This, That and The Other

Only Brother and his family are arriving tonight for an extended weekend visit; we’ve been pretty busy preparing for that and I have no real post planned.  So I thought I’d give you a few links to some interesting tidbits floating around the interwebz.

The folks over at Whole9 have a new book coming out – It Starts With Food (clicking the link will give you a synopsis of the book and an opportunity to pre-order).  To celebrate, they’re giving away a prize-pack that includes extra-virgin coconut oil and grass-fed ghee.  My first reaction was, “Why would you want to buy ghee when it’s so darn easy to make??”  Then it occurred to me that not everyone may have access to the grass-fed butter needed to make it.  And some of theirs has been spiced (yum).  And it’s, well, free.

You might remember when I reviewed and gave away a couple of copies of Eat Like A Dinosaur a couple of months ago, the paleo cookbook for kids.  Stacy, the extraordinary mom of the extraordinary family that is responsible for the book, has been featured in Woman’s World magazine!  It is in the issue on the stands now, and she talks about reclaiming her health, the health of her family, and her amazing 130 pound weight loss eating a paleo diet.

Richard Nikoley of Free The Animal has an interesting conversation going on in the comments section of his most recent post, where he posits the question, “Why are Italians so lean when they eat all that pasta and pizza?”  It’s well worth the read.

Disney announced Tuesday that “all products advertised on its child-focused television channels, radio stations and Web sites must comply with a strict new set of nutritional standards. ”  Yes, you can kiss those CapriSun, Lunchables and Froot By The Foot ads goodbye by 2015.  And while this may seem like a good thing, trust me – it’s not.  Why?  It’s happened before, and all it accomplished was the that the manufacturers of these industrial non-foods reformulated their products to conform to the “strict new set of nutritional standards” without making them anything close to healthful, real foods.  They’ll merely reduce the salt content (and replace it with MSG), strip any iota of remaining saturated fat (and replace it with “healthy” industrial oils), and remove some of the sugar only to replace it with artificial sweeteners.  That’ll make your kids good and healthy, won’t it?

And then there’s New York City’s Mayor Bloomgerg.  Yeah, he’s up to it again – now he wants to ban the sale of sodas over 16 fluid ounces in restaurants, movie theatres and convenience stores.  This is so stupid I don’t even know where to begin.  What’s to prevent someone from purchasing two sodas?  Or three?  And I don’t know about where you live, but in most restaurants I visit, they already bring you a 16-ounce glass of soda when you order one – and give you refills for free.  By the way, while I agree with most of the article I’ve linked to here, I absolutely do NOT agree with his tacit approval of the recent ban on Happy Meal toys in San Francisco.  “Nor is this, as others have suggested, analogous to San Francisco’s ban on Happy Meals. Children are vulnerable and not yet mature. The state has a compelling interest in protecting them from exploitation.”  You know, I’ve been a parent for 29 years (as of yesterday), and I have yet to see a five-year-old child drive himself to McDonald’s, order and pay for a Happy Meal on his own.

Finally, Reason Magazine has a short film about why government intervention is NOT the answer to the growing problem of obesity in this country.  The narrator is irritating, but it’s definitely worth the watch.

Have a great weekend, y’all.

3 thoughts on “This, That and The Other”

  1. When I visited Disney, the resort we were staying at had gluten free alternatives available for purchase, comparably the same price to their average counterparts, like chicken nuggets, and I saw the chef in the back making omelets with COCONUT OIL. While this doesn’t help with the other offerings like soda, it’s a small start.

  2. There was an interesting segment on NPR today about research that’s found that people generally consume the entire unit regardless of how many servings it is, even if they are satiated after, say, 6 ounces. That human psychology is to finish something, i.e. the clean plate club. But I guess the question you are asking is really, how much can government really “save us from ourselves”?

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