A Jeb Bush paleo diet will be unacceptable to the recipients of huge amounts of government money going into wheat, corn, and soy.
Reuters has soft-pedaled the issue and made it into a human interest story. But what the President eats to get healthy is of dire importance in the context of the American corporate, cronyist Big Government. There are trillions of dollars on the line.
“On the hunt for the presidency, Jeb Bush adopts a ‘caveman’ diet”
Jeb Bush is eating like a caveman, and he has literally shrunk in size.
The former Florida governor, expected to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, is on the popular Paleo diet, which is based on what are believed to be the eating habits of the Paleolithic hunters and gatherers.
For Paleo practitioners, lean meat and fruits and vegetables are in and processed foods, dairy products and sugary delights are out.
For Bush, the results have been noticeable. Late last year he was something of a pudgy doughboy with a full face and soft jawline. Today the 6-foot, 4-inch-tall Bush sports a more chiseled look. His campaign-in-waiting would not say how much he had lost, but he looks to have shed 20 or 30 pounds.
His son George P. Bush, the newly elected Texas land commissioner, talked Jeb and Jeb Bush Jr. into trying it, a source close to Bush said.
Bush, who associates say has been dining on grilled chicken and salad while snacking on nuts and also exercising, is hardly the first politician to aim for a leaner look ahead of an expected campaign.
Politicians entering a presidential campaign often decide to lose a few pounds to project a more vigorous image. Usually when they do so it means they are seriously considering a candidacy.
Yes, most Presidents have to find a way to manipulate the power of television into their favor, but they usually do it by some kind of restrictive system where they never question the validity of the FDA’s food recommendations. Governor Chris Christie’s lap band is totally healthy but giving up grains is heresy. You can restrict amounts of foods but you can’t leave out the staples of American agriculture. The only exception to this rule right now is the American meat industry—which can be attacked in the name of mythical global warming.
You will notice that the description above of the paleo diet—”lean meat and fruits and vegetables are in and processed foods, dairy products and sugary delights”—completely omits that grains and legumes are off limits.
Even the no legumes rule is a big deal since our government’s “official science” has declared the soybean to be some kind of ideal food for humanity. If you read this blog post you will see that the Powers That Be are happy to kill a few hospital patients to keep up appearances that soy is the ideal fat for human consumption.
But when we come to farming, especially corn and wheat, we are talking about Trillion-dollar spending appropriations. A friend suggested that this is no different than Presidents using private schools rather than public ones, but I don’t think so. There is no way that you can afford to have your national representative publicly healthy by eating meat and vegetables while avoiding grains.
So, count on it, Jeb will either drop out of the race or he will publicly distance himself from the diet and try to make do on weightwatchers or something similar.
(By the way, there are plenty of people who follow this diet who don’t accept the claims of evolution at all. All you need to believe to make sense of the paleo diet is that there was an agricultural revolution in most cultures and that, before that time, we lived as hunter-gatherers.)