Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Stories: Poverty and Gluten Sensitivity

Hunt Gather Love's Melissa McEwen asks if gluten sensitivity is in fact a form of carbohydrate intolerance?

Linda Tirado (aka Killermartinis) explained to the world what it is like living with poverty and making "bad" decisions. It's an extremely important read and touches on many issues including cooking, food insecurity, and the small pleasure of junk food.

And here Ms. Tirado briefly covers how she winded up where she is.

[And if you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, here's my column for US News and World Report where I explain why I think nothing good can ever come from weighing your child]

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  1. I really enjoyed reading Linda's blog post, thank you for posting it!

  2. Anonymous3:39 pm

    Excellent work, Killer! As a single mother of three who has been there, I can identify with everything you say. Privileged people don't tend to realize how you can go from affluence and security to poverty in the blink of an eye in our society. After a divorce, my former husband took off and didn't support any of us. I endured welfare, used food banks, went to school, practically lost my mind, but got through it. I'm now a university lecturer, but still, ironically, face poverty as one of those women of a certain age, with no pension or health benefits, who is employed on a contract basis. One of the perks of the job is opening the eyes of students who do not know the true story of how close to poverty -- job loss, divorce, illness -- many Canadians are. The latest research also shows that poverty makes people less intelligent, just because it is so stressful and difficult. And guess what....when you're stressed out, you make bad decisions, just to get by. I don't smoke or even drink very much, but I do turn to food for solace. Less criticism and censure, and more positive help, from those who are fortunate enough to be secure and affluent, would help.

  3. Anonymous12:48 pm

    Not arguing at all about poverty affecting nutrition and obesity.

    However, check out youTube bbc program "Big meets bigger Kuwait".
    Kuwait is one of the most obese countries - and one of the wealthiest. There are Kuwaitis with more money than I can imagine who are very obese.
    Even if you're extremely wealthy, to avoid obesity you have to eat what you should eat, instead of eating whatever feels good.

    Mr. Obesity is always out to get you - he uses different tricks if you're poor or rich, so no matter what the cash situatiion is, beware!