Thursday, November 15, 2007

The musical fruit...

I got this tip from my sistafriend:

It said that fruit is very unique in that it contains enzymes and has a ton of nutrients. So when you eat fruit by itself, it digests very quickly on its own and gets the nutrients directly into the blood stream. But when you eat fruit along with your meal, it gets slowed down and doesn't digest as efficiently. So to get the most impact, fruit should be eaten as a snack between meals (at least 30 minutes before or after).

She read about it in "Skinny Bitch." I think that will be next in cue...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

"My first book is fit or fat"... or Fit and Fat

Randomly, I saw mention of this book, "Fat Fallacy" on a message board, and immediately ordered it in Amazon. The premise is that Americans eat a low-fat diet and manage to be the fattest people in the world, while the french eat rich indulgent foods and maintain their slender frames and this book will tell us what the secret is.

Even though I strongly recommend reading this book, I'm going to tell you the secret anyway (I don't think you'll be surprised): The eat real food, we eat chemicals disguised as food that manage to ruin our nervous system, give us heart disease and cancer, and make us... fat.

It seems as though nutrition scientists are looking for he one element that can cure us from fatness. They notice that people who eat vegetables have lower chances for cardio-vascular disease. The scientists realize the veggies draw their super power from beta-carotene. So they find a way to extract the beta-carotene, but it in pill form (with other synthetic properties), and viola! We can get the effects of eating vegetables without having the suffer through all those greens.

Now, here's where it get's tricky. Of course scientific tests can show a plethora of results, but in people who took beta-carotene vs. the placebo there was not a significant difference in people who got heart disease.

So once the book teaches you to look at nutrition data in our country with a skeptical eye, you start to think about all the fad diets. Remember when butter was bad for you? Aren't carbs the devil? We were supposed to avoid nuts and oils, and now we're told we should be consuming at least two teaspoons of oil a day. Now we're knee deep in good fats vs. bad fats. The funny thing is natural fats aren't bad for us, it's the fats created by to help extend the shelf life.

What I took away from the book was that our body was created to process a certain amount of fat. By eating a fat free diet, our body goes into fat starvation mode, so it holds onto what fat you already have. It requires so many chemicals to remove the natural fats from wonderful food like cheese. And artificial sweetners that have terrible chemical reactions when they enter our bodies, or can be linked to cancer, heart-disease, and diabetes. We should be avoiding aspartame, dyes, high-fructose corn syrup, olestra... I'll get to that in a different post.

It has a little bit of a diet to follow; more like guidelines. But overall it initiates a first step in establishing a better relationship with our food.

If it's not food don't eat it.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pumpkin Muffins (with cream cheese filling)

So there are several similar pumpkin muffin recipes out there, but here's the one I've come to know and love:

15 minutes prep time | 20 minutes baking
Makes 24 servings

1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 15 oz can Pure Pumpkin
1 can diet 7up (or about 2 cups)

1 8oz Package of Light (or 1/3 fat) Cream Cheese
2 eggs (or equivalent of eggbeaters)
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup sugar (or splenda to taste)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients for the muffins in one bowl. Mix until all the powder is gone. In a separate bowl combine all ingredient for the cream cheese filling. Mix until creamy in texture.

Either use cupcake liners or grease 2-12 cupcake pans. (I'm not going to lie, I've only had one cupcake pan and had to use it twice in a row to complete the batch.) With a large spoon, place 1 dollop of pumpkin mix in each "cup." With a different spoon place a small dollop of the cream cheese mixture on top of the pumpkin mixture. Then place one more spoon of pumpkin mixture on top of the cream cheese mixture. Smooth out the top. Sometimes I'll sprinkle a little cinnamon on top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. With the cream cheese filling, the muffins are 3 weight watchers points each. Without, they are 2 points. I'll make some this week so I can get a picture up.

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, November 11, 2007



So I'm giving this blogging thing a try. I started a new food plan last month and this is where i have chosen to post all of the nutrition and health information I've come across. You'll also have access to new recipes that I find, as well as some personal stuff.

If you don't know the reference to my title, it's from an episode of Saturday Night Live. Cheri O'Teri plays a plus-sized model whose autobiography is titled "Shiny Hair, Pretty Eyes: Story of a fat girl." She mostly models hair clips and "mu mus."

So that's the foundation for this thing. Oh, and there will be plenty of self-deprecating humor, so stay tuned!