Friday, July 31, 2009

Michelle Obama's "organic" garden

The White House garden has lost its organic status. Due to a sewage sludge fertilizer used by previous administrations.

For more information click here.

A Good Example, Thank You Mo'Nique

In an interview with the LA Times, Mo'Nique gives us some healthy perspective on weight and seeking health outcomes, not dress size as sole indicator.

She's quoted as saying:

“It’s OK to be big, but let’s be big and healthy,” she said. “I started at 262 pounds, and now I’m between 220-224. ... I want to meet my grandkids. So that’s why I had to lose some of the weight. Get myself into shape. I want to be here.”

“I can’t get too much smaller because my head is big.”

She also talks about her latest role in Precious which some are whispering "Oscar Nomination" in the offing--I've only seen the trailer for Precious and I gotta say that alone had me weepy.

So, a big Fat Feminist Fitness Blog Thank You to Mo'Nique for your good example.

More to Love’s Luke’s Secret Skinny Past

Click here for the full story

Conley’s high school sweetheart Gaylyn tells a different story. He was “the tall, buff, football-playing boyfriend” all her friends were jealous of, she tells PopSugar.com, which also posted old photos of the couple together in skinnier times.

I am so sick of Hollywood trying to make us feel bad. I can't believe he sold us the I have always been fat story.

More to Love and Age

Here is a link to all the photos of the contestants/women:

Below is list of the women by age. Why do these shows waste people's time? Four of the severn women older then prize/man were eliminated on the first episode. I also bet you the remaining older women will be released sooner rather then later.


Melissa – 21 – Beverly Hills, Calif. – Plus-size model

Heather – 22 – Ankeny, Iowa – Cocktail waitress

Christina – 23 – Brighton, Mich. – Student

Amanda – 23 – Los Angeles – Student

Magali – 24 – Los Angeles – Teacher


Bonnie – 25 – Portland, Ore. – Make-up artist/Stylist

Danielle – 25 – Los Angeles – Theater company technical director coordinator

Natasha – 25 – Los Angeles – Rocket scientist-Eliminated on 1st episode

Kristian – 26 – Wallington, N.J. – Substitute teacher

Lauren – 26 – Atlanta – Event planner

Malissa – 26 – Los Angeles – Waitress

Mandy – 26 – Long Beach, Calif. – Fitness and dance instructor

Tali – 26 – New York – Artist and motivational speaker

Anna – 27 – Los Angeles – Plus-size model

Natalia – 28 – Dallas – Make-up artist -Eliminated on 1st episode

Sandy – 30 – New York – Dancer -Eliminated on 1st episode

Vanessa – 32 – Los Angeles – Criminal defense attorney

Michelle – 32 – Orange County, Calif. – Production -Eliminated on 1st episode

Shari – 34 – Los Angeles – Corporate trainer -Eliminated on 1st episode

Arriane – 37 – Santa Monica, Calif. – Entertainer

Thursday, July 30, 2009

More to Love and Race

I am watching the "More to Love" Episode 1 and I want to know what happen to all the black women and latin women the interviewed in the preview videos.

I think it is pretty whack that we can request fat acceptance, but the white man on television can't give woman of color an equal chance to find love.

The only person on a dating show who gives all types of woman ( size, race, age, ect.) a chance was Flavor Flav.

So I am going to give out a shotout to Flavor Flav for holding true the commitment to try to get with any woman.

iZO Cleanze

Mandy Moore, Allison Janney and Emily Deschanel are fans of the raw, vegan organic juice and superfood cleansing program, which according to the company's CEO and founder Tim Martin, promotes optimum health and weight loss.

"The idea of the mechanics of cleansing is that you're taking away the need for digestion and digestion normally absorbs most of your energy," Tim says. "So when you take away the need for digestion your body can focus that excess energy on healing itself and giving your body a surplus of energy."

iZo features two types of cleanses.

1. The iZO Juice Feast, which is also known as the "Couture Cleanze" consists of fresh organic juices, teas and superfoods made overnight and delivered fresh every morning.

2. There is also the iZO Superfood Cleanze, which is made up of nutrient-dense superfood powders you mix with juice or water yourself.


The fact is Celebrities have lost their minds yet again. The notion that digestion takes up so much energy, that you have to take a rest from it. That is plain crazy. There are plenty of naturally skinny people who eat daily without needing to take a break.

The second kicker to this "diet/scam" is that is cost $150 a day to not eat. You can have raw food meals or the zone meals delivered to your house for about $70 a day. At least you are chewing something with these plans.

People never be so desperate to lose weight that you stop chewing food. You will just be angry and hungry.

Increase Your Metabolism

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1. Maximize your muscle. Muscles are fat-burning furnaces.

2. Don't forget the cardio. It improves definition and blasts the fat that covers your muscles.

3. Be sure to stretch. It can help your muscles work better so you can more effectively isolate your problem areas.

4. Focus on your assets. Playing up your favorite body parts can boost your confidence and draw attention away from spots you want to minimize.

5. Don't starve yourself. Undereating causes your metabolic rate to drop and your body to hold onto fat.

6. Go graze-y. Eat 6 small meals a day to avoid blood-sugar spikes and minimize urges to binge.

7. Get real. Fuel your body with wholesome, nutritious foods, and limit your intake of refined carbs (anything sugary or white-flour based).

8. Drink More Water. Staying hydrated will help you feel full longer and keep you healthy.

9. Sleep tight. Get 7-8 hours of Z's a night.

10. Control what you can. Keep stress levels in check by managing your time, focusing on the present and not over-committing.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Scarlett Johansson Reveals The Secrets Behind Her Black Widow 'Iron Man 2' Body


Along with her work training, "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau credits Scarlett's ability to give up some of her favorite foods in making the Black Widow suit look so good.


"She was wearing an unforgiving costume," Jon said. "She didn't eat much, that's for sure. She likes food, as do I, and she was definitely on a low-carb diet and training very hard. It was amazing."


This is why actresses go off the deep in with the diet and exercise. Scarlett Johansson has her director Jon Favreau commending her for not eating to fit into a costume.
I personally believe any costume designer worth there talent could have designed a costume that fit the part as well as allowed for a healthy woman's body type.

10 ways to cut food costs

1. Limit impulse purchases."Go to the store with a shopping list," says Mercer. And stick to it.

2. Buy in season.Blueberries are a cheap treat come summer but practically an investment once it's fall. Consider growing some of your own produce as well.

3. Use coupons.Sign up for your supermarket's shopper discount card, too.

4. Purchase sale items in bulk."Use the same main ingredient and dress it up differently," Mercer suggests. Turn ground beef into chili, burritos and a topping for baked potatoes. Plus, freeze some beef for the weeks to come.

5. Buy generic.Follow this rule except when you know a certain brand is of higher quality. A major national brand of sliced Swiss cheese recently sold for $4.49 per half pound versus $3.49 for the store brand (priced on shoprite.com).

6. Think whole foods."The more processed foods you buy, the higher the price," Mercer says. Even a banana in pricey New York City only costs a quarter whereas a small candy bar costs at least 75 cents.

7. Do it from scratch."You're paying more for convenience," says Mercer. So grate your own cheese and shred your own lettuce.

8. Shift those proportions.Use pricey meats as an accent; not the main event. For instance, skip the pork chops and cook up a pork stir-fry.

9. Load up on beans.Meat is expensive, says Mercer. A pound of 85% lean ground beef purchased on shoprite.com costs $3.69. A 1-pound can of black beans? A mere 50 cents.

10. Shop at wholesale food stores. Some examples include Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's and more. Make sure you know prices, though, to guarantee a savings.

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Call To Arms. Stop Working Out Madonna!


New photographs of Madonna’s arms suggest that her legendary fitness regime may have gone too far.

The 50-year-old Material Mom shocked on-lookers in London Sunday night when her protruding muscles and thick bulging veins were on display as she sported a short white T-shirt.

The problem is Madonna most likely has an Exercise Based Eating Disorder. We all need to remember that women need some body fat in there lives for hormonal health. I think Madonna has been on the exercise deep end since her first baby.

I think it is Hollywood that has created the " talent equals thin" mentality that causes many artist to go off the deep end when it comes to diet and exercise.

11 ways to change your weight fate

Improve your eating
1. Write off weight. To lower BMI, keep a food journal.
2. Befriend a farmer. Shop at a farmers' market to balance your diet
3. Eat heartily in the A.M. Make your morning meal the main one. Aim for up to 500 calories.
4. Start cookin'. Prepare at least half of your meals at home.
5. Snack smarter. Stop smoking and munch right to help your body stay at a healthy weight.
6. Limit yourself to one glass daily of soda or alcohol. Replacing caloric beverages with water can help you drop up to 20 pounds in a year.

Get your brain on board
1. Chill. Relaxing daily can lower the stress hormones that spur overeating, a study from Harvard Medical School in Boston finds.
2. Swap reruns for sleep. Replace half an hour of television watching with additional shut-eye daily and you'll wake up with lower levels of hunger hormones.
3. Pace yourself. Slow down at meals so your mind has time to register fullness before you go back for seconds.

Move more
1. Hoof it. Can't change your commute from car to foot? Achieve a similar effect by delivering news to coworkers in person, not via email.
2. Firm up. Muscle burns calories even as you rest, but women older than age 35 lose about a quarter pound of muscle per year.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Good Research, Bad Title

Why is it that mainstream news outlets perpetually seek out the most provocative (read misogynistic, bullying, target-group hating, in this case the fatties, legally indefensible, here I'm talking about all those stories in which a man is said to have "had sex with a X age child" not "allegedly raped" an X age child--even as young as a toddler I've seen the "had sex with." It is never sex to penetrate a child, it is rape, forced or statutory, and least descriptive) titles?

My lastest example is THIS which is entitled: "Turn Off TV During Meals or Kids May Get Fat Study Says." What the study actually says is far more interesting:

Studying childhood obesity, University of Toronto nutritionist Harvey Anderson found that kids who watched TV while eating lunch took in 228 extra calories than those who ate without the television on.

"One of Anderson's conclusions is that eating while watching television overrides our ability to know when to stop eating," the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which funded the study, said on Tuesday.

"In effect, mindless television watching produces mindless eating.... Anderson has some immediate advice for parents -- turn the television off during mealtime."

In other words TV is distracting and as we are not paying attention to what we eat, both a conscious and unconscious process of assessing satisfaction, is disrupted leading children to consume 228 more calories than they would eating at the dinner table. 228 calories is quite a bit for an adult's caloric intact, yet for a child is even more significant.

Parents, turn off the TV and eat at the table. Now, this is weight-loss industry advice #47 and for those who have a table, I would say go for it. However, we have to look at a couple of factors that might get in the way of all families realizing this daily goal: 1. You don't have a kitchen/dinner table because you live in a small apartment; 2. You work the night-shift and your child/ren are home alone, the TV is comfort/baby-sitter; 3. Readers, tell me more reasons why this might be difficult for some families.

Now, I think that eating together at the dinner table is a worthy goal and I will strive to do so once I have a family, but often stories like these are used to hit people over the head with the image of the perfect family, disparaging the families and diversity of families (like single-parent households, GBLTQ families, urban families, singles, etc.) that are reality.

So, mainstream media, give us the studies, not the lecture. Give us accurate titles, not provocation. If you don't have a dinner table, its still possible to turn off the TV in the living room. Night-shift folks with self-sat kids, I don't know what to offer, I really don't, but I would like to help by advocating for state-sponsored childcare to help you with that burden.


Peace

Saturday Food Blogging

I had the last of my melon with proscruitto and a piece of defrosted quiche I made forever ago. I found that I had two pieces left when I was cleaning out the fridge. It wasn't freezer-burned at all thanks to double wrapping--plastic wrap individually and then placed in a freezer-safe baggie. I want to get one of those vaccuum seal thingies to better preserve food.

p.s. Oh, for portion understanding, that is a salad plate, not a dinner plate. That quiche was cut into eight pieces, not six.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I've Lost 4lbs This Week

I've lost 4lbs this week--don't get too excited. Was it due to healthy eating, exercise, plenty of sleep and water? Nope. I was working a conference, so I lived mostly off of high-gluten fare, sweets (although we did have the BEST strawberries), and LOTS of coffee/diet pepsi. I still feel dehydrated from lack of water. How did I lose this weight? Especially when the catered food was mostly high-fat, high-glycemic index carbs and low in nutritional quality? Well I'll tell you: low-level nausea! My skin has been rather awful lately and the thing that works best for me is birth-control pills. So, I went to the dr. to get a prescription, but my cycle demanded that I start taking them before the new ones arrived. So, I started taking expired pills that I had left-over. Now, I'm not blaming the nausea on the expiration of said pills. I looked it up and read a couple articles and since I'm not using the pills for actual birth-control, they are just "less effective" not "gone bad," but I did forget how nauseous the pill can make one feel the first couple weeks when you're getting used to it. Ugh, I'm going to soldier through, but I need to buy some more millet toast because that seems to be the only thing I want to eat as I'm adjusting to the hormones.

So, dear reader, do you have a love-hate relationship with a medication you take? I'd love to hear about it.

Peace

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Exercise and the Economy

Taking a queue from Thealogian I will do a personal Blog post.

As you know I am doing WW and with the program I have to obtain Activity points (Measurements of Exercise).

I currently gain my Activity points from walking. My walking routines are as follows:

1. I will get off the Subway two stops and head or walk to a Subway stop two stops ahead.
2. I will walk my neighborhood
3. I will walk in the park with a friend.


But this Spring I was looking into joining a gym. Well in the past month, three of the gyms I visited this Spring have been calling me to see if I was still interested or if they could tell me about there specials.

Obviously the Gym industry has been hit hard by the economic down. Cause these same gyms were not very attentive when I was trying out there gyms in the Spring. I actually felt that the service people at one gym were on the verge of being rude.

Therefore, I told all 3 gyms that I was not interested and had no times for their calls.

So I would like to remind gyms and other business that you need to being good to customers and potential customers in the good times, because you just might need them in the lean times.

Quick Note

This week I will be away from my computer due to a conference I'm working. So, the food-blogging from my side will be at a minimum. LisaD will post as usual. I'll try to get in a post or two about the healthcare reform legislation and leave you all some action links in case you'd like to contact your representatives/senators regarding this important legislation.

peace & good health,

Thealogian

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Marissa Jaret Winokur: I Fell Off the Diet Wagon

Marissa Jaret Winokur was planning her sons first B-day party. It was a candy theme party and she lost self control with the candy. She also didn't take time for herself due to all the relatives. Below is what she describes has her challenges and proud moments:


My biggest challenge this week: obviously, failing my biggest challenge. But I did throw an amazing first b-day party on my own!

I am most proud of: I'm not gonna lie – I'm proud of the fact there is still candy left over. It was a hard week.

I think she is a perfect example of when we don't take time for ourselves the eating gets out of hand.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Diet Myth Debunked

THE MYTH: Significant weight loss is needed to see any health benefits.

Meeting your weight-loss goal can be daunting, especially when you have a double-digit amount to lose. But shedding even just a few pounds can have a huge impact on your health. For every 2 pounds of excess weight you lose, your cholesterol drops an average of 3 points. And in a study from the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, men and women were able to bring their blood pressure down after losing as few as nine pounds. "Our bodies can tell when we lose weight, even when it's a minimal amount, and they adjust very quickly," Snyderman says. "So even if you have a significant amount of weight to lose, taking it a few pounds at a time will boost your overall health—and make your ultimate goal more manageable."

Monday: Breakfast & Lunch

For breakfast I had a Chobani Strawberry Greek Yogurt with Flax-Plus Granola and some coffee--I didn't drink the whole thing of coffee, only about half. It was just that my smaller coffee/tea containers are dirty, so brought out the Freedom Center travel mug. Check out the link, by the way to the Freedom Center, its the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, actually, located in Cincinnati, Ohio and its totally worth the trip.


For a mid-morning snack I had a piece of sharp Vermont Cheddar Cheese, individually packaged (110 calories and very tart).

Dinner was my left-over pasta from last night--just as tasty today! Yummm.

Fit & Trim Valerie Bertinelli Finishes Half-Marathon

Valerie Bertinelli says:

After crossing the finish line of Sunday's Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half-Marathon in yet another personal first, Valerie Bertinelli told PEOPLE "I can't believe I did it!"

Next on Bertinelli's to-do list? "My trainer thinks I'm going to do a [full] marathon before I'm 50. I have till April," she says. "I'm not committing yet! I haven't wrapped my head around it. We're negotiating."

I am happy with Valerie Bertinelli accomplishments. Yet, as her commercials state results not typical. I think having 50 year old person running full marathons is over kill and is not necessarily the be all and end all of health achievement.

This is a good thing?



Apparently, Marathon Running times are up significantly since the economic down-turn. The title of the article I read about this phenomenon is "Unemployed People Run Faster." Haha--right? Not so much. Correlation does not equal causation and significantly more data supports the fact that general health DECLINES in times of economic depression--due to stress, worse nutrition, and lack of affordable medical care. So, let's hold up on the glib prounouncements about the "benefits" of recession/depression. What do you think, dear reader?

Squeeze It In



There's a new website called Squeeze It In which seeks to show people how they can fit exercise activities into their already over-scheduled lives. The research they draw on, that 10 minute bursts of exercise, three times a day is as effective as 30 minutes at a go, has been demonstrated to be true (to a certain degree). Some exercise is always preferable to no exercise, and this website encourages you (through their short videos and tips) to fit in exercise while you go about your tasks of daily living (like doing squats while blow-drying your hair or fitting in arm weights during the commercial breaks of your favorite TV show). Check it out!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Eats

Breakfast was two pieces of millet toast with tomato and cheese (my blender was dirty, so I wasn't able to make a smoothie, which was the original intention). It was delicious.

I also had English Breakfast tea.

Lunch was Tuna & Avocado roll.

Dinner was fabulous. Here's the veggies for my quinoa pasta.

Here's the veggies with the strips of meat stir-fried (the meat I pre-cooked on its own). To avoid anemia, I'm having red meat around my cycle. I'll also double-up on the multi around then as well.

Altogether now: pasta, steak strips, zucchini (from my garden), red onion, fresh tomato, parm cheese, and quinoa pasta. I've made enough for tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch.

Here's this evenings portion, served with a BL Lime. I would have liked some Pinot Noir or Melot, but I don't have any red wine in the house right now.

I'm ready for my close-up now.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Saturday Lunch & Dinner

So for lunch, I decided to drop into Josie's Grab n' Go--its a cool little concept place that specializes in take-out. The above salad cost $4.19 and the diet coke (in a cute glass bottle) was 99 cents. The salad bar isn't the most extensive in town, but it is efficient and full of nummies. I would have to say that the salad bar with the most choices is at Good-Foods Co-op, but Josie's is closer to my place. So, I definitely recommend it if you need something healthy and quick. Oh, and one other thing, the chicken is actually grilled chicken, not that pre-faux grilled stuff you get at most fast-food places where they draw on the grill marks with some kind of faux-food dye.

Salad close up--I got the smallest container because I had that large breakfast.

After lunch, I went to Common Ground Coffee House and ordered a Honey Bee--Latte with Honey and Vanilla. It was WAY too sweet, I only had like three sips, but I stayed at the Coffee Shop for at least on hour and a half working on a my novel. Next time I'll just get brewed coffee--cheaper and I can better control the sweetness myself.

For dinner, roasted chicken, green beans, and polenta with a bit of spaghetti sauce.

For dessert--I defrosted a gluten free coconunt blondie brownie.

Saturday Breakfast

I made gluten-free banana nut pancakes--so good. Above, see the mix. Bob's Red Mill GF Pancake mix, 1/2 a banana mushed in the blender and 2 Tbsp chopped pecans.

Here they are, made in the pan with spray and then I put some smart balance and honey over them.

Extreme pancake close-up!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday Snack & Dinner

For a snack this afternoon I had some fresh-cut honey-dew melon with Italian prosciutto, a very thin salty ham that was absolutely fabulous. I felt like I was eating on the patio of an Italian villa on vacation.
I'm very proud of these green beans--all homegrown. There's Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Royalty Purple Beans, Beurre De Roquencourt Wax Bean, and Blue Lake Green Beans (and I had a couple sugar snap peas I threw in during the cooking process). I cooked them in some chicken stock I made and froze into ice-cubes. I think that I finally have this making stock thing down--the trick is to simply heat it up, then let it simmer or even sit hot to cold for a whole day and then you get that good Umami essence.


For dinner, I had my homegrown green beans with some frozen enchiladas (also note, that's 30 calorie fat-free cheese melted on top). I also had a BL Lime with this meal.

Here's a close-up of a couple homegrown sugar-snap peas. These were HANDSDOWN THE BEST SUGAR SNAP PEAS I'VE EVER EATEN. In this picture, the appear to be breaking Lisa's "no glistening" food, but I didn't use added fat, its just an effect of the flash on the camera! I swear, they don't need to be added to the "This Is Why You're Fat" website!

Women & Weights

Over at Mark's Daily Apple, he's got an interesting post up about the constant emails or questions from female clients about "not wanting to bulk up" when toning. I've heard this tons of times, just in casual conversation or when reading about general fitness. This idea that if you (women) work out with weights, suddenly you'll become some Soviet-Block Era steroid man-lady. He's lays out some general factoids about toning with weights and how good it is for you--for any HUMAN BEING and he tries to debunk the myths. He even has a video up from the Women's 2007 Weight Lifting Championship which shows some very fit, but not "scary" women lifting lots of weight.

So, why I bring this up is because I'm trying to do more with weights/toning in general because I'm not very strong and as I learned a few months ago, 1lb of muscle burns much more resting than fat--50 calories vs 2. And second, I'm interested in how gender and anxieties about performing gender can get in the way of health. Yes, during the 80's especially, weight lifting women were typed as she-men, Eastern Block, and ugly--and that probably had to do with tons of steroids involved in the sport at the time. Like with many sports, weight lifting has had to clean up its act--see, Baseball. Steroids are bad for your health, so there's no question there. But, muscle is not--muscle is good for your health and muscle accounts for why men get to eat more food than women, even when said man/woman is of equal height. It is just that the male gender is statistically more likely to gain muscle, more easily due to a variety of biological pre-dispositions, but women also need and should work on their muscle development.

We all have human bodies that benefit from muscle, regardless of gender. Yet, women are soooo damn worried about "looking masculine," many are willing to forgo the benefits of a regular toning regime because of a phantom, illusionary fear of becoming a member of the East German Weight Lifting team.

So listen up ladies--TONE YOUR MUSCLES and stop freaking out about how being female equals being dainty and weak. Strength is good.

Friday Breakfast & Lunch

Well, that picture didn't work--I tried to copy/paste and crop the picture from my earlier GF Bagel and Almond Butter post in order to recreate this morning's breakfast, but it looks like a postage stamp--regardless, you get the idea. I also had Chai Tea with it.

I haven't posted all my glorious produce I've brought in from the garden this year--I will post some back pic's soon. Here's a yellow squash, green and royalty purple beans and one very unripe tomato. There are TONS of tomatoes on the vine, but this particular tomato's nearest neighbor was eaten by a pretty big creature because it wasn't touched by bugs, more likely a racoon or squirrel. I accidentally dislodged this tomato when trying to pick and dispose of the other (to not attract more pests). Calliope is outside guarding the tomatoes right now, so hopefully things will be alright. I'll just try to ripen this tomato in the window.

Pretty salad for lunch (pre-dressing and chicken--I think that the veggies alone make a better picture, but both versions will be posted).

My super favorite red-pepper and tomato soup, honestly I love this stuff. I didn't quite have a whole cup :( must go to the grocery.

Altogether now: salad with mixed greens, snow peas, red pepper, avocado, chicken, goat cheese, and lite balsamic dressing; red-pepper tomato soup, and a glass of iced-zinger tea with a smidge of lemonaid in it.

Wednesday Dinner

For dinner Wednesday I had curried rice with lamb and some egg-plant (not pictured). I could have sworn I took a picture of the egg-plant, but I guess it didn't take. The curried rice with lamb was given to me by my Mom and Dad--thank you! It was delicious.

Thursday's food is not pictured because although I bought the battery recharger/rechargable batteries, you have to take them out of the package and charge first--which I didn't do until today (Friday) and the camera (newly found) was out of juice. It was a high-calorie day, Mexican Food and Birthday Cake for a co-worker's birthday.

Setting Realistic Weight Loss Goals

5 Ways to Set Sensible Weight Loss Goals

When WebMD asked the experts for their tips on setting realistic weight loss goals, their recommendations came down to a few simple strategies. But before you put these to use, remember to talk your weight loss plans over with your doctor.

1. Resolve to lose slowly
2. Do the math.
3. Set short term goals.
4. Track your progress.
5. Think about long-term goals.

Must Read Article

There's a great article at Pandagon called "The Dangers of Imbuing Moral Danger on Health Concerns" which deals with all this "concern" journalism about how fat Dr. Regina Benjamin is (probably size 16-18) and how no person struggling with weight could possibly ever be a good Surgeon General. Amanda Marcotte talks about how dangerous it is in general to relate negative health results (cancer diagnosis for example) with moral weakness or failure. This is so often done for a couple of reasons, 1. health insurance companies want to get out of covering chronic conditions and 2. people don't want to think that these health problems could happen to them, so if they think "hey, I'm a good person, I don't smoke, I'll never get cancer" they can blame the fatties and the smokers for all ills and feel safe (even though they are not).

There's also a great quote she offers from Frances Kissling that I'd like to share:

We need more mature, holistic views about these things. Frances Kissling gets at it in this comment:

This country is full of above-average weight women and children struggling for dignity as well as to lose weight. Achieving either of these is not easy. (Never mind that none of these criticisms have mentioned any actual health concerns Benjamin might or might not have, instead presuming “obesity” as a catch-all for bad health.) Having a confident, big-bodied and big-spirited woman as America’s family doctor could do more to improve their health than skinny HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius. It’s good to know that even doctors struggle with their weight—and lead full and active lives in spite of adversity.

Can I get an Amen?

Honesty About Exercise

Taking a queue from Thealogian I will do a personal Blog post.


As you know I am doing WW and with the program I have to obtain Activity points (Measurments of Exercise). The ultimate goal is to obtain 24 points a week when you are at peak fitness and weight health.

Well I give myself about 9-13 points a week. Yet to get honest with my self I took yesterday city walking and recaluated my milage using http://www.hopstop.com/ . What I found out was yesterday's life walking was the equvilant of 1.21 miles. Which is about 24 minutes of lesiure walking and equal to one activity point and not the 2 activity points I give myself. There I should be given my self 4.5 - 6.5 points a week.

The reason this is important is that I tend to eat my points versus reserve them. Therefore, I am not reaching my goals because I was eating more points then I earned through exercise.

Therefore, when feeling defeated with weight gain go back and recalculate your actually habits more accurately so a white lie/delusion doesn't turn into 20 lbs.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

This Is Why You're Fat

There's a website, This Is Why You're Fat, that archives pictures/calorie counts of outrageous food products/meals out there in the American marketplace. Its kind of like "I can has cheezeburger?" which collects pictures/captions of cats doing funny things, expect this site looks at deep-fried pizza, smoothered everythings, cheeseburgers made with Krispy Kreme donuts in place of the bun, etc. I'll admit some of the stuff looks good, which is part of the problem. Check it out if you dare...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wednesday Snack

So, I figured there's no way I'm going to be able to drive home, stop by the grocery store and pick up ingredients for the cake I'm making for my co-workers B-day tomorrow, and then get on the treadmill if I'm already starving. So, I opted for my Thursday breakfast designated yogurt for a 4:15 p.m. snack--so I guess I'm just having that breakfast I missed at 4! See how that eating psychology works? The balance has been restored. Now I really must get on the treadmill tonight because I missed yesterday.

Wednesday's Eats

No breakfast to share because they took FIVE vials of blood from me at the doctor's office today--a full work-up plus a celiac disease screening. So, I had to fast--which is so funny how when you are told to fast, its harder than say, just skipping breakfast because you're in a hurry.

So, when I got into town to work, I stopped off at Quidoba to get a Naked Burrito (no tortilla), just rice, beans, meat, roasted veggies, corn salsa, pico, cheese, and some sour-cream. Not the lightest, but it really hit the spot.

Then I had a diet coke with both lime and lemon in it--very decadent. Honestly, the diet coke thing is becoming quite regular again which isn't that great. I used to have quite a habit, then I gave it up for a year or more, only having it a few times the whole year, now I'm getting back in the habit, though I haven't bought it and brought it into my home, which is where I draw the line. We'll have to see if cold turkey is the answer for a while, or if I can try to cut back again.

Tuesday's Eats

For breakfast I had some blueberry Chobani Greek yogurt with Flax-Plus Granola and some Black Tea with 1/2 & sugar. I like eating at my desk first thing in the morning better than a smoothie in the car. I do like smoothies, but somehow if I drink it while driving, I feel like I miss a meal. Its psychological, of course, but the psychology of eating is crucial to understanding one's on habits and how they inhibit or promote a good relationship with food.

For lunch Tuesday (and Monday, though I still hadn't found my camera), I had Cajun Beans & Rice with Andouille sausage, some fat-free swiss, and a 1/8 an avocado. It was fabulous! I'll definitely make this again.

For dinner, I wasn't really feeling that hungry (at first), so I had a gluten-free bagel with Almond Butter and milk. Quick, yummy--but then a couple hours later, I was really hungry and I realized that since I wouldn't be able to eat until lunch Wednesday (I had to fast to get a blood panel done at the Dr's Wednesday morning) I would probably starve if I didn't eat something else. So, I had two eggs and a piece of millet toast (not pictured because I forgot).

This was definitely a low-veggie day for me! Just the blueberries in the yogurt and the avocado--honestly, that's really rare. I love fruits and veggies--I have a honey-dew melon in the fridge right now, several zucchini/yellow squash from my garden, three egg-plants (small) from the Farmer's Market, tons of green beans from my yard and the FM, and a cabbage (which I've promised to cook up and share with the folks). So, you should see mondo veggies the rest of the week!

Found: Camera

Yay, I found my camera and I've bought a battery recharger/rechargable batteries so that my food journaling will be more eco-friendly. Here's my glorious salad from Monday night. Mixed greens, a corn salsa, mandarin oranges, goat cheese, boiled chicken, avocado, all over some Olivia's Organic Mixed Greens. I had this after working out on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I didn't do the full two miles because I started to feel a slight pain in my left leg. I stopped, stretched out, and then decided to just take it at a higher incline (about 3) for a fixed period of time, but slower. Then I did some arm exercises with my 3lbs weights, which even for me are pretty light, so I brough home my 5lb weights because I figure I'll use them after the treadmill more often than in the office.

Jada Pinkett Says Hollywood Helps Her Marriage

Pinkett and Smith have been wed for almost twelve years, a lifetime in show business! The Hawthorne star shared her secrets with the mag on how she keeps her relationship fresh.

"Staying in shape!" Pinkett laughs.

If staying in shape is the key to marriage I guess that is why the American obsesity and divorce rates stay on the rise. LOL.

Renee Zellweger Signs on to Play Bridget Jones Again

Zellweger, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Cold Mountain, was nominated for 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary and also starred in the 2004 sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

For the roles, Zellweger famously had to pack on about 30 lbs.

Can I just tell you my body is whacked by the time we finish one of those?" she told the British Daily Mail of gaining weight for the films. "It doesn't know what has happened because it thinks there's supposed to be a baby and there's no christening."

Here is just another chick who has lost perspective when it comes to her craft. Renee Zellweger got an Oscar nod for her role in this movie, yet she is still bitching about the weight. Chick needs to realize very few woman centric movies get a multi-movie franchise. So she better count her blessings and go eat a damn cookie.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

TV Show: How to Look Good Naked

The show "How to Look Good Naked" allows for a body image rediscovery.

Here is the process.

1. Woman describes herself. Mostly woman focus on the negative.
2. Host describes the positive.
3. Host allows woman to line herself up among 6 other woman to compare her size to hers. Most of the time the woman places herself to be much bigger then she actually is.
4. Host places a giant poster of the woman without head so strangers can comment on her looks. Strangers always rank/describe woman better then she does in step 1.
5. Woman get make over from professionals starting with new underwear. Most woman are wearing a bra two small for them. Then new outfit, hair and makeup.
6. After the makeovers, they take a semi-nude photo that is then placed up in a major trafic area for the world to comment on.

I have seen the show a couple of time and it does allow woman who have a warped sense of self gain some presepective by getting out of their own head.

Summer Drinks and Calorie Break-Down

Fitsugar has a useful alcoholic drink by calorie break-down up right now, HERE. I was shocked to learn that a Gin and Tonic has 200 calories yet a Mojito (both 8oz) only has 175. Of course the best bets were the light beers and wines. I like the BL Lime is only 116, I'm such a girly drinker, I can't handle a stout or hops-centric beer.

Dr. Oz's The 14-Day Plan

Traditionally, the medical community has focused on reversing the acute illnesses associated with aging—cancer, heart disease and stroke. But to add serious, high-quality years to your life—years when your body continues to work at its peak level—you have to lower your risk for all diseases. And the only way to do that is by slowing the aging of cells.

Rather than treating your body as a disposable product, this 14-day plan will teach you to take care of it in a way that keeps it performing like new. The following two weeks of tips, quizzes, shopping lists and action steps will prepare your mind and body to make lasting changes.

Why 14 days? Because that's how long it takes for many healthy behaviors to become healthy habits.

This is the list that caught my eye.

Your Daily YOU-Do List
1. Walk 30 minutes.
2. Floss and brush the teeth that you wish to keep.
3. Drink several cups of green tea with your copious water intake.
4. Take your pills.
5. Sleep seven to eight hours a night.
6. Meditate for five minutes at some point during the day.

Obama's Pick for Surgeon General: Dr. Regina Benjamin

NPR has a couple segments about Obama's pick for Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin, that I recommend checking out. She sounds like an outstanding choice--both for her public policy knowledge, experience in the field, and her dedication to the wellbeing of her patients that inspired her to drive to them when her clinic was destroyed (oh, three times--first by hurricane George, Fire, then Hurricane Katrina). She's even accepted oysters and fish in payment for medical services (which in her service area where medical care, let alone medical insurance, is low, and poverty is high was a struggle for her to do and doctors shouldn't have to suffer as much as she has to get by).

She's an advocate for rural health, for the health of low income and improverished individuals, and now--for every American's health. Let's hope that the confirmation process will be less politically charged (especially considering that she's a woman of color and apparently Republicans believe that non-white individuals are by nature racists--wow their formulations are getting crazier by the day) than Justice Sotomayor's hearings going on right now.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Oprah's Focus for 2009

Below is what Oprah's personal focus for 2009:

So now everybody's asking about my new plan to take the weight off. And here's what I've come to: My focus is no longer on the weight. My focus this year will be on how to achieve optimum health, get support when I need it, find ways to nurture myself, deepen my spiritual connection—and have some fun.

If I can shift the paradigm from weight to optimum health and well-being, I know for sure my best life is waiting to unfold.

I think it is good for her and other dieters to start focusing on health, well-being, and balance. Obviously focusing on weight alone has not kept her thin and if she can't stay thin with her money then weight loss has to be more than just the tools we use to lose weight.

I also suspect that Oprah also found out what many dieters find out the hard way:
Losing weight does not fix any problem besides obesity.

Therefore, if you have emotional, financial, and/or social problems they will still be there when you lose the weight.

6 Steps to Sustainable Eating

1. Start small. Changing everything all at once never works.

2. Go local. Visit LocalHarvest.org or EatWellGuide.org.

3. Play the (green) market. Visit your local farmers' market.

4. Branch out. Try a fruit or vegetable that you didn't think you liked when it's at its peak.

5. Learn the story behind your food. When you connect with the men and women who grow what you eat, it tastes all the better.

6. Plant a garden—however small. Seeing the miracle of a seed turn into a delectable ingredient instills an appreciation for all it takes to grow great-quality food.

Khloe Kardashian: I Lost 20 Pounds!

How'd she do it?

"I try to do just 30 minutes of cardio, mandatory," Khloe, 25, tells Us. "Obviously if I have more time, I want to do weights, but really that cardio is what works for me because I'm bigger. Cardio is what leans me out, and it still works your muscle definition too. Any kind of cardio."

And to avoid a monotonous routine, she makes sure to switch hers up.

Here exercise program seems very reasonable. It is something that all people seeking weight loss can do.


Besides her workout routine, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star tells Us her dieting secrets.

"I eat whatever I want until noon. Then from noon on, I watch what I eat," says Khloe, who adds that she is also launching a diet product called Quick Trim with Kim. "I only drink champagne. 100 calories in a glass, and I'm good."

This is where she is getting into disorder eating. I personally think time table eating as a hard and fast rule is stupid. Third shift workers eat after 9pm and are able to maintain a healthy weight. Therefore, the time you eat does not determine the weight gain or loss.

I think the biggest factor in time related weight loss is "are you eating your bigger meals before the times you use most of your energy for the day?"

Also the statement "I only drink champagne. 100 calories in a glass, and I'm good." Has she ever thought of drinking water? If she did maybe she wouldn't have gotten a DWI.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Valley Swim Club in Pennsylvania

You may have heard last week about this horrible story coming out of Pennsylvania--a private swim club that leases out its facilities to non-members, recently ejected a group of black children from their pool. The manager's initial response to why he did so was that they would "change the complexion of the club" but now he's changing his story stating that too many of the children couldn't swim therefore crowding the shallow end of the pool. Well now, Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter (Democrat, formerly Republican) has asked that the Justice Department investigate the club for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (yay, Senator Specter).

Regardless of the club's official line on this matter, it needs to be noted that only three parents let their white children swim with the black children--in fucking 2009! Most took their children from the pool and complained specifically about "black children."

Here's an exchange quoted from the story linked to Pandagon above:

"A couple of the children ran down saying, 'Miss Wright, Miss Wright, they're up there saying, 'What are those black kids doing here?"'

Wright said she went to talk to a group of members at the top of the hill and heard one woman say she would see to it that the group, made of up of children in kindergarten through seventh grade, did not return.

"Some of the members began pulling their children out of the pool and were standing around with their arms folded," Wright said. "Only three members left their children in the pool with us."

This is absolutely disgusting and the fact that these children in 2009, with a Black President in Office, still have to be scarred emotionally by racist hatred in the USA enrages me.

This case also illustrates how racism denies children of color equal opportunities for quality exercise and active lifestyles. Predominately black neighborhoods traditionally have less clean, safe parks, pools, and recreational centers than predominately white neighborhoods--because of systematic racism. So when the community group that is over-seeing this fun summer camp wanted to take the kids swimming, they leased swimming rights in a predominately white swim club--yet even after paying good money, they were ejected, most apparently because the management did not understand that the children would be mostly black. You can see the swim club's phone number in the picture I have posted above, if you would like to take direct action and call for the manager to be fired. We must show that this is unacceptable!

Peace

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Beets

So, I bought a great hall at the Farmer's Market today and I thought that I'd give beets another try. My camera is still missing, but I did try to take a picture via my new cell phone, which I'll upload latter to show what I got at the Farmer's Market. But I wanna take a second to review my history with beets. I vaguely remember seeing them on salad bars, I had them roasted once (along with some other root veggies by my minister at a potluck once--it was a great combo of assorted root veggies we never ate at home), and I tried to do a root veggie roast myself a few months back, which wasn't very good at all. So apparently, the trick (according to the farmer I spoke with and a helpful older lady buying produce at the same stand) is to NOT PEEL THEM PRIOR TO BOILING/ROASTING. You peel them afterwards. Well, I roasted some and I've peeled them and they are delish! I'm roasting separately some red potatoes form the FM, a huge zucchini from my garden, and some carrots from the store (Whole Foods actually, but still, corporate carrots). I'll add the peeled (already cooked) beets at the end. Then I think I'll need to parcel these out and freeze some because I already have a gumbo over rice planned for lunch Monday/Tuesday, so I'll need to have salad or protein/non-starchy veggies those days, Wednesday I'll probably pick up sushi after my doctor's appointment and head into work, Thursday we're going out to lunch because its a colleagues birthday (and I'm bringing the cake). Okay, at this point I'm thinking via blog, not blogging about a thought out menu--but the point is: these types of mixed veggies often freeze well after roasting and re-heating isn't a bit deal. I'll save out a serving for tonight and Sunday night, but otherwise, I'll bag and freeze my beet/red potato/zucchini/carrot veggie experiment for future meals. Have I mentioned that I need more people to cook for?

Oh, back to beets: by peeling afterwards they stay sweet. When I pre-peeled before, somehow they went to starch and lost that sweetness. So now I know--and so do you, dear reader.

peace

Friday, July 10, 2009

Confession

Confession: I can find my camera! I'm going to find it tomorrow and get back on the food-blogging in a more concerted way, but the lack of camera is particularly sad today in light of two food experiments I'd like to share.

The first was a breakfast experiment. I've read about "overnight oats" at a couple of other health/food blogs, so I thought I'd try them. First off, the concept is to soak the oats over night and have cold, raw oatmeal which keeps the maximal nutrients intact. I also wanted to add Chia seeds to this overnight oats experiment because I head that they are loaded with Omega-3's and that they produce some sort of gel when soaked that also contains antioxidents. Unfortunately, Whole Foods did not have Chia seeds and Good Foods Co-op only had a large container at $17.99 per, that I deemed to rich for a mere experiment (I'll try to order a sample size first and get back to you regarding Chia seeds).

So, I mixed some of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Oats (many oats are processed at plants that also process wheat products, but the GF variety are processed at a dedicated plant and are test for gluten, so THANK YOU BOB! Here's the company link, I love their products soooooo much).
I mixed the oats with vanilla low fat yogurt, flax seeds, and milk. I think I put in too much milk because they were a bit too runny for my taste. I'm not giving up on the concept, but I will have to try differing configurations to get my desired result.

The other menu item I wanted to share was my evening salad--it was absolutely gorgeous! Organic mixed greens, red pepper, carots, avocado, boiled and cubbed chicken (which I really like boiled chicken on salads--I'm going to try that more often), strawberries, chevre, slivered almonds, and balsamic vingrette! Beautiful and delicious! No camera, no sharing my pretty food is sad. I also had some tomato/red pepper soup--that stuff is addicting! Even in summer.

There will be pictures--I will find my camera! Triumph is within reach--or at least maybe under a cushion?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Meryl Streep on Gaining 15 Lbs.: 'It Was Worth It'

Meryl Streep walked away from her role as ├╝ber-chef Julia Child in director Nora Ephron's upcoming Julie & Julia with more than improved cooking skills. "I gained 15 pounds, I'm still trying to lose it," Streep, 60, says in the August issue of Ladies' Home Journal (on newsstands July 14). "It was worth it."

Why is it that woman actor have to decide to skip a role that requires weight gain for their craft for fear of killing a future career.

Hollywood has gone crazy.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Three Week Juice Diet "Worked Wonders"

"I feel pure and happy and much lighter," the actress writes in her GOOP newsletter. "I dropped the extra pounds that I had gained during a majorly fun and delicious 'relax and enjoy life phase' about a month ago."

New York-based cardiologist Dr. Alejandro Junger explains the "Clean" detox works by cutting out most food and "reducing digestive work so detox can occur in full mode. The Clean Program eases digestion by providing two liquid meals a day and a solid one in between, eliminating allergenic and mucus-forming food, which frees up even more energy," the doctor writes.

This totally sounds like an eating disorder to me at worst and disordered eating at best. Does she believe eating food is only apart of a 'relax and enjoy life phase'? If she does chick is crazy. Balanced nutrition should be in every part of your life and cutting out food group and/or entire meal times is crazy.

Too Much Exercise?

Too Much Exerciseby Jennifer May, M.S., R.D., M.S.

Exercising provides wonderful health and wellbeing benefits. But what happens when you over-exercise? How do you know when you're getting too much exercise?

There are varying degrees of overtraining and exercise addiction. For some it may mean running or cycling for miles at dawn, while for others its compulsive daily gym workouts. Some seek the high from certain exercise-related hormones, others feel they have never done enough in their workout and push themselves harder and harder. And some unknowingly may not be giving themselves enough of a break between workouts.

I think this is a topic people should be aware of, but don't use it as a excuse not to try a healthy life of exerice.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Fitness Music Links

Check out the links provided in THIS article from Vital Juice for cool workout music downloads and tips. I thought that the resources they cited were really useful.

When I'm gardening, I like to listen to pod-casts, but when I'm doing cardio outdoors, its gotta have a beat!

What about you, dear reader? What are your preferences when working out?

p.s. When inside, I usually watch something on TV at the gym or on my treadmill.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

How Does Your City Garden Grow?

Great article recommendation: How Does Your City Garden Grow? Read it at Salon.com

Terry Bryant, a food justice advocate and chef--and a favorite at Fat Feminist Fitness Blog--is quoted extensively and talks about his experience with urban gardening and the renewal of this practice (carefully pointing out that it is in NO WAY new!)

I also like the admission that growing your own garden in no way to "save money" the first couple of years--it takes cultivation, you need supplies, you need to improve your soil or the rented soil, etc. It is an investment because eventually you will save money, but its not just about throwing some cheap seeds over grass and abra-ka-dapra you have a sustainable urban garden! You gotta put alot of work into it and in time, it will pay off in dividends!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Lisad00 on Vacation

I will start posting again on July 9th, 2008.

Friday, July 3, 2009

July Resolutions

I've mentioned before that I like the idea of monthly resolutions--its easier to distill monthly goals than to reach for yearly/whole life kinds of goals that we often put on our New Year's Resolutions in a vague fashion.

Anyway, my monthly resolution for July is to actually train for the August 15th Mid Summer's Night Run sponsored by Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington. What I'm going to do is set up a side bar in the blog where I report my mileage/time tracking my progress toward walking the 5k. Currently, I'm working on 2 miles--trying to get 2 miles down a decent time and simply DOING two miles on the treadmill/elliptical for the next two weeks. Then I'll start to do 2 miles, 2 miles, then 3.1 miles (5k), 2 miles, 2 miles, 3.1 miles, etc. until the race.

My hope is to do the 5k in under 1 hour, which in all honesty isn't that hard of a goal, but more realistic given the time constraints. Next year I hope to be able to run a bit of the race, but let's not put the cart before the horse--I need to actually commit to two miles at least 5 times per week first.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Brief History of the Bikini

Sixty years ago this week, the world's first bikini made its debut at a poolside fashion show in Paris. The swimsuit is now so ubiquitous that it's hard to comprehend how shocking people once found it. When the bikini first arrived, its revealing cut scandalized even the French fashion models who were supposed to wear it; they refused, and the original designer had to enlist a stripper instead. Click here to read a slide show that explains how the bikini slowly gained acceptance—first on the Riviera, then in the United States—and became a beachfront staple.

Here is where the Bikini became the dagger that it is for the end result of diet prefection.


The bikini certainly complemented the va-va-voomery of Raquel Welch and her peers, who tended to be busty and a little soft in the middle. (In early bikini shots, stomachs are often evidently sucked in.) But the 1970s saw the rise of models like Cheryl Tiegs, who possessed the athletic figure that, for the most part, remains in vogue today. The advent of this lean ideal led many women to wonder: Who, exactly, should wear the bikini? In the 1960s, Emily Post decreed, "It is for perfect figures only, and for the very young." Since then, though, a number of swimwear designers (most notably Malia Mills) have encouraged women of all ages and body types to take up the style.