Friday, July 30, 2010

Celebrate Food Day This Long Weekend!

Source: Winnipeg Free Press (Summary by NIM)

For those of us who love food, every day is food day. But in 2003, one passionate culinary activist felt that Canadian food and agriculture truly needed to be celebrated and appreciated on a much larger scale. As a result, over that year's August Long weekend, she pulled off the World's longest barbecue and founded a tradition that has been going strong ever since.

This year, Anita Stewart, the founder of Food Day, has extended the scope of this special event to include and reward great contributions in the Canadian culinary tradition by giving recognition to Canadian restaurateurs, suppliers, growers and farmers. According to Stewart, the restaurants all across Canada that are celebrating Food Day this year can be spotted by a special banner displayed just outside of the restaurant.

So this long weekend, be sure to join in on the festivities and surround yourself with friends and family and fire up the BBQ in celebration of Canada's culinary history!

Find out more about Food Day at foodday.ca and by reading the article called "Restaurants across Canada join to celebrate Food Day on August long weekend" from the Winnipeg Free Press (July 26, 2010).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Scale that Counts Calories?

Source: Sharperimage.com (Summary by NIM)

The cat's out of the bag, guys - it turns out the secret to weight gain or weight loss just boils down to calories. Oh wait, you already knew that. But what you may not know is that the most accurate way to determine how many calories you're consuming each day is to actually weigh out all of your ingredients...which is so simple and quick, right? Not so much. Well, now (thankfully), there is a new device available which makes discovering your actual calorie intake much simpler. Enter: the Perfect Portions Digital Food Scale.

Imagine simply placing whatever you are about to eat onto this cool new scale, and finding out the exact nutritional value, nutrition label-style. No more weighing on a traditional scale and then having to look up every ingredient in some database! You'll know not only how many calories are in the particular food item, but also things like grams of fibre, sugar, fat and sodium! Even for non-calorie counters, this thing is pretty useful!

The database currently holds the nutritional value of 2,000 foods, with space to add another 99 custom foods. Certainly, this device can't tell you everything about everything you want to eat, and it's got to be a little more complicated than it seems (say you wanted to put a sushi roll on it? How would that work?) But at the very least - as the sales pitch goes - Knowledge is power when it comes to making healthier food choices!

Find out more about the Perfect Portions Digital Food Scale at at the Sharper Image.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A Woman's Secret to Living to 100 Includes Diet and Exercise

Source: Whittier Daily News (Summary by NIM)

Nowadays it's not uncommon for people to live longer than in generations before. Thanks to new developments in health care and new philosophies to living, many more people are enjoying good health far into their eighties and some into their nineties (my Polish Grandmother is 94 and can still put up a fight). And then, we have those lucky few people who make it all the way into their hundreds without even batting an eyelash! Can you even imagine all they have seen and done?

So long as we are in good health and are enjoying life, why not live it to it's fullest for as long as possible. Well, that's exactly what California native Maria Suarez is doing! Born in July, 1910, Suarez has just celebrated her 100th Birthday this month and is proud to say she's all natural - takes no medication and just enjoys life!

Suarez does not hesitate to give away her secret to longevity - "Stay active and eat right," she says. And don't forget a sprinkling of good faith - "faith is very important to a good life" she has said. Some of her pastimes have included traveling, swimming, camping, the outdoors, and gardening, where she grows her own vegetables. Now that is what I call a good life!

Read more at Whittier Daily News (July 26, 2010) in the article called "Woman, 100, credits faith, exercise, diet for longevity"

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Posting Nutrition Information in Restaurants Might Make You Think Twice Before Ordering

Source: The Edmonton Journal (Summary by NIM)

Going out to a fancy restaurant can most definitely be a treat from time to time, especially when you're feeling like indulging a little (read: a lot). Really, what better way to celebrate a special event than by treating yourself to your favourite foods, a nice drink and maybe a little dessert? But when all you are looking to do is to satisfy your hunger by grabbing a meal out, the last thing you would probably want to do is order yourself a 2,000-calorie sugar-, sodium- and fat-filled food-bomb. Too bad that's what most people do without even knowing it.

As restaurants across the world embrace the trend (and thankfully this time it's a good one!) of increasing their transparency by posting nutritional information on their menus - heck even McDonald's is doing it these days - we are still lagging behind, here in Canada.

Some of the items on the menus of popular Canadian Restaurants, like The Keg's honey barbecue ribs, contain 1,975 calories which is roughly the amount an active woman should consume each day! Doesn't it seem as thought it should almost be a human right to know exactly what you're putting in your body? Especially if it's marketed to 'seem' healthy when it's really not! Some menu items on the menus of other restaurants may not be that bad, but if you can't see the info, you may never know it!

Find out more about this interesting issue by reading the article called "Many would change what they order if nutritional information were labelled" from the Edmonton Journal.

Monday, July 26, 2010

British Women Lose Lots of Cash, Little Weight on Diets

Source: The Daily Record (Summary by NIM)

In our world of instant gratification, those of us who want to lose weight expect it to happen very rapidly. Instead of taking a more manageable, sustainable approach that is easy to follow and guarantees results, most people opt for crash and fad diets, looking for a quick fix. The result? Cash blown, lots of suffering and cravings, but little weight loss success, according to a new survey.

In a recent survey by Engage Mutual.com, it has been found that British women spend an average of £542.43 (about $870 CAD) per year for a total of about £25,233 (about $40,500 CAD) in their lifetime on failed diet attempts. This includes stuff like exercise gear, supplements and gym memberships. That's an insane amount of cash spent on quick fixes that don't last!

The survey also found that British women attempt to diet 3 times a year, and they successfully stay on them for a mere 19 days - beyond that, the cravings for junk kick in and...another one bites the dust. Haven't any of these women heard of moderation? Yeah - you can have your cheesecake (/brownie/carrot cake etc.) and eat it too if you just simply watch your calorie intake and match it with calories out (exercise/physical activity). Really - it is that simple.

Find out more about this survey by reading the article called "Why women always lose pounds on a diet.. that's £££s, not lbs" from the Daily Record (July 23, 2010).

Friday, July 23, 2010

Train Like Your Favourite NFL Star with Wii

Source: USA Today (Summary by NIM)

What if you could have a little competitive fun with friends and family, get a workout and emulate your favourite NFL stars and at the same time? If that sounds like something you would be in to, you're in luck - EA sports has just announced the development of a new game for Nintendo's Wii console that will allow you to do all of the above.

The new game, which will be launched mid-November of this year, called EA Sports Active NFL Training Camp, is loaded with over 70 NFL drills used in real life by NFL coaches. These drills have been designed to help athletes improve their agility, response time, cardio capacity and strength, and now you can try them out for yourself! NFL star Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons recently tested the game and gave it his stamp of approval.

According to Gonzalez, "You're running through tires, pushing blocking dummies...Put those sensors on your leg and arm and it keeps track of your heart rate and the calories that you burn. It's a pretty neat perspective. People can get an inside look at how we prepare and then also you get to train in your favorite stadium."

Sounds pretty awesome, regardless of whether you're a football fan or not. If you've got a Wii console, give this game a try for a totally different workout experience.

Read more at USA Today (July 20, 2010) in the article called "Falcons' Tony Gonzalez helps EA Sports' kick off 'NFL Training Camp'"

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Obesity Changes how Fat is Perceived, Metabolized

Source: Science Daily (Summary by NIM)

It should come as no surprise that individuals with more fat on their frames - namely overweight and obese individuals - have a different relationship with fats than people who are of a healthy weight. Not only do they taste fat in different ways, but their bodies also respond to the molecules differently, according to a new study.

Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the researchers found that obese individuals were less able to detect the taste of fat and additionally, it seems their bodies were also unable to detect the presence of fat in the way that they are normally supposed to. When individuals of a healthy weight tasted the same fat-spiked beverage, they were more able to detect the presence of fat, and their stomachs correctly sent signals to their brains, resulting in the release of hormones that resulted in feelings of fullness, telling them to stop eating. This was not the case in obese individuals.

Basically, people who have a large amount of body fat or consume too many calories per day may continue to do so because their bodies aren't telling them that they are full! According to the leader of the research team, "At this point it is not possible to tell whether reduced responsiveness to the taste of fat or reduced gut hormone release causes over-consumption of fat, or whether eating a high-fat diet impairs taste and hormonal responses to fat ". Scary stuff! Bottom line - eat a healthy amount of fat in order to keep your weight in check and your body working properly!

Read more at Science Daily (July 19, 2010) in the article called "Obesity Is Associated With Reduced Sensitivity to Fat "

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Eat More Fish to Keep Your Vision Sharp

Source: Reuters Health via Medline Plus (Summary by NIM)

Eating fish has long been associated with an overall improved health profile. It's a staple food in the Mediterranean diet - arguably the healthiest way of eating in the world - and for good reason! Now, a new study adds to an existing body of research that connects the consumption of fish with a lower risk of age related vision loss.

In the current American study, the diets of older adults who underwent eye exams were examined. It was found that those who consumed more fatty fish had a lower risk of developing AMD and enjoyed a protective effect against vision impairment. AMD, short for Age-related Macular Degeneration, is a condition that causes damage to the back of the eye resulting in the loss of central vision. People with AMD have trouble reading, driving and seeing faces, among other things. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in Canadians.

In the study, however, it wasn't just any fish that helped prevent AMD, it had to be fatty fish; fish that contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, presumably because of it's anti-inflammatory effects. Don't worry, though, if you love eating low-fat fish like sole, tilapia, basa or cod - they're all great sources of lean protein and also have excellent effects on your health, including lowering the consumption of saturated fat in your diet. Just be sure to enjoy some salmon once or twice a week and you're good to go!

Read more at Reuters Health via Medline Plus (July 20, 2010) in the article called "Fish eaters show lower risk of age-related eye disease".

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Talking Robot Helps Dieters Stay on Track

Source: The Wall Street Journal (Summary by NIM)

So we've heard of diet pills, exercise regimens, iPod Apps and of course diets that can help with weight loss, but this is definitely something new. Meet Autom, she's a little talking robot that knows all about you - your mood, your motivation, how much you have been exercising and whether or not you are sticking to your healthy eating plan - and she's there to help you stay on track.

Created by 32-year old Cory Kidd, co-founder and CEO of Intuitive Automata Inc., Autom is the first of her kind, and does more than any computer program can do. Autom can read social cues, responding to her user and motivating them in a way that a real trainer or coach could. Users have reported feeling accountable to someone (or something!) rather than simply following a diet or workout regimen on their own. Autom reminds her user to stay on track, asks about goals and monitors their progress.

Compared with personal trainers who can cost up to $75 an hour in some gyms, Autom costs only $500 plus sporadic fees for software updates. Apparently Autom is so easy to use that she doesn't even come with an instruction manual. All users have to do is plug the robot in and get started. It's that simple!

Find out more about this amazing invention by reading the article called "A Robot That Helps You Diet" from the Wall Street Journal (July 20, 2010).

Monday, July 19, 2010

Svelte Singer Cheryl Cole Eating Junk to Gain Weight

Source: OK! Magazine (Summary by NIM)

You know how much your body can transform for the better once you stop eating junk food (especially the greasy, fried kind!), but imagine if you did the exact opposite - adopting a high-cal fat-filled diet. Well, that's exactly what the gorgeous and talented singer Cheryl Cole is finding herself doing lately, but don't call her lucky - she's only doing it in order to battle her extreme weight loss due to a recent bout with malaria.

After dropping out of her position as a Judge on the latest season of the UK X factor due to the life threatening illness, the already tiny British songstress has dropped from 105 lbs to about 98 lbs! According to reports from the News of the World, "Cheryl is far too thin...she doesn't have any meat on her now. Her hip bones literally stick out. She won't be dancing for some time. Her routines were exhausting."

In order to battle her rapid weight loss, Cheryl is eating highly energy-dense foods like fries, sausages, hot dogs and burgers because she is terrified of losing any more weight (and good for her - some celebs like Tori Spelling just rolled with it and she just ended up looking like a Skeleton!). Cheryl's mom is on board making sure her daughter stays as healthy as possible and recovers quickly, so she's giving Cheryl whatever she wants to eat in order to make sure that her medication is working! Here's to a speedy recovery!

Read more at OK! Magazine (July 19, 2010) in the article called "Cheryl Cole is placed on 'a junk food diet' to help her gain malaria weight".

Friday, July 16, 2010

Health Boosters of the Future: IV Vitamin Drips

Source: The Globe and Mail (Summary by NIM)

If you're a run-down workaholic, celeb or athlete and simply don't have the time to recover and recuperate the 'normal' way (i.e. sleeping, being active and eating well), there may still be some hope for you, thanks to a new trend in health and wellness.

The use of Intravenous micronutrient therapy (IVMT), a system by which (as the name suggests), micronutrients are streamed into the body intravenously, is not actually new in and of itself. This therapeutic treatment has been around for decades to treat certain illnesses and ailments like asthma and fibromyalgia. Now, however, it's being offered in cushy relaxing settings in order for workaholics to relax and wake up feeling like a million bucks in the morning.

The main benefit of this treatment is that the vitamins and minerals are streamed right into your veins and are absorbed highly efficiently. Some patrons claim they are left with a profound sense of well being and glowing, radiant skin, akin to having gone on a relaxing week long vacation! If the price is right for you, you too can lounge in a leather recliner while watching your favourite TV shows or movies or even take a nap while being fed intravenously with a complex micronutrient cocktail!

Find out more by reading the article called "Run-down execs and celebs embrace the vitamin drip" from the Globe and Mail (July 12, 2010).

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vitamin E May Be the Key to Staving off Dementia

Source: Natural Products Insider (Summary by NIM)

With all this hype over vitamin D in the past few years, it seems that some other vitamins are getting left behind in the dust when it comes to research. Not so any more, with new research highlighting the benefits of vitamin E for your mental health!

Vitamin E used to be linked mainly to skin health and is touted as an anti-aging supplement, as it is a powerful antioxidant. This fact also makes it an important factor in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. But thanks to new research, we can add brain health to that long list of health benefits.

In a new study published in the journal Archives of Neurology, it was found that over the long term, individuals who had higher intakes of dietary (not supplemental) vitamin E showed fewer signs of dementia and had an average of 25% lower risk of Alzheimer's disease.

So load up on those green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and Swiss chard, as well as sunflower seeds, wheat germ and vegetable oils (soybean, corn, safflower, and cottonseed- in moderation, of course!) for the biggest boost to your brain (and overall) health!

Find out more by reading the article called "Dietary Vitamin E Fights Dementia" from Natural Products Insider (July 13, 2010).

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

UAE Forces Obese Teens to Slim Down

Source: The Toronto Sun (Summary by NIM)

Wow - if this story doesn't cause your jaw to drop, I'm not sure what will: The ministry of health in the United Arab Emirates is 'asking' teens who weigh more than 90kg to attend a 'special' camp to help them lose weight!

The program sound great in principle - it's teaching not only nutrition and healthy eating practices to young people, but it's getting the kids moving and active, too! The downside to all this is that, from the description, the camp sounds more like a season of 'The Biggest Loser' and may be too much too soon (with kids as young as 15), sending the wrong message to a very sensitive age group. Even though a fear of obesity and being sent to this 'camp' might keep kids and teens from gaining excessive weight (a good thing), it may also result in a negative relationship with food, excessive exercise and the development of eating disorders. As drastic as those results may sound, it happens all the time, especially in this day in age where kids are being told that 'thin = beautiful'.

At the camp, the kids are expected to lose weight at a rate of at least 1kg per week for the duration of the summer. The first group of 20 kids have been admitted on July 3rd.

Read more at the Toronto Sun (July 12, 2010) in the article called "UAE forces fat teens to lose weight".

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Soon to Appear at Carl's Jr.: Footlong Cheeseburgers

Source: FoodBeast.com (Summary by NIM)

Forget footlong subs! Following the trend of 'meals that are so bad for you that it's outrageous/funny' (some even call them WTF meals) Carl's Jr. is currently testing whether or not the hungry citizens of the United States are hungry enough for a footlong Cheeseburger.

Known for their somewhat over the top food, Carl's Jr. was not content to be outdone by KFC's 'Double Down' Sandwich, so they had to up their game. Loaded up with three beef patties on a 12-inch submarine bun (sorry, it's not actually a 12-inch beef patty), the 'burger-sub hybrid' is being tested for $4, or $4.50 for the deluxe with lettuce, tomato and other toppings.

Since the sandwich is still in it's testing stage, the restaurant chain is finding out all kinds of important information, like the fact that thee sandwich doesn't even fit in their existing bags - it sticks out awkwardly. And maybe they are delaying the full on launch in case anyone gets a heart attack? It remains to be seen...

Find out more about this creation by reading the article called "Carl’s Jr. Testing a “Footlong Cheeseburger”" from Foodbeast.com (July 10, 2010)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Diet Cola May Weaken Women's Bones

Source: CNN Health (Summary by NIM)

Although it sounds like a great energy boost free of any calories or consequences, diet cola might actually be doing some subtle harm under the surface. According to a new study, diet soda may actually contain compounds that result in a loss of elements important for bone health.

In the study, it was found that women who drank diet cola excreted more calcium and phosphorous in their urine when compared to women who drank pure water. The study was performed with female participants because it was found that women drink diet cola quite often, since it contains zero calories.

Other studies have also found that women who drink large amounts of diet cola have a lower bone mineral density, on average. The bottom line is, not surprisingly, 'everything in moderation'! Diet cola in and of itself is not going to weaken your bones to an unhealthy state unless you're guzzling it every single day or you're taking in large amounts. Be sensible and you should be just fine!

Find out more by reading the article called "Diet cola drains calcium in women" from CNN Health (July 7, 2010).

Friday, July 9, 2010

Americans Love to Diet but Can't Count Calories: Survey

Source: Newsweek.com (Summary by NIM)

Diets have been around for ever, but these days Americans diet more than ever before. Even though they love to try the latest diet fads and often complain that they need to lose weight, the average American has no idea exactly how many calories they require or how many they are taking in, according to a new survey. In other words, the average American actually lacks the basic fundamentals of weight gain or loss!

A new survey has found that only one in every eight Americans knows how many calories they should be consuming each day, but nearly two-thirds of the same individuals have adopted a new dietary pattern, mostly to lose weight. Basically, the average person doesn't understand what "calories in" and "calories out" means.

Even though this may sound counter-intuitive, there may be a good reason for this discrepancy. According to an official from the International Food Information Council Foundation “Americans are hearing about the importance of weight to their health from a variety of sources, and it appears to be driving healthful changes in their lives,” even if they don't necessarily know what it means for themselves. Well, at least they're on the right track - even if they aren't completely there just yet.

Find out more about the findings of this survey by reading the article called "Diet-Driven Americans Can’t Count Calories: Survey" from Newsweek.com (July 7, 2010).

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Exercise: Start Early to Stay Healthy

Source: CBC News (Summary by NIM)

When it comes to establishing a healthy lifestyle, the earlier a person can start, the better. This is true with laying down healthy dietary habits like controlling portion size, limiting sugars, making healthy food choices, but also when it comes to getting physically active. And now we have even more incentive to get kids moving, as new research shows that physical activity in the teenage years or earlier can help stave off dementia like Alzheimer's Disease in older age.

In the study, it was found that older adults 65 years and over were less likely to show signs of cognitive impairment if they had been active as teens. According to one of the researchers, "More and more people are starting to recognize physical activity as one of the most promising means to prevent cognitive impairment and dementia. And what this study adds is that it's not only important in mid and late life — that we really have to start as early as possible."

In Canada, we have a multitude of information and resources regarding physical activity in youth - just take a look at the ParticipACTION program for more information.

Find out more about this study by reading the article called "Teen exercise could lower dementia risk at 65" from CBC News (June 30, 2010).

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Serena Williams on Diets:“I don’t even know the D word”

Source: Nagaland Post (Summary by NIM)

She may have just won her fourth Wimbledon title and be in wicked shape, but Superstar athlete Serena Williams still has her own insecurities about her body - at the beginning of this year's training season, Williams felt she wanted to lose a bit of weight. Sure, her workouts and training sessions are harder than what most of us typically accomplish in a year, but this powerhouse definitely has a level head on her shoulders when it comes to losing weight and she doesn't fall for any diet fads.

In a recent interview, Williams admitted that she wanted to lose some weight and appear less "bulky", so she's been doing a lot of pilates, yoga, cardio and strength training in order to tone and tighten up. But when it comes to what she puts in her mouth, Serena will tell you she's never been on a diet before, in fact she says she doesn't even utter the word! That's not to say that she isn't careful about what she eats - quite the contrary.

During her training, Serena follows a healthy training meal plan consisting of “Smaller portions of every meal, a lot of grilled or baked chicken or fish, and steamed veggies.” but she went on to say “I can never turn down a good piece of cherry pie."

Despite her weakness, Williams knows that diet has a huge impact on her health and her career, adding adding “all I know is that in 10 years, I don’t want to be as wide as this couch.”. Very wise words!

Find out more about Serena's quest to get in shape by reading the article called "Serena talks body image & refusal to diet" from the Nagaland Post (July 6, 2010).

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

High Sugar Diet Linked to High Blood Pressure, Kidney Problems

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

Added sugars are as big of a 'no-no' as trans fats these days. We are advised to read nutrition labels, searching for sugar content and check the ingredients list to look for hidden sources of sugar and yet those sugars continue to sneak into our diets. Now, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, one in three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, which seems to be associated with dietary sugar intake.

While the link is not explicitly clear, the study found a link between an increase in sugar intake and the rise of the incidence of high blood pressure. High blood pressure, in turn, is a precursor and a huge risk factor for conditions like strokes, heart disease and kidney failure.

It was found in the study that most people consume the amount of sugar found in four soft drinks each day! The more fructose and simple sugars consumed by the individuals in the survey, the higher their blood pressure was. Even though the study was based on American data, Canadians do lead similar lifestyles, and can take heed based on this information. According to one of the researchers who worked on the study, "There is no question that fructose itself appears to have effects that other sugars don't have,".

Find out more about this research by reading the article called "Too much fructose could raise your blood pressure" from Reuters Health (July 1, 2010).

Monday, July 5, 2010

Calories Downed Behind the Wheel Lead to Weight Gain

Source: The Daily Mail (Summary by NIM)

As so many of us spend a lot of time behind the wheel of our cars, it's no surprise that a large proportion of our 'meals' or calories downed take place in the same setting. What is surprising, however, is the number of calories that get mindlessly wolfed down at those red lights, and how significant they are in terms of weight gain!

In a new survey out of the UK, it was found that the average motorist guzzles down an additional 4,000 calories per week while sitting behind the wheel of their cars. Considering the fact that 3,500 calories is equivalent to one pound of fat gained or lost, adding that amount means steadily gaining over a pound each week without even knowing it! Add the fact that lots of driving usually means a lot less physical activity, and you've got a recipe for disaster.

According to the survey, most people eat behind the wheel because they simply don't have the time at home. It was found that the most common foods consumed on the go were chocolate bars, soda and chips. Even though this survey took place in the UK, Canadians do lead similar lifestyles, spending much of their time behind the wheel of a car. Experts agree that eating or drinking while driving can be just as dangerous as talking on a cell phone, because the driver is distracted from the task at hand, adding that "'It is much safer either to build in time before leaving home or to take a break during your journey" and 'Trying to concentrate on the road ahead and stay vigilant of other motorists while eating and drinking inevitably compromises a driver's reaction time and focus."

Find out more about this dangerous habit by reading the article called "Motorists guzzle 4,000 calories of junk food and chocolate a week behind the wheel" from the Daily Mail (June 26, 2010).

Friday, July 2, 2010

Oprah Says She'll Never Diet Again

Source: Press Distribution (Summary by NIM)

She's one of the world's biggest stars (no pun intended) and is seemingly omnipotent, but she just can't seem to get her weight in check! She's tried every diet out there but nothing seems to work for the long term. Now, a tearful Oprah Winfrey has promised never to diet again.

Winfrey has been just about every size, sometimes all in one year, and she blames it on her yo-yo and crash dieting, saying it's ruined her life. Most of the diets she's ever tried have been deprivation diets, leaving her hungry, angry and weak. She may have shed a ton of weight in the process, but as soon as she's "off" ________ (insert diet name here), she just bounces back to her old weight - and then some!

At the moment, Winfrey has gained inspiration from Geneen Roth, author of the novel "Women, Food and God" in which she outlines two main points:
1) Dο nοt diet. Dieting leads tο self hatred аnԁ self loathing…mаkіnɡ уου feel crazy аbουt yourself.
2) Yουr relationship wіth food…rаthеr thаn being thе curse аnԁ rаthеr thаn being thе thing уου want tο ɡеt rid οf …іѕ itself thе doorway tο thе life уου mοѕt want.

This all needs to be taken with a grain of salt, however, because when she says 'diet', Roth really means crash, deprivation-type diets - the kind Oprah has been on. She is not suggesting we throw all the rules out the window, she advises us to really think about what, why and how we are eating - focus on texture and flavour and not simply use food as a band-aid. Easier said than done for people who overeat! Roth says that once we can do this, the weight will fly off. Funny, because Oprah doesn't want to lose the weight anymore, proclaiming "I love my fat self!".

Find out more about Oprah's struggles by reading the article called "Oprah In Tears…vows Never To Diet Again" from Press Distribution.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

American McNuggets Are the Worst!

Source: CNN.com (Summary by NIM)

Since you can find a McDonald's pretty much anywhere in the world, and the menus are largely the same, you'd think you'd know what you're getting when you order your fave foods. Not so, according to a recent investigation by CNN. It appears that the already bad-for-you foods you're picking up from McDonald's in the US are actually worse than they are in other parts of the world!

CNN investigators compared McNuggets from the US with those from the UK and found that not only are they higher in calories and fat, but they also contain weird chemicals that are not allowed in the UK, like an "anti-foaming agent" that also happens to be found in silly putty! So you think you're getting chicken, but really, you're getting a lot more than you bargained for.

According to Lisa McComb, a global media relations manager for the company, "You would find that if you looked at any of our core food items. You'd see little, regional differences,". Nonetheless, the rules for what you can add to food in Europe are a lot stricter than they are in North America, but the food still tastes great (judging by the sales!) and goes by the same name, so why can't they just use the same formula on this side of the pond?

Find out more about this topic by reading the article called "All McNuggets not created equal" from CNN Health (June 25, 2010).