Monday, February 28, 2011
Gina and I have $25 promotional gift certificates to Towne so we decided to be 'Ladies that Lunch' Every single cocktail tempted me (including the corn + tequila combination!)
but with work do right after I made the responsible decision, and sipped on water out of a chemistry beaker while we caught up
Service was outstanding. Our waitresses started by asking if we had any allergies or dietary restrictions (we're quite the pair-G is Gluten free and I'm vegan) and any time constraints, which I thought was a great touch.
Gina had the acorn squash bisque with an arugula salad.
There wasn't many vegan options but I LOVED my huge salad and side of fries
Yum! Finished it off with coffee and G had the coconut creme brule.
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Boston, MA 02115
Monday, February 21, 2011
Eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices, and affect men and women across all racial, economic, and educational boundaries. Eating disorders are complex conditions that arise from a combination of long-standing behavioral, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, biological and social factors. Look at the state of the world we live in today! A study found that adolescent girls were more fearful of gaining weight than getting cancer, nuclear war or losing their parents. Because we live in a culture that emphasizes an unrealistic ideal for most people, many try to fight our natural size and shape determined by genetics, through unhealthy dieting practices, poor body image and decreased self-esteem, which fosters the beginning of disordered eating.
In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Approximately 15 million more are struggling with binge eating disorder. Eating disorders rank among the 10 leading causes of disability among young women [Mathers et al., 2000] Eating disorders do not affect women exclusively. Men also suffer from eating disorders. Incidence of eating disorders has increased over the last 30 to 40 years [Academy of Eating Disorders, 2007] Not only are they becoming more predominant, but they are deadly diseases. Anorexia nervosa has one of the highest mortality rates of any psychological illness. Estimates range from 5% to 20%. [Birmingham et al., 2005]
Eating disorders have a profoundly negative impact on an individual's quality of life, wrecking self-image, interpersonal relationships, financial status, and job performance. While eating disorders are serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses, there is help available Recovery is possible. NEDA has information and resources available via their website and helpline:Helpline: 800 931-2237
Spread the awareness about eating disorders. Join the event on Facebook! If you are on twitter, Marci Anderson, a RD who specializes in eating disorders will be hosting a twitterchat on February 23rd at 8:30pm EST with the hashtag #endED Join in!
So this week let’s take some extra time to remember that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. You are more than the number on the scale. Celebrate your inner beauty, strength, and spirit! Live Guiltlessly
let's kill some negative body image! Tell me one thing you love about yourself today!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
- The answer is not another pill. The answer is spinach
- You are not your genes. You are not a hopeless victim. You can change your health destiny
- Real men eat Plants-you don't have to eat meat to be manly. (want some examples? what about ultra-marathoner Scott Jurek? Vegan. What about Ultimate Figher Mac Danziggma? Vegan. Body Builder Robert Cheeke? Vegan. and many many more manly vegans)
- The greatest gift you can give to yourself and your family is to eat more plants!
- small changes lead to big results. Don't have to be 100% vegan-just increase fruits and veggies!
Monday, February 14, 2011
but don't forget a little self love, guiltlessly
and make it sweet-naturally. (yes you can download and print these stickers, for free. you can thank me later)
SOURCE (check it out, seriously)
Have a wonderful day!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
Friday, February 4, 2011
- Bottled water is a joke-but if you're going to buy it-at least check out it's scorecard
- Be a sweetheart Oh She Glows is having a vegan V-day recipe contest and every single one of the recipes look delicious. Head over to submit yours or drool over others!
- Where's your food come from? Love this article on traceability in the food system in the Washington Post
- Baby it's cold outside and i really don't want you to get frostbite. This is a must-read as temperatures hover at 0 in Boston!
- Confused about Calcium and Vitamin D? NYTimes does a great job of breaking down the new recommendations and whether supplementation is necessary.
- Trust the experts: Top "Get Healthy Tips" from nutrition and fitness professionals.
- This is the Internet today: The Oatmeal hilariously nails what the internet is like right now.
- Organize: I love infographics. I love going out in Boston. ie this is the best chart ever.Boston Magazine creates the ultimate Boston Bar Guide
- Oh Jakey-poo-you so silly Do you like to laugh? Do you love Jake Gyllenhaal? (hand raised). You'll die when you see this
- Keep Calm and Check out the best Etsy shop eve
- Accentuate the Positive: I am proud to call home the "Cleanest Air Ever" and "Most College Educated" in the United States of Awesomeness
- Thank You NYTimes for fueling my wanderlust. Added to my bucket list- 26.2 miles in Antarctica and Shweebing in New Zealand
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
First Wayne Carlson, from The Teff Company spoke. I love Teff-it's a gluten-free grain that is very high in Calcium. My favorite way to eat it is as a breakfast porridge-try swapping out your oatmeal with this recipe! Then we learned all about the milling process in a presentation by Chris Miller, Instructor of Milling Science, Kansas State University.
[A day in the life of....]
Morning Session 1
Then we looked at how and why companies commit to whole grains, with Sarah Murphy, Nutrition Manager, Pepsico (FritoLay & Quaker), Joan Rubschlager, Vice President, Rubschlager Baking, Todd Kluger, VP Marketing, Lundberg Family Farms & Kristin Harris, Senior Nutrition Scientist, General Mills. Companies respond to consumer demand. So if you want to create a healthy life for yourself we have to show companies that we want it by voting with our forks and grocery-store dollars. Speaking of grocery stores, the next speaker was Craig Stacey, Director of Health & Wellness Marketing, Supervalu talking about how supermarkets can help consumers make better choices. Supervalu has a program called Nutrition IQ. Other grocery stores incorporate scores such as NuVal or ANDI, which I'm a fan of. I love seeing grocery stores hiring dietitians and steering their customers in a healthier direction.
Switching from a decisions point to a taste point, Chef Cary Neff stepped on stage to talk about how to make healthy food taste good. I completely agree with his point: "There are no bad foods." So true-it's ok to have a treat and indulge when making healthy habits. Being healthy isn't just about what you eat but also about how you eat. Remember- feel no guilt. Author of Conscious Cuisine Chef Neff is creating delicious, healthy meals, and changing the lives of his clients.
At break we had a piece of Dave's Killer Bread "Sin Dawg" which was gooey, divine, and there's no way you could tell it was whole grain! oh and it's local and vegan too! Wow- i could have easily eaten a whole loaf. And some Odwalla Superfood Smoothie, which I love.We took it back to old school, with "Whole Grains for a New Generation: Promoting Whole Grains to Kids" by Patty Wall, Director of Dining Services, Holton (MI) Public Schools. The National School Lunch program was started after WWII and policies were're changed/improved til 5 years ago! Patty spoke to how to increase the quality and health-properties in the lunches that are offered to public schoolkids. She pointed out that you can't give children the option between a whole or refined grain. If they are hungry they will eat the whole grain option you present.
And the panel I was really looking forward to, as a blogger and present/future nutrition communicator: the Media Panel: "How magazines and blogs put whole grain first"
Jessie Price, Deputy Editor of Food, Eating Well magazine-intersection of food and health. A delightful magazine, and favorite of many. They have great recipes, featuring local, seasonal, organic food, with a healthful twist of course! Heidi Swanson, blogger and author, 101 Cookbooks Whose blog, recipes and cookbooks I have been a huge fan of.
She focuses on whole grains, and natural sweeteners, and all of her recipes are delicious. She is also an amazing food photography and total sweetheart. Her next book "Super Natural Everyday" will be released at the end of the month, so pre-order it now! She also mentioned two of my other favorite blogs, Green Kitchen Stories, and Sprouted Kitchen
Martha Rose Shulman, "Recipes for Health" columnist, the New York Times She curates and creates fantastic healthy recipes-if you haven't tried any of them yet-hurry now!
Lunch-Grain Bar Buffet
We settled down into the self-assigned "media table" with our friends from Health, Taste of Home, and the Huffington Post and enjoyed a whole-grain-tastic lunch. Black rice salad with orange and avocado. There was also hummus with whole grain pita, and a lentil salad. The winning "bite" though, went to a roasted tomato cream-less soup with white beans, cilantro, carrots. So delicious!
We also made best friends with the ever-entertaining Edwin, employee-extraodinaire of the Nines hotel. He attended to our every [unspoken] want and need, so much that we are convinced he had us wired. How else could he know a spoon was needed or that we desperately craved some orbitz gum?
A topic that was fresh on my mind from my public health class last semester-"Healthy Corner Stores: A nationwide movement brings whole grains to convenience marts." Convenience stores are a large part of the American food environment, and unfortunately it can be quite a hunt to try to find healthier items in most.
Amy Ellings, Nurition Coordinator, Washington State Dept. of Health talked about the nationwide initiatives to bring more healthy foods to corner stores.
And because we all love technology and bringing whole grains to the future, we Loved "Whole Grain Invasion: Vending Machines Make Whole Grains Ultra-Convenient" by
the very attractive CEO of Sean Kelly h.u.m.a.n. Healthy Vending. Named one of the top young entrepreneurs, this 23 year old is making waves. A fantastic public speaker this freestyle-snowboarding champion, a biomedical engineer, and personal trainer is now "helping unite man and nutrition" (h.u.m.a.n.) in vending 2.0.
Not only are traditional vending machines full of unhealthy, fat, sugar and salt laden products, but are harming the environment. Did you know that one vending machine takes up the same amount of energy as a medium sized home? h.u.m.a.n. is energy efficient, only stocks nutritional sound options, and donates parts of it's profits to charity. Wonderful.
Thank god there were frequent snack breaks. Edwin informed us that the best roasted nuts ever were roasted on saturday in-house with a mixture of Cayenne, paprika, blood orange & sugar.
For my vegan entree there was a bulgur pilaf with chickpeas and herbs, served with spinach and Brussels sprouts.
And.... I just had to pass on this awesome project:
Oh, the irony: one day after the government issues its strongest recommendation to date to eat less and better foods, the snack food industry lobby launches "National Snack Food Month" to get Americans to eat more. Kitchen Gardeners International (KGI) a mini counter-campaign of their own here http://20ate.org/ to reclaim February for the good food cause and make it into a 20ate day celebration of real foods. "You say hummus, I say yummus!"Let's "outlike" the cheese puff fanpage on facebook by the end of the month. Here's the score as of today: KGI: 4058 fans Cheese Puffs: 5469 fans. LET'S DO THIS!!! If you're on twitter use the hashtag #20ate