Wednesday, February 06, 2013
I've been waiting for the new season of "Smash" to begin, since I enjoyed its debut season last year, and last night it finally did.
It's the drama/musical on NBC that traces the creation of a Broadway show and all its personal entanglements and conflicts. One of the big attractions of the show is that the audience is treated to several full-scale musical productions, and the two female leads have wonderful voices.
The debut last night did not disappoint, although critics will probably point to the rather weak, predictable story line. But it was okay by me--I'm looking for entertainment, not analysis!
Also, a few days ago I watched the video, "Forks over Knives" that I've heard about. It makes a strong case for "plant based diets"--i.e., vegan. I'm what you might call a semi vegetarian since I avoid all meat and poultry but still eat fish, primarily seafood. I do this not for a health regimen but out of compassion for animals, who I believe were not meant to spend their lives in a cage before being hauled away to a slaughter house. Admittedly fish probably suffer too in their capture, but I once tried to give it up and couldn't--I like it too much. And fish like salmon supposedly have healthful omega-3, whatever that is.
But a weakness in my plan was that I continued to use most dairy products--cheese, yogurt, eggs--although I do drink soy milk. Anyhow, the video stresses that dairy products are just as guilty in causing health problems as meat--and so I have re-evaluated my program, if not for health reasons at least for my original motivation, which was concern for farm animals.
I'm going to try to avoid those foods and see how it goes. This morning I had fruit, half an English muffin with margarine and scrambled tofu with non-dairy cheese for breakfast. It was pretty good! Eggs are one of the my favorite things, so I don't know if I can stick with this plan, but I'm going to try.
By the way, I saw another video with Dr. Oz who endorsed the theory of "Forks over Knives." I also read a review that pointed out several fallacies in some of the studies presented in "Forks,"but one has to make up his/her own mind about what's best for him/her. So that's what I'm trying to do.