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outings, dieting and working

In about twenty minutes, I'm going to go into town for the first time since Christmas eve. That's nearly two weeks! Two weeks since I last ventured out of various suburbs (and a small town in Kildare)! The shame. I'll be like someone who's been living in isolation for years, I won't be able to cope with all the people. And the shops. And the bright, shiny lights. Eek.

But there are things to be bought and people to see, so off I go. And I need to get out of the house for several hours because I've spent the last few days sitting at this desk writing an article about various diets and what they entail. I could feel my soul dying. The worst was writing about "Dr" Gillian "You Are What You Eat" McKeith. My job was just to report on the details of all these diets because an actual nutritionist was going to do the criticising (and rightly so), but it was very, very hard to just report the ridiculous theories Ms McKeith (I'm not going to call her doctor, and I wouldn't even if her PhD wasn't from an unaccredited internet college) without critical comment. Even I, whose last study of science was when I did the inter in 1991, knows that chlorophyll can't help you absorb oxygen because it's what enable plants to photosynthesise, and unless the sun is literally shining out of your arse, it's not going to do much good in your stomach. Even if you were a plant, which, if you're reading this, you're not (I hope). This preposterous theory is just one reason why McKeith has been the frequent subject of the Guardian's Bad Science column. I can't believe she's allowed on telly pretending to be a doctor. Anyway, reading about all these diets just made me want to sit down and eat a tub of lard or something. Which I didn't. Although I did have supernoodles for dinner yesterday, which would probably make "Dr" McKeith swoon into her bean sprouts.

In other news, I have been all productive and sent off twobegging letters requests for freelance work from new editors. Now I just have to wait for them to get back to me. And wait. And wait. And wait.


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Jan. 5th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
I knew that name sounded familiar, and I've just been to look her up and oh god. It's her. Bleh. She spouts the most awful nonsense, and has a terrible website.

And how can the Australasian College of Health Sciences be in the USA? That's just confusing.

Yeah, I don't like her either.
Jan. 5th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
chlorophyll can't help you absorb oxygen because it's what enable plants to photosynthesise, and unless the sun is literally shining out of your arse, it's not going to do much good in your stomach

..*shares your 1991 Intercert boggling*

What about... green stuff contains vitamins, including vitamin D and iron? Is that too DULL for these virtual experts? The fuck?

(Also, you are a HERO of domesticity. I spent one, count 'em, one night at home between Christmas Eve and coming back to Berlin. My liver is still shrivelled up in the George toilets, I suspect.)
Jan. 5th, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
Hmm, now I feel like eating a tub of lard, just out of spite.

I had a dream last night that I made a huge pot of spinach and kale and ate it all up. What do you think that means? Is my body trying to tell me something?
Jan. 5th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
I am what I eat?
Yay, I'm a chocolate toffee.
Jan. 5th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
The "Tonight" programme on ITV did a show about her a few weeks ago. They discredited a lot of her claims (not only to do with her diet, but also her claim that she was a regular on "The Joan Rivers Show" in the US. They told ITV they never heard of her!) Anyway, they showed how easy it was to get a qualification as a nutritionist by roping in a 31-stone dart player and having him fill in the form online. He now holds the same nutritional qualification as McKeith. Pretty good viewing, for crappy tabloid-y TV.
Jan. 5th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
The Guardian 'Bad Science' got the same qualification in the name of his dead cat!
Jan. 5th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
Um, that should have been "the Bad Science writer". D'oh.
Jan. 5th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
"Dr" Gillian "You Are What You Eat" McKeith

At this point, I'd like to recommend this book, by Carl Sagan. Although it's more about bad science from the astronomical point of view, I think it shows the likes of Gillian Keith for what they are - chancers!
Jan. 5th, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Aaargh. People keep handing me magazines with that woman all over them, and no. Just, no.

And thank you for adding me. Hello! I've just added you back - I'm looking forward to reading your journal and talking to you.
Jan. 5th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
Hello back! I kept seeing you on other people's journals...and I love your Tara icons!
Jan. 5th, 2005 09:17 pm (UTC)
We do seem to have a lot of LJ friends in common!

I'm very fond of Tara, and spend a lot of the time when watching her thinking 'Yes, I've been there.' Well, apart from the magic thing, of course.
Jan. 5th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC)
unless the sun is literally shining out of your arse, it's not going to do much good in your stomach

Hee! I'd love to read a review that says just that. :)

I'm making your cream of veggie soup, by the way. It's been in the crockpot for about 3 hours and it smells heavenly!!!
Jan. 5th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oooh, I hope you like it! I'm going to make some tomorrow - I picked up some carrots and parsnips today for the purpose.
Jan. 6th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
Tell me of this veggie soup, young sibling.

There are, incidentally, lots of top soups in that book what I got you. I made the Simple Garlic Broth from it yesterday, due to being all sniffly and piteous, and I swear, IT CURES COLDS. It also made my flat and me smell of garlic for the rest of the day, but hey...
Jan. 6th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, hang on, found your soup! This is what comes of trying to catch up with about a weeks worth of everyone else's posts.
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