Hi to SparkPeople and Spark Oregon, I'm new to this site after my doctor told me about it at my physical exam this week. I'm trying the food tracker, and my goal is to lose my belly fat and get rid of 20 pounds or so. I'm starting to try the food and weight trackers; I've used weight tracking before (pencil and paper, and on the Nintendo Wii), but not used a calorie/meal tracker online until now (P.S. The reviews of SparkPeople's Food Tracker app for ipad are terrible, and it is $3.99, anyone have feedback on that?).
My challenge is to decrease weight and maintain a better level of physical activity, stay away from "temptation foods," and keep control over portion size. I am semi-retired as a technology professional, and getting involved in a family farm operation that is out-of-state. Unfortunately I'll soon move away from beloved Pac NW (35 years there) to the Missouri-Kansas area (KC), where the food/health revolution may soon take hold but is just in its toddler phase.
I thought I'd share what I am following:
1) Dr. Robert Lustig. Recently published a book "Fat Chance: Beating The Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease" Get it! You can read a transcript of a radio interview, Diane Rehm Show, and get the gyst of what he's talking about:
For those who want to learn why sugar is so evil, search for him on YouTube and find 3-part Stanford U. lecture to medical students explaining the body's metabolism of sugar. Ergo, our supermarket aisles (rows of sugar-fat-salt-carb foods) are in large part very bad for us, but comprise a huge dollar- and caloric share of the ag/food/processed food/snack/beverage industry.
2) Another one I learned from is Dr. T. Collin Campbell's book, "The China Study." My take-away from this is to maximize the presence of plants in your diet, and reduce protein to less than 10% - 15% of caloric intake (most of us in the western cultures are at like 25 - 35%). He talks about how the basic inflammatory processes are at the roots of many the "western diseases of affluence." And, provides his personal testimony on how the ag/food industry has completely taken over the government. I see a lot of online comments deriding Campbell as a sort of "rabid radical vegan activist" but in my reading of the ACTUAL book, the take-away message was that western eaters must cut way back on certain food types, there were no calls to eliminate them from the diet.
3) An old stand-by from the 1970's, the "Tassajara Cookbook," a great introduction to vegetables.