Oh Thank Heaven. Obama vs. McCain at 7-Eleven

I realize that this is a weight loss blog and that this post is going to be terribly off topic. However, it’s my blog and I’m allowed to write about whatever I want. You can make you’re own decisions on weather or not you’d like to read it. For those of you truly looking for information about diet and nutrition skip to the end and I’ll loosely tie it together for you.

So this morning I went to 7-Eleven (Downtown St. Louis, Missouri) to buy the things one normally buys at a convenience store in the morning and I see this sign out front. I whip out my handy iPhone and snap a photo because I think its pretty good advertising and a cool idea.

I’m not really into coffee from 7-Eleven because I’m planning on going to Rooster to get some low carb scrambled eggs and thick cut bacon. (There’s a little Diet & Nutrition snippet for you)

Anyway, I stroll past the coffee counter and snapped this photo…

It looks like the patrons of the 7-Eleven in St. Louis City are leaning heavily towards Obama. I saw a middle aged women in a pant suit walking out with the independent white cup and thought she was probably would have grabbed the red one if no one was watching. Continue reading “Oh Thank Heaven. Obama vs. McCain at 7-Eleven”

Running – Last Night Hurt…Bad

So once again home from work, lace up the New Balance and hit the road.

I figured by now my lungs and legs would be accustomed to the abuse and not retaliate as much as they did. I thought that 24 hours of sleep, sitting in an office and doing nothing would have been adequate for recovery. But last night hurt. I am so looking forward to a night off.

We’re heading down to the Taste of St. Louis tonight. I am going to enjoy whatever my buddy Thom from Portabella comes up with. They’re a white table cloth kind of place but at the Clayton Art Fair they made some pan fried burgers. I deserve one of those after a week of running. I’ll probably have some of their “Kick Ass Fries” coated in asiago cheese and garlic olive oil too. They’re almost so good you don’t need ketchup.

Anyway, we’re headed to Forrest Park tomorrow. I thought I was good for the 6 mile loop using our run/walk pace, Cate and last night convinced me otherwise. I am still excited about my future life as a runner. I’m going to keep pushing until it feels good to continue running instead of only feeling good when I can finally see the house again.

Running hurt me last night but it was a good kind of pain.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is Bad For You.

I saw this on TV last night, it’s alarming. The Corn Refiners Association decided to ‘show’ high-fructose corn syrup was as safe as sugar. This is interesting because I just wrote a post last week about how HFCS makes you fat. I did this after finding a bunch of research that said that the body converts fructose to body fat with “surprising speed.”

I suppose The Corn Refiners Association is trying to counteract these new findings. Take note that they showed a lotta-pop as the safe source of sugar. Incredible.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is not good for you.

“Wow, you don’t care what the kids eat, huh?”

These commercials are a ridiculous lie. They remind me of the old cigarette spots that tried to refute claims that cigarettes where unhealthy. (I’m not old enough to actually remember those commercials, I heard about them on Mad Men.) It looks like these guys are getting really nervous and grappling for anything to keep people buying this stuff. Next they’re going to tell us corn makes better gas.

Read the labels and continue to stay away from foods that contain High Fructose Corn Syrup. Don’t smoke either.

Update: September 10th
So I was looking around the site and noticed a High Fructose Corn Syrup ad running on the site. I clicked it and its the Corn Refiners. Continue reading “High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is Bad For You.”

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Making You Fat?

In a small study, Texas researchers showed that the body converts fructose to body fat with “surprising speed,” said Elizabeth Parks, associate professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. The study, which appears in The Journal of Nutrition, shows how glucose and fructose, which are forms of sugar, are metabolized differently.

Looks like more evidence of the dangers of refined sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Those of us on a low carb diet we already knew this or are at least protected from it by the fact we’re avoiding foods that are high in carbs.

Read food lables for lists of ingredients and stay away from anything that contains High Fructose Corn Syrup, HFCS or anything similar.

Caitlin suggests watching King Corn, a documentary that picks up where Super Size Me left off and exposes the health problems associated with corn. You can of course get it at Amazon

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the geometry behind healthy living

The shape most associated with healthy eating is a triangle.  A wide base informing of us of what is most healthy narrowing to the forbidden food point.  Back in the old days we learned that fats, oils, and sweets were a big no no and that they should be used sparingly.  As in spare your body from the fatness that will ensue.  Bread, rice, and pasta made up the base of foods that should be consumed the most throughout the day.  I think we all know what happens after lots of bread and lots of pasta, lots of pounds.  The USDA got a little smarter and the health sciences picked up the pace to combat our ever growing population.  So the food pyramid flipped on its side and now we get to climb it.  “My Pyramid” falls into the category of “new look, same great taste,”  essentially its the same information with a hip new look.  We should now try to make half of our large grain portion whole grains and find time to fit in some physical activity.

Thanks to Harvard for stepping it up a notch and telling us what we really need to hear in the Healthy Eating Pyramid.  The pyramid is flipped back over and the “building blocks” theme has been reincarnated.  This time the base is comprised of daily excercise and weight control (that scary word portion control looms its ugly head once more).  Whats more surprising is fats and oils are located on the wider end of the triangle and there is even a place for alchohol.  We’ve switched over to all whole grains and even added a daily vitamin.  Changes I can live with.

If you are interesed in more information and background on the Healthy Eating Pyramid click here.

Pandora’s Roasted Garlic & Onion (Leek) Soup

It’s the Saturday morning on the “last weekend of summer”.  I woke up late and starting milling about.  Then I realized there was a milk emergency at the house so I high tailed it over to the corner Hucks (gas station for those of you living West of the Mississippi).  Of course I cannot make a shopping trip and only purchase one item, so I also picked up some doughnuts for my sweetheart, two boxes of cereal, some orange sherbet, and the pick of picks – overly ripe bananas.

 

The first time I ever made banana bread was in college – my best friend’s mother had a delicious secret recipe* that was shared.  Yummy, easy, and in line with my personal mantra of “waste not, want not” (old bananas – icky).

 

I came home and started searching through my old cookbook for the 3×5 card I knew was stuck somewhere in the side pocket.  In addition to banana bread, I discovered a Pandora’s box of delicious foods I used to love to make and eat – in the “college years”. 

 

The find of finds was my all time, favorite soup recipe. 

 

My girlfriend and I (same friend of banana bread recipe fame) recreated the recipe from memory many falls ago but have been searching at least five years for the actual, original ingredient list and details.  What a coup!  I have the hand printed copy on a sheet of paper pulled from a spiral notebook.   Ah, college.

 

So, even though we still have a Sunday and Monday left to wear white pants/shoes, and linen…. I am already looking forward to chilly nights and homemade soup.  In fact, I may even make this delicious treat and eat it in a white linen summer dress to officially say goodbye to hot and hello to fall.

 

Without further ado, here it is…

The recipe I tried in college that I still love today:

 

Roasted Garlic & Onion Soup

From Betty Crocker’s Italian Cooking, page 70

 

2 medium bulbs roasted garlic

1 TBS olive oil

½ cup chopped prosciutto or fully cooked smoked ham (approximately 4 oz)

¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves

2 medium onions, coarsely chopped (approximately 1 ½ cups)

1 large baking potato peeled & shredded (use a large cheese grater to shred)

2 cans chicken broth (approximately 3 ½ cups)

¼ teaspoon white pepper

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

  1. Make roasted garlic
    1. Peel away outermost layers of bulbs, drizzle with oil, salt and pepper, wrap in foil, bake in oven for 30 to 40 minutes – you will smell it when its ready
    2. Remove from oven – be EXTREMLY careful as it will be piping hot
    3. When garlic is fully cooked, the gloves should pop quite easily out of their pods.  Mash, and they are ready for soup

 

  1. Heat oil.  Cook ham, parsley, basil, and onions in oil for approximately 5 minutes
  2. Stir in potato and broth.  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in roasted garlic paste, white pepper, and cheese.  Simmer uncovered approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.

 

Tips: The longer you simmer the better.  I also prefer to substitute leeks for the onions.  It gives it a bit of a different taste.  Sometimes I like half and half.  They are a bit milder than the onions but still add a good spiciness to the soup.  The leeks also seem to hold up better if you plan on refrigerating and eating leftovers. 

 

I also enjoy using the smoked ham in the colder months – again, it’s a bit heartier than the prosciutto and works best if you plan on eating leftovers.

 

I am a garlic freak so I use more than the 2 bulbs – just a matter of preference.

 According to Weight Watchers recipie builder (man, I love e tools) the soup is only 2 points per serving.  That means its delicious and healthy!

Enjoy!

 

*You will find the secret banana bread recipie under Laura’s page/Food