Good morning readers! I have some great news to share… You know how I'm always griping about my computer issues to you (sorry), well GET THIS. Remember those two months of post drafts I thought I lost? My miracle worker, Bryant, got them all back for me!!!!! It only cost me $220, which was worth it. If anyone around West Michigan needs a miracle worker to recover lost data, email me so I can put you in touch with him. 🙂
I thought you might want to see pictures from my cousin's wedding Saturday. I've never been to an outdoor wedding and it was gorgeous! It was at a Park in Jackson, Michigan, a couple hours from where I live.
Look at how pretty this is:
Aren't the cupcakes fun? Each color represented a different flavor cake:
Look how cute the bride and groom are! Here they are with her Grandma, my Aunt Lois. Aunt Lois has been a faithful reader of my blog since the very beginning, almost four years ago! She is an absolute sweetheart, loved by everyone. Hi Aunt Lois! 🙂 By the way, the lighting at the reception didn't mix well with my iPhone, as you can see..
OK, on to the Real Foodie chit chat for today!
- You'll love this good news! My friend, Karen, sent me a link to a Men's Health article, “The Health Benefits of Eating Full Fat Cheese.” Her words: “Yay…'full fat' is in mainstream vernacular!!!!” Here's an excerpt: “And if you're worried about your cholesterol, chew on this: Danish scientists found that when men ate a whopping 10 daily 1-ounce servings of full-fat cheese for 3 weeks, their LDL (bad) cholesterol didn't budge.” Not that cholesterol is something to even worry about, but it's still interesting to see it put this way in a mainstream magazine. Read more on healthy fats and cholesterol.
- Have you seen this? Do Students Eat Like Prisoners? Here's one of the worst facts presented here: “Percentage of school food operations that meet the recommended standard for saturated fat in their meals: less than one third.” (Sorry I forgot who sent this one to me.)
- Read an excerpt from a insightful recent post by Melissa, “Yesterday we went to a funeral of a friend of my husband's from the Knights of Columbus. He was a dynamic, giving, charismatic man who died of a heart attack at age 60. His two grandchildren are not quite three and one. He was a good man, a very good man, but he had very bad habits. Nothing like gambling or anything, but the man loved the drive-thru. He had issues with his weight, his blood pressure, his clotting factors, and blood sugar. He was always volunteering and was a model of generosity and he didn't shy away from sodas, french fries or processed foods. We had worried about him since a heart attack a few years ago but despite his deep concern for others he couldn't seem to do what was necessary for his own health. It's a crazy paradox because if he has stayed healthier he could have had ten, fifteen maybe even twenty years of vibrant activism ahead of himself and he could have served even more people.” Here's the full post, For whom the bell tolls.
- Thank you Jenetta who sent me a link to this latest push for vegetarianism. The movie, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead doesn't present its case like that at first, of course, but somehow when I saw that raw juicing was their main weight-loss plan, I knew. Sure enough, the post on their site, “Protein during your reboot” confirmed it. The other unsettling thing about drinking so much juice is that green veggies like kale really should be lightly cooked, as Sarah explains in her post, “Think raw veggies are best? Think again.” I wonder if most vegetarians would remain so if they knew there was another option besides eating meat from factory farms? Read my post on that called, Are Meat-Eaters Ruining the Earth? It's too bad, because the weight loss story really is inspirational. Here's the film trailer:
- Having said all that, I did just read an interesting article from Donielle called, A Nourished Vegetarian. When my friend, Sonia, was still vegetarian, she ate a lot of non-meat animal foods too, so I'd guess that she also was a nourished vegetarian. I can't wait to hear your thoughts on all this!
- Kristin's PR people asked if I'd let you know that Farmageddon is showing in NYC this week, find out more here. Here's Kristin's recent Kitchen Kop guest post: Help spread the word in YOUR city to protect food freedom! Watch the trailer:
Have a great week!