February 2010

March is Frozen Foods Month

If you think that frozen foods couldn’t be synonymous with healthy ones, you are quite mistaken! It’s true that many foods that are frozen are simply not good for you. If you eat nothing but pot pies and hot pockets every day, your cholesterol will probably shoot through the roof!

But frozen vegetables and fruits can actually be good for you. In fact, in some cases they are better than fresh vegetables, as their nutrients are frozen right after picking rather than lost a bit in transport. They’re also considered much better for you than canned veggies and fruits as well. So nix the cans this March and go for the frozen foods aisle! Here are some ideas to help you out.

Would You Buy Organic Produce at Wal-Mart?

I’m pretty sure that Seattle was one of the first cities in the United States to grasp the importance of eating organic foods. Of course, since the advent of “Whole Foods”, organic foods have hit a good portion of the rest of the country, too, which is probably the reason that Walmart is actually now competing in the organic food industry.

If you think that sounds a little weird, so do I. I just came across an article written in the Atlantic comparing the food aisles of Whole Foods and Walmart in a Boston suburb- and guess what? If the writer is to be trusted, the organic produce in Wal-Mart is not all that bad.

Sitting = Bad as Smoking?

With recent studies declaring that sitting is bad for your health, period, those of us who make our living on our butts are in a heap of trouble. Could sitting really be as bad as smoking? Apparently it’s the truth. People who sit at a desk all day (like yours truly) are at an increased risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity, among other diseases.

What’s even scarier is that people who work sitting and still workout aren’t making a difference to their own health. Two hours of exercise a day wouldn’t even make a dent in 22 hours of sitting. So what the hell are we supposed to do? Quit our jobs and become bricklayers? I would so suck at that.