Good morning reader friends. 🙂 As I write this on Friday afternoon it's beginning to rain and I'm wondering if the possible freezing rain tomorrow will make us change our weekend plans… While I've never been one to wish time away in life, spring does sound reeeeeally good right now, huh?!
- I posted this on Facebook last week because it cracked me up, except it’s not that funny if you think about it too long. What’s in your flu vaccine:
- My friend, Stan, wrote a great post last week: Eat Fat, Live Long—the Real Food of Okinawa: “You may have heard about the longevity and health of the Okinawan people. According to records kept by the Japanese since 1879, the people of Okinawa just may be the longest-lived people in the world, often staying healthy and active into their nineties, or even longer. Many have claimed that this longevity and health is due to a low-fat, meat-free, high-vegetable diet. Being skeptical of such claims, I researched traditional Okinawan cooking and traditions…” Let me know what you think.
- The Dr. in this ABC video drove me crazy. Whether or not the study they’re quoting is accurate , what irritates me is that he said, “Regular soda is worse, we know it is linked to obesity. Diet soda is better than that, it has less calories.” As if the calories are the biggest thing to worry about! Thankfully he did go on to say that it also sets your brain up to crave more sweets, but no mention of all the scary fake chemical sweeteners that shouldn’t be going into our bodies. I’d say diet soda and regular are equally bad, just in different ways. Someone asked me recently which one I thought was worse, I said, “It depends, do you want heart disease from high fructose corn syrup, or cancer from the chemical sweeteners?” (Did you see this post about how fake sweeteners can cause weight gain?) While he did say that he doesn’t like sodas in general, he clarified with, “You don’t want to have 5 or 6 in a day.” Seriously?! He basically just gave people permission to drink 2 or 3 or 4 a day and think it’s fine! I made the mistake of watching the next interview where he assured us that “One egg a day is fine.” Gee thanks! I’m glad I know better. We try to get in as many eggs as we can since we know they’re from hens on pasture and therefore loaded with nutrients. Then he said that the eggs in 2010 were “better” because they have so much less cholesterol… Oh, how the mainstream crap wears me down sometimes. (Read more about cholesterol and healthy fats. Or have you seen this one: “What if SEX was bad for you?/Don’t forget your brain” – about studies and how to know who to believe.)
- Another good article I just found about diet soda addictions and the dangers. Here’s an excerpt: “Whether you feel dependent or not, drinking too much diet soda might be risky in the long run. In recent years, habitual diet-soda consumption has been linked to an increased risk of low bone mineral density in women, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. What's more, a growing body of research suggests that excessive diet soda intake may actually encourage weight gain.”
I suppose that’s enough politically incorrect ranting for now, have a great Monday everyone!