I'm focusing on food for the next week or 2 and then will figure out how to incorporate my exercise again. I really miss working out. (Yes, I just said that.)
Random Thought. I love Pandora. My mom got me a little ipod clock/radio thing for Christmas and I hook up my iphone and set it to pandora and rock out to 90's pop. What I don't understand is how Britney Spears has a greatest hits album???
I'm bringing back an oldie but goodie feature of my blog where I talk about diet, fitness, and general health stuff in the news and give you my take. I missed doing this for awhile but I have an opinion about everything so there ya go. With the dawn of the new year and everyone resolving to lose weight, the news and morning shows are abuzz with the fad diet advice. CNN is no exception. Check out this little gem at their website - Retro Diet Tips that Work. As per tradition, my comments are in blue.
The theory here is that people are shying away from gimmicks and embracing the natural food markets and turning to things like grapefruit and rice cakes (rice cakes are natural?) for dieting. But also, these foods make us feel homey...
Really? I know when I think of comfort food, I always rush right to cabbage soup!
After all, low-fat cottage cheese is a great source of satiating protein; research shows that eating grapefruit can reduce insulin levels, and aid in weight loss; and rice cakes, which are low-cal, give you a lot of bang for your bite. Even baked potatoes -- diet terrorists during the low-carb craze -- can help you lose.
OK...I give you that...these are low cal. The problem comes with how many you eat and what you put on them. Rice cakes plain? When was the last time you ate a plain rice cake? You don't. You add peanut butter or something equally fattening (I'm actually a proponent of PB...don't get me wrong) and you eat about a million of them. Same thing with baked potatoes. A normal size baked potato, not so bad. Giant baked potatoes have become the norm and we load them up with butter, cheese and sour cream...not to mention bacon bits. And there isn't much nutritional value in a potato or a rice cake or even grapefruit.
I love this! They say there's scientific research backing this up and then go on to say they don't understand how it all works...as if there's a magic weight loss fairy going around looking for people eating these foods and zapping them with their magic wands, making them thinner. Puh-lease.
I don't demonize any food groups. Even candy has its place occasionally. Seriously...sometimes you just need that skittle to maintain your sanity. I get it. And I'm not saying these foods don't have a place in your diet but nowhere in this entire article does it say eat protein. Nowhere...they say get your protein from cottage cheese. Mmmkay. I don't like how they act like eating these foods aren't a fad...that going to "retro diet foods" isn't a fad. Just using a word like "retro" makes it a fad!!! People...a little common sense. A balanced diet is the way to go. For those of us banded...at least for me...I feel fuller on protein and stay fuller longer. Just sayin'...
OK - Last tidbit...need some help! I need some new bloggers to follow! A lot of my old bloggers have stopped blogging altogether so I need some new fodder. If you're new to me and I'm not following you, please leave a link! If you know of any good ones out there, let me know. Thanks!