Thursday, November 21, 2013

The weight industry- both food processors and diet

The weight industry is in a natural conflict, they require obese desperate people to survive. The food industry produces hyperpalatable foods  (hyperpalatable is defined and the ability of a food to stimulate the desire for more); food that stimulates insulin production. Not good for weight loss or maintenance. The food industry also owns many of the weight loss programs, a definite conflict of interest; so how can anyone actually beleive there experts?

Lustig 2.0 shows the reason real food, low carb works. Insulin blocks leptin signaling. Keep insulin down, we can see the leptin. When we can see leptin, we do not physiologically need to eat. We still need to deal with conditioned eating, emotional eating, temptations, obsessions, compulsions, impulses, first pass effect hunger, and all those other things that drive eating.

But if everyone did that, the doctors would be unemployed. There would also be changes in the products of farms.

“May you be well; may you be happy; may you find peace.”
But then what do I know? Breath, smile and enjoy what life has to offer. Dao.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Conflict of Intrest

When a salesman offers his product as the only and best choice in town, is he in a conflict of interest? No, he is a salesman of that product.

If that same salesman sits on an advisory board and recommends use of his produce? He is in conflict of interest. He is not acting as a salesmen but as an advisor.

So if RITZ suggest that you should buy their product, they are not in a conflict of interest, but if they recommend to a third party that you should use their product, they are. 

So no food salesmen, or food industry trained dietitian, or anyone paid by the food industry... should ever sit on an advisory panel. As the food industry funds the dietitian boards, are any of them independent?

There are two separate schools of thought on what is a proper diet, the ancestral diet group, and the modern diet group. Which one is right? No doubt in my mind. Modern 30% obese, another 40% overweight, Traditional diet, 1-3% obese and overweight.

But what do I know? Breath, smile and enjoy what life has to offer. Dao.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Final Leduc Rec Centre


I am not part of the target demography. I have come to accept this. If I want/need to use their facility, I must adapt to fit into their target. It ain't gonna happen.

There is no need of me going into the abusive comments of certain staff. It is pointless. All I need say is that some of their staff have a sadistic side, and leave it at that. I suppose that that goes with bodybuilding - self abuse, trying to get the last bit of muscle growth out of your biology, but not everybody is into self abuse. All I need is a few hours a week to keep in reasonable shape to carry me to my grave.

Their is no point in complaining about them objecting to me lifting a few weight while wearing street close. I am not their target demographic. A few lift is just enough to warm up before a walk, but these young exercise freaks do not know nothing about being old, beyond what their textbook said. It is not about muscle building nor protecting their upholstery, but the rules, while being in such a hurry as to miss what is going on.

As I am not the target demographic, we the fat and scaly, it does not matter if we do not like to display our bodies. All that would be required is a change cubical or two, but non keeps us out.

I am not the target demographic, so it does not matter when the gay decide to have a meet up in the showers. It is non of my business if the perverts are part of the target demographic, that I as a taxpayer am required to pay for.

Is there any hope. No. The government makes so little difference that elections are a joke. One quarter of eligible voters do not agree, oh well. Shit happens. And you wonder why we have no respect for politicians?


Friday, November 15, 2013

LRC part 3

Part 3 find 1 and 2 here and here

Now I need to remind myself that it is not the situation that cause distress, but rather my opinion of the situation. But I do beleive that the previous stairwell issue with the lady I let out was abuse of staff power and elder abuse. Or perhaps just bullying, but if you want to keep people out, it should be signed so, and the signage must be respected by all, including staff, Leduc Fire training, and the private fitness instructors and groups, which occupy the corners. In addition, there are combustible materials being stored in the bottom of that stairwell.

Now, I propose that those stair wells have thumb unlocks on the top floor, in this case. There may be situations where the fire exist are being used for wrong purposes. I guess that kids could sneak in and  exercise without paying, or do something else... but not what are the chances, and the bottom door has exiting only hardware, and perhaps even alarmed or monitored - I do not know.

Now we need to recognise that guideline of safety, as in the building codes and fire codes are general guidelines, but there are cases where these guidelines produce an unsafe condition, and some allowance must be made.

There is the case of hard toed boots, for example. When applied to winter boots, there is a problem. Toes of hard toed boots are bloody cold. So in the extreme cold and long jobs, you have a trade off, in low risk situations. Frozen toes that will occur or crush resistant toes that might happen. Sometimes regulation for safety are just not appropriate. Anyone who insists on enforcing the like is just an ass.

Seniors need special care. It is time that the City of Leduc take responsibility for the actions of their staff, not just follow regulations. They will just go away, silently, and not even bother to vote, as nobody listens anyway. Some of us are less silent, and difficult to silence. You can ignore, but is that your way. It is opinions motivate us, and therefore matter.

Does a little blog have an impact. I do not know. You be a judge of this review?

Next we move to the locker room.

But what do I know. Breath, smile, and enjoy what life has to offer. Dao.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Part 2 LRC storey.

In "the old days", winters, i used to walk in the arena, around the rink. It was good place to walk most mornings. Not a big volume of people around most days, except when something was going on. I could walk around by the locker rooms, or add a few stairs in the circuit. Stairs are great for us old people, they raise the heart rate and keep the legs strong, especially if I did the steps up two at a time and fairly slow. The stairs were nice, up at the south end, down on the next run, along above the penalty box,  then up and down to ice level, and a gentle walk around the ice surface. After an hour or so, I would say enough, and go home, work or whatever. Then they built the new facility. After the flat track showed it's weakness, I tried to go back to the old part, but the staff objected, and drove me out. It is doubtful if there is a reason beyond ego driven rules.

After the new facility, they started to charge. Oh well. But it was not senior friendly much. I missed the stairs, and looked for them. Several of us started to use the west fire stairs, block the door open if it was not open, and a few trips up and down, close the door, and do a few laps. This could work. But then someone stated to object, and the private equipment moved into the corner. Oh well, shit happens, development happens. I question running private businesses out of a public facility, but graft is everywhere. Development is not always progress. It frequently displaces the silent majority, and we sit by and silently take what ever government dishes out. No more. We can speak out. But do not expect much to happen.

Then the management allowed us to use the east stairwell for a while, and that was OK. The east well is a lot colder than the west was, but is OK if the door at the top is blocked open most of the time. But it is a fire exit, and should be closed when not in use. But then one of the staff started closing it, without checking if it was in use. I got locked in once, and I let others out quire a few times. The staff drove me off the use of those stairs.

Then they sighed that corner private, and "dependent erratic random variable" staff insisted on closing the door and locking people in. He seemed to enjoy locking people in, and seemed to enjoy it to much. It is not funny to see a old lady locked in and panicking. I knew that the bottom door opens out (no need to panic), as all good fire exits must, but never had to use it. I know a bit of a thumb latch and signage would resolve the issue, but no one wants to do anything. Also the private use corners that pisses me off. Staff act like it is their building, we are just allowed to use it sometimes.

Locking people into stairwells deliberately is just abuse of power, and an ego trip for the staffer. He knows who he is, as I do.  It is senior abuse, and drove several others out of using stairs. Perhaps fire stairs are not the best to use, but it is far less problem than public stairs. Oh well, they drove me out.

But there is more to come.
Perhaps the civic politics need a lampoon type person on them.

But what do I know. Smile, breath and enjoy the gong show. Dao.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Service Review LRC

This is intended to be a multi part look at the utilization of the facility by this senior. It could be a source of post material for a few weeks, some parts may even be a twisted funny bit.

Leduc Recreation Centre has driven me out. As a grumpy senior (independent variable, possible a free radical) in pain, coping with stupid bureaucracy is not my strong point. It took about 8 or was it 9 phone calls to find out who to talk to, and a phone number. Then there was a issue with reaching the individual. Even the City councilor did not seem interested in the issue. Oh well, that is bureaucrazy. I figured she was nuts anyway, running for city council.

I think they need someone to poke at them. Kid. Stick. Hornets nest. (with a can of Raid® in the rear pocket)

It is a wonderful facility, but it has staff performance issues and operational guideline issues. The facility needs a few minor tweeks to make it more suitable, or should I say this senior friendly.  We need to separate facility from the operation, from some of the staff, and some of their operational guidelines, and standards of personnel training. It is a subdepartment of the City of Leduc, and as a taxpayer, I have the right, if not the responsibility, to express the events or perhaps I should say, my experiences within the facility.

I have been using the facility for a bit now, and it has not always be pleasant, at time just necessary, but there are choices. When my basement stairs becomes a better choice, there is something rotten in Denmark, if you know what I mean.

There is always a question of "who's storey is correct" but as the customer / client, it is I who decides to use or not use the facility. If you are trying to grow clients, is driving away clients who were coming the best way? It may be just economics. They may need to select suitable clients, but as a taxpayer, it should be possible to provide a schedule of target customers. Seniors - stairs walkers, east fire escape and track. 8 to 10 am, for example. It could then be targeted, less volume in the jungle drums, not as loud as the fan, no hearing protection required, no staff locking seniors in the stairwell. If they want to keep the stair well door closed, all is needed is a thumb latch on the inside.

As a senior, I need to ask "who is their target customer?" It seems to me that I am not part of their target demographic. And if you say everybody, just get real. You cannot target seniors and youth for the same facility, at the same time. Loud jungle music and seniors? Well if the senior is deaf, it might work. I can hear, even if I cannot write well. All those years of hearing protection over 75 db may have had an effect. My poor sister is as deaf as a post, but she never did listen to much anyway.

The last thing that happened was when I tried to explain, the `person in charge` ( bounded variable) started to explain her staff actions, before I had explained the whole long storey. How is that for " dealing with customer complaints," but then I spent all those years providing a product nobody wanted, some needed, but many were required to have, against their will. There is no reason to turn the volume up when asked to turn it down, unless they are trying to drive me out. Doing nothing was what I expected to happen, but I was the only one there.

But what do I know? Breath, simile, and enjoy what life has to offer. For today, Dao.

Stories to come:

Walking on the track should not require hearing protection.

Use of stairwells for exercise should not involve harassment by the staff.

The staff should not make comments about fat, deformed, scabby, old, flabby bodies, especially to other clients.

The locker rooms could have a couple or one "change" room, so that we do not need to expose our skin lesions,
and fat flab folds to other.

The gay staff members should not use the locker rooms for their "meetups". When I walked in on that...
I will not go back there.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Blunt pointer

Obesity is the result of chemical addiction to processed foods. Until you all understand and accept that, the problem will continue.

It is not just industry that produces processed foods. Grannies, good cooks, and food addicts all have the capacity.

We have the capacity, in the modern kitchen, to produce hyperpalatable foods. These are the problem. Just take flour, and flavor, sugar, seed oil. Or a bit of protein or fat, add wheat flour, sugar, flavors, fats, and what do we have? Hyperpalatable food.
The definition of hyperpalatable is food that we want more of, the definition of addiction.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Enough Already

Do red poppy sales glorify war? The white poppy peace people say so.

The legion does it's part to glorify war, and the whole US economy is based on war. Motion pictures glorify violence, the gun culture, and the like. Canada is more lay back in this regard, but poppy sales? It is my opinion that the poppy sales do not glorify war, but the organization it supports does. So how do we split a hair? It is easier to split a hare.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Doug Ford smoked crack whoopi.

Doug has the wrong body type to be using much crack. Crack use goes with weight loss. Not Doug.

Alcohol, and food are Doug's Drugs of Choice.

Now Mike Duffy, either he is eligible to charge for his accomication in Ottawa or he is not from PEI, and therefore is not eligible to be part of the senate.  Government cannot have it both ways.