Enough Justification?

From The Tampa Bay Times, re: Burger King’s Impossible Whopper:

“Nutritionally, the two burgers are almost identical. The Impossible
Whopper will save you about 30 calories and a gram of saturated fat.
Itโ€™s got nine more grams of carbohydrates and one more gram of sugar.
With 25 grams of protein, the Impossible Whopper has just three grams
fewer than the original. Additionally, an Impossible Burger also doesnโ€™t
contain the same antibiotics or hormones as ground beef. At $5.29 a sandwich,
the Impossible Whopper will run you $1 more than the original.”

Accidentally ran across some of the facts I had been wondering about, after trying that Impossible Whopper the other day.ย I shouldn’t have assumed that it was healthier, just because it is plant based, because it doesn’t appear that it is. In the same way the flavor and texture is basically a draw, it seems the same is true for its “health” attributes. ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ” The only big benefit, mentioned later in the article, is that itย uses 95% less land and 74% less water to make than the beef patty, with 87% less greenhouse gas emissions. ๐Ÿค” So, yeah… not sure if that changes how I feel about it or not. There’s probably more detailed health comparisons somewhere more scientific, but yeah… ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Roll With The Changes

So I tried the Impossible Whopper on my way home from my workers comp doctor appointment today. It’s strange… I don’t know exactly what to say about it. ๐Ÿค” It was different than a normal Whopper, which you’d assume, but not in a way that made it any worse or any better than the traditional kind. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ I suppose the only thing that I’d have even noticed, if someone had just brought it to me and let me think it was a regular Whopper, was that it was a little dry / less greasy.

But by the time the cheese, lettuce, mayo, ketchup, etc is added – it’s honestly hard to notice any difference. And if it is legitimately more healthy (or at least less un-healthy)… something which I never bothered to Google… then yeah, I’d probably always order it over the “normal meat” Whopper. I think White Castle has the same kind of “fake meat” in a version of their sliders, so I might have to give those a try sometime as well. I’ve got no problem reducing my meat consumption as long as it tastes basically the same and isn’t detrimental to my health. ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿค ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

As for my appointment today, again I suppose that I just took for granted that it wouldn’t be much different than any of my other visits with the workers comp doctor. But since it was with his PA (also a “real” doctor, of course) there was a set of “fresh eyes” on all my info. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ”Ž He actually did that because the first time I saw him, many months ago, when I was originally going to be moved mostly to his schedule, I wrote a summary letter for the past decade and said I’d appreciate hearing if anything jumped out at him which may not have been something that me and my original doctor had been addressing.

Be careful what you ask for, though…ย ๐Ÿ˜ It’s nothing bad bad, but having new xrays and scans of the area from fairly recently – he took a good long look at them in comparison to the ones from before / recently after my original surgery, as well as whatever few that have been done between then and now. ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ๐Ÿ’ป It’s nothing that I’ll have to address any time soon, but as always expected… after over a decade of three of my vertebrae being fused, the one above it is just showing signs of eventually needing attention as well. ๐Ÿ˜• Nothing horrible, nothing urgent… and since it’s something that I was already aware of as an eventual and likely possibility, having him remark about it honestly just rattled me because it hasn’t been one of the things on my mindย lately… not because it’s an “Oh no, a new surprise thing” thing.

But I like this doctor… I mean, time will tell if I like him as much as Dr Walter… but he talked with me a long time today, despite knowing that I’m still somewhat radioactive, and in detail that let me know he’s aware (or at least assumes) that I’m able to understand more than the average patient. ๐Ÿค“ย I think he’s even older than Dr Walter, so I’m not sure why he’s got a PA position there. It could be he does his “real” doctor-in’ on all the other days when he’s not at this particular office. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ But yeah, it’s fine… and if anything, I still think the “fresh eyes” are good… especially since he might end up having to write some reports that explain how my original work injury / surgery is what has caused this newer potential issue – because you can bet your ass that I’m going to do everything that I can to get it included into my current claim for wheneverย I might have to start doing things that involve it. ๐Ÿคจ