Of intermittent fasting and pyraid schemes

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Published 4.12.2020: This is not what I thought my next piece would be. I am not stuck at home during this pandemic quarantine, in my offline business is considered essential because we make food.

Business is slower than anticipated, and a huge expo at the end of April has been canceled, but I am still at the shop for 10+ hours a day. All of which I note to explain why my writing hasn't increased in my supposed "off" time. My amount of "off" time hasn't increased.

My plan had been to discuss whether human teeth and physiology in the past would favor a vegan past… but instead I am revisiting the whole "nutritional cleansing" nonsense.

Thus having sufficiently buried the lede…. let's get into it.

Covid pyramids

Because so many people are out of work at the moment, there seems to be a surplus of offers to "make money from home." and I'm sure some of them are legit. For that matter, the meal replacement multi-level marketing scheme is legit— and some people do make money from it.

Having looked into multi-level marketing schemes in the past, I still tend to se them as pyramid schemes. Legally they are not, because customers do get product, but there's no way to look at how "high earners" get that title and not see a form of pyramid. Once you recruit a new seller to your "team," ever after you get some small percentage of their sales' proceeds. As well as some portion of the recruits that they bring in.

Note: apparently the 2020 term for multi-level marketing is "network marketing" but it amounts to the same thing. You
pitch product to friends and family and try to convince your customers to become sellers so that you get a small bit of their comission.

For the person at the top, if their recruits produce, the money comes rolling in. In the schemes that I looked into, the goal was to sell to and/or recruit friends and family into your network. Even assuming I'd be comfortable doing that (I'm not), it seemed to me that if you recruit the entire family, the rest of them are SOL. I suppose in-laws could be a target market, but…

Thanks for being on the front lineā€¦ here's a shake?

Around me, local restaurants have been reduced to carry out, and many have taken to donating meals to staff at local hospitals. This is great because the kitchens (and some staff) are put to work, and the medical staff gets a great meal.

Well, apparently the meal replacement people are donating shakes too— but I can't imagine how this is something anyone coming off a 12 hour shift is going to cheer. I think most people would rather have real food rather than some processed weight loss formula shake.

And make no mistake, these shakes are intended as a weight loss aid. The idea is that you drink your breakfast and lunch then eat a small dinner consisting of actual food. I suppose there is some time savings to be had with a shake, but to me it sounds like a ghastly way to live.

The entire thing irritates me. I'd muted this person previously, after she exulted a child using the "cleansing" shakes to lose weight (see link above). i may need to do so again. I'm not a fan of using personal Facebook pages for business purposes, but maybe that's just me.

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