Clean Up on Aisle 4

Of course I have my opinions, but in general, I choose to leave all politics – even food ones – off of this blog.

However…this is just…wrong…


I never go down the baby aisle but I usually DO swing by the candy one to see if there’s anything new. I was shocked to see that at this particular Ralph’s, both were in the same section. What are we teaching our children?


I still bought a bag.


Probably the reason I don’t talk about food politics is because I’m well aware that I’m a hypocrite, as I’m discovering most people who work in this world are.


Even with all of Paula Deen’s controversies, I’d like to have faith that she and her family are trying (like with her son’s new cooking show, “Not My Mama’s Meals“)


Even her famous rival, Anthony Bourdain, can’t seem to keep his mouth off of “the food that is killing us.”

I watched him ingest some if it on his new show, “The Layover.” And I know this stuff isn’t “healthy,” because I’ve experienced a lot of it first-hand.

In-N-Out Burger and Fries


…LudoTruck’s Fried Chicken Balls


…and an eating fest with Roy Choi (of Kogi Taco fame) – all in less than 48 hours.


I cannot tell you how many folks I know who (literally) write the book about organic, all-natural, locally grown and sustainable food – but don’t practice what they preach on a regular basis. They can’t. If you were to be THAT perfect, you wouldn’t be a human being.

Personally, I try to be conscious and live by my ideals. But for the most part, I can’t overanalyze things, because black-and-white, all-or-nothing thinking is what got me in trouble for many years. Yes, I am aware of environmental, human, animal, and health factors when it comes to what I choose to support and ingest. But is that the case 100% of the time? Not even close. Does that mean I need to feel guilty or less worthy if I can’t?

I don’t really have a point here (see this is why I don’t bring this crap up usually) but I can tell you this – after merely thinking about what I was going to write in this post, I lost my craving for the Aisle 4 Lollipop.


Thought for food?


17 thoughts on “Clean Up on Aisle 4

  1. AJ

    I totally agree with the Anthony Bourdain thing. Eden from wrote a piece about the Paula Deen controversy too, and I couldn’t agree with both of you more. I love me some Bourdain, but he shouldnt be picking on Paula for killing America when he is drunkenly pounding cheeseburgers at 2am on his new show. Just because someone is thin (which he is getting a bit of a belly), does not mean they are healthy!

  2. Lauren

    It’s so true that we hold so many self-proclaimed food enthusiasts to such a high standard that when we see one person who is supposed to be “healthy” slip, it’s all people talk about. I couldn’t agree more with you…it’s all about balance. Eat to live 90% of the time, live to eat the other 10%.

  3. Nancy

    I appreciated your thoughts on the Deen/Bourdain debate! My sympathies still lie with Bourdain; sure, he totally hogged out in LA, but he travels the world in search of authentic and not always unhealthy eats. He also shows the good, bad, and ugly — he’s been ill, food poisoned, and over-stuffed — while making it clear (even if implicitly) that he’s not eating in-n-out (or cobra hearts…!) every day. Paula, on the other hand, purported that her cuisine is down-home, everyday-appropriate fare, while hiding the fact that — notwithstanding other factors — had been adversely affecting her health. That irresponsibility, coupled with the cover-up, is pretty despicable.

  4. blt

    Paula is now profiting by selling diabetic meds. So, she’s still cooking disease inducing fare and making $ off it? Ugh. Then again, while I had a tv, she,Sandra whatshername, even Ina made me wince. Ina had good recipes but she’s obese. But Paul Prudhomme freaked me out. I’m one of those “don’t trust a fat cook” people. Love Jaime. Food–when I run into adamant purists–vegan,raw, etc. I just feel drained, even though I keep up on health trends and am conscientious because I feel the difference.I hate it though. I’d prefer to eat all the yummy junk I used to, but I cannot.

  5. Jacky

    Correct no one is perfect. Perfection is overrated. I LOVE Bourdain, but while he was bitchin’ about Deen’s eating he was busy smoking few packs a day. Makes him just as high a risk for diabetes. Or maybe he quit now. Everyone has their vices based on the ways they were raised, their comforts, their downfalls, their friends, what they know… Do the best you can do, life is not a competition!! Anyway, you are right it is all what make as HUMAN.

  6. pure2rawtwins

    agree with you Lynn. it is hard to be perfect and live by the rules when it comes to eating. we are all different. we all have access to different things. so all we can do is do our best and be happy with our own choices.

  7. Jamie [Don't Forget the Cinnamon]

    Such clear marketing on the store’s part–parents of young children are tired and stressed and probably unlikely to survive a trip past the candy without grabbing a bag! And I’m with you that there’s no way to be perfect. I would LOVE to eat 100% local, organic, etc. but when you’re feeding yourself on a budget/feeding yourself period, it would be tough to get in enough calories with that kind of strictness. It just limits your options too much.

      1. Af Ratsja (@AfRatsja)

        LOL! cool! the candies and lollipops are innocent bystanders ;)!
        by the way, food politics is not that bad. ‘politics’ gets bad rep mostly because of bad politicians. let’s show them that politics can be good too. after all, all types of politics influence our lives more than we’d like. like spongebob squarepants used to say, “This isn’t your average everyday darkness, this is… advanced darkness!” 😉

  8. Annie G.

    Food politics is such an interesting topic… Last spring, Evan Kleiman moderated a talk with guests Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan at USC, and it was incredibly fascinating listening to our guests talk about their personal domestic food habits/preferences as well as the type of legislation that eventually influence the sorts of things we see in our grocery stores. As an environmental studies major and amateur foodie, the topic of food strikes me as such an intriguing resource.

    You’re right, none of us can be perfect, and I think everyone just sort of fits in somewhere between hippie food snob and ignorant over-consumer on the consumption spectrum. But we each do what we can, don’t we? For someone who grew up on McDonalds, a good education is one of the only things between my current state and obesity. (I suppose it helps that I’m no longer a picky vegetable-hater)

    PS I really liked this post. 🙂

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