I just had a wait! what? moment. Continuing my Stick with it: a willpower special reading in The Guardian this morning I began with Martha Hayes’ How to quit sugar this year: ‘It’s a lifestyle change, not a diet’ and at the third paragraph I slammed on the brakes when I read: From the World […]
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Six years ago I lost 80 pounds, dropping from an obese 265 pounds to my high school weight of 185 pounds in about six months. I accomplished the feat principally by eliminating junk and fast foods from my diet. I kept the weight off for more than four years, but over the past two years […]
[Update at 0549 on 20 September: the deciding factor? High Fructose Corn Syrup. Campbell’s uses the sugar, Amy’s uses organic cane sugar. I know, I know, HFCS gets a bad rap, sugar is sugar, but there is this.] *Nutritional information in grams per can of soup. Brands of soup after the jump…
An urban legend is told by baby boomers of being harshly instructed by their parents to clean your plates because there are starving children in India who would love to have that food. The smartass response, also an urban legend, is the kid who whips out a large manila envelope addressed to “The Starving Children […]
Who decides what is a portion? Ultimately, we do, but most of us don’t stop to consider the question: we think a portion is whatever the amount of food in the box or can or bag we’re about to eat is. A small bag of potato chips is not a serving. A can of pop […]
I don’t remember where I first encountered the idea that the three most dangerous substances for human, that we regularly ingest, are all white: sugar, fat and salt. There’s a reason that heroin addicts going cold turkey are given sugar to take the edge off and there’s a reason that we ingest far more sugar […]
So, today is Friday and Friday is the day The Guardian posts Oliver Burkeman’s weekly column: This Column Will Change Your Life. I might get frustrated that the column isn’t posted early enough for me to read the newest offering when I get up—the time is presently 0525 EST/1025 GMT—but I survive because I’m slowly […]
Last Tuesday I wrote about watching the documentary Fed Up, a film exploring the obesity epidemic in America and the central role played by sugar in that national disaster. This morning, while reading about Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, a Mauritanian sentenced to death for the crime of writing an article critical of the prophet Mohammed, […]
Yesterday was something of an information perfect storm. I caught a bit of an National Public Radio story about Coca-Cola funding The Global Energy Balance Network, a front group to push exercise over not drinking cans of pop containing 9.33 teaspoons of sugar as a strategy to alleviate our current obesity epidemic. When I got […]
Again, a comedian has to step forward to tell Americans how fucked up we are. I remember when I worked at the food co-op in Athens, Ohio, that much of the produce we had wasn’t all that pretty, but no one cared. I don’t know that this is the case, but I imagine that farmers […]
What has Democratic Party presidential candidate, and U.S. Senator for Vermont, Bernie Sanders done for the people who have never voted for him in the past? Pushing through an $11 billion package for an additional 10,000 urban rural healthcare clinics in all 50 states and creating 20,000 more primary healthcare physicians, dentists and nurses is […]
Can you recall the last time you remember enthusiastically telling you about the wonderful night’s sleep they had? Me neither. Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher Lydia DonCarlos, PhD, is a member of an expert panel that’s making new recommendations on how much sleep people need. The panel, convened by the National Sleep […]
As I struggle with preserving my weight loss from 2012—265 pounds to 185 pounds—Johnny Lee Miller, in the character of a 21st century Sherlock Holmes, nails the challenge; and no one who has not faced the challenge can ever understand why just do it is the most asinine bromide ever conceived. Drip…
We’re accustomed to thinking of bodily movements as following from mental processes: of the body, in other words, as the marionette of the brain. Embodied cognition implies the situation may be more complex. Which raises a cheering possibility, given how much easier it usually is to control our body’s movements than our mental lives: might […]
Lynn Johnston wrote: Having gone on several Medical Missions to Honduras and Peru, I am well aware of how little some people have and how much we in North America take for granted. When my kids said they were “starving,” I was grateful that they had no idea what “starving” meant. How can I obsess […]
Rule No. 82 – Cook. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.
Rule No. 81 – Plant a Vegetable Garden if You Have the Space, a Window Box if You Don’t. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.
Rule No. 80 – Compost. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.
Rule No. 79 – Treat Treats as Treats. From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.