Jun 092013
 

Foodist.
Darya Pino Rose.

One of the biggest problems of modern society is the obscenely common use of sugar in nondessert foods. Although it’s fairly obvious to most people that a glazed doughnut isn’t the healthiest choice (10 grams of sugar), a Thai chicken salad from California Pizza Kitchen contains over four times as much sugar (45 grams). Sure, there are additional benefits from eating salad vegetables, but would you have guessed you were eating the equivalent of four doughnuts worth of sweetness by ordering a salad?

Page: 66

Ever since the ‘low-fat’ craze has taken hold, food manufacturers (there is something wrong with that combination of words) have replaced the healthy, satiating fat that would come naturally in foods with sugar and other sweetners to make their creations palatable. Where I see this most often is in yogurt, labeled “low-fat” but with enough sugar (aka fruit) added that any health claims are moot.


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Jun 092013
 

Foodist.
Darya Pino Rose.

We do not need unhealthy foods to be more convenient or less expensive. And if you’re going to put health aside and eat them anyway, they should also taste absolutely amazing, not just good or even pretty good.

Page: 63

It has always been easy to pass up dessert at a restaurant. Who wants to pay $6 or so for something you don’t need when you are already full.

But what if it is ‘free’? We just got back from a 7-day cruise to Alaska. After our meals we had a choice of desserts which were included. Sometimes they offered something interesting but most were fairly ordinary.

For more than a year I have had no problem passing on desserts and cookies at events and friends’ houses yet I found myself unable to pass up the ‘free’ desserts on cruise. Why?

I am going to allow myself desserts now. But only if they are amazing. And in small quantities for those very special occasions like grandkid’s birthdays.


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Jun 082013
 

Foodist.
Darya Pino Rose.

One of the author’s seafood recommendations caught my attention:

EAT SARDINES. These little guys are sustainable, healthy, and delicious. I prefer fresh sardines, but I also enjoy the boneless, skinless sardines from cans. Pair with dry-as-a-bone white wine. Yum, yum.

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My dad was an avid sardine eater when I was growing up. I don’t remember enjoying them as much as he did. Since going low-carb,  I have once again started eating sardines and will have to try them with some white wine.


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Jun 072013
 

Foodist.
Darya Pino Rose.

The media, food manufacturers, and various self-appointed gurus seem to overstate the potential health benefits of certain foods. Why? Probably because it makes for a better story and helps sell more products. Because of this constant barrage of ‘facts,’ we end up following many fad diets and glorifying certain foods over others.

Below are the author’s ten picks for the most overrated health foods. In the book she provides why these make her top-ten list.

Top 10 Most Overrated Health Foods
1. Yogurt 
2. Soy 
3. Egg Whites 
4. Margarine 
5. Bananas
6. Fake Meat 
7. Protein Bars
8. Whole-Grain Flour 
9. Low-Fat Salad Dressing 
10. Fruit Juice

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I must run in the wrong crowds, I never hear talk of the health benefits of fake meats but I do hear the praises of so-called whole-grains. What foods make your top-ten list?

Update: Just found this post on Darya Rose’s blog, Summer Tomato, detailing the Top-Ten.


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Jun 052013
 

Foodist.
Darya Pino Rose.

Restrictive dieting and excessive workouts won’t get you ahead faster. They actually do the opposite, holding you back both physically and mentally from better health and happiness.

Page: 17

As much as we hope that cutting back on calories and working out more will help us shed those unwanted pounds, they don’t. At least not for the long term. We each only have A finite amount of willpower and if we use it all up on fighting our desire to eat then we will have none available for other areas of our life or after a stressful day we will not have any willpower left to avoid gorging ourselves because hunger rears its head.