Thursday, February 23, 2012

Supersize Me

Why are Americans so fat? As seen in the documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock eats McDonalds for 30-days and gets physical and psychological damage. I am not a fast food junkie anymore so watching him eat meal after meal is disgusting. To eat this food for three meals a day must be very tiring. I'd think my taste buds would go on strike. The thought of McDonald even having a "super size" meal is horrific. Do we really need to supersize anything? People can no longer be considerate with a regular portion size of meal but need a bigger one to satisfy their needs. The bigger the meal is the more calories it contains. Not to mention all the sugar and salt the body will consume. Morgan Spurlock should get credit for experimenting on the diet of McDonald. He risked his health to set awareness to American people on how the food from McDonald is unhealthy. Can you imagine gaining 5 pounds in just 3 days, that speaks volumes to how bad this food is for us. To a person trying to lose weight, like myself this is an excellent advice in learning what not to eat and what to eat.

Here are some facts about Americans and fast food (related to the movie/super size me):
*Each day, 1 in 4 Americans visits a fast food restaurant
* In 1972, we spent 3 billion a year on fast food - today we spend more than $110 billion
*McDonald's feeds more than 46 million people a day - more than the entire population of Spain
*You would have to walk for seven hours straight to burn off a Super Sized Coke, fry and Big Mac
*In the U.S., we eat more than 1,000,000 animals an hour
*60 percent of all Americans are either overweight or obese
*One in every three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime
* Left unabated, obesity will surpass smoking as the leading cause of preventable death in America
*Obesity has been linked to: Hypertension, Coronary Heart Disease, Adult Onset Diabetes, Stroke, Gall Bladder Disease, Osteoarthritis, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Problems, Endometrial, Breast, Prostate and Colon Cancers, Dyslipidemia, steatohepatitis, insulin resistance, breathlessness, Asthma, Hyperuricaemia, reproductive hormone abnormalities, polycystic ovarian syndrome, impaired fertility and lower back pain
*The average child sees 10,000 TV advertisements per year

It has been 8 years since the movie was made. Have there been any changes in the fast food industry to make eating there better or has it gotten worse? Answer the following questions by Friday March 2, 2012.

1. French fries are the most vegetable in America, what is wrong with that?

2. On an average today over 40 percent of American meals are eaten outside the home, what do you think your percentage would be?

3. Only seven items on McDonald's entire menu contain no sugar. Canyou name those items?

4. Why should we listen to the nutritionists that recommend not eating fast food more than once a month? If you were to give up something for lent what would it be?

Friday, February 10, 2012


The earliest solid reference to the green vegetable dates from the year 1275, when the well-known Japanese monk, who wrote a note thanking a parishioner for the gift of "edamame" he had left at the temple.

Edamame bean is a preparation of immature soybean in the pod commonly found in China, Japan, and Hawaii. The pods are boiled in water together with condiments such as salt, and are served whole.
The dish is most often found in Japanese restaurants and some Chinese restaurants, but it has also found popularity elsewhere as a healthy food item.

The USDA states that edamame beans are "a soybean that can be eaten fresh and are best known as a snack with a nutritional punch." Edamame and all preparations of soybeans are rich in carbohydrates, protein, dietary fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and micronutrients, particularly folic acid, and vitamin K.

Nutrition facts from this package:

total calories per serving: 120

servings per package: 3

serving size: 1/2 cup

* picture above is a sample of serving size

fat grams:5

carbohydrates: grams: 8

protein gram: 10

So this week I want you to answer the following posts by friday 2/17:

1. find a post a link to a recipe that includes adamame

2. Tell me the following info from the nutrition fact.

a. calories from fat, carbohydrates, and protein.

b. % from fat, carbohydrates, and protein.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Health and Exercise

Exercising is one of the best things you can do for your overall health and to lower your risk for many types of cancer, as well as other diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Physical activity in any form can prevent cancer by helping you maintain a healthy weight and burn belly fat. Plus, it keeps hormones at a healthy level, reduces stress, gets your blood flowing to help your immune system prevent infections and keeps the digestive system healthy, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
Best of all, just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day can make a difference. If you can pack in 60 minutes a day, that's even better.

What Counts as Exercise?

You don't have to go to the gym every day or do sprints to get your 30-60 minutes of physical activity. In fact, everyday activities can count as exercise, but only if you do them with at least a moderate intensity. You should be working enough to raise your heart rate and increase your breathing.

Try these strategies to work more physical activity into your day:
*Get on or off the bus or train one stop early and walk briskly the rest of the way
*Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator
*Park on the far end of the parking lot so you have to walk further to reach your destination
*Go dancing with your partner or friends
*Walk briskly around the mall two or three times before you begin shopping
*Mow your lawn
*Wash your car

This was part of the article from this site.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

southwestern chicken pizza

1 tsp southwest seasoning
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 small boneless skinless chicken breast
1 whole wheat pita
2 Tbsp hummus, preferably red pepper flavor
2 T black beans, washed and drained
red onion strips
red bell pepper strips
2 T chopped tomato
2 T choppped cilantro leaves
2 T shredded light cheddar cheese
4 tsp guacamole or fat free sour cream

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Sprinkle seasoning and garlic powder evenly over chicken. Place chicken on grill cooking over medium heat. Grill 3-5 mins per side, or until no longer pink and juices run clear. Transfer to cutting board and let stand 5 mins. Chop chicken into bite size pices. Set aside.
Place pita on grill rack and cook 1-2 mins per side, or until lightly toasted. Place pita on nonstick baking sheet. Spread hummus evenly over pita. Top evenly with layers of beans, chicken, onion, bell pepper, tomato, cilantro and cheese. Bake 6-8 mins or until cheese melts. Let stand 5 mins. Transfer to plate and slice into 4 wedges. Top each wedge with tsp of guacamole or sour cream.

Per serving: 356 calories, 38 g protein, 38 g carbo, 6 g fat

recipe from biggest loser/prevention magazine