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I’m Just Sayin’…

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Sept 2009 014

I know that for awhile the anti-carb craze was the biggest thing in nutrition. But I love carbs. And in
particular, I love bread. Sure, we all need plenty of lean protein, fruits and veggies
and other nutritious morsels – but nothing quite compares to a warm loaf of freshly
baked crusty bread.

A dear friend of mine, who I traveled to meet last week in Kona (where she’s preparing to race the Hawaii
Ironman Triathlon World Championship
) asked me for one thing and one thing only
from home as a last minute request – a loaf of the Great Harvest Bread Company’s Honey
Whole Wheat. I got it for her, though I almost needed to bring two
loaves, as the tempting smell of the fresh bread permeated my carry-on luggage
and was nearly impossible to resist over the five hour flight. Once I arrived,
we celebrated the loaf’s safe transport with an afternoon snack of perfectly
browned toast.

A few weeks ago, while on a trip to Colorado, I spotted this “Eat More Toast” sign in a bakery window. It struck me as part
inspiration and part commandment – and one hundred percent spot-on in its
straightforward message depicting the simple joy of bread.

So I say to the anti-carb crowd, stop depriving yourselves of one of the purest pleasures on the planet.
Bread, in all its glory, is here to stay. Of course it’s important to exercise
plenty and eat right in order to maintain health and fitness, but surely one
tenant of an overall nutritious diet plan should include basic, beautiful
bread. As they say in Colorado
, Eat More Toast!