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Fired for Being Veggie!

A New York foreign-currency trader was fired after his boss learned he was vegetarian. Ryan Pacifico was mocked and endured remarks like, "You don't even eat steak, dude. At what point in time did you realize you were gay?" And his former boss would go out of his way to make him feel uncomfortable, by ordering hamburgers and sausage pizza for weekly team meetings. Mr. Pacifico, a married tri-athlete, called the situation bizarre; The New York Post reports.

How silly. Being veggie is totally badass! Batman is a vegetarian. And Iron Man drinks green shakes. Actually, sometimes guys bust my chops about not eating meat, and doing Yoga, but they back off when I punch them in the face. Just kidding, I could care less.

In related news, earlier this month a group of flight attendants were fired for being too fat.

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Pat - January 30, 2009 8:33 AM

You should know you don't have to resort to violence over this, Gerry.
Just put them in side plank and leave them there while you debate the issue of diet choices. And watch the tears form in their eyes.

James - January 30, 2009 1:32 PM

What ever happened to the word, tolerance? Nobody should have to endure verbal abuse on what food choices they make.

Keep in mind this works on both sides of the coin; I have seen several people on this blog (I won't name names) mocking those who choose to eat animal products (i.e. calling them primitives), which is no better attitude than this idiot boss in this article.

Steve - January 30, 2009 6:11 PM

No one should be mocked on this site for eating animal products. My books from Dr Fuhrman have recipes which use animal foods. Gerry eats fish. I eat a little of the lower nutrient density foods, including cheese and beef at times. I am not going to spend all my time fretting over this food and that food, that is just neurotic.

If you only ate foods with the highest nutrient density your diet would be all kale and collards, and your health would suffer.

It is extreme positions (such as when saturated fat is labeled a super food and that sort of thing) that need to be shouted down.

Cheers, Steve

Ole Kr - January 31, 2009 10:52 AM

You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the sign post up ahead, your next stop...The Twilight Zone!

Josh Souverain - January 31, 2009 11:28 AM

..but saturated fats IS a superfood. If you dont eat enough, your own body resorts to making it for you. And that's a fact.

Michael - February 1, 2009 10:39 AM

Interesting "fact" Josh. Got any references to back it up?

Josh Souverain - February 1, 2009 1:02 PM

sure thing Michael. A quick google turned this up. Not the best reference I admit (its makes several inaccurate statements about saturated fats), however, this bit is interesting:
During the study, 10 healthy participants stayed at The Rockefeller University Hospital for nearly one month while eating low- and high-fat diets. All of the people had minimal changes in the composition of their body fat. However, the seven on low-fat diets increased blood levels of saturated fats, which the body makes, and decreased levels of polyunsaturated fats, which the body cannot make.

...among participants on the low-fat diet dramatically differed from the compositions of their diet and body triglycerides. For example, their circulating levels of palmitate, the major saturated fat, increased an average of 54 percent and circulating linoleate, the major polyunsaturated fat, dropped an average of 44 percent, in comparison to the dietary and stored fats...

"We know that most of the saturated fats in the blood triglycerides of the people on the low-fat diets were newly made fats," explains Jules Hirsch, M.D., senior author of the paper and physician-in-chief at The Rockefeller University Hospital. "Only three sources can be responsible for circulating fat. First, the body stores, which are very slow to change to circulating fat. Second, the diet, which we controlled. This leaves the third source, the body's production of new fats."


and there you have it. If I can find time I'll dig up some more references for you.

Sara - February 1, 2009 2:17 PM

Josh- I think you are in the wrong blog.

Steve - February 1, 2009 2:43 PM

Josh, the same can be said for cholesterol, I would not interpret that as "cholesterol is a super food".

Personally I am not too interested in super foods, I agree with T Colin Campbell who said nutrition results from the symphony of thousands of different chemicals that one receives from a diverse, primarily plant based diet.

Regards, Steve

Sara - February 1, 2009 5:55 PM

BTW Dr. Fuhrman's dietstyle is not a low fat diet. He recommends fat from plant foods - nuts, seeds and avocados. The whole food.

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