Archive for February, 2011

Bringin’ Bubba to the Table

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Did you ever think about the size of our glasses? The glasses in my kitchen hold 14 ounces of fluid. That’s nearly 2 cups of juice or milk or ice cream soda! Remember those tiny little juice glasses your grandma used? She barely drank 14 ounces of juice in a week.

Did you read the Foundation column in your local paper that said a 12 inch plate holds more than 70% more food than a 9 inch plate? In the 1950s our plates averaged 9 inches wide. Now they average 12 inches. The surface area is much bigger on a 12 inch plate.

According to the CDC, in the 1960s the average woman weighed 143 pounds. Now the average woman weighs 168 pounds (for men it’s 170 to 196 pounds).

Gee, I wonder if there is a correlation…

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Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Yesterday someone tossed most of a perfectly good liverwurst sandwich because someone else in the room started talking about the down side of liverwurst (fat, calories…). 

Condemning liverwurst may be in the CWF spirit of ‘eat better’, but it sure isn’t in the CWF spirit of ‘connect with others’.  There’s plenty enough guilt around the food selections we make.  There is no need for us to heap it on one another at every turn.

Enjoy the darn liverwurst on occasion.  Make a healthier choice at dinner.

Bolder than Boulder

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Demographics for Boulder County Colorado & Washtenaw County are very similar (per capita income, level of education, population density…). 

The editors of Bon Appétit recently named Boulder America’s ‘foodiest city’. 

They selected Boulder because of its first rate restaurants and a community of food lovers.  Bon Appétit also concluded Boulder has one of the best farmer’s markets in the entire country and is populated by “fit, smart … citizens who seem to embody a new ethos in American cuisine – one based not on gluttony or excess but on moderation.” 

We should send a message to Boulder:

Watch your back.  Here come 5 Healthy Towns!

February Food & Phat Stats

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Did you know…

  • The ancient Greeks had fast-food, take-out restaurants
  • We’re more hungry when we’re cold
  • Because of the vitamin A in carrots they really do improve night vision
  • Americans eat 31% more processed than fresh food
  • Each of us eats an average of 1500 pounds of food a year
  • Fewer than 30% of Americans eat the correct ratio of meat to vegetables
  • It takes 3500 extra calories to gain one pound

Just like the Chelsea elementary school kids in January, 5 Healthy Towns are going to make an effort to Eat Better in February.  The kids ate almost 30,000 fruits & vegetables during their school days in January.  They set the bar high but I think we’re up to it. 

 Bon appétit.

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