Sunday, May 08, 2011
I am sure it is obvious to everyone on planet Earth that portions of food offered in restaurants has increased over the past 10-20 years. I cannot help but wonder when the war between the restaurant industry and our biology will end, and who will win.
I can recall a time when a hamburger was a single patty between a bun with whichever condiments turned your crank. It was simple, tidy, and hit the spot. Add some fries and a pop, and you had the best meal ever. Then someone decided to add cheese to it. Okay, sounds good to me. Pretty soon all food chains were doing this. Through the years the additions to the hamburger have included 1-3 extra patties, bacon, onion rings, mushrooms, and so on........
At this point it amazes me that we are even able to fit the thing into our mouths!
I mean, seriously, who needs to eat 3 hamburger patties (+ bacon in some cases) in one sitting?
Answer: no one!
I understand that as a 'value meal' the customer feels that they are getting more for their dollar by increasing the size of their servings for 'x' cents extra, but what about the cost to your body?
My boyfriend is a fan of the triple (yes triple!) Baconator offered at Wendy's, although he only had it once in the past year or so. Probably because I threw a fit when I saw it. And he's concerned about MY health and MY weight?
While it is easy to say that we should just avoid fast-food chains and eating out, the fast-paced lives we lead between work and home provide us with excuses to form these habits. If you find yourself in a position where a hamburger is the easiest option, then be smart about what you order. As hungry as you are, and as good as the meal deals sound, you will enjoy the taste for a few moments, but at what cost to your health? I'd like to test the blood of someone after they have disgested the triple Baconator . . . . . bet they didn't think they had ordered a coronary!
Monday, February 07, 2011
Instead of writing a blog about myself - got nothing to say, really - I thought it might be interesting to post a question and allow people to respond.
Who do you find to be the most intruiging couple? Why?
The couple may be alive or deceased.
My answer: Will Smith and Jada Pinkette-Smith because they put their family before their fame
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Most everyone recognizes this Blog Entry Title as lyrics from Katie Perry's single 'Hot'N'Cold'
A catchy jingle about her perceptions of the man she is about to marry. In our lifetime we will probably meet or have met someone who seems to flip through moods like a bored person flips through a magazine. Instead of another human being, my focus is on my Nutrition Tracker.
The fact that someone provided a website that provides us with a breakdown of the nutritious values of the foods we eat is great. I hated playing the guessing game about the differences between ounces and cups, or whether I have had 'my alotted amount' for the day. The chart is 'easy to read at a glance' and even allows you to remove an item. Human digestion is not as easy to manipulate.
One thing that I hope to get better at is chosing foods throughout the day so that I will be in range with Calories, Carbs, Fats, and Proteins. I find that one day I will have an acceptable number of calories and carbs in my body, but the fats and/or protein will be too high or too low. Or any other combination of high and low. And even if I am 1 (literally 1) number above or below I get a supportive message about the dangers of being on either side of my range.
The inconsistency made me think of Katie's song.
I am grateful for the opportunity to take control of my diet and improve where necessary, but getting the balance is a work in progress. - Instead of Hot or Cold, how about Room Temper -ature?
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