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The minutiae of the bathroom scale

Posted 9/14/2020 5:02pm by Shiloh Avery.

Everybody keeps asking me if I’ve lost weight and the answer is always I don’t know.  Not out of some misplaced modesty or pride, but because I genuinely don’t know.  We don’t own a scale.  Well, not one that will weigh humans anyway.

I find the whole bathroom scale concept one of the most absurd of our culture.  No wonder we’re so obsessed with weight as a society.  Or is the bathroom scale convention simply a reflection of that obsession.  How long has that been an accepted and even expected part of our culture?  Did my great grandparents have a bathroom scale?  Did their parents?

We obsess over weight despite knowing so many other factors could influence such a meaningless number.  I could have gained more muscle and therefore, weigh more than before, or vice versa.  It seems such an arbitrary measure.  I mean, we know if we’ve gotten fat.  We don’t need to check each morning for the minute details.  If my clothes are tight, my relative size has changed.  If I have to go get new clothes because they no longer fit, I might pause to consider a cause of this and decide if I should change one behavior or another. If my clothes still fit, then no need to think about it. But if that bathroom scale is staring at me….

I figure, as long as I'm eating food, not too much, mostly plants, I can ignore the minutiae and I'll be just fine.

Here's the healthy stuff we're harvesting for you this week:

Baby Lettuce Salad Mix: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7

Arugula: $4/5-oz compostable container or 2/$7

Radishes: $2.75/bunch

Baby Bok Choy: $3.95/pound

Scallions: $2/bunch

Fresh baby ginger with tops: $6.95/pound

Okra: $2/pint

Aji Dulce peppers: $3/pint

Trinidad Perfume peppers: $3/pint

Shishito peppers: $3/pint

Ripe Sweet Italian Peppers (red, orange, and yellow): $4.50/pound

Ripe Sweet Bell Peppers (red and yellow): $4.50/pound

Eggplant: $2.75/pound

Butternut squash: $2.50/pound

Chiles (Jalapeno, serrano, chilaca, cherry bomb, cayenne, Aleppo, lemon,  a few Aji Amarillo, and probably a few I forgot): $.25 each

Ghost chiles: $1 each

We'll be at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in Building A 8am-12:30 and at the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market 330 Main Ave NW  Wednesday 10am-2pm and Saturday 8am-1pm, and the Watauga County Farmers Market in Boone 8-noon.  




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