Monday, November 23, 2015

The Stores are Open on Holidays...Boo Hoo

When the holidays come rolling around, usually beginning with Thanksgiving, the bleeding hearts start their campaign to boycott stores that are open on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. These whiners think the employees should be at home celebrating with their families.

Below is just one of the many, many posts you'll see in the weeks approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

I see a lot of stores on this list but what I don't see are casinos! I worked in a casino in Las Vegas for about 20 years, and always worked on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Easter, July 4th, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and so on. Where were the boycotters then, huh? I never saw anyone outside the casino carrying signs that said “Let The Employees Go Home!”

Of course the complaint of these whiners is...'why do people have to go shopping on the day of a holiday?' My answer to that is in the form of a question...'why do people have to gamble, get drunk and be obnoxious in a public place on the day of a holiday?'
A lot of people work on holidays, not just retail store employees.  Police, firemen, hospital workers all work on Christmas and every other holiday.  So why single out retail stores?  I don't get it/
I was happy to have a job and so are most people. If we had to work holidays, we did.

So you have to work in a store on Thanksgiving...cry me a river.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Processed Food and Type 2 Diabetes

I am not a doctor or a nurse and I don't have Type 2 Diabetes. So this writing comes from what I have read about the condition and what I've seen in those who do have Type 2 Diabetes.
I think by now we all know that processed food is bad. It is the cause of obesity and diabetes. Why? Because it's processed with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), sodium and a lot of chemicals.

But what really irks me, no I'm way past being irked, what makes my head explode is when a diabetic says..."we can't have anything with sugar, so we buy sugar free ice cream" or “the pie has to be sugar free”. But then I see these same people eating processed food, as if they don't understand anything about processed food and diabetes or the consequences of high fructose corn syrup, not to mention the sodium.
What seems to be a common misconception with diabetics is they think sugar is only in desserts. Sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are preservatives in processed foods, not just pies and cakes.  You'll find them in canned, packaged and frozen dinners.

Below is an excerpt from an article from DiabetesHealth website, it's a basic and simple way to remember what a diabetic should and should not eat:

Here is an example of high fructose corn syrup in processed food. This is the ingredient label from a 12 oz. can of Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce. You'll notice it has 4 ingredients, 2 of them are sugars, for a grand total of  21 grams of sugar per 2 ounce serving!  This is the sort of food diabetics should RUN from, it's worse than the sugary pie or ice cream:

In contrast, below is the nutrition label from a 56 ounce carton of Red Button Raspberry Cheesecake Ice Cream.   The sugar content is  15 grams per 4 ounce serving.


To all diabetics, if you insist on eating processed food, please read the labels and educate yourself!!  If you don't know what processed food is, or you think high fructose corn syrup is 'OK' then it's time to have a talk with your doctor!!

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