Stupid Tuesday Questions, Healthy Living edition

On days when I have a hard time thinking of something to write about, it’s tempting to head over to Huffington Post and find something inane on their “healthy living” page to rant about.  But just like I have no idea why some people think it’s fun to hunt penned animals, there’s little sport in raving about HuffPo.  Where’s the joy in triumphing over such a feeble foe?

However, as I was meandering through yesterday, I came across an item that screamed to be used for a Stupid Tuesday Question.  The headline:

5 Trendy Good-For-You Foods

The trendy foods?  Berries, low-fat foods, omega-3 fatty acids, low-sugar foods, and low-sodium foods.

Friends, I had no idea how cutting edge my late grandfather was, sprinkling his food with No Salt all those decades ago.  Apparently he was the culinary Kardashian of the Reagan era.  Who knew?  I would never have thought to call either low-fat or low-sugar foods trendy either, but I guess it’s my cultural deafness that keeps me from a HuffPo writing gig.

So here’s my question for this week — if foods like “berries” can aptly be described as “trendy,” what else counts?  What other trends are sweeping this nation?  You need not limit yourself to food.   Anything hip, new and cool will do.

My contribution — shoes with Velcro… instead of laces!

Russell Saunders

Russell Saunders is the ridiculously flimsy pseudonym of a pediatrician in New England. He has a husband, three sons, daughter, cat and dog, though not in that order. He enjoys reading, running and cooking. He can be contacted at blindeddoc using his Gmail account. Twitter types can follow him @russellsaunder1.


  1. I hope that by using lard instead of Crisco, I am ahead of the curve and look forward to being trendy around 2015 or so.

    In the meantime, you wouldn’t believe my fried chicken (we use Cheez-its).

  2. There’s these gadgets the kids carry around so they can listen to their damn rock music. Plug ’em into their ears and they tune out the world. I tell you, those bastards over at Sony are starting a cult! Cult!


      Q: Where did you watch last night’s games?

      JIM LEYLAND: It was amazing. We sat we had a tough call. I wasn’t going to use Valverde last night. When it was 1 1 about the fifth or sixth inning and it looked like we had the shot to win it, I had been preaching how we wanted to try to get home field advantage for our fans and Mr. Ilitch because we’re comfortable there. I didn’t want to use him, but I thought it would go against everything I spoke about if I didn’t use him to win this game. It was 1 1. To be honest with you, if it had been 7 1 Texas, I wouldn’t have used him. I watched it. I saw the Napoli home run in my chair in my office. Trust me, I don’t have one, but McClendon has one of those fancy things you can watch like I don’t know what they call it. Playman…

      THE MODERATOR: iPads.

  3. I’ve heard some people have used H20, or water as the old folks call it, for thirst. However i’ve taken to drinking it with bubbles and artificial sweetener in it. I tend to imagine myself wearing wrap around shades and a full length leather coat like Neo when consuming some of this soda. Makes me a chick magnet.

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