An interesting read about how it’s quicker, cheaper, and easier to get unhealthy foods than it is healthy ones…
“Summertime means the living is easy — unless you’re spending your time sweating over your bathing-suit body instead of enjoying warm summer weather with family and friends.
Fortunately, there are tons of fresh summer foods that can help you zip in your waistline before Labor Day. These foods can help you slim down – or maintain your weight – while also packing your body with the nutrition it needs to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and prevent conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia.”
Click on the link to this article to check out the delicious-looking superfoods! 🙂
Are you in denial about your weight?
Most Americans Don’t Realize They Are Slowly Packing on Pounds
By Denise Mann and Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
WebMD Health News
The next time one of your friends asks if he or she looks like they put on some weight , you may want to consider being honest with them — even if the answer is yes.
If so, you will be doing your part to help break through our collective denial about our tendency to gain weight . A new study suggests that most of us are clueless about whether we are gaining or losing weight . The findings appear in Preventive Medicine.
Many study participants said they lost weight from 2008 to 2009, but in fact, they gained. On average, adults were off by a pound, but that can really add up over the years, as can the health consequences associated with weight gain.
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I just got an e-mail from Chick-fil-A saying that May 13th is Free Sweet Potato FryDay! Not sure if it’s at all locations, but at the one nearest to me, between the hours of 3-6pm they’re giving away a free medium order of their new Sweet Potato Waffle Fries for people who mention they’re there to give them a try!
I’ll admit to not being a big fan of sweet potatoes but for that price I’m willing to at least give them a shot 😉
The new book by Lisa Lillien (-aka- Hungry Girl) is now out for sale, so pick up your copy today if you like her recipes as much as my family does!!
Links for both the regular and Kindle editions 🙂
Restaurants offer too much of a bad thing
Cut portion sizes, get rid of fat-laden side dishes, health officials say
Those heaping portions at restaurants — and doggie bags for the leftovers — may be a thing of the past, if health officials get their way.
The government is trying to enlist the help of the nation’s eateries in fighting obesity. One of the first things on their list: cutting portion sizes.
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The article seems to focus on fast food, but yet it mentions doggie bags? When was the last time you saw somebody eat at a fast food restaurant, get the supersized meal, and then take part of it home? I don’t eat fast food very often, but unless it was a to-go order, I can’t think of the last time I saw somebody taking part of their meal home other than maybe their soda pop.
Although the article doesn’t go into the doggie bag aspect of the initial teaser paragraphs, I think that they’re a great idea. If you know that a particular meal is going to be too large for you to eat, what’s wrong with asking for a to-go box with your meal, or even with you meal, having had the waiter/waitress go ahead and divide your meal for you, if need be? I do that lots of times, especially when we go out to eat at Provino’s. I know that a portion is too much food for me to eat at one sitting so I get a to-go box shortly after the food, and go ahead and divide my dish up. Then, if I still have any food after I’m through eating my portion (which I usually do), that goes into the box as well. Want rolls with that? Sure the garlic buttered ones are yummy, but I’ll ask for the plain ones (since my daughter prefers those) and maybe I’ll dip a torn off piece or two into the bowl with the sauce that dropped off of my husband’s rolls, but rather that than just add to the calories I know ahead of time (I consider myself at least a semi-educated consumer since I don’t know the exact nutrition information there, rather just the average for similar dishes) and I want to make sure that I monitor what goes into my mouth.
Whether from the “Supersize Me” movie or just from common sense, I hope that people know better than to think that eating out/having delivered/driving through is healthy if they’re doing it on an everyday basis. At least that’s what I hope…wouldn’t surprise me if people still refuse to acknowledge that though… *sigh*
P.S. Did you know that a Big Mac, medium Coke and large fries from McDonald’s contain a total of 1,340 calories, more than half the recommended daily calories for both men and women?? Talk about yikes! And no, not eating for the rest of the day before and/or after that is NOT a good idea!