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McGross

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM Comments comments (12)
While I'm sure that this isn't the only manufactured food around, this is really gross. Before you order up your McRib, you might want to give this a look. http://consumerist.com/2011/11/whats-a-mcrib-made-of.html 

10 Reasons to Never Eat Free Food

Posted on September 21, 2011 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (20)
While I wouldn't agree with never eat free food, it's a good rule to follow most of the time. Working in an office where free junk food is always available (and sometimes pushed) it can be really tough. Even at our annual health fair where we learn about how much our rates are going up, every table had candy and junk food.
 
10 Reasons To Never Eat Free Food
By D Sharon Pruitt
 
Most people’s eyes light up if free food is mentioned. But using “free” as an excuse to eat junk food is nothing to be proud of. We are excited by the concept of free food because we perceive it as having value. But cheap, mass-produced food isn’t worth much in health, taste or even satisfaction.
Although we believe we are getting a great deal, foods typically offered as free don’t even fulfill our most basic nutritional (or emotional) needs.
Thus one of the most important lessons I’ve learned in my 12 years of higher education is:
Just because it’s free doesn’t mean you have to eat it.
On occasion someone will offer you high quality food at no cost, but these times are few and far between. More often you will find yourself wading through a sea of donuts, pizza, cookies and other junk food. Your best bet is skipping the empty calories all together when attending meetings, seminars and other public events.
10 reasons to never eat free food
1.   It’s cheap. You may be inclined to think that cheap food is a good deal, but if you take a minute to think about what you’re really getting you find it is not the value you may have thought. Cheap food means you are getting low quality, mass-produced calories made from industrial processes. Isn’t that the stuff we want to avoid?
2.   It’s flavorless. The right combinations of sugar, fat and salt, pretty easily deceive your brain, as these ingredients can strongly activate your neural reward pathways. But if you try and focus on the true flavor of food and eat mindfully, you quickly notice the tastelessness of industrial food.
3.   It’s bad for you. Evidence is mounting that processed foods are the cause of most “diseases of civilization” such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. When you wolf down a few of those Costco brownie bites at happy hour, you are contributing directly to your likelihood of developing these chronic diseases. Is that value?
4.   You aren’t saving money. You may tell yourself that this free meal will keep you from eating later, but there’s a good chance you will eat again anyway. Processed foods do not satisfy you, but actually stimulate your appetite and strengthen future cravings. Also, if you factor in your future health care costs, what you save by eating that $2 slice of pizza starts to seem rather trivial.
5.   You’ll feel gross later. Junk food makes you feel bad, both physically and mentally. If someone offered you a free headache, would you take it?
6.   It screws up your metabolism. Highly refined foods create rapid insulin spikes that induce insulin resistance over the next few hours, making your next meal more fattening. If you make a habit of eating cheap abundant food, this condition will become chronic and may develop into type 2 diabetes. What a bargain!
7.   You’ll gain weight. With insulin resistance comes weight gain, and with time you will gain more weight eating fewer calories. Unfortunately, people aren’t often giving away free plus-sized jeans.
8.   You’re eating empty calories. When you submit to eating cheap food, you are also choosing not to eat nutritious food. Choosing a diet rich in vitamins and other essential nutrients may be the single biggest factor in determining your risk for disease and overall longevity. Luckily, local, seasonal foods taste way better than anything your co-workers can pour out of a plastic bag.
9.   You don’t need it. Chances are you get plenty of calories in your typical day. So why do we feel like we need to eat junk food just because it is free? Healthy food does not have to be very expensive. 
10. It isn’t worth it. The truth is free junk food isn’t really free. Even if processed foods don’t cost you money, they still cost you your health, happiness and sense of well-being.
 
Why do you eat free food?
 

Lose Up to 25 Pounds in a Year By Giving up Soda!

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (114)
How much do you love soda? Would you give it up to weight 25 pounds less? It comes down to simple math:
  • There are 3,500 calories in a pound.
  • Let's say you drink one non-diet 20 oz. soda every day. Most 20 oz. sodas have 240 calories. If you drink one soda every day (240 calories x 365 days), you are consuming 87,600 calories that essentially have no nutritional value.
  • Take 87,600 calories divide it by 3,500 (calories in one pound), and that is the equivalent of approximately 25 pounds!
 
Another benefit is how much money you would save if you drank water instead. If you spend $1 a day on soda, imagine what you could spend $365 in a year that might give you more enjoyment.
 
Want to see some sugar comparisons of the amount of sugar there is in soda and other popular beverages?  Go to http://www.sugarstacks.com/beverages.htm

Make Healthier Choices When Going Out for Mexican

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 10:47 AM Comments comments (9)
It's tough trying to make good choices in Mexican restaurants. Here are a few things to help you make it a bit healthier, but still be able to enjoy yourself.
 
  • When you sit down, order a side of grilled vegetables to eat with salsa instead of chips. You'll still get the great salsa taste and the crunch. You might even enjoy your meal more since you won't already be full when your meal arrives because you devoured half a basket of chips.
  • Margaritas have a lot of sugar in them from the mix on top of the alcohol calories. Find out if the restaurant uses fresh lime juice and ask for more of that and less of the mix. Lots of bartenders get requests for skinny margaritas and will accomodate you. An alternative is a tequilla gimlet with a salted glass and a dash of lime juice, or simply trade in the margarita for a beer and save yourself hundreds of calories.
  • If you really want a margarita, don't order it until your dinner is ready. If you order one first thing and you finish it before the dinner comes, you are more likely to order a second.
  • Fajitas usually come with a lot of high fat/high calorie sides like sour cream and cheese. Ask to replace these with some fresh pico de gallo which is all vegetables.
  • Instead of dishes that are baked in a lot of cheese and sauce like enchiladas, order fajitas that have meat, vegetables and the fixings on the side. That way if you indulge in sour cream, cheese, and guacamole you can control the amount used and get a portion. You also don't have to eat all of the tortillas that come with it.