If Mold Won’t Eat it, Why Would You?


The other day I had a conversation about nutrition with a henchman. No, I wasn’t at the gallows. I was on a film set for a period film about an 18th century swindler. But that’s neither here nor there. What was interesting was this burly guy, with black makeup around his eyes (think: Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow) was telling me he doesn’t eat any carbs. At all.

Now I have had my own run-in with the carbs-no carbs conversation and have come to the conclusion that a touch of carbs, like a touch of red wine, is a good thing. It’s all about variety and filling your plate with things from outside in their most original form possible.

Processed foods can kill you. The Emmy Award-winning show The Doctors recently aired an episode with Dr. Jim Sears who showed a twelve-year-old hamburger in his nutrition classes. It has no mold on it whatsoever. Why? Because of all the chemicals that it was originally sprayed with ~not for the purpose of his classes, but for the purpose of consumption!

Here’s the visual.

The thing is as old as my kid. Ewwwww!

Would you eat a burger made out of “pink slime”—the name given to the mechanically separated meat that’s treated with ammonia hydroxide to kill bacteria like E-coli?  McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Burger King, once purveyors of pink slime, say they have discontinued their use of this meat, made from discarded beef (i.e. everything else from the cow that had been deemed inedible), but who still does? Schools serve it up daily in kids’ lunches.

If mold won’t eat it, why would you? See for yourself on this segment of The Doctors.

So now that I’ve thoroughly grossed you out, let’s talk about how to be proactive.

Education yourself. Read the labels. Teach your kids to do the same.

Buy organic where you can. That might mean eating less meat due to cost, but as I like to say, less is often more.

The average American eats 80+ pounds of chicken annually.

Tips to Buying Natural and Organic Poultry
• To save money, purchase the whole chicken. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the most expensive by the pound.
• Check the “sell by” dates, and plan to shop the day before, when your butcher marks down the poultry and meat.
• Consider buying direct from a farmer’s market.
• Check the sodium levels on fresh and frozen chicken packaging.
• A truly natural chicken breast has 50 to 75 mg of sodium. If there’s more than that, the bird has been “plumped”.

Fill at least half your plate with vegetables. That includes salad. Make your meat be the garnish, not the centerpiece.

How else can you get your plate in shape? Please share your ideas!


  1. Jonell Galloway

    March 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Love your writing and perspective! Keep up the good work.

    1. powerofslow

      March 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Thank you for your kind words, Jonell! Your blog is delicious, if I might say so myself. 🙂

      Best to you! Christine

  2. JimmieDiea

    March 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    This story is like any other that moronically repeat urban legends. Get the REAL fact from well respected food safety web site below.

    1. powerofslow

      March 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Your email address tells me everything, Jimmie. And at the risk of sounding defensive, this blog is well-respected too. Thanks.

  3. Judy Peterson

    March 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Unbelievable! Just as I came to the end of your wonderful entry about our food decisions an ad pops up from Domino’s Pizza suggesting 16 Parmesan Bread Bites to go with two med. 2- topping pizzas! That is what is filling our heads as we decide how to “get our plates in shape” !!!! No wonder so many bodies are so out of shape and sick. Thanks for your entry.
    Saturday Farmer’s Market here I come!

    1. powerofslow

      March 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      How ironic, Judy! I had no idea they run ads on my blog. Hmmmmm! Hope your visit to the farmer’s market was fun. I love the one in Orange!

  4. willowdrinkwater

    March 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Imagine that, we are having organic chicken (a whole one) from Whole Foods today. Just walking into that store gives me a healthy feeling. They vet all their foods Keep up the good work.

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