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If You’re Not In It, You’re Out Of It

1funny226Common sense, kindness, compassion, hope, love, a sense of humour, and caring, combined with the dreaded ‘m’ word, you know, moderation might be the answers to all this confusion. Those things should never change.

Sometimes it astounds me, but we still believe.

It doesn’t matter whether they tell us it’s new and improved, a new formula, a new design, it’s soooo much better…and we believe.

Commercials, polls, experts, ads, doesn’t matter how wrong they are or how much they’re lying…maybe we just want to believe.

Too many ‘studies’ have been commissioned by those who will profit from the findings.

  • Dairy was best for you, no, dairy is evil.

  • Eggs are worse than terrorism.

  • Chocolate makes you fat; dark chocolate is good for you, no it isn’t, yes it is…yes…it…is!!!

  • Cancer is caused by everything, so here, take these seeds, drink this, no, don’t, yes…

  • Olive oil is a god.

  • Gluten once strode the Earth like a mighty colossus. It had it’s own section in the grocery store, was an ingredient in everything we ate, had ads and billboards, was splashed on race cars, yet now, gluten is to be feared and shunned – proclaimed the author of our looming demise.1funny219

  • You’re too fat or too thin; to some, you’re both.

  • Your hair is the wrong shade and give it a minute, yes, the style has changed again – get thee to a hairstylist!

  • Headphones should always be small and discreet, now they should cover a large surface of your head.

  • Cellphones had to be large; then small, now smaller, now smaller, now bigger, bigger, now so huge they barely fit in your hand. And don’t forget, you always need new accessories.1funny238

    You need the latest version, the latest edition, the latest thing or who knows what will happen? Remember, if you’re not in it, you’re out of it. I hate to contradict The Ramones, but…1funny218

  • Experts tell us how to parent, this changes drastically depending on who you’re listening to, in what year. Most importantly, everyone you talk to is right.
    Breast is best except when it isn’t, then formula a corporation says is best, hope it isn’t contaminated, and of course, it can’t be dairy (refer to the above, dairy is now evil).
    Where do babies sleep on these days, their back, side, stomach, sitting up, in a special floating hammock?
    When should they get solid foods, start talking, walking, and don’t forget to turn them all into baby Einsteins.1funny221

  • Dieting advice, ads, etc. is even more complicated than parenting – eat everything, then nothing, eat this, don’t eat that, balance on one foot, drinking water, singing Queen’s We Are The Champions, the pounds will just melt off.

  • I can’t even watch a detergent commercial without thinking, “Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you’ve got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn’t your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash” ~Jerry Seinfeld. That’s about how seriously I take advertising.

  •  Polls all skew their questions to get the answers they want and let’s be honest, people lie. Why even bother?

    I understand that with time, research, testing, etc. we know more and sometimes even know better, but please we need check our sources. Then again, who can keep up and do we really want to?

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125 thoughts on “If You’re Not In It, You’re Out Of It

  1. Stop the world. I want to get off. All that chatter coming at me from all directions–I can’t take it anymore. Is it true, dairy is evil? I need that new cell phone? Aack! Stop. I can’t think!

    😀 😀 😀 Isn’t this the t.r.u.t.h.?

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    1. Who knows what’s true and what’s bought and paid for these days? You get different ‘truths’ depending on who you listen to. 😉
      Hope this day treats you kindly, Tess, all the best. 🙂

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      1. That sounds lovely…I’m too tired to even be tired right now. lol 😉
        I think I hear a book I’ve been neglecting calling my name. 😉

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      2. I did as well, the book was a lovely companion until I rudely asleep while it was still telling it’s story, but today’s another day. 😉

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  2. I’ve seen so many “scientific studies” telling me a food is good for me/bad for me/good for me again I just ignore them now and eat what I want. Because, chocolate.

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  3. Check back in with this post next year and everything will have flipped again. My personal favourite flip was when I recently went to lay someone’s baby down on their stomach for a nap and I was vilified as an attempted murderer. I’m not sure how my kids made it to their twenties. I obviously was evil! Lol

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    1. The way things change it could be different by tomorrow. 😉
      Yes, I don’t know how we ever lived with all the ‘horrible’ things our parents did to us…and their parents…and theirs and so on. 😉

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  4. Oh yeah… “Eat this or you’ll die!” No… “Don’t eat this, it’ll kill you!” As for keeping up… nah… I don’t even want to keep up. 😀
    Another gem from your pen, Donna. Mega hugs!

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    1. Thank you kindly, Teagan, I’m sure how anyone makes decisions about anything anymore…I just go with common sense and moderation.
      I agree with you about the keeping up, what are we keeping up to?
      All the best and see you tomorrow for another installment in your serial…right? 😉
      Megahugs!!! 🙂

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      1. Why thank *You* Donna. I actually just finished getting the episode ready — but I’ll wait until Saturday (here) to post it, just so no one misses it by it being on the wrong day.
        BTW — that was one of my favorite I Love Lucy episodes. ❤ 🙂

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      2. Mine too although I love the Vitameatavegamin one, ok, I love them all, I Love Lucy, I proclaim it for all the world to know. 😉
        Yes, though I’m going yardsaling (it should be an Olympic event) early, I’ll look forward to coming baack to it. 🙂
        Megahugs. 🙂

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  5. At first I thought you were talking about politics and politicians because we’re about to have elections here. In the end I realised it was probably the same thing. People lie or twist the truth to suit themselves and only the experts in the field know the truth but some can be bought and paid for to tell you anything.
    I’m fortunate to be beyond the age where I need the latest phones and far beyond the age where I need bother about the things I eat. According to some I should be dead already. Different things act differently on different people. Eating bacon with it’s fats and it’s salts will kill they say, but I’m still here. If people are sensible and don’t eat meals that will cause obesity or at least not let themselves become obese then they have a better chance than those that eat themselves into an early grave.Common sense is the key to a lot of things in life.
    xxx Have a Great Weekend Donna xxx

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    1. Sadly, David, you’re correct, too many politicians – and let’s remember they’re supposed to be leaders, serving their citizens – lie and twist the truth and too many so-called experts are for sale.
      Common sense and moderation are the greatest weapons against the onslaught of the do-this-do-that-don’t-do-this-don’t-do-that-buy-this-don’t-buy-that craziness. 🙂
      Hope your weekend is as wonderful as you, David (not possible, but we can hope). 🙂
      Massive hugs. 🙂

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  6. It’s all so confusing. My newest dilemma, after attending a sales seminar, should I move from bottled water to a machine that changes my household water to alkaline, which according to the seminar cures almost everything. I chose to continue with water sold in BFA bottles. I can think of so many things that I did simply because someone told me it was good for me. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Water is altogether too confusing – tap, bottled, filtered, and yes, I’ve heard about this alkaline water, but it’s artificial which is different from natural and yup, here we go again, too confusing. 😉

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    1. We should all do what feels best for us, after all, when you jump on a bandwagon you never know where it’s headed! 🙂
      Hope you have a lovely weekend, Jan. 🙂

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  7. Donna, you hit so many of my favorite topics I don’t even know where to begin! So I’ll just say…no fear! Right? It’s all about staring down those who play on our fears, giving it all the sink eye. Claim life. Claim my little patch of space on this planet and…live. Plus, the Lucy and Ethel clip is one of my faves ❤ Have a terrific weekend!

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    1. Yes, it’s all about making us scared so we’ll buy more and more and more. I love your advice, ‘claim life and your little patch of space on this planet and live’, wow, excellent! And the gals from ‘I Love Lucy’ sure knew how to do just that – live!!! 😉

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      1. I’m throwing a high-five and a fist pump your way, Donna! Thanks and I hope your weekend is off to a great start 😀 (I’ve already had some chocolate!)

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      2. It started early, went well, a couple of surprises, and yes, even some chocolate. Exhausted then realized it’s only 6pm. Arrrggh! lol
        Hope you’re having a lovely weekend, Angie, all the best!!! 🙂

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      3. Surprises?! It must be Saturday 😀 Today has been fun, I just blogged about a 5K fundraiser I ran today…and we’re not done yet! (I’m ready to rest a bit tomorrow, phew.) Finish strong, Donna ❤

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      4. Great post on your run, you had me when your son said did you want to hold hands to cross the finish line, Angie. 🙂
        That is not only awesome you did the run (and came before one of our fav DBacks), but the good work it did.
        Good luck with the next…and you’ve got the bug, you’ll keep doing them now. 🙂
        Hope you have a great day! 🙂

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  8. HI D.Parker , just found you through First Night Design! Excellent post, I stand squarely – probably much too squarely for the thin brigade – in the moderation camp. Simple and natural, but then I live on a French Hillside and we’re not exactly cutting edge here! Have a great weekend, off to hit the follow button…… 🙂

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    1. That’s where I found you as well this morning!
      We can virtually visit each other in our moderation camps and enjoy simple and natural. Your lifestyle sounds lovely, cutting edge is really overrated. 🙂
      Hope this day treats you kindly. 🙂

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  9. This is the only thing I know to be true …. eventually life will kill you.

    Everything else is subject to shifting sands. Having said that, I admit I am the Placebo Queen. If I believe something will work, it will 😉

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    1. lol Glad to offer some distraction. 😉
      So glad you could drop, I found your blog and started following you on Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, Bloglovin’ and then I got dizzy. 😉

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  10. Here’s one for ya – the biochemist who first warned of the dangers of trans-fats to our health in 1972 was blackballed in the academic community – 🙂 (Dr. Mary Enig)

    Another? The guy who first postulated there are 11 dimensions – depends on whatever M (or string theory) is currently seen as most promising as to whether he is lauded as genius (cause said theory only works with 11 dimensions) or a blundering fool who should hide in shame and do better with his calculations next time (if current theory only works with a # of dimensions that is anything other than 11) – that poor fellow must get tired walking back and forth from the dog house….
    🙂 Fantabulous Post!

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    1. At the time they wanted to sell stuff with trans fats, now they want to label everything No Trans Fats…it’s all about the money.
      We need to get off the bandwagon and listen to common sense, it’s a better road to follow. 🙂

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  11. THe thing people miss with research is that it’s incremental, and each new finding may or may not pan out over time. People get brethless over news people hyperventilating about a small study as if it’s the answer for all of us for all time… big mistake. Especially common wiht nutritional advice: hence the contradictions. Each new standard is based on far less evidence than people think, largley because so many people want to get on TV, sell books, etc. I ignore all of it. It’s far better to know you don’t know than it is to fool yourself to feel knowledgable.

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    1. Exactly, Greg, wise words. 🙂
      I think anyone who uses common sense and moderation will do better in the long run that bouncing from what one study then the next then the next, article to article, news story to news story. 🙂

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  12. You mean that in order to lose weight I have to sing “We are the Champions?” Who knew? I’ll report back on my weight loss . . . or on how it is going for me in the mental institution.

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    1. You have to follow all the instructions and then I’m sure it will work just as well as every other weight loss advice we’ve all been fed over the years. 😉

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  13. I always love how these same things happen with “how to blog” posts, as well. There are so many “dos” and “don’ts,” it’s impossible to keep up with! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

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  14. I am confused now, I thought Coca-Cola was God, and now I am told that it is Olive Oil! My goodness what is the world coming to? I’ve been sluggin’ down soda by candlelight doing a meditative mantra, ” What if the world could sing in perfect har mon ey!” damn…

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  15. And then there were those old ads that told people how good smoking was for them. I keep thinking I should go ahead and eat what they say is bad because it’ll change in a little while and be good. I also remember the people who ate supposedly bad things and lived into their 80’s and 90’s. Another good post, Donna. 😀 — Suzanne

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    1. Yes and smoking was recommended for people for nervous conditions, etc. What?
      As for food, enjoy what you want, I think moderation is probably more important than what we eat.
      And you’re so right, it will all change depending on who funds what study. 😉
      Hope this week treats you kindly, Suzanne. 🙂

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    1. Lucy can still make me laugh.
      I am starting to feel better, Janice, thank you so much for thinking of me. I hope to be back to blogging soon. 🙂
      Hope this week is treating you well. Best wishes and big hugs xox

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  16. Thanks for sharing this. It’s so true! I think everyone should eat and enjoy whatever works for them. It’s silly how these “one size fits all” diet rules expect everyone to be the same. Glad you stopped by #FridayFrivolity! Xx

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