“I feel there are enough shows that make people feel bad about themselves. If you want to lose weight, fine. Just don’t hate yourself if you’re larger than average.” –Josh Berman, creator of Drop Dead Gorgeous

I agree. I also believe there are 2 issues here, both of which I feel passionately about.

1.      It’s painful for me to watch people being made into spectacles (or debacles) on so many shows these days.

While I enjoy watching shows like The Biggest Loser because I love celebrating the joys and successes of people who have lost faith in themselves (to lose weight), it is frustrating to watch someone be humiliated, be yelled at and criticized on national television. On the flip-side, I suppose the contestants DID know what they were signing up for when they auditioned for the show, didn’t they? (Hell’s Kitchen is another example)

2.      It’s frustrating that many shows portray weight-loss as such an uncomplicated, simple equation.

Kelly D. Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale captures my thoughts exactly in this statement from the NY Times- “[Many TV shows] suggest that if you only try hard enough you can be thin. A far better message is that it’s hard to lose weight and that it’s not just willpower and personal responsibility, but that both biology and the environment are players.” As many of you successful weight losers surely appreciate, weight loss is NOT that simple!

I don’t understand why The Biggest Loser DOES NOT incorporate more of Jillian Michael’s  research/tips on hormones, metabolism, body type, genetics, and all of those complicated, yet important factors that go into losing weight!! The show producers could simply replace the time slot that they currently use advertising HFCS-infused sponsor products with something actually useful!! (No sarcasm intended)

What are your thoughts on this??

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Time for a mental break and feast on some vegan banana bread before you share your grand thoughts.🙂

[*Disclosure* This recipe was adapted from Fat Free Vegan …and is intended to convert non-vegans into vegans]

Vegan, Grease-less Banana Walnut Bread

vegan banana bread top

3 big over-ripe bananas
4 ounces soy yogurt (plain or vanilla) or applesauce or canola oil

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup dark sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda

½ tbs cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

1)      In a large bowl, mash the bananas and add apple sauce, vanilla, and sugar. Stir well to combine.

2)      In a separate bowl, combine the remaining dry ingredients.

3)      Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, and stir just until the mixture is well-combined.

4)      Spray a loaf pan with oil/Pam. Spread the mixture evenly in the pan and bake until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

*Important Note *: Fat-free quick breads like this really benefit from being allowed to cool completely, which is why they often taste better the next day. The crust, which is chewier than breads with oil, will gather moisture and softness over time.

vegan banana bread (cross)

My brothers (a non-vegan) review: “It’s AMAZING. seriously. I love it. I’m still eating it, but it tastes really good.Good job!” Obviously he’s my brother, so he’s gotta be a little biased😉 hehe

I say, if you like your bread crust a little on the softer, chewier, nuttier side, you would love this recipe!!

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OK, banana bread break is over! Time to leave your mark in the comments section!😛