So today is my birthday and there WILL be cake! I was thinking about going without it for the simple reason that I am BACK on the wagon! And how. And I’m wary of anything spoiling that. We dieters know that one slip can be fatal. Well, not really fatal, obviously. You don’t die from eating cake! But once you’ve let yourself have a forbidden fruit it’s so very hard to stop. Which is why I’ve never been all that keen on the idea of forbidden foods on a diet but my resolve and belief in the Paleo way was much restored after I watched the film Cereal Killers over the weekend.
It wasn’t so much the now usual form of immersive documentary making – it’s a bit like SuperSize Me – but all the experts who came on to give their testimony, some happily retracting from all the “carbs are good, carbs are great, praise them” mantra they had previously spouted.
Paying on the net
Anyway you have the link here if you too want to watch the film. What intrigues me most about this venture though is that someone has made a movie and is distributing it solely via the net. A DVD is planned for later but if you want to see the movie on its release, you have to download it via an exclusive distributor. And pay for it. It’s about three quid to rent for 72 days; a tenner to buy for keeps.
One of the respondents on the Cereal Killers Facebook page said she’d seen the item about it on Breakfast News on the BBC and was horrified she had to pay to see the movie! After all, everything you get online is supposed to be free isn’t it?
Free to who?
But as I wrote in the Guardian many years ago, I think we very much SHOULD pay for content we consume online. Not all of it, obviously. Or even most of it. But if someone’s gone to the trouble to make a film, programme or piece of music, why should they give it away for free? Are they expected to work for nothing? Imagine if that mindset applied across the board and everyone’s employer suddenly expected them to work for love not money? While still having bills to pay.
I know lots of people are indeed expected to work for free today but if this goes on much longer and perpetuates further, we won’t have a first-world economy. We’ll be back to days of barter and exchange and economic growth will stagnate and disappear. Now then, there could be a green environmentally-friendly argument for saying we should do just that. But I’m guessing most of us wouldn’t want to do without our lovely techie toys which are improving all the time. If we want our economy to grow, if we want our world to get better, we must pay for it. Artists shouldn’t be expected to work for nothing. I was very glad to pay to see this film. And I highly recommend you watch it too.
I won’t list the salient points of the film here because I want you to watch it and see all the expert testimony for yourself. Suffice it to say I found it inspiring and ever since watching it I’ve gone back to Paleo to the max and I’m finally taking my coffee sugar free! This is now my fourth day. It takes two to three weeks to get used to it according to who you believe. Or even as many as six perhaps. But as with giving up smoking, the first few days are the hardest. After which it becomes routine.
I’m also still off the cheese unless it’s part of a meal. Snacking is the thing I’m trying to stop. That aside, this diet is very easy to follow. Yesterday I didn’t want my tea! I still felt full from lunch which was only the insides of a BLT served with olives and an avocado! This is a great way to eat, a great way to live. Join us?