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Food For Thought: Simply Sara

March 23, 2012

As I have revealed, I am currently residing in the wild wild and wonderful West Virginia, and sometimes I think I’ve seen it all. For instance, the other day, I went to Wal-Mart to return something for my brother (who lives in a city without a Wal-Mart…such a thing exists?!), and was in line behind an extremely obese woman in an automated wheelchair. Sure, this is a pretty frequent occurrence in a West Virginia Wal-Mart, but…when she went to put in a money order at the counter, dropped her wad of cash, leaned over to try to pick it up and…oh god, she tipped over. Onto the floor! It was so awful and, as she lay struggling to get up, it was like time stopped for a moment and nobody knew what to do. Finally, a few of us assisted her back onto her wheelchair, and she completed her money order with a few self-deprecating jokes and some complaint about her thigh probably being bruised but, ohgoditwasterrible.

Recently, while researching for my post on “Paula Deen Diabetes ESCANDALO!!” I discovered an online cooking show called “Simply Sara” that simply amazes me.

Sinfully Sara’s YouTube channel is billed as “a three dimensional food experience from the pantry to the table” and, while I’m not completely sure I understand what that means exactly (is food usually two dimensional?), I understand even less why it would ever be a good idea to use condensed milk, an entire pint of mayonnaise, AND a cup of sugar in a macaroni salad. And who is this woman that has created such a disaster? I attempted to do internet research to find out, but all I could uncover was this “Encyclopedia Dramatica” entry (what is the internet?!) with a surmised run-down of her infamous “salad”:

  • Celery: 5 calories
  • Green Pepper 30 calories
  • Carrot: 30 calories
  • Large onion: 45 calories
  • Cup of white vinegar: Approximately 40 calories
  • Cup of sugar: 1,000 calories
  • Can of sweetened condensed milk: 1,300 calories
    • 30 grams of fat
  • Pound of macaroni: 1,600 calories
    • 8 grams of fat
  • Jar of Mayonnaise: 3,000 calories
    • 320 grams of fat

But the thing is, none of this surprises me. When you live in areas where 3 apples costs $2.50 and a family sized bag of Doritos also costs $2.50, where opportunity and education are lacking, and where spending life in an automated wheelchair is not only perfectly acceptable but a fairly frequent occurrence, it is not that astounding to consider that there are women and men just like Simply Sinfully Sara who are living and eating this way every single day (Spicy Spam Kabobs, anyone?). Instead of mocking Sara, or the woman in the Wal-Mart who fell out of her automated wheelchair, I think “What can be done to help these people? And what are we doing wrong?” This is a national crisis, and sometimes I feel so lost in trying to discern how to deal with it.

Simply Sara

(Image courtesy of BigRedKev)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2012 7:39 pm

    I’m kind of speechless and wish that was a joke.

  2. Sierra permalink
    March 28, 2012 12:16 am

    That was disturbing on so many levels. That isn’t food that is a heart attack waiting to happen!

  3. Stavros permalink
    April 4, 2012 11:56 am

    Bit late to the party on this one im afraid

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