Archive for the 'Food And Health' Category

RUNNING THE NUMBERS ON TOMATO SOUPS…

September 18th, 2016

[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…

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT; AMERICAN INDIFFERENCE…

July 14th, 2016

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 […]

NEVER EAT ANYTHING BIGGER THAN YOUR HEAD…

April 25th, 2016

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 […]

OUR NO. 1 DRUG IS PURE, WHITE AND DEADLY

April 8th, 2016

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 […]

YOU DON’T ARGUE WITH I DON’T TRUMPS I CAN’T

December 18th, 2015

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 […]

NO WONDER BIG SUGAR IS IN A SCREAMING PANIC…

August 15th, 2015

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, […]

AVOIDING THE SWEET DANGER SPOT…

August 11th, 2015

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 […]

DO WE PLAN OBSOLESCENCE FOR OUR FOOD…?

July 26th, 2015

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 […]

HOW BERNIE SANDERS WORKS FOR ALL AMERICANS…

July 7th, 2015

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 […]

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO YOU GET; DO YOU NEED…?

February 20th, 2015

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 […]

THE RELENTLESS TASK OF KEEPING SOBER…

January 23rd, 2015

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…

THE IMPORTANCE OF RAISING A CLENCHED FIST…

December 30th, 2014

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 […]

GIVE THANKS…

November 27th, 2014

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 […]

HOW MANY CIRCUS PEANUTS DID YOU EAT TODAY…?

November 2nd, 2014

RULE NO. 82: COOK…

September 22nd, 2014

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: GROW SOME OF YOUR FOOD…

September 21st, 2014

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…

September 20th, 2014

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 …

September 19th, 2014

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.

RULE NO. 78: EAT WITH OTHERS…

September 18th, 2014

Rule No. 78 – Eat with Other People Whenever You Can. We should look for someone to eat with before looking for something to eat and drink. —Epicurus 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.77: DON’T CLEAN YOUR PLATE…

September 17th, 2014

Rule No. 77 – Leave Something on Your Plate. (This one will be particularly hard, but good practice to strengthen discipline.) From Food Rules, an eater’s manual by Michael Pollan Previously… Found in my electronic chapbook. See also Eating Mindfully by Jan Chozen Bey.

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