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December 13, 2010


Linda Weaver

Paul you really need to write a book or have you done that already?

Neal Skorka


I love this! A rice field doing double duty with crawfish! And them's good eatin'!

Paul aka pt at large

Hey Neal,
Who knew? Have you ever eaten crawfish dishes?

I had no idea the rice fields were doing 'double duty'. People down here go for crawfish in big way. I suppose it's conceivable you could have crawfish etouffee on top of Louisiana long grain rice both harvested from the same field!
I went to the first night of the annual Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana this past May

Here are two recipes for crawfish etouffee. There are two styles, Cajun and Creole. I've got to do some serious research on the differences between the two on my next trips to Louisiana.


Paul aka pt at large

I keep a journal of every trip and have never managed to flesh out all the random notes and anecdotes I've written. I'll settle for little chapters like these blog posts for now:)

Diana Cullum-Dugan

Hey Paul, nice that you visited LA. Any reason other than great photos and the experience? Chris and I just visited Alexandria LA to see her dad and step-mom, delightful people. We went to a couple of plantations, and drove a couple of hours away (forget where), to walk along the river decorated for the holidays.

I have to say - the food is HORRIBLE there for us naturalists who love wholesome, healthy, natural, sustainable and VEGETARIAN options. I did a blog on my website about it called Louisiana Mud Bugs.

Happy holidays!


Paul aka pt at large

Hi Diana,
I've never been far enough north to visit Alexandria. From Eunice to Lafayette to Abbeville I've met some of the friendliest people around. Between the people and the music and the dancing, I'm pretty well hooked.
I enjoy the jambalaya, gumbo,shrimp/crawfish etoufee dishes and every kind of po boy sandwich you can imagine.
You're right,there arent a wide range of choices for vegetarians.I dont have statistics (you could actually help by telling me where to look) but I dont notice any more incidence of obesity in Louisiana than right here at home.

Diana Cullum-Dugan

Really? I think obesity is much higher there. Now, my in-laws are thin but they are the exception. Everyone else in the family was overweight/obese. Remember, obesity is just 30 lbs over ideal weight so for me, 180 puts me at obese.

Here's a site - go here to watch the map change colors then checkout the states listed below:


LA 33%
MA 21.4%

That etoufee is nasty!!! Glad you liked it!!

Paul aka pt at large

Wow, Diana,
that was informative. Thank you. True, according to the CDC charts, which are broken down by black, white and hispanic adults, since 2003, Louisiana has gone from the 20-24% range to the 30% range and Massachusetts has remained at the 20-24% range. The most dramatic rise has been amongst black adults.

The other charts on that site show a shocking increase at the rate of diabetes in the entire country and the correlation between obesity and diabetes.

"County-Specific Diabetes and Obesity Prevalence, 2007" https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.html#State

"Wide sections of the Southeast, Appalachia, and some tribal lands in the West and Northern Plains have the nation's highest rates of obesity and diabetes. In many counties in those regions, rates of diagnosed diabetes exceed 10 percent and obesity prevalence is more than 30 percent.

Eighty-one percent of counties in the Appalachian region that includes Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia have high rates of diabetes and obesity. So do three-quarters of counties in the southern region that includes Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina."

This was truly eye opening for me, thanks for the data.

I still love the etouffee but lots of dancing and five days a week at my health club keep it from showing!

Diana Cullum-Dugan

Obesity/overweight rates are at 64.5%. 85% of adults with Type 2 diabetes are obese. We call it the diabesity epidemic!!

There's a psyche word for this - you become accustomed to what you're exposed to. We see so many overweight people, that we think it's the norm. The perceptions are even for those who are overweight. They think they aren't. Obese individuals think they are slightly overweight. Extreme obesity is what we culturally think of as obese. It's challenging to awaken the world to the reality of our situation when the blinders are on with super glue.

Paul aka pt at large

Diana, this has been a really fruitful exchange.

Between the obesity/diabetes data and your blog, I learned alot.
I just went to your blog https://www.namastenutrition.net/greater-boston-nutritionist.php
and put input data to the BMI (body mass index) and learned my BMI is in the normal range.

I also learned that from an early age you vowed to and succeeded at controlling your own weight. I knew from my own experience you were a fabulous and inspiring aerobics teacher - I can imagine that you put that same energy into your professional yoga instruction and nutrition counseling.

Thanks for sharing this here - who knows where the ripples will flow and who it might touch.

Harold Bahlinger

Paul ……That was very interesting……I sent it to several of my friends……..Thanks for sharing…

Paul Tamburello aka pt at large

Thanks, Harold. Clearly I am infatuated with your state!

May Louise

Wonderful, wonderful, and quite accurate story of the rice and crawfish cycles in Louisiana. I really enjoyed it. Think I told you that years ago I dated a farmer in central LA who planted rice and crawfish, along with his soybeans and corn. I have seen all of this first hand and it truly is fascinating.

Paul Tamburello aka pt at large

Well, May Louise, now corn and soybeans are two other Louisiana crops I need to research to see where they're grown and how they're cycled. Truly fascinating even for a native?...Cool!

Kay Wright


I love your writing as much as I love your enthisium for my adopted home. Something caught my eye in this article and it was about it ending with them.

Have you every met Goldman Thibodeaux? I am sure you know that he is the elder statesman of LaLa. He is also a most gracious person and if anyone can tell you about how it "used" to be, he woud be the person you need to speak to.

He also told me that he would like to sit down with someone who could put into order and writing style his memories of growning up and how blessed he has been.

Are you up to that?

Logan and Ethel Young

Paul, Just read the article, Rice N crawfish, I absolutly loved it. My next door neighbor is Irene Reed,one of the persons in your article, she came over so we could read the article and see the beautiful pictures. She told me she only had one comment you posted about the Cajuns coming from the Carolinas, they actually came " through" the Carolinas not from the Carolinas. They were from Nova Scotia and France.
Thanks again for a wonderful article. Mr &Mrs Logan Young

Paul aka pt at large

Hey Diana,
just read this in Newsweek. This is a new wrinkle on the discussion about the 'up-sizing' of the world's population.

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