over-simplified, and how our weight factors into that is over-emphasized, there seems to be more risk of something bad happening the heavier we get. I don’t know if it’s years of brainwashing saying this, but that all seems to make sense to me. Being overweight is harder on your body.

All of this said, I can’t really (for obvious reasons) get all preachy about health. I’m more of an “As long as you’re happy,” type of person.

That being said I’m obviously writing a post about this, but it’s in more broad of terms. What I want to know is what is in the title: Why is fast food under fire all the time about people gaining weight?

I mean come on, obviously when you get a Big Mac meal it isn’t the best decision you made that day. It’s meat on bread, accompanied by deep-fried carbs, with sugar water to wash it all down. Not a fruit or vegetable in sight. We all know this, though.

If there are people out there who think that’s a well-balanced meal, I would argue that it’s the education system that has failed. And failed hard.

There’s some talk about how everything at these places are refined, have added preservatives and sugar. Guess what, SO DOES NEARLY EVERYTHING ELSE. Have you ever read the labels of what you buy in the store? If it isn’t free range and organic, you’re basically eating flavoured salt and sugar.

Fast food doesn’t even resemble a healthy meal. Do you think that on the day of a big competition serious athletes opt to have a burger, fries and a shake for their pre-race meal? Pounding red meat, refined starch and oils shouldn’t be an every day thing, regardless of where you get it from.

So let’s start taking some responsibility and realizing that our demands for fast food to be more healthy is ludicrous. Start making sure that everyone understands burgers and fries need to be balanced out, and maybe one day we won’t have this insane notion it’s the fast food joint’s responsibility to help us lose weight.

Blog Break

Well, I took a bit of a blog break. Believe it or not, writing these postsĀ a couple of times a week takes some effort and thought, which means some times it’s easier and other times it’s harder. Recently it’s been a little more difficult, and I’ve had some other things going on, so it got bumped from the list of “important” things to do. Also, I’m trying harder and harder to keep my mouth shut when I don’t have anything intelligent to say. It’s an uphill battle, but I’m making progress.

However, now the hiatus is done, but I’m easing into it. So Happy Canada Day and more to follow soon!