What 2,000 calories looks like…

cdc-time-to-scale-back-infographicIt is clear when exploring the research on obesity  that people have no idea how many calories they are consuming (see my prior post on the topic Why you can’t be trusted for more info).  What has happened is that the size and calories of our foods have steadily increased over the past few decades in an imperceptible way.  In addition, the size of our population has also grown.  What this creates is a situation where a new normal is created.  We all judge what is normal by an evaluation of the world around us.  If everyone around you is a healthy weight, then a healthy weight is normal.  If everyone around you is overweight then overweight becomes the new normal.   Continue reading

The ‘Magic’ of Whole Grains

smoke-mirrors-coverAn interesting fact of life is that when you’re eating a bowl of cereal, the nonsense on the box becomes some of the most interesting reading material you can find.  I’m not sure why this is.  The other day I was engrossed in a colorful maze on the back of my kids cereal box when I noticed a banner touting the fact that this very box contained oodles of whole grains.  Isn’t that fantastic!  This instantly inspired images in my brain of golden wheat blowing in the breeze.   Continue reading

What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

what does 200 calories look like

My lovely wife forwarded this to me last night and it was too good to not pass on to you.  I wanted to add the following pictures which are  selection from that post which is at http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-200-calories-look-like.htm.  These pictures help you visualize the importance of knowing how many calories are in the foods you eat.  For more on this check out my prior posts:  Why You Can’t Be Trusted and Test Your Knowledge which explain how uninformed most people are regarding their caloric intake. Continue reading