Pains, Gains, and Automation

I don’t discuss that many serious topics on  my blog. I usually try to keep things light and fun and delicious. But, there are serious issues that can’t be ignored.

The 2010 obesity rate statistics just came out. The state I’m currently residing in has the lowest obesity rate, yet it still has an obesity rate of 19.8%. In 1995 a 19.8% obesity rate would have put it at the very top of the list. In the last 16 years (and even before that) our country has become increasingly unhealthy. It scares me. It makes me said. It makes me want to get out there and change the world. The problem is, I’m not sure how.



Fifty percent of American women have tried 5 or more diets in their lifetime. Practically everyone has some sort of body image issue, and eating disorder rates are quite high. Clearly, the way our country views healthy living is seriously skewed and has been for my entire lifetime.

Something has got to happen. Something big! Soon! I’m just not sure what. The way we live just isn’t natural. For centuries people have gotten along just fine without ever uttering the words workout or nutrient or exercise or vitamin, but we’ve decided to perform study after study trying to find the best way to exercise, the best way to lose weight, the healthiest way to eat. Yet, we’ve gotten nowhere. The only thing these studies have proven to me is that the human body knows what it needs and functions very well on its own.


Honestly, in order to solve the obesity epidemic, I think the entire American lifestyle needs to change. People aren’t meant to obsess over food with unpronounceable names or spend hour after hour in facilities filled with heavy metal objects pushing themselves to the point of undeniable exhaustion just to maintain a healthy weight. Food is meant to be enjoyed. Movement and activity should be a way of life, not something we go out of our way to do.

Even if there was a feasible way to change the American lifestyle, skeptics would be abundant. People enjoy sitting on their couch  shoveling in piles of fried food for hours on end. People like being able to drive anywhere they want to go.


Do not lose heart; I’m not discouraged. I’m not throwing in the towel and accepting the fact that this is just the way our country is. I’ve just got a lot more thinking to do.

I think if I could go back in time, I might “disinvent” the automobile, the television, and all soda. I don’t blame our unhealthyness on those objects, but they certainly do play a vital role in getting our country to the state it is in currently.

What are your thoughts on the obesity epidemic of the Western World? How do you think it could be solved?

If you could select on thing that contributes most to obesity and eliminate it, what would it be?

I’m sure I will post on this subject again in the near future. This post was really just putting my thoughts out there.

Patriotic Salsa (in less than 5 minutes!)


Guacamole gets a lot of praise.

All of it completely deserved though, the stuff is delicious.

But, there’s a cousin of guacamole that doesn’t receive the credit it deserves.

And this cousin is red.

Serve in a white bowl with blue corn chips and you’re totally patriotic

More importantly, this cousin is delicious.

And takes, literally 3 minutes to make.

Fire Roasted Salsa

This super easy recipe can be made in a matter of minutes. It taste great on chips, tacos, burritos, salads, eggs, potatoes, just about anything really. Make lots, can easily be frozen.

1 (28oz) can Fire Roasted Tomatoes

2 Jalapenos, seeded

1 medium-sized bunch of cilantro with stems removed

3 gloves garlic, peeled.

1/2 a medium onion (optional)

kosher salt

A few drops of Chipotle Tabasco (regulur Tabasco or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper work well too).

Combine all of the above ingredients in a blender or food processor (no need to pre-chop any ingredients, the machine will do it for you). Blend until desired consistency is reached. Taste the salsa for flavor. At this point more salt, jalapeno, or tabasco made need to be added.

Serve and enjoy!



I guess in a perfect world you would really have guacamole and salsa.

Think I could convince the government to change our colors to red white and green?

Did you eat anything Red, White and Blue in honor of the holiday?

What is your favorite thing to eat salsa on? Anything strange/unusual?

Whenever we have baked potatoes, my family always puts salsa on them. I always thought that everyone did that. Only in recent months have I realized that hardly anyone else puts salsa on their baked potatoes (you peeps are missing out!). I also can’t eat scrambled eggs without salsa.