the American way

…just a few thoughts from Larry, creator of Gabby Gray Whiskers



“Turn your ear to me, rescue me quickly.  Be a rock of refuge for me, a stronghold for my deliverance.” PSALM 31:3 TL

Worldwide, these are difficult times for all of us.  It is interesting to observe what or whom people turn to in times of adversity.  The following is my response submitted to ‘letters to the editor’ to this morning’s local newspaper headline.

Yippee ki-yay, buckeroos. Citrus County residents must be planning for a range war that would make the wild, wild West of yesteryear look like a cake walk at the local church picnic. Today’s Chronicle headline reads, “Local gun store sales soar.”

Surprising? Not at all. This is the American way – solve insecurities, fears, and differences with a gun. I remember an old western movie in which the hero manned 5 guns at one time thus eliminating the band of bad boys who were threatening him…

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PANIC 101 describes my food buying over the past month.  Rather than following the basics of KETO, I grabbed off the grocery store shelves dried beans, sacks of wheat flour, cornmeal, and rice.  Yeah, survival foods.  If and when the meat counters emptied, cartons of eggs disappeared, and fresh produce became non-existent, I planned to survive with a bounteous supply of beans, rice, and cornbread.

But, here’s the problem – I don’t like the above mentioned survival foods.  I bloat, I fart, and I am never satiated.  The sugar addiction has returned and my arthritic pain has increased.  Oh Lord, how I miss hamburgers and greasy pork chops!

It’s a brave new world we face challenged by a virus that could kill within a week and a questionable food supply.  Yes, I weakened and stumbled, but I’m back.  Those survival foods will sit on my pantry shelves as intended – when nothing but twigs and roots from the nearby woods are available, I may consider making a bean and rice casserole or frying pan cornbread.  But, even then there are numerous videos on YouTube concerning foraging for food in the backwoods.  Wild edibles are undoubtedly healthier than that white wheat flour just waiting to screw up my lipid profile and increase my inflammation.  What’s that you say?  Watch out for the mushrooms – they can be deadly.

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Father, forgive me for I have sinned…..well, maybe not sinned, but I sure as hell have strayed.  Yep, I caved about 3 weeks ago to medical ‘experts’ telling me that I was for sure going to have a heart attack or stroke if I did not fix my lipoproteins.

So, I began again the statin regimen for cholesterol knowing full well that cholesterol is not the culprit and I gave up a serious and successful keto-genic lifestyle.  Within days of resuming the statin regimen my muscle and joint pains increased and my mood swings returned.  I no longer felt satiated after a meal, intermittent fasting was more difficult, and those sugary snacks became more enticing.  Woe is me!

My name is Larry and I am a glutton for self-abuse and self-doubt.  Today after 3 weeks of meatless fare, I had my first meat, a juicy hamburger topped with onions and cheese.  DELICIOUS.  I intend to have eggs with bacon tomorrow, butter in my coffee, and a steak with greens for dinner.  If I indeed should die, I shall depart this life with a greasy smile on my face.

I have been to the top of the mountain and mine eyes have seen the other side where vegans, vegetarians and WFPB people live.  Praise the food gods for grace and mercy as they have shown me the way back to people eating tasty animals.


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