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Finish that expression.

Sardines, of course!

Yesterday, I was watching Dr. Oz, who was touting a book that looks mighty interesting to me called the 4 Hour Body. How could you not be interested in a book that promises Rapid Fat-Loss? Holy Moly, I just called up the Amazon link, and it also apparently promises incredible other stuff, too. I REALLY might need to order this book!

I think I just lost my train of thought entirely!

What was I talking about anyway?

Oh, yeah.


Dr. Oz and the guy who wrote that book, Timothy Ferriss say that if you eat 30 grams of protein 30 minutes after you get up, that it gets your body’s fat burning hormones cranked up first thing. To get 30 grams of protein, you could drink a protein shake of some sort. (I’ve never drunk one of those things…they seem so artificial…they kinda worry me.) Or, you could eat 5 eggs. WAY too many eggs.

Then later in the show, he was talking about foods you can eat that will help your hair, if it’s dry, and he mentioned sardines.

So, when I was googling high protein foods, there was the lowly sardine on the list! Full of protein, and Omega 3 oils.

Maybe I can become a fat burning machine with a glorious head of hair.

Ya think?

Well, this started quite a furor on a message board that I frequent. Apparently, there are a lot of haters out there. Sardine haters.


Mark Bittman, The Minimalist, a food columnist for the New York Times, cookbook author, and one of my favorite foodie go-to guys, praises the lowly sardine. Check out tip #74, here.

I really like Mark Bittman a lot, by the way. Despite the fact that he went with my arch-enemy, Gwyneth Paltrow, the woman who has stolen the worldly fantasy life that I should have had, They traveled all over Spain with my other favorite chef, Mario Batali.  The fact that she is beautiful, talented, charming, intelligent, funny, gets to sing with Vince Gill, eats brunch with The Barefoot Contessa (another heroine of mine in the food world) and never puts on an ounce of weight while eating gourmet food is all just salt in the wound. Honestly, it’s almost too much to bear. Like sardines gone bad.

(Gwyneth, if you’re out there reading this, and you’d like for us to be reconciled, call me next time you make it to Music City, and you can work on making it up to me.)

Anyway, back to sardines.

I’m thinking about eating them for breakfast…but they seem a little strong for breakfast….
I don’t know if I’m up for it this morning, after eating a whole can last night. With Dijon! And Triscuits! I eschewed the Tabasco, Mark. But they were great! Then. But first thing in the morning? I dunno.

What about you?

Are you a hater?

Leave me a comment, and let me know your feelings on this important issue.
Or, you can let me know how you feel about the 4 Hour Body. Or Dr. Oz. Or Mark Bittman.



Friday 25th of February 2011

Hmm, well now, I do love sardines and if in a hotel I might choose kippers for breakfast so I guess sardines wouldn't be that much of a stretch, somehow I think fresh and grilled might be more palatable than tinned at that time of day.As for that Barefoot Contessa, she is not well known here in the UK but I discovered her quite recently and if Gwyneth has been brunching with her I am pretty sure she has not been swallowing because that woman does not skimp on the butter, cream, fat..And on the subject of Gwyneth, I have a feeling I might have an uncontrollable urge to slap her if I met her, I think it might do her good.


Wednesday 26th of January 2011

I like sardines enough but I know I could not stomach them shortly after waking. I have an especially hard time stomaching Dr. Oz. I wanted to like his show.. really I did, but everything is so overly sensational. Every pre-show announcement makes you feel like there's major emergencies about to occur no matter what you do, or don't do. It plays on fears and I just don't like it. Fun post.. now quit belching sardines in my general direction! ;)


Wednesday 26th of January 2011

Eeeeeeeeee. I do love Gwenyth, though. I also can't manage to spell her name correctly.I agree with Jenny - I'd rather have 5 eggs.I love you, though! :)

Lincoln and Jenny

Wednesday 26th of January 2011

Ick! I think I'd rather have the 5 eggs!! Jenny

The Reader

Wednesday 26th of January 2011

As much as healthy hair and body sound good, I think I'll try and find some other way to 30g of protein in the morning. I've never actually tasted a sardine, so I can't say for sure, but I'm fairly certain I wouldn't like it. Maybe, *maybe*, in that salad Faith mentioned. Maybe. 'Cause it sounds like most of that would cover up the taste of the salty little fish. Still, not a breakfast food. Now, a tuna fish sandwich....I could do that. How much protein in a can of tuna??