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#FemalesOutHereShapedLike

As I am bumming around on Twitter today I notice the hashtag #FemalesOutHereShapedLike is trending. Too funny! I am enjoying reading what people have to say about the general shape of women. At first it starts out amusing and then I realize a disturbing trend; most of the responses depict women out of shape.

Here are some interesting comparisons:

1. The Michelin Man

2. A Bleach Bottle

3. Patrick Star and they think Niki Minaj

4. Hank Hill

5. Homer Simpson

7. A Bleach Bottle

8. They Permanently Pregnant

9. The iPhone 4s

10. The Kool-Aid Man

11. A Coke Bottle

12. Peter Griffin

13. The Android Logo

14. Angry Birds

15. Deformed Potatoes

16. Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong

17. A “BMW” – “Body Made Wrong”

18. Upside Down Christmas Trees

19. The State of Texas

20. Meg Griffin

Either we have a serious obesity problem in America, or people just like calling women fat.

 

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The true cost of unhealthy eating

A ferocious hunger gripped me as I looked inside of my bag for the salad I brought to work.

Damn! I had forgotten it on the kitchen table.

I work at a TV station, which requires more time out in the field doing interviews and covering events and less time sitting in a chair staring at a computer screen three steps away from a vending machine.

Since I started the paleo diet, I continued my healthy eating at work, packing a lunch, usually salad topped with homemade chicken salad and some almonds and spanish peanuts as a snack throughout the day. I noticed how much energy I had, how, even when I was hungry, I could still go, go, go. I was less cranky, more focused. My mind seemed less clouded.

Before I started the paleo diet, I would sit at a desk after lunch and get that”2:30 feeling” that is advertised on 5 hour energy drink commercials. My eyes would droop, my mind would wander, the front of my face would feel numb with sleepiness.

Unfortunately, the day I forgot my salad, the photographer and I stopped at Krystals on the way to an interview. I devoured three Krystal “chicks” which are chicken sandwich sliders. I thought the chicken was grilled, but it was fried. The sandwich was more bread and mayo than anything else.

I had instant satisfaction after I ate the “chicks.” Tummy full, I felt high off of my first bite of bread in several months.

Then it hit me like a ton of bricks; That 2:30 feeling. I fought to stay awake on the thirty minute drive to the interview. My mind seemed unclear, my thoughts would start and then trickle away into drowsiness. This was a feeling I hadn’t felt since the start of my diet.

I felt disgusting. This “food” I ate could hardly be called fuel. Yet people eat it everyday.

“Every day, 2.2 million Americans complain of being tired,” according to WebMD.

This is why.

Combined with alcohol and tobacco usage and not enough sleep, diet not only affects your waist size, it affects your mood.

It is a shackle that gratifies you instantly, addicts you, then abuses you.

“At least one-quarter of American adults eat fast food everyday,” Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, said in an interview with CBS.

 “In 1970, Americans spent about $6 billion on fast food; in 2000, they spent more than $110 billion. Americans now spend more money on fast food than on higher education, personal computers, computer software, or new cars. They spend more on fast food than on movies, books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and recorded music – combined,” he writes in Fast Food Nation.

Americans like it fast, easy and fried. But it is killing us.

About one-third of U.S. adults are overweight. But more shocking is that approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese, according the CDC.

An adult can make the choice to consume foods that are blatantly bad for them. But now, the younger generation is suffering because of the choice of the parents.

A study done by The New England Journal of Medicine reports that for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children in America may have shorter life expectancies than their parents.

A McDonalds value menu cheeseburger may only cost $1. But  this is the true cost of unhealthy eating.

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Top 10 worst foods

Couldn’t have said it better myself!!!!

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Hidden sugars likened to “silent killers”

By Amber James

Originally posted on the Gargolye

Graphic by Amber James

Think you might have room for dessert after dinner tonight? Think again.

Although many people can look at a nutrition label and see just how much sugar it takes to make a treat sweet, there is a cloaked reality with bitter consequences. It’s called hidden sugars.

Flagler student Michelle Coark took her best guess at what hidden sugars are. “Is it a natural sugar,” she said.

Hidden sugars, or added sugars, are quite the opposite of Coark’s guess. They are sugars that don’t occur naturally in foods.

The FDA doesn’t require companies to post the added sugars on the nutrition label. Instead they are slipped into the ingredients list under strange names that the average consumer might not recognize.

Any word ending in “ose” should be a red flag, such as sucrose, glucose, lactose and fructose.

Words ending in “ol” are also  sugar synonyms, like sorbitol, xylitol, mannitol and maltitol.

Since the FDA doesn’t regulate how the sugars are grouped, many advertising companies are getting away with stretching the truth and using buzzwords like “no sugar” or “no calories” to trick the consumer into thinking a product is healthier than it really is.

Many energy drinks claim to have zero sugars. 5-Hour Energy is one of these, but listed as “other ingredients” on its nutrition label are sweeteners glycerin and sucrose.

Coke Zero also markets itself as a zero calorie, zero sugar drink, but it still contains the artificial sweeteners aspartame and acesulfame k.

Coark, an English major, said she thinks the FDA should require companies to distinguish between the different sugars and keep track of the grams on a nutrition label.

“It’s like how they made cigarette [companies] put the warning label on [the package],” she said. “It’s kind of the same thing, like a silent killer.”

But a few extra grams everyday can really add up. And it adds up to spoonfuls. Americans consume about 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day.

A woman’s caloric intake should be around 2,000 calories a day. The average woman consumes 25 percent of those calories a day in added sugars. These are empty calories that she may not even know she’s consuming.

“Fructose, sucrose, all those “oses” and you think, ‘Oh my God,’ I am consuming so much sugar. It’s crazy,” Allison Dozier, a student at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, said.

Still, she said she really doesn’t care about what is in her food, and she doesn’t think a lot of college students really have time to care either.

“Papers come before eating,” she said.

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Why we just can’t get it right-Is the new food pyramid really more accuarate?

Why did we have a  food  pyramid to begin with? A plate makes much more sense; That’s all according to the supporters of the new model.  

“It’s such a recognizable image. “Everybody has seen a plate, used a plate. It’s much easier to visualize when it’s something we use on a daily basis,” Toby Smithson, R.D., a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, said in an article on the Huffington Post.

Plus, “it’s easy for non-readers to understand,” she says.

First off, how is it “easy for non-readers to understand?” There are no pictures on the plate at all! Just colorful blocks with big white letters superimposed over each.

At least the first two food pyramid actually had pictures.

I have a beef with all three food pyramids, however. I’m not just picking at the new plate.

Each model has grains as the largest segment. As a paleo eater, grains might as well be the devil.

Furthermore, protein is the smallest section. Some say grains will fill you up. But a meal rich with protein will leave you feeling satisfied for longer.

Eating lean meats like turkey, chicken and fish is a far better option then having a quarter of your plate filled up with bread or rice, things are stomachs can’t digest properly.

According to the USDA, this model was designed to also help Americans understand portion control.

“They should eat off an eight or nine-inch plate, like people did in the old days, before we had such an obesity problem,” Smithson said.

What kind of plates are people eating off of now days?! My plates are 9 inches and under. Sometimes I even eat out of small bowls.

Portion control is important, but you can’t go and snack on chips and claim that it was a small portion, therefore, it’s healthy. Even “healthy” snacks like granola bars and whole wheat cereals in small portions are still not good for you.

It’s better to snack on healthy things all day with bigger portions, then to have three big meals with little portions.

Instead of spending so much time reorganizing the information that was already available onto a plate, the government should be doing something about the way our food is processed, quit giving subsidies to farmers, stop pushing  Got Milk ads on kids, and give incentives to Americans to buy fresh vegetables, fruits and meats.

They should be teaching us about sodium and hidden sugars. Women consumer 25 percent of their daily caloric intake in hidden sugars-empty calories we don’t even know we’re consuming.

And wake up people! The government can’t even balance our budget. And advertisers are lying to our faces with buzzwords like “No sugar added” and “Whole wheat.”

It’s up to you to take responsibility for your own health and your kids’ well being. Do a little research. Eat a vegetable. If you haven’t had one in a while, they don’t taste as bad as their reputation says they do.

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Virgo and food; A tumultuous relationship

Photo Credit: yoloakili.comI get a kick out of astrology. Most of it is bogus, but I love the eerie feeling I get when my astrology characteristics know me better than myself.

Stumbling upon a blog  by Jo Tracey about astrological signs and food, I thought it would interesting to post a blog about every sign and their relationship with food.

So, I will start with my own sign, Virgo (August 23-September 23). The most interesting tidbits, taken directly from Jo Tracey Astrology:

“This is one sign who seriously can forget to eat. They need routine, but are often too busy to follow one. Change disturbs their digestion and it doesn’t take that much to disturb their constitution, which isn’t that strong. Virgo gets travel belly, can become constipated by change, and have runny tummy or wind problems as a result of life’s other anxieties.”

“In the body Virgo rules the digestive system, in particular the digestive tract and the small intestine or rather all those processes which break down the food we eat, so that the nutrients can be absorbed and assimilated into the organs and parts of the body that they will do the most good.”

“Virgo is also susceptible to food allergies and intolerance and may be insensitive to wheat and dairy, with their skin and digestion becoming clogged and congested when the wrong foods are eaten.”

“The Virgo constitution doesn’t deal with processed food, junk foods or too much meat, so these should be kept to moderation in order to keep your digestion operating at peak condition. With Virgos tendency to eat at her desk or on the run or in between the million and one other things she is doing…”

“Virgo does well on earth based foods- grains, whole foods, anything to do with the harvest. Virgo also does well on semi vegetarian type diets (generally the ones where you don’t eat anything that has eyelashes) or food combining diets (things like not mixing dairy with flesh etc).  Care should be taken to get enough protein (nuts are a great source if you aren’t into lean meats) and fibre.”

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I’m tired of excuses; You can still eat healthy on a tight budget

As I’m searching through my recipes for a healthy dinner option tonight, I noticed one for stuffed bell peppers. Mmm, I haven’t had those in a long time. The recipe called for brown rice, which is not allowed in my paleo diet. But, being a young student there isn’t a lot in my cupboard and I decide to cheat, just this once.

I had completely cut cereal grains out of my diet and I decided to cook my bell pepper stuffing with the tiny bit of brown rice I had left from before I altered my diet. I hate to see things go to waste when I’m already searching the couch cushions for change.

This all reminded me of the common excuse Americans have for not eating healthy; that healthy food is expensive. I suppose when you’re trying to feed a family of four on a salary below poverty line, it can be hard.

But bell peppers only cost seventy-something cents. And a pound of ground turkey cost $3.98. You could make four stuffed bell peppers without the rice for less than $7.00.

There are ways to stretch your budget. But I think that it’s a mindset that is the problem here and not the money.

People are too stuck in their ways. People like sugar and sweet tasting foods. People don’t want to be healthy. I get the strangest looks when I tell people the changes to my diet I’ve made. Jaws drop when I tell people that I eat my sandwich on two romaine leaves. They don’t get it.

“Instead of investing in material goods, invest in yourself, your health, your mind, body and soul.” Photo Credit: healthdoctrine.com

My last grocery bill before I started the paleo diet was about $94.00. My most recent grocery bill from when I first  started the paleo diet was $163.08. But I bought a portable heater for $17.00 and some puppy food for $12.44. Those are things I don’t  buy everytime I go to the store. So my actual bill for food was $133.64.

Ok so that is still more than the $94 before the paleo diet. But I had to buy some start up foods like olive oil, coconut oil, almond meal and some more spices.

I bought garlic powder, minced garlic, parsley, and oregano. All together these cost $17.22.

The coconut oil was $5.98.

The almond meal and the olive oil were a little harder to buy.

The almond meal cost $9.00 for a mere pound.

And I thought that the almond meal was bad until I got to the olive oil. I decided to go ahead and buy the largest size. It’s not like I wasn’t going to use it or it was going to spoil and it would save me money in the long run. For 3 liters of olive oil it cost me $22.12.

Everytime I go to the grocery store, I’m not going to be buying $22.00 worth of olive oil or four different spices. I like to consider all these foods part of a “start-up cost” for the paleo diet.

If I subtract all these expenses from the $133.64, then my bill comes out to be $79.32. That’s about $15 cheaper than the bill before the paleo diet!

Still, I’m sure there are some people who find it hard to justify buying $22.00 worth of olive oil or a 1lb $9.00 bag of almond meal/flour when you can buy 5lbs of regular flour for $2.00.

But think about it this way. You’ve probably bought a cotton shirt for $20.00 that cost mere cents to make. Shoot, some of you have probably bought designer jeans for $150 that cost nowhere near that price to make.

Or what about electronics? That ipod you have is built to break. That laptop, it’ll need an upgrade in about two years. These things cost hundreds of dollars.

I hope next time you’re shopping, you think about buying healthy options, even if they are a dollar or two more. Instead of investing in material goods, invest in yourself, your health, your mind, body and soul.

 

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