Weekend Reading: Cellulite, Cheap Food, Fair Food, Blueberries

Happy Friday y’all!

One of the cool things I got to do this week was attend a “crab feast” – all you can eat crab and socializing with HusbandPants’ co-workers. It turns out that eating crab is a lot of work!

Crab Feast

I am sooo not ready for the weekend…still catching up from the shortened week last week. But I guess it works out since it looks like it might continue to rain for much of the weekend which makes it easier to stay inside and work.

Here’s a selection of what I’ve read this week.


I HAVE CELLULITE, AND I’M OKAY WITH IT from back to her roots
Great read. But it’s too bad that there are still idiots out there that can’t see past physical appearance.

Fad-free weight control: Blueberries loaded with antioxidants, flavor from the Meadville Tribune
See? Blueberries are yummy and healthy.

Is Food in America Too Cheap? From Fooducate
Good question.

Highest and Lowest Calorie Foods at the Fair from FitSugar
Good to keep in mind. Although if you don’t get to the fair more than once a year, the funnel cake is probably worth it.

Please share: What are your plans for the weekend?



Weekend Reading: Junk Food Could Be the Solution to Obesity

Happy Friday friends!

I keep having to tell myself that it’s not Monday today. Is it just me?

Yesterday was a crazy day – With Independence Day celebrations going on I didn’t really get much work done so it felt like a weekend. My favorite barista reminded me that even if today feels like Monday, I still get Saturday tomorrow!

Here’s a picture of a view from my front door yesterday – it’s a little bit crazy!

Independence Day downtown Raleigh

As far as reading this week, I only have a few articles because one of them is quite long but well worth reading.

For your reading pleasure:

The race to the shortest workout from Health & Science Dispatch
Exercise research is exploring ways to fit exercise into a busy lifestyle. Evidence is growing that high intensity, short duration exercise provides many of the same benefits as lower intensity longer duration exercises.

Your Choice In Utensils Can Change How Food Tastes from NPR
This article talks about a study that looks at how spoons, knives and other utensils we put in our mouths can provide their own kind of “mental seasoning” for a meal.

How Junk Food Can End Obesity from The Atlantic
This is a LONG article but well worth the read. Basically, organic, locally sourced food is great but not everyone can afford it and not everyone wants to drink a kale smoothie. This especially applies to lower-income people who are also more likely to be obese. So producers of evil processed food can and should play important roles in finding solutions to obesity. Even small improvements in the nutritional content of foods – think Egg White McMuffins – can be incredibly beneficial for our weight and overall health. So instead of demonizing processed food, maybe we should work with the companies that make it to help them make healthier foods. As Matt Raymond from the Food Insight Blog put it, “In the long run, it will be far better for our health to engage the companies that produce our food in constructive dialogues, rather than stigmatizing their very existence or making false, misleading, or anti-scientific claims about processed foods in general.”

What do you think? Can junk food be part of the solution to obesity?

Weekend Reading: How Size Affects Taste, Hand Washing, Salads

Happy Friday all!

You know you’re old when you are brushing your teeth and getting ready for bed when everyone else is putting on mascara and getting ready to go out!

In my defense I just got through a couple of long but productive days of meetings in NYC and still found some time for a little fun.

Here’s an i-phone pic of me in Times Square after a tasty Greek dinner with some of my dietitian heroes yesterday.

Times Square

And here are a few reads to keep you going through the weekend:

How The Size, Weight, Shape And Color Of Cutlery Affects Taste from Medical News Today
I find this so fascinating.

The art of hand washing has yet to be mastered from USA Today
It seems so simple. But having 3 showers a day does not mean your hands are clean. And wetting your fingertips with cold water doesn’t mean you’re hands are any cleaner than the dude that skips the sink on the way out of the bathroom. Sorry.

20 Simple, No-Cook Salads from Saveur
Love this!

Have a great weekend,


Fill in the blank: You know you’re old when ….


Weekend Reading: Mushroom Growing, Obesity as a Disease, Supplement Labels, College Weight Gain

Hi all,

Just stopping in to say happy Friday.

Here is something you need to know about me:

If I’m not doing at least 2 things at a time, I get bored.

So when I run on the treadmill, I need to be reading or studying, or watching TV or something. The treadmills at my gym have a screen that is hooked up to DirectTV so I could definitely watch anything I wanted.

But I also discovered that they have a solitaire game built-in.

And it is hard!

And that’s not even taking into account that I am bouncing around trying not to fall off. Or the fact that it’s touch screen and sweat doesn’t play well with touch screen. That really adds to the degree of difficulty!

Anyway, I finally won a game a few weeks back so I had to snap a pic to share with you guys!

Treadmill Solitaire

Sorry I didn’t get a chance to post since last week – I’ve been very busy working on a few cool projects. One of the things I’m working on is creating a toolkit that teaches people ways to celebrate Halloween in a less unhealthy way. I’d love to hear any ideas you have!

I do have a couple of things to share with you for the weekend so check it out and let me know what you think.

Stuff to read

Try It Out Thursday: Grow Your Own Mushrooms from Dine Dash & Deadlift
Remember back in April when we spent the month focusing on the awesomeness of mushrooms? At the end of the month I hosted a giveaway and Tanya won a mushroom growing kit provided by The Mushroom Channel. She wrote a blog post about her experiences with the kit so check it out!

A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease from the New York Times
The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments. It’s about time!

The Mother of All Ingredients Lists from Natural Products Insider
The NIH has created an online, searchable Dietary Supplement Label Database that includes ingredients, directions, health claims and warnings gleaned from labels on more than 17,000 supplements. Good to know but the info comes from the dietary supplement labels which may not meet FDA regulations.
Here’s the link to the database.

Women Fret More Over Weight Gain in College from HealthDay
Gals worry more about it but college weight gain can be a problem for guys too.

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Did you learn or do anything cool this week?

Weekend Reading: Alcohol Nutrition, Diets, Exercise, Emotions, New Diet Drug


Before you do anything else this weekend, I highly encourage you to click on this link:
Food game: how well do you know the world? from the Guardian

Now that that’s over with. Check out these pics from my bike ride last weekend. I got my bike back after getting the wheel replaced and thought I would just go for a leisurely ride to Trader Joe’s. Turns out that the storm the day before had left its mark. \


Bike underwater

Here are a couple of interesting things I read this week. Enjoy!

Alcohol Nutrition

Coming soon? Nutritional labels on alcohol from USA Today
Alcoholic beverages now have the option to provide a nutrition label on their product. The standard format will have “Serving Facts” as the panel heading and include serving size, percent and fluid ounces of alcohol, calories, carbohydrate, fat, and protein.


Crash diet tied to increased gallstone risk from Reuters
A new study found that extreme calorie restriction (500 calories a day for six to ten weeks) was more than three times as likely to cause gallstones than a diet providing 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day.

Can Going Vegetarian Help You Live Longer? Maybe from NPR
New research finds that men who ate vegetarian diets were less likely to die from heart disease and other heart conditions. But if you’re looking for the definitive study that might persuade meat lovers to become vegetarian, this may not be it.

Grass: It’s What’s For Dinner (3.5 Million Years Ago) from NPR
If you want to go paleo in your diet, invest in a lawn mower. An examination of fossilized teeth from early humans and their ancient forebears reveals our ancestors switched from an ape diet of fruits and leaves to eating grasses and sedges about 3.5 million years ago.


A 20-Minute Bout of Yoga Stimulates Brain Function Immediately After from Science Daily
There you have it.

Emotions and food

Feeling A Little Blue May Mask Our Ability To Taste Fat from NPR
Temporary, strong emotions, when we’re already feeling down, can significantly reduce our ability to perceive the fat in our food, researchers say. It’s the latest finding to show how strong emotions can confuse our sense of taste.

New weight loss drug

Anti-obesity prescription drug hits the market from KVUE
It’s not a magic pill that will make all of your problems go away, but it may be another tool to help obese people with weight loss.

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