Alas, my bills are paid, and I’d rather read between the lines. This exhaustive commenting thread is just a goldmine of insanity and lulz.
Kelly M 2 hours ago
So, basically, what your telling your readers is do as you say, not as you do. I find your “I like the way sugar tastes” comment offensive. You rally your twitter followers with “Sugar should be outlawed” but then post your love of it in every other post. And then you wonder why people doubt your sincerity. So if your poor, you shouldn’t get to indulge, but if you have the extra income, standing in Whole Foods eating 4 candy bars is perfectly acceptable. I use to find you amusing, but as one of those people that cannot get a job paying more than $10.00 an hour right now, and needing assistance, you just lost a long time reader.
juliaallison 2 hours ago in reply to Kelly M
Okay. Sorry I offended you! I wish I didn’t enjoy sugar. I try to avoid it. But I think getting upset about this might not be the best use of your time.
Kate921 2 hours ago in reply to juliaallison
Wait, did you not just dedicate an entire post to discussing how people should not tell others how to feel? Why do you get to dictate what should or should not upset your readers?
juliaallison 1 hour ago in reply to Kate921
You’ve got to be kidding me.
Please, PLEASE find something more constructive to do on a Sunday night. Anything will do. Any old bills you’d like to pay? NYT to catch up on? Perhaps start your novel?
TKM 1 hour ago in reply to juliaallison
As a publicist, this is a pretty crap response, Julia. Obviously I’m not your publicist, but if I were, I’d recommend that you’d respond more like, I apologize for my posting about making sugar illegal, more that it should be limited, or not pushed by various government entities, and list articles about limiting sugar consumption.
You have a wide audience, you probably shouldn’t be alienating them.
Then again, I’m just a reader. Feel free to ignore/respond.
juliaallison 56 minutes ago in reply to TKM
Seriously? Okay, here’s what I’ll say. What I meant when I said “I wish sugar were illegal” or whatever I said is that I wish I didn’t have access to something that was so simultaneously delicious and crappy for you. People existed in a perfectly happy state for hundreds of thousands of years without Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I wish we didn’t have them available.
All that said, I don’t know why I should apologize for saying that I wish sugar didn’t exist and also admitting that I like it. I don’t make policy. I cannot enact reforms that mean sugar will be illegal. I wish all we had was healthy food, food that was good for your mind and body. I strive every day to eat healthy. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail.
But I’m not going to apologize for expressing my actual opinions and they are as follows:
1) I enjoy the taste of sugar.
2) I believe sugar is bad for me (and everyone else).
3) I try to limit my consumption of it.
4) I make an intellectual distinction between limiting my consumption and talking about it in a joking way (like “I LOVE CHOCOLATE!”) and/or posting photos of things like pretty cakes.
5) For health reasons, I wish processed sugar products were not easily accessible / had never been invented.
That’s pretty much my final word on the subject. If you would like to continue to disagree with me, go ahead, but I really don’t have much else to say.
TKM 38 minutes ago in reply to juliaallison
I will also add that I lived in Crown Heights, where our grocery stores were pretty crap when it came to produce. However, a few blocks north? Farmers’ market and grocery store were produce was available for *very* reasonable prices. Do I think sugar should be pushed ahead of healthy living? Of course not! But if someone wants a cupcake, it shouldn’t be a political statement.
juliaallison 32 minutes ago in reply to TKM
I’m speaking about people who eat it as a primary source of calories.
TKM 42 minutes ago in reply to juliaallison
I do disagree with you. Your argument seems to be “I love sugar, it’s bad for me, I wish it were illegal so I wouldn’t eat it.” However? I don’t eat sugar, for the most part. It’s not difficult. Cut it out, have it as a once in a while thing. I had a macaron for my first sugar in a few weeks yesterday. Not the end of the world. Just have it on occasion! Sugar can be pretty freaking awesome when you have it in the form of a particularly awesome creme brulee or cupcake. Yeah, people shouldn’t have it every day. That’s common sense. However, it shouldn’t be banished.
If you’d like to respond to me like you did to Kate921, I roasted a chicken for my husband tonight, so he’s well-fed, I’m turning 27 next week, our apartment is clean, I have a full-time social media job and all of our bills are paid in full.
juliaallison 34 minutes ago in reply to TKM
I wish it were illegal so people who aren’t as wonderfully disciplined as you wouldn’t eat it as a major source of calories. As I’m sure you know, sugar is one of the primary causes of the MASSIVE obesity crisis we’re dealing with in this nation – an obesity crisis that ends with diabetes, heart disease, and hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars in health care expenses.
THAT is why I wish it were unavailable.
TKM 12 minutes ago in reply to juliaallison
I would also love to see statistics of people who consume sugar as a “major source of calories.” Are we talking cinnamon bun for breakfast and chocolate bars for lunch and dinner? Because if you include sugars from fast food, then that’s an entirely different demon than sugar. I’d be hard-pressed to find someone who consumes sugar as a primary source of calories, unless they solely live on Cinnabon, Frappuccinos, etc with literally no other nutrients (Double Downs and Big Macs would count).
juliaallison 6 minutes ago in reply to TKM
PS. “obesity-related illnesses cost New York State residents nearly $8 billion a year in medical costs, or $770 per household. ”
juliaallison 7 minutes ago in reply to TKM
Fast food is full of high fructose corn syrup. I would recommend watching “King Corn,” reading “Fast Food Nation,” or seeing the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” if you want to learn more.
I would also look to any of the studies that associate diabetes with low-income areas. “Diabetes rates in the low-income neighborhood of East New York, for instance, are four times those in affluent Gramercy Park” – NYT – and this stat is just the beginning of this op-ed, which recommends that the food stamp program not allow sodas to be purchased with the stamps. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10...
TKM 21 minutes ago in reply to juliaallison
I wouldn’t call myself “wonderfully disciplined” so much as “just don’t eat crap regularly.”
I will agree with you that sugar should NOT be a primary source of calories. The Paleo/Primal diet, as well as the Atkins diet, are pretty rad sources for this. Contrary to popular belief, neither is comprised of bacon! and steak! and pork rinds! Both push vegetables as the primary component, cutting out sugar, promoting veggies, healthy fats, etc. (and grains/gluten, which you might actually prefer, seeing your gluten intolerance.) So! Do I still think sugar should be illegal? No, because people should be allowed to make their choices (including tobacco, which, if you outlaw that, then outlaw alcohol, and welcome to a riot).
juliaallison 10 minutes ago in reply to TKM
We don’t allow kids under 18 to consume tobacco and kids under 21 to consume alcohol. I think it wouldn’t be ridiculous to ban soda and candy for kids either. Riot or not, they’d be a lot healthier, and some studies say that they would be less medicated (for things like ADHD, etc).
Plus, the fact is, people are not allowed to “make their own choices” when they have nothing healthy to choose. High fructose corn syrup has, for years, been supported and subsidized by the government (you should watch the documentary “King Corn” or read the book “Fast Food Nation” if you’re curious about the subject.)
Part of the problem, ironically, IS choice – there are not enough healthy food choices in America, particularly for low-income families. I used to work at Stateway Gardens – a housing project in Chicago (now torn down) – during the summer before college. They couldn’t get a healthy grocery store to come to the area, so the residents were forced to purchase food from the convenience stores on the corner – which, of course – sold only snacks, candy and soda. These same residents were frequently obese and had a multitude of health problems (my job was to match them up with the proper governmental programs to help them with various needs, including food stamps).
Access to healthy food (and education about what food is actually healthy) is a HUGE problem, and should be a top priority of our government. It looks like Michelle Obama has taken on healthy eating as her pet cause (at least for kids), but that’s just a start.
Just telling people to not “eat crap regularly” is fine for those of us with access to healthy food and the education to eat in a way that supports our bodies, but many Americans are not in that boat.
manx885 4 hours ago
Please don’t take this as a “hater” comment, because I am genuinely curious, but how exactly did you go from talking constantly about the toxic effects of sugar and how people on food stamps shouldn’t be allowed to purchase sugary goodness to talking about your love of sugar in 50% of your most recent blog posts?
juliaallison 2 hours ago in reply to manx885
I love how sugar tastes but I don’t think it’s good for you. That’s pretty much it.
manx885 30 minutes ago in reply to juliaallison
Right, and that’s fine, but you made it more offensive and complicated than that when you went on a rampage about controlling other people’s consumption of sugar. I often feel the same way that you do about sugar being delicious but terrible for me and wish there weren’t so many glorious treats out there for me to sample. However, I wouldn’t go on record as saying that people on food stamps shouldn’t be allowed to use their food stamps to purchase it. Just as you’ve said several times, sugary products can be nice treats on a rough day, and lord know that people on food stamps probably have rougher days than you and I combined.
Sorry if you feel like people are attacking you, but I think the focus of their animosity right now is on your comments about not allowing poor people to have it but then gratuitously posting all about how often you eat it/crave it. I know it’s maybe none of our business, but by having a blog and trying to attract readers you have to understand that every now and again something you say will raise concerns amongst your fan base.
juliaallison 22 minutes ago in reply to manx885
I was actually just responding to a Fast Company article which said that people on food stamps shouldn’t be allowed to purchase candy and soda. I didn’t come up with that idea!!! I just said that I wished sugar were illegal for EVERYONE.
I honestly don’t care what people think about my views on sugar. I’m sure people have all sorts of views about alcohol or drugs. Some people feel alcohol and drugs should be illegal. Others feel they should be legal. Personally, I have no trouble avoiding alcohol, but I also think it’s not great for most people, and I’m glad our consumption is limited, as a society. Drugs, same thing. I don’t have a problem with it, so I personally don’t need them to be illegal, but I’m glad, for the good of society, they are.
My point was only that sugar – ie, candy and soda – should be treated in the same way that alcohol or drugs are: it is dangerous to our bodies, leads to numerous health complications and is not great for a healthy society.
OBVIOUSLY I am not saying that an occasional CUPCAKE is an issue here. If that isn’t obvious, forgive me. Just the same way that most people don’t feel an occasional glass of wine is a problem. But the obesity crisis suggests that the “occasional cupcake” is NOT what is happening within our society. What is happening is that people are relying on junk food to get through the day, every day.
It is a testament to how profoundly dumb Julia Allison is that, despite having full control over what comments are published on her blog, she allows well-reasoned, critical comments through despite being incapable of responding coherently and intelligently to them.
But, really, Julia Allison has a point. She just wants to help ALL THE POORS so they can quit being such disgusting diabetic fatties that are driving the cost of health care for ALL THE GIRLS (read “for Julia Allison”) to staggeringly unaffordable levels (read “not free”).
At this point in our little online reality show, it is, well, pointless to point out Julia Allison’s inconsistencies. We’ve recycled through plot lines so much that Julia Allison deserves some sort of hippie sustainability award. I just find it interesting that she mentioned another job that no doubt Dadsers must have pulled strings for her to get and no doubt she spent it sitting around, bitching about how disgusting and gross all those diabetic poor people were.
What I want to know is who is she sucking up to at Fast Company, and for what purpose? Does she feel the need to get on the cover of another magazine, or is it as simple as there is some dick that she wants to sit on?
At least she is finally going to stop publicly grieving:
Sorry, but I’m confused by the tone of this and other recent posts. You were *so* devastated by your recent break-up and you are still very much in love with Jack. You wrote a long post two days ago about how you are grieving. But this exchange with an ex-boyfriend (your most recent ex before Jack) seems oddly jolly and flirty. And the other posts – about your holiday plans, about your dad in the garden – they sound like they’ve been written by a completely different person than the one who wrote about grief and mourning only a few days ago. Could you please tell us some more about where you are now, emotionally?
um … basically I decided not to grieve any more publicly, for a variety of reasons. For the time being, I’m going to write in my journal about it. I said my piece, I have to go through the rest of this alone.
Re: Taylor – he’s just a friend – we’re not in any way romantically interested in one another. Our break up was mutual and amicable, and we were friends during my relationship with Jack. I wouldn’t describe us as flirty, we just laugh a lot together. He’s more like a brother.
I know I send flirty someecards to my brother complimenting him on his gigantic, girthy cock. That’s not gross or disgusting at all. But at least she finally learned that a Pancakes pity party is one that is best thrown offline.
Oh wait. . .