Archive | March, 2012

Calories..A Mortal Enemy?

23 Mar

http://www.foodpolitics.com/2012/03/the-new-york-times-on-why-calories-count/

 

Nestle discusses the word calorie, and questions if calories are what we should really be worried about when consuming foods. Earlier in class this week, we learned that the calorie count on food is more important than the saturated/ unsaturated fat contents, as well as sugars and sodium. Calories were seen as the cause of obesity, but Nestle states that this may not be the case. There are numerous enzymes, hormones and chemicals that regulate appetite and to ensure that people eat enough to maintain brain function. However, these very systems go into overdrive and make it difficult for people to lose weight.

So here is the question: Are calories actually considered bad, or are there other factors that play into the problems with obesity?

Personally, I always make sure that I am eating the correct amount of calories for my height and weight, but it difficult to understand the caloric values sometimes, because fruits and veggies aren’t always marked with that information. I think that calories aren’t the most important thing to pay attention to though, because fats, sodium, and sugars all play parts in obesity as well. So how can we overcome a disease when the public is not educated enough on it?

Food Log Seven

23 Mar

So I lost my ID card this past weekend…not saying that I am an “irresponsible college student,” but it happened. Well, the ID cards didn’t come in until Wednesday of this week, so for three days I was without a meal plan and lived off of fiber one bars, nutrigrain organic bars, apples, mandarin oranges, and grapes. Not that I am complaining about those foods, I just really missed having other options like eating salads and steamed/cooked veggies from the caf, or getting pasta. I now know what it is like to be restricted when it comes to food, and it was not fun at all. I learned my lesson though; don’t lose your ID card because you are SOL.

My love for apples lately has decreased, and this is a problem, because I still have about six pounds left in my fridge…APPLE PROBLEMS! However, I came to the realization that an apple (or four) a day does not keep the doctor away, nor does it keep you from getting sick. That saying is a bunch of bologna, and I am really upset that I found this out. I sadly had to visit the health center on Tuesday, and had a fever. Darn apples.

I haven’t noticed a significant change in my eating habits, still the same sh*t just a different day. I enjoy trying new foods, but I am freaked out about what is in the food here at SU that I am almost too scared to try anything. Especially after our “laxative” discussion…I just can’t bring myself to eating some of the food in the caf. Mmmmm NOPE.!

Food Log Six

14 Mar

Okay so my dad took me grocery shopping last week before coming back to SU, and I tried buying organic produce when it came to buying fruits. Not only did I buy grapes, teensy tiny mandarin oranges, but I also bought 16 pounds worth of apples…that comes to about 39 apples…and I am almost finished my first bag. I have eaten 8 pounds of apples in the course of four days. I have an obsession/ problem!! I found myself focusing more on the amount of fiber, calories, and fat content in my shopping cart. Instead of getting the normal peanut butter, why not go for the reduced fat…the amount of fat is still ridiculous, but it’s peanut butter! I can’t just give up peanut butter, it’s way too delicious. And I need it for my apples. But I bought some fiber one bars, and whole wheat bagels along with some almonds. I am really trying to eat healthier, and get the most nutrition out of the meals I eat. I am eating about 6-8 fruits a day, which is awesome, and I feel a lot healthier after eating them! Since lent has started, I gave up sweets and meat…the meat part was easier, because I haven’t had any meat, poultry, or fish products in about oh six weeks (thanks to this class). But it is more difficult turning away sweets; sometimes I want to indulge on that DAMN cookie in the caf..but I tell myself no and look towards the fruits or vegetables.

 

Since my dad was the one who took me grocery shopping, he had to pick up stuff for home as well. We are walking down the dairy isle, and he remembers that he has to pick up some eggs. Well, did you know that there are a million different types of eggs nowadays? There isn’t the usual white eggs..oh no! We have to be complicated now, and make choices between organic, organic and brown colored eggs, organic and the chickens were cage free, the standard white, the medium size, large size, extra large size, etc. There are one too many options in my opinion. But my dad first reaches for the plain organic eggs that are brown which cost $5.49. He puts them back once he sees the ridiculous price on them. Then he goes for the organic, brown, and cage free eggs that are at a whopping $6.39. He then starts to complain about organic eggs being so pricey, so he settles for the original white eggs that are the cheapest choice. I told him why the organic eggs were so expensive, and that he should buy the organic, brown, cage free ones because that means the chickens are able to eat and roam wherever they want. It also mentioned that the chickens were vegetarian fed. But he said that he wouldn’t pay such a ridiculous price for an animal. I got so mad, but then again, I don’t have to eat those eggs (thankfully)!