Sugar Musings from Minnesota

Strange.  Though I’m not keeping count, I’d guess that half the ads here on TV are for medicine.  It’s ironic.

I’m here in the Mayo Clinic visiting my father.  We’ve been waiting now for almost two days to see a certain specialist.  My mother’s here is well.  We pass the time by conversing, hanging out, reading and watching TV.

Two things stick out when you watch TV here.  One, there are a LOT of ads!  Two, as I just mentioned, lots and lots of them are for medicines.

People here are not thin.  They are overweight (same problem in the Middle East) and unhealthy.  Hence the proliferation of medicine ads.

The ironic thing is that the cause of this health epidemic is so obvious.  Just go to any restaurant and order a meal.  Portion sizes are ginormous.  Also, try to find a remotely healthy option.  Everything is infused with sugar, fat and dairy.  Even the salads have sweet dressings, tons of cheese and/or cream.  I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m having a hard time finding healthy food.

The hotel here has a breakfast buffet.  Being a vegetarian, there’s almost nothing for me to eat.  I don’t eat meat, chicken or dairy.  I also try to avoid sugary or deep fried food.  Fshooop! 99% of my options disappear!  I don’t want to have French toast, waffles, tacos with cheese and chicken, bacon/sausages, serial, donuts, muffins, Danishes, and some of that greyish stuff I don’t even know what it is.

Hmm, guess I’ll have some of that almost-brown toast.  Probably made with sugar too!

With so few healthy options in the mainstream restaurants, coupled with low awareness levels, no wonder so many people eat so much sugary crap.  And no wonder they’re so overweight and sickly.  Which leads to so many ads for medicines!

Tomorrow I’m going healthy food hunting!

Talk to you soon.

2 Responses to Sugar Musings from Minnesota

  1. Jihan 15 December 2009 at 4:33 pm #

    Hello! BIG love to your parents. Supermarket to look for is called Whole Foods. Concierge should be able to direct you to one, or alternatively, to a healthfood store or vegetarian restaurant. But you know this. Happy hunting inshaAllah. Salaam -j

    • Suhail 15 December 2009 at 6:51 pm #

      Thanks Jihan. I guess I just need to get around to it…

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