Sunday, January 15, 2012
Healthy Bites: Food for Thought
Posted by Diana Renata
I know a number of blogs do some sort of weekend "link love" thing. I don't want to jump on that sort of bandwagon, but I figure once I have 5 or 6 good articles to share, I'll post them up.
The first article I found was How to I.D. Genetically Modified Food at the Supermarket. According to this post, you can use the PLU code on the sticker to identify if it's conventional, organic, or GMO. I haven't checked this out at Wegmans yet, but I'll be watching next month when I buy some produce.
A fellow blogger at Hunting for Health did an interview with former Biggest Loser contestant, Kai Hibbard. Tons of behind the scenes dirt. I figure if you read my blog, or are in any way part of the Primal/Paleo lifestyle, you're probably smart enough to know that the Biggest Loser is a big waste of time, but it's worth a listen anyhow. If nothing more, you can share it with your television-obsessed friends who think the show is at all worth watching.
Exercise Hormone May Fight Obesity and Diabetes. So says a New York Times health article that discusses how scientists have discovered a new hormone, irisin, that the body produces in response to exercise. Apparently this hormone turns white fat into brown fat- and this is a good thing. As those in the Paleosphere have been saying for some time now, exercise is good for you not because it burns calories, but because of the hormonal changes it induces. I'm good with that.
Check out this article about a small town in Maine that passed a "Food Sovereignty" law to allow the sale of locally produced food without interference of regulators. Perhaps this can be a nugget of inspiration for others to get involved and pass similar laws in their towns throughout the country. There's more than one way to fight big agra and the Federal government!
The New York Post reported that some New York schools are going to begin Spying on Fat Kids. Some Long Island students will begin wearing monitors that track their physical activity throughout the day, in many cases without parents' knowledge or consent. No thank you. If I were a parent, I'd be incredibly upset about this.
We Pagans know the importance of being out in nature for our spirit. Contact with nature is also crucial for health. There may be more to your afternoon hike than meets the eye, and this article does a good job of explaining how and why. I, for one, can't wait for spring and getting back outdoors!
That's enough homework for today. Stay tuned for the next installment of Healthy Bites. :)