An Unlikely Partnership: Breast Cancer Research and…Fried Chicken?

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Meet my new best friends.

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I’ve always known that I’m slightly anemic – that is, my iron levels are lower than average, causing me, among other things, to be constantly tired, cold and prone to sickness. I noticed the past couple of months that my symptoms had gotten worse. I was even more tired and cold than usual – plus I’ve been craving ice like nobody’s biz (also a symptom of anemia) which, sadly, made me even colder!

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I checked in with the Doc yesterday and my iron levels had indeed dropped lower than what they had previously been. My body is operating around 70% of what it’s capable of. My doctor told me he was surprised I was able to get out of bed in the morning! 8O

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We’re still determining the severity of the situation, but until then, the prescription is chewable children’s vitamins. And LOTS of ‘em! A regular dose of these babies is 1 vitamin/day. I’ll be chowing down on 4/day until we figure out if this is just a classic case, or something more. Good thing I like the taste!

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Lesson learned: If you feel crappy, there’s probably something up. Go to the doctor and get help! :D

In happier, but still cold, news – I had the most fantastic breakfast smoothie this morning. And, alert the press, it didn’t have spinach in it!!! I made a Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie! :D  

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In the mix:

  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats (uncooked)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana

Blend the first 4 ingredients until smooth. Add in the banana, give it a few pulses with your blender’s “ice crusher” setting, then let ‘er rip. You’ll be enjoying in no time!

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Enjoy I did!! Can you say peanut butter milkshake?! The vanilla whey protein powder gave it such a smooth and thick consistency, while my Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter gave it a decadent peanut butter swirl taste.

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I am in loooooove.

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I savored it from my super-cute Iowa glass. Isn’t it fun?!

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For lunch today, I packed the other Veggie Salad I pre-made earlier this week.

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What’d I tell ya’ – chop once, enjoy twice!

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Dried cranberries
  • Peanuts

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I’ll be trying out my new Trader Joe’s Raspberry Vinaigrette on this today. I’ll let you know how it stacks up against my beloved Annie’s variety!

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Oh, I also decided that it’s been far too long since I last enjoyed a bag of Lime + Salt Popcorn, so I brought some for an afternoon snack.

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Mmmm, it’s so buttery and satisfying. Plus, you get popping instructions right on the bag. How clever. ;)

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In other news…I’m annoyed.

It’s true. I got the mail after coming home from my morning Mom walk this morning (I’m so bad about getting my mail!) and what do I see inside? This…

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A KFC and Susan G. Komen for the Cure co-branded coupon book. What?!

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Am I the only one who sees something terribly wrong with this picture? Why on earth would Susan G. Komen for the Cure - one of the most respected contributors to cancer research and prevention in the world – pair with Kentucky Fried Chicken? The company who’s last big media push was around a sandwich that has two pieces of fried chicken for buns. FOR BUNS!

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It’s things like this that make me wonder – of all the people that had to sign off on a campaign like this, how did not one of them raise a red flag to say, you know what, maybe this isn’t such a good idea. On top of everything else, they couldn’t even put a bucket of KFC’s grilled chicken on the cover of the coupon book? It had to be of the fried variety?? SGK needs a new marketing/PR team – stat!!

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This whole thing just doesn’t sit well with me. Anyways – that’s my rant. What do you think?

TGIAF!!!!!

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Comments

  1. Alison 04.29.2010

    How are those flinstones treating your stomach? I’m anemic too but supplements make me feel worse so I’m curious to hear if the baby doses are gentler?

  2. Anemia sucks. Our ice maker can’t even keep up with my need to chew. It’s ridiculous. And iron pills make me sick! Ugh, I need to look for the children’s stuff I guess. It might not be so rough.

    Good luck with it! It’s such a pain.

  3. Bridget 04.29.2010

    That is definitely a strange pairing between KFC and Komen. I am extremely anemic as well and suffer from low hemoglobin levels too. The iron pills make me sick, but I try to eat spinach and raisins every day. They have high amounts of iron in them. I need to start taking some of my kids’ vitamins! Good luck and I hope you’re feeling better.

  4. Nicole, RD 04.29.2010

    Well, that’s…different. I’m not so big a fan, either. Kinda sending the wrong message considering saturated fat intake and breast cancer are linked. Oy!

  5. kelly 04.29.2010

    Love the glass–where did you get it?
    Thanks!
    Kelly

  6. becca 04.29.2010

    that makes no sense! I mean other than the fact that KFC is paying for the advertising in 50 cent increments on the buckets it’s so dumb. eat some chicken get more unhealthy and fight cancer….RIGHT???

  7. Kruti 04.29.2010

    Hi, Aw I was severely anemic a few years ago, and to get my iron levels up i actually had iron pumped into my blood which helped a lot. My symptoms were not bad at all either, which was quite odd. And I also take these iron supplements everyday, it’s a brand called Rugby and it has about 5 gr(325 mg) of iron, which is a lot. And hope your iron levels get higher :) !

  8. Kelly 04.29.2010

    I can NOT believe they added their name to KFC
    I am walking the 2Day could you imagine if KFC is offered on the walk? That’s just gross! It should be water, gatorade, protein bars, fruit, etc
    and yes as Nicole says saturated fats definitely contributes to cancer–to all cancers

    I WANT to stick up for Susan G and think they just were thinking of any and all ways to raise money for breast cancer, HOWEVER I am with you not 1 person of ALL the people that had to sign off on this thought this may just be a BAD idea???

    Not to mention KFC has had a bad rap for yearsssssssss.
    This seems like their evil ploy to be part of something that will help get THEM more business.

    Sorry for the rant I just can’t believe this! =(

  9. Jenny 04.29.2010

    I think it’s a horrible partnership between KFC/Komen….

    Take a peak at this link: http://selfishgiving.com/causerants/komens-cause-marketing-program-isnt-fingerlickin-good

    Pretty on-point!

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  11. Angie 04.30.2010

    Love the peanut butter oatmeal smoothie!!! Amazing:)

  12. Maura 04.30.2010

    That is ridiculous. WHYYY on earth would Komen pair with KFC? I brought this up at a meeting at work today (I work with breast cancer docs) and they are all in shock. I hope they get enough feedback and stop distributing those packets.

  13. Emily 04.30.2010

    Hi there, funny you mentioned it. My boyfriend and I saw an ad on TV for this and thought it was a joke at first. We’re both veggie, but even if we weren’t, KFC represents obesity or at least exploitation in its targeting of lower-income, city-bound populations with temptingly low prices on unhealthy dinners. I think its unfortunate that this organization paired with them but I was already aware of some contraversy on their funding in general. I’m not sure of the specifics but I always critically research any organization before I donate. Thanks for making your readers aware of this strange duo!

  14. Tracy 05.01.2010

    I wondered the same thing when I got the coupons for KFC with the Susan G Komen info on them. What the heck!! I don’t get it. I also LOVE the peanut butter/banana smoothies!!! They are my absolute favorite.

  15. NS 05.01.2010

    SGK doesn’t surprise me! Not our charity of choice as they support planned parenthood with donations that should go to breast cancer support/research.

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  18. jen 05.10.2010

    I don’t know how I missed this post of yours before, but…THANK YOU! That whole fried chicken/breast cancer research thing completely ticks me off! I am so with you girl, what were they thinking!?

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