Almost every day, I receive a very informative e-mail from RealAge.com about healthy living, and how eating broccoli can add five years to your life, exercising regularly can add another ten, yada, yada, yada. Yesterday’s e-mail said this:
Protein, Not Deprivation
A higher protein diet doesn't have to be carb free to help you lose weight. Severely restricting carbohydrates is not the reason some people experience weight loss with a high-protein diet. It's the protein that sates their appetite and helps them lose weight. In a study, people who ate just a bit more protein each day, while eating less fat and an average amount of carbs, felt sated earlier, ate fewer calories, and still lost weight.
Idiot that I am, I decided to send this e-mail to Auntie Linda with what I thought was a cute little commentary before it:
This is true. When I eat a whole jar of peanut butter, followed by a 16-oz. steak, I'm full for the rest of the night!!!!
Why do I say idiot? Because instead of forwarding it to Auntie, I clicked on reply and it went to the nice folks at RealAge.com. I got this response from them:
Thank you for contacting us. In regards to what you are eating, a whole jar of peanut butter, followed by a 16-oz. steak does not sound like a healthy approach.
Member Services Representative
Live Life to the Youngest!
Duh, Linda H*****! I was a bit embarrassed. Not much, but a little. I replied to the woman:
I was joking. I hadn't had my coffee yet this morning and it seemed funny at the time. I LOVE your e-mails and have really benefited from them. Sorry about that!
That poor woman is such a nice person. I’m sure she gets these ignorant e-mails from dumbasses like myself all the time, and yet she had the patience and maturity to respond with:
I am glad to hear that you were joking, I was worried about your heart. You have a great since of humor..LOL
Let me know if you have any further questions.
I’m going to be much more careful when I e-mail from now on.