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Dr. Buzzkill & Tempting Meat Slurry March 31, 2010

Filed under: Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 10:07 am

Remember Dr. Lustig from the sugar lecture I posted earlier? Well, Stephen Colbert has now nicknamed him “Dr. Buzzkill.” I love it. Watch the video below for more ironies of our American food culture:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Thought for Food – Corn Diapers, Fatty Foods & Jamie Oliver
www.colbertnation.com
http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:item:comedycentral.com:268500
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The Buddha March 29, 2010

Filed under: Healthy Mind — aprasek @ 11:02 am

This should be worth a watch:


Learn more from the PBS website and watch the piece April 7th, 8/7C on PBS.


 

Zico. Way Better Than Gatorade. March 22, 2010

Filed under: My favorite things!,Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 10:44 pm

I am so hooked on these Zico drinks. They are especially enjoyable after a heated yoga class. Or while laying on a beach somewhere…

The best part about Zico is the nutrition label; basically just some coconut water and fruit (in the flavored ones). Zico also offers electrolytes, a potassium boost and has low-acidity. Compare that to Gatorade products which contain artificial flavors and colors and cheap sweeteners or artificial sweeteners. As much as Gatorade brags about the “science” behind their beverage, they could create a much healthier and more effective product by using natural ingredients.

A Zico hit is not the cheapest though–I’ve found them for about $1.80 each. The price is worth it, but I’m frugal and also love a DIY challenge. So, my goal before summer is to make my own Zico drinks. Any suggestions or tips would be much appreciated… I’ll let ya know how it goes!


 

Sugar: The Bitter Truth March 17, 2010

Filed under: Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 5:55 pm

A friend led me to a very interesting lecture about sugar… and I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard to watch– it will make you question what you’re eating. Here’s a quick summary about the video from UCSF:

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.

And the lecture (which is actually pretty entertaining– I watched it in 2 parts):

The convincing research on the negative health consequences of excess sugar in the diet and my own personal experiences have made me a believer. About four years ago, I began experimenting with the elimination of sugar from my diet. After only a few days of eliminating sugar, I noticed positive changes in my eating patterns, mood, mental clarity and more balance in my energy levels. This was enough evidence for me to remove all white sugar and artificial sweeteners from my diet at home. We now use small amounts of maple syrup, honey, fruit juices, pureed fruits and sometimes agave to sweeten our food. Of course, I still need my local ice cream shop fix and an occasional dessert when I visit one of my favorite restaurants (Birchwood Cafe, Sen Yai Sen Lek, Spoonriver, Red Stag… I could go on). Oooh, I also have a hard time passing up a pumpkin bar… and a freshly baked cookie…  🙂

How about you? What are your beliefs about sugar? Do you have any tips to sweeten foods in a more healthy way?

 

Before Moving to Costa Rica to Escape… March 9, 2010

Filed under: Health Care Reform — aprasek @ 1:45 pm

I absolutely love this. Yet another example of the ignorance and fear-mongering that is permeating this debate:

http://cloudfront.mediamatters.org/static/flash/player.swf

Costa Rica has had a universal health care system since 1941. Compared to the U.S., Costa Rica spends at least 6% less of their GDP on health. And they ranked one above the U.S. in the WHOs overall performance ratings for 1997.

So yeah critics, prove your point of fighting “a government takeover” of medicine by threatening to move to countries that have systems even more “liberal” than what is being proposed for the U.S. (and systems that have better health outcomes than the U.S.).

Read Atul Gawande’s article, “The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas town can teach us about health care.”

And if you haven’t seen Frontline’s “Sick around the World,” it’s time to watch it.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/js/pap/embed.js?frol02n71cq101


 

Cooking Up Change March 2, 2010

Filed under: Nutritional Wellness,Take Action! — aprasek @ 11:03 am

The push to clean up the crappy school lunches that assault the bodies of our kids is on. And thankfully, kids are guiding some of these changes. Check out what the Healthy Schools Campaign is doing:

Today, March 2, Christie Vilsack [National Honorary Co-chair of Cooking up Change 2010 and wife of Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack] will speak at a Capitol Hill briefing on the future of school food along with Cooking up Change National Honorary Co-Chair Karen Duncan, HSC founding executive director Rochelle Davis and the student chefs of Tilden Career Community High School, winners of the Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest. Attendees at the briefing will have the chance to try the healthy, tasty school lunch that the students created. The meal will also be served in the House of Representatives cafeteria that same day.  [Read more from this HSC blog post]

Check out the Healthy Schools Campaign for more info and to get involved.