Archive | Thoughts & Observations

Self-reflection and other musings.

Ultra-Processed Food: Broccoli vs. Chips Ahoy

Do you know the difference between processed and ULTRA-processed?

We know the United States has a problem with ultra-processed foods, and we can point to the well-documented health effects of overconsuming these foods. If the food industry wants to hijack and reframe the dialogue on processed foods, it is important for health advocates to have an alternate strategy that clearly communicates the importance of making room for whole, unprocessed foods.

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While You Go Unprocessed, Consider Changing Your Chicken, Too

If you’re cutting out processed foods in October you are part of a growing movement of people who care deeply about what is going into their bodies. In September the ASPCA launched a national challenge asking people to make the welfare-conscious choice. The Change Your Chicken campaign challenges consumers to avoid all factory-farmed chicken products for 30 days and instead purchase only products bearing meaningful animal welfare certifications.

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Listerine Naturals is not natural

Further proof that “Natural” is a meaningless marketing term

Upon my doctor’s recommendation, I went to our neighborhood pharmacy to pick up some Listerine mouthwash. I was excited to find the bottle of “Listerine Naturals.” Inside the bottle was a clear liquid, a noticeable contrast to the impossibly blue “Cool Mint” version sitting on the shelf next to it. Eager to figure out the difference between the regular stuff and the “natural” version, I started comparing the labels.

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"Are you still working on that?"

These six words could change how you think about food

Lately I’ve noticed one question that’s asked by nearly all waiters. It’s just six words, but they speak volumes about how we, as a society, think about food. It’s a phrase so common you probably haven’t even given it a moment’s thought. But it’s also so common that it’s probably also affected your perception of food, whether or not you realize it.

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Grower Pete's Wall of Butter Lettuce

Signs of Spring

Quite frankly, I’ve been a little burned out for the past couple of months. But then something happens – even if it’s a tiny but impactful moment – and it kicks me in the pants and gets me to log back in and start writing.

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Moderation and Balance in the Real World

Moderation & Balance in the Real World

Can “moderation” and “balance” go together, when it comes to healthy eating? This is certainly a timely question, considering tonight is the last of the holiday gantlet (hey everyone, happy new year!), and I’m betting most of us (self included) haven’t been as successful as we would have liked at either moderation or balance over the past few weeks.

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