February 28, 2015

Thinking about Lent

I know that many persons choose to "give up something" for Lent.  Chocolate is often mentioned, which makes little sense to me.  Why not give up spinich or asparagus or all vegetables for that matter?  I have sometimes replied, when asked, "I am giving up 'giving up something' for Lent.

I was thinking about food and fasting, what food is good for you and what food is not good for you, what is healthy and what is not.  And then I came across this article about Warren Buffett - you know him as one of America's richest men - a billionaire, an investment guru even at the age of 84.  They say he breaks all the rules on how to invest his money and has become rich doing it.  Now it seems he also breaks all the rules about what to eat and not to eat, and lives a long and healthy life despite his diet.

Patricia Sellers reports in Fortune that a quarter of his 2700 calories per day come from his five cokes per day - three during the day and two in the evening.  Further, he also likes to eat Utz Potato Sticks with his cokes, except for breakfast when he might prefer a bowl of chocolate chip ice cream.  Did I mention he is 84 years old and one of the richest men in the world?

Buffett himself explains his high-sugar, high-salt diet this way:  "I checked the actuarial tables and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old. It's the safest course I can take."