The food pyramid becomes dust

June 1, 2011
The Egyptian pyramids will always endure, the food pyramid, not so much.

The old, new food pyramid -- confusing!

The triangular-shaped guide to healthy eating with its levels for each basic food group is being ditched in favor of a plate-shaped symbol sliced into wedges.

Half of the “plate” is taken up by fruits and vegetables, the rest of the wedges filled out with grains and protein.  It also apparently features a small circle for a serving of dairy.

The idea is to have your real dinner plate mimic the 2-D guide — a move many nutritionists are praising.  One tells The New York Times the plate will be better than the pyramid because the current model “basically conveys no useful information”.

I’d have to agree.

I get that the smaller the pyramid level, the less you should eat something, but they put fats at the top!  I don’t know about you, but putting something  atop of everything else has always suggested it’s better than the rest and in this case, it’s not.

So bring on the plate.  It’ll be officially unveiled tomorrow.  I wonder how long it’ll take before actual dishes printed with the eating recommendations hit the market…

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Killer Veggies

May 31, 2011

Here’s a story that kinda flew under the radar over the long holiday weekend. 

Ten people have died in Germany after contracting a deadly bacterial infection after eating cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce imported from Spain.

The infection is a strain of E coli that’s pretty resistant to antibiotics. and it’s sickened 400 people in Northern Germany.  Most recover in 8 days, but obviously, not all.

The outbreak has caused a domino effect across Europe, with other cases being reported in four other countries.  And in Austria and the Czech Republic, cukes imported from Germany have been pulled off store shelves.

Officials still don’t know where the vegetables picked up the bacteria — could be at the Spanish farms or in transit. .

The good news for us is that none of this contaminated produce is expected to reach U-S shores, but  you may want to think twice about ordering a salad if you’re heading off to Europe this summer.

And now for the answer to yesterday’s guessing game: In honor of the patriotism shown on Memorial Day, all of yesterday’s songs were performed by American Idol alumni.

Monday Music Mayhem

May 30, 2011

After a bit of a break last week, music mayhem is back, just in time for the unofficial start of the summer season!  Here’s this week’s list of songs, see if you can guess the theme.  I’ll give you the answer tomorrow.

Live Like You Were Dying — Kris Allen

If I Can’t Have You — Kelly Clarkson

Cowboy Cassanova — Carrie Underwood

Spotlight — Jennifer Hudson

Monday Music Mayhem

May 16, 2011

Don’t know about you, but I had a really crappy weekend.  But you know what makes me feel better…good music…enjoy!

Run the World (Girls) — Beyonce

Oops I Did It Again — Britney Spears

The Big Big Bang — Rock Mafia

Hate on Me — Glee Cast

Ugh, running.

May 12, 2011

You may or may not know this, but I really don’t like running.  You wouldn’t know it with two triathlons, two half marathons and a handful of 5ks under my belt, but seriously, I don’t enjoy as much as I think I should.

Part of the problem is that I’m too slow.  I feel like I should be running a faster pace than I usually do and the fact that I can’t, frustrates me.  Sure, I’ve improved since I first started training for races and there are days that I look forward to a run, but most of the time I don’t.  The reason for that is that during the run and especially after, I’m in a lot of pain.

Now I don’t suffer the usual runner’s pain of aching knees, sore hamstrings or even shin splints.  Nope, my problem is my feet.  I’ve had issues with them since I was a pre-teen and while some corrective measures have helped, at the end of the day (or a run), my feet HURT.  And yet I keep running, hoping I’ll one day finish a run and not be in pain.  That day came last week.

All the usual treadmills at the gym were being used, so I hopped on one that I (and everyone else) usually go to as a last resort.  I can’t explain why, except maybe it’s because the control panel doesn’t have bells and whistles like a personal trainer or a fan (which is why I always skipped over them).  There’s also less space to put your stuff one, just two little nets to hold everything.  It’s called the Woodway and it’s with hesitation that I tried it.  I’ll never use the other treadmills again.

Right off the bat, I knew it was different.  When I picked up the speed, there wasn’t that usual pounding sound you hear when running on the regular treadmills.  It also didn’t feel as if I was landing as hard, more like I was running on a dirt path through the woods.  (Maybe that’s genesis of the name?)  I set out to run 3.5 miles that workout and expected the usually pain in my feet around 2.25 miles, but it never came.  In fact I made it through the whole run with only some minimal discomfort by the end of it.

I thought maybe it was a fluke, so I tried the treadmill again today.  Same thing.  So I looked up the company.  Apparently Woodways are designed to minimize shock.  Needless to say, I’m never going back to those old pounding treadmills again!   I do have one request however to the designers over at Woodway…could we maybe get a model with a built-in fan?  Thanks in advance!

You Scream, I scream

May 11, 2011

Spring for me doesn’t just mean warmer weather and days spent enjoying the outdoors.  It also means ice cream.  This is going to sound crazy, but there’s something about sunny days that makes me want ice cream.  Doesn’t matter the flavor or whether it’s hard or soft serve, full fat or low-fat, I just desire a big bowl of it everyday.   Yes, folks, ice cream is my Achilles heel.

Sure I could buy the low-fat or sugar-free kind and eat a 1/2 cup serving each day, but the problem is, if there’s a container of it in my freezer, I rarely ever can stop after one scoop.  It draws me back one spoonful at a time and before I know it, it’s all gone.  And this cycle happens every time I buy it.  I try to convince myself that “This time I make it last,” but it never does.  And there’s no way I’m quitting it, so here’s the solution I’ve come up with that seems to work.

Instead of buying a pint or half-gallon, I buy single serving products.  I find I can more easily turn down a second or third serving if things are packaged separately.  Must be some kind of weird mental thing, but it works.  It also doesn’t hurt that those single servings cost more and so I’m more inclined to make them last.

You know what?  I think it’s time for some ice cream!  Right now I’m loving the Starbucks Ice Cream Bars…mmmmmm!

Monday Music Mayhem

May 9, 2011

Ahhh…what a beautiful spring morning!  Check out these tunes I picked fresh just for you!

Tik Tok — Sean Paul

Blow — Ke$ha

Just Can’t Get Enough — Black Eyed Peas

Give Me Everything — Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer

Party Rock Anthem — LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett, GoonRock

Adios Adult Acne

May 3, 2011

I, unfortunately, am one of those women who has to suffer with adult acne.  It’s not enough that zits plagued my teen years, nope, I continue to endur the plague (I know it’s not, but it might as well be) into my 30s.  If you’re like me, then you’ve tried everything in the name of clear skin.  Here’s something new that’s been working for me.

Try switching up your skincare regime to include one product with salicylic acid and a second with benzoyl peroxide.  Doctors have recommended the two separately forever, but new research finds that when used together, two are definitely better than one.  The trick is to use the salicylic acid product first and then follow it up with the benzoyl peroxide.  Apparently, the first opens up pores which allows the second, which treats breakouts, to penetrate.

Seriously, what have you got to lose?

Monday Music Mayhem

May 2, 2011

It’s Monday.  And it’s raining.  Here are some songs I hope will boost your mood.

In the Shadows — The Rasmus

Rock and Roll — Eric Hutchinson

Dance, Dance — Fall Out Boy

I Like to Dance — Hot Chelle Rae

I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ — Scissor Sisters

Monday Music Mayhem

April 25, 2011

Final installment of decade hits…this time we’re covering the years 2000-2010.  I’m sure you’re going to recognize most as they’ve appeared on a Monday music list before, but they’re so good they deserve another mention.

It’s Gonna Be Me — ‘N Sync

Music — Madonna

Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You) — Christina Aguilera

Lady Marmalade — Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and P!nk

Bootylicious — Destiny’s Child

In Da Club — 50 Cent

Get Busy — Sean Paul

Crazy In Love — Beyonce featuring Jay Z

Shake Ya Tailfeather — Nellie, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee

Hey Ya! — Outkast

Hollaback Girl — Gwen Stefani

Gold Digger — Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx

Check On It — Beyonce featuring Slim Thug

Temperature — Sean Paul

SOS — Rihanna

London Bridge — Fergie

Sexyback — Justin Timberlake

Money Maker — Ludacris featuring Pharrell

Girlfriend — Avril Lavigne

Low — Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

So What — P!nk

Womanizer — Britney Spears

Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) — Beyonce

Right Round — Flo Rida

Poker Face — Lady GaGa

I Gotta Feelng — Black Eyed Peas

Blow — Ke$ha