Friday, January 04, 2013
This popped up on my screen this morning.
I’ve always believed that as stated in #6 that “once you’re unhealthy, fat helps keep you alive, at least for awhile.” So this isn’t a surprise to me.
I also spent 10 years monitoring my mother’s diet as she lost interest in things, including eating, after my father’s death. That’s how my daily routine of morning weigh-in began. Trying to encourage her, we both recorded our weight. So when she died at age 88, she was VERY thin. This had nothing to do with her weight throughout her life.
We already know the relevance of the location of body fat, fat vs. muscle, drug intervention in chronic diseases and the limitations of all of our measures of healthy weight. About the only thing not discussed in the article is quality of life and the effect of extra weight on our joints, specifically knees and hips.
We also know that it’s a lot easier to move up in weight than down, unless you have some underlying mental disorder – another situation entirely. So if you decide you want to be heavier, it's not that hard.
It’s not the article that upsets me, just the headline. I wouldn’t mind if it said that maintaining a stable weight with some extra fat in harmless locations is good for you. However, in our super-sized society I’m concerned that this is will be used as one more justification to keep going in the wrong direction. We're surrounded with the evidence of the wrong direction.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
Last week I bought a 10 lb bag of Russet baking potatoes. They were on sale; we were expecting family during holidays, and we are descended from sturdy, potato eating, peasant stock. I was surprised to see nutritional information printed on the bag. I suppose in the “low carb” era, it was understandable that the company would want to tout the healthfulness of their product.
Only 110 calories per potato, read the information on the chart, for a 5.3 oz potato. The other nutrients also indicated a very healthy food choice. As a life-long consumer of carbs, a lot of them from baked potatoes, those numbers seemed low to me. Then, I weighed a few of the “spuds” in the bag.
Most looked like this.
14.2 oz which translates to 295 calories.
The smallest potato was this one
10.6 oz - exactly twice as large as the one described on the bag – 220 calories.
Of course, this is before any butter, sour cream or toppings are added.
There was no deception here. Everything was clearly and appropriately labeled. Yet, when have I ever seen BAKING potatoes half this size? Are potatoes growing larger along with everything else?
The lesson learned here is to be vigilant. I love my food scale. It keeps me honest.
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
I did not know this.
I’ve compared life today with my childhood in the 50s in many different areas.
This article describes the sizing creep of our mixed drinks.
I gave up cocktails a long time ago simply because I prefer to get my calories from something I can chew and crunch. I still drink wine occasionally and sample different types of beer when in Europe, but water has been my liquid of choice for over 20 years.
Still, this article was interesting to me since customers’ resistance to attempts at downsizing reflects our denial of other areas of our supersized lives – sizing creep in clothes, larger dishes filled to the edge, enormous drink cups and bigger furniture to accommodate the inevitable result.
Today many people are still recovering from a New Year’s Eve of revelry which included mixed drinks. To each his own, but as for me, I prefer my calories in the cheesecake.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
It’s a dreary Christmas morning in Virginia,
but it was beautiful last week in the Black Forest in Germany.
Even indoors, nature provided the decorations.
This “tree” of all poinsettia plants was in the theater in Wiesbaden.
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