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Hi everyone! Sorry I disappeared yesterday. I was feeling pretty awful and curmudgeony, so I took a “sick day.” I’m still not feeling very well, but I didn’t want to skip two days in a row. Today’s post definitely isn’t going to win me a Pulitzer, but they are some things I wanted to post about.

Pink Slime-Free?

It dawned on me last night that I haven’t yet discussed pink slime. I just made sure that the grocery store I frequent sold at least some option of pink slime-free ground beef, in case I needed it. The USDA prefers the name “lean finely textured beef (LFTB)” as opposed to pink slime, I get that. For those of you living under a rock, pink slime is a beef-based food additive used in ground beef and processed meat products.

Foods that cause weight gain

Got your attention didn’t I?
I’m about to give you the answer to the most asked question in the world… which foods make you fat?! Well, not really me all by myself. I may have had a little help from a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Changes in Diet and Lifestyle and Long-Term Weight Gain in Women and Men.” OK, so really the researchers did the heavy lifting, but here’s what they found:
Facts about the study:
  • 120,877 men and women
  • Free of all chronic diseases at the start of the study (diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, or liver disease)

Get up off your…

New research coming out of a study highlighted in Diabetes Care this month indicates that, “interrupting sitting time with short bouts of light exercise can lower blood sugar and insulin levels by as much as 30%…” This article couldn’t be more relevant to me at the moment. Just last week I saw a pre-diabetic patient who all but said there was no way for him to fit in any exercise at all because of a stressful day job (sedentary desk job) and a long work commute.

How to spot a fad diet

I’m not saying all diets are bad, or even fad. In fact, there are parts of several diets that I like and think make a lot of sense (Mediterranean and some parts of South Beach come to mind). Diets often do work at first because they change your way of eating and that usually involves less calories, even if you’re not aware of it. However, you usually end up gaining the weight back because most diets are too inflexible and unrealistic for the long-term.

Let’s look at a few things that will help you spot a fad diet a mile away:

February is national snack food month?!?

Ok, so it’s truSnack Foode… who knew? February being National Heart Month is so much more important, but nonetheless it appears to be snack month, too!

This is interesting because I have been buying a few (in some cases more than a few) of my favorite processed/boxed-up/snacky things lately that I really enjoy… I’ll pick three favorites and give you the down-low.

1. Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps

The Good – They taste great! They are light and crispy and have so much less fat than a potato chip (in fact they have no fat!). Eleven crackers (they are a decent size) have 23 grams of carbs and they pair really well with light cheese spread (Laughing Cow), hummus, thin cheese slices, tapenade, guacamole, or natural peanut butter.

Paula Deen’s missed opportunity

Since it seems like everywhere I turn someone is talking about Paula Deen these days, I thought I’d give my two cents on the situation. I can’t judge Paula Deen too harshly for seemingly covering up her diabetes diagnosis for three years. I work with newly diagnosed people on a daily basis. Each individual handles the news differently. I’ve seen attitudes ranging from denial, embarrassment, and self-loathing, to accepting and energized – like this is the kick in the pants they needed. I don’t know exactly how Ms. Deen was feeling when she first received her diagnosis. Obviously she decided to keep it private from her fans, friends, and family while seemingly still promoting the food she’s become famous for – those high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar.