June 2012

Bento box for good health

Control portion sizes with a bento box

If you ask me, the way to good health is through eating balanced meals as often as possible.  In a perfect world, we would all be able to quit eating foods that are loaded with greasy oil and sweet sugar.  However, since it is not a perfect world, we would do fine with just minimizing the amount of unhealthy foods that we do eat. 

Truth is that unhealthy foods do taste great.  That is why we continue to eat it even though we know that it is not at all good for us.  However, we must take caution against eating too much of the unhealthy foods.

Cooking brown rice

In trying to shrink their waistline, a lot of people are banishing carbohydrates from their diet.  However, what these dieters might have not considered is that not all carbohydrates are the same.  Some are actually pretty healthy and good for you.  Therefore, they do have a place in a nutritious and balanced diet.

One of the healthiest types of carbohydrates to consume is brown rice.  It is a wonderful side to a great variety of dishes.  Plus it is great for the diet of a vegetarian.

A Calorie Is Not A Calorie

...and other food fantasies debunked by Robert Lustig of the University of California at San Francisco.

A little knowledge of evolution has gone a long way in attempting to explain our bodies and minds. Although sometimes evolutionary biology evolutionary psychology can be stretched a bit too far to justify our behaviors or rationalize our dispositions, it’s a useful tool in unlocking the bigger picture. It’s with that in mind that Robert H. Lustig addresses one of the largest (no pun intended) health concerns of the 21st century; obesity and obesity related illness, or chronic metabolic disease.

According to Lustig there are two fundamental misconceptions about nutrition and fiet: that a calorie is a calorie, and that you are what you eat. “If a calorie is a calorie, then any food can be part of a balanced diet,” he writes in Project Syndicate, “and, if we are what we eat, then everyone chooses what they eat.” He points out that if obesity and chronic metabolic disease were truly a choice, there wouldn’t be obese toddlers, or an “obesity epidemic amongst six-month olds.” Instead, our modern diet has changed to reflect these misunderstandings about food, and it’s having dire consequences on public health.