My Head of Research at Fat Chicks Fitness Havva was kind enough to send this link to an article in the New York Times Magazine from yesterday. The article had a number of concepts I had heard before but also many I had not heard about. The article is fairly long and comprehensive. Enjoy! “…Fourteen years ago the heads of America’s biggest food companies held a secret meeting to discuss the early signs of an obesity epidemic. Did they agree to tackle the public health issue? Not exactly. They decided to profit from it, by making snack foods more addictive. Some industry figures now show a proper sense of shame. But the damage is done..” NY Times Magazine The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food
I think today I will talk about food and some strategies that are working for me. I know you are supposed to journal and I fight that tip every time I hear it. Well! I’m journaling just don’t call it that. I am using My Net Diary on my iPhone. Why does it work for me? Well first and foremost it doesn’t lie to me like much of the packaging at the store. I used to eat cereal, healthy cereal I thought. That was how it was packaged and presented. Put that in my handy dandy program and its telling me good job on the fibre but what’s with all this sugar and salt. Wait for this. The cereal was recommended by my doctor to get me more fibre. Anyway that has been a real help as I can scan barcodes at the store and see how different products compare quickly.
In yesterday’s article about the magic fork Crabby McSlacker commented that “a hint to slow the heck down when eating would probably be helpful too.” To which I thought I’ve read them all and I am not chewing my meat 15 times until it is sawdust in my mouth. Then I couldn’t come up with any other rules for slowing down your eating, so I looked it up on the internet. Turns out, there was a couple ideas that I didn’t reject outright with an imperious sniff and downward pointing thumb.
I eat too fast! It’s a fact. When I was a child it was a race to eat your potatoes and get a second helping before my brothers finished them off. If something tasted horrible like squash (SHUDDERS!) you would start by shoveling as much as you could and choke it back before you tasted it. After that it was long hard struggle to wash the taste out of your mouth and then somehow take another bite. Once we got a dog some of the super time stress was reduced as Blackie the dog could be counted to eat anything.
During our lunch today at my office we had the nutritionist from the fitness club across the street come in and talk to us about our food court habits. All I can say is ouch!! This woman had one hour to give us a condensed synopsis about where we are going wrong nationally as a society, how we can do better and what works with regards to nutrition. It was excellent and exhausting, but I feel inspired. The points that were the most helpful to me personally was the idea that you need to learn to maintain your weight eat what makes you feel good and healthy and stop the roller coaster of feasting and then trying to be perfect. Once you can learn to eat nutritious real food in a way that honours your body consistently for a long period of time then you can try to lose weight. Another idea was that if my great-grandmother would not recognize a food item as food then I shouldn’t eat it. Think about that one! Basically you only shop the outside isles of the grocery store and maybe pick up some brown rice in an inner isle. We got a bunch … Continue reading
Genetically Modified corn or GM corn or Round Up Ready corn was in the news this week. A French study using 200 albino Sprague-Dawley rats that ate GM corn was just released which suggested that eating Monsanto’s GM corn causes cancerous tumors. “Six groups – three male and three female – were fed Monsanto GM maize with Roundup weed killer consisting of 11 percent of their diet, 22 percent or 33 percent. Six other groups were given Monsanto GM maize in the same percentage amounts, but had no Roundup sprayed on them. Another six groups were given Roundup weed killer in their water similar to the levels found in U.S. tap water. The remaining two groups acted as control groups and were fed non-genetically modified maize and water without Roundup weed killer.”
Ok folks it’s time for me to ruin your favourite meal again. You may remember I brought you Chicken Feces Soup some weeks ago. I know I am proud that I have made a trip to the grocery store a bit of an ordeal for some. As long as I am changing lives. For the better or worse, embrace the change! This time we are going to talk about eggs, but not to worry this one is really not so bad. Those eggs come right out of a healthy living breathing hen and off to the supermarket. You can’t really mess that up too bad. Everybody knows a stressed, unhappy or unhealthy chicken will not lay eggs. Oh unless she is drugged up on anti-biotics and hormones.
Sorry folks I have been busy lately and have not had the time to write. Hey, this could be a win win! I get to slack off and you get links to articles far superior to what I would put in the time to write. Life Hacker has done a series of articles on common body, food and exercise myths debunked. These articles are not the usual type of myths like eggs will raise your cholesterol. No they won’t! Yes they will! That goes on forever in the media. These are some of the more off the wall myths. 10 Stubborn Body Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science 10 Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science 10 More Stubborn Food Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science 10 Stubborn Exercise Myths that Won’t Die, Debunked by Science