Tuesday, February 16, 2010
We eat too much, buy too much, consume too much. We are being super sized. Current fast-food servings are two to five times larger than they were in the 1950s.
Earth Diet reader Bryan Adams was visiting Georgia in USA and wrote in this..."The story behind that picture is this...I went to a restaurant called Firehouse today. I love their sandwiches, fresh, toasted and delicious subs. Upon ordering the girl at the register asked if I wanted chips and a drink, I said yes. Then she said Medium or Large? I said Medium. She put the cup from the picture on the counter. I said, Sorry, is that my cup? She said yes. I said Whoa!! What does the Large look like? She showed me a monstrousity of a cup. I thought, Jesus that's why people in the South are so friggen fat. They go to a restaurant that serves quick, delicious, filling sanwiches at a reasonable price and get a massive drink, fill it with soda and drink it with their meal. Then most probably get a refill before they leave. It's sad actually. Some restaurants do, but more should take responsbility for what they serve people. Going around town, I'll bet 60% (conservative) or more of the population in this area are overweight. Anyway, wanted to share that with you."
Fast-food restaurants may brag about their premium salads and apple fries, but for all the healthier items they've added to menus, portion bloat is bigger than ever.The problem is, people tend to eat or drink what's in front of them. We also significantly underestimate how many calories we consume. But even when consumers try to do right by their diets by choosing a small or medium of something at a fast-food chain, they may be getting more than they expect.
Not only are servings getting larger, some top fast-food chains are engaged in a sleight-of-name game — marketing ploys which could confuse customers who think they're ordering less than they actually are, according to a study I co-authored with Dr. Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition at New York University, published in a recent Journal of Public Health Policy.
Albert Einstein even said "Nothing will benifit health and inrease the chances for survival of life on Earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet".
Watch Supersize Me,a movie that sheds a new light on what has become one of our nation's biggest health problems: obesity. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock does just that and embarks on the most perilous journey of his life. The rules? For 30 days he can't eat or drink anything that isn't on McDonald's menu; he must wolf three squares a day; he must consume everything on the menu at least once and supersize his meal if asked.
Challenges: Seeing photos of these supersize kids eating at Mc Donalds.
Triumphs: I eat more food now on the Earth Diet than I used to eating man made processed foods! And I love it...I get to induldge in beautiful foods...so if you love eating I reccomend you do the Earth Diet because you can eat as much as you want and often as you want!!!
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: Spinach, celery, carrot and ginger juice. Organic green grapes...so small and so sweet!
Lunch: 5 nectarines. Cherries. Chocolate balls with macadamias.
Dinnner: A salad with baby spinach, green lettuce, a huge beautiful creamy organic avocado with lemon juice.
Dessert: Damiana herbal tea.
Snacks: Chocolate balls.
Exercise: A swim in the ocean and then a 1 hour pump (weights) class at the gym! Love pumpin with the Steph master! And a sauna after...mmm stretching!
254 days to go!!!