Tag: #food

Lots of Fads Out There

My wife and I went to a cupcake store and were a little surprised when we saw a sign for “Keto Cups.” The “keto” or “ketogenic” diet is the latest diet fad that’s actually been around since the days of the Atkins Diet. The idea is to deprive the body of simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar or even fructose (the…

Whose Fault Is It That I’m Fat?

We were talking in an epidemiology class the other day about the association between obesity and diabetes. It’s a pretty strong association, with a lot of good evidence that obesity causes diabetes. As the students and the professor talked about this, the other teaching assistant in the course took some pictures of us. I was standing at the podium as he…

Eating just a little bit better now and then

On the last day of our trip to Italy, my wife and I were sitting at a coffee shop enjoying a very strong and very expensive coffee. As we looked out the front door, we saw a woman with three young boys sitting on a small bridge. (Venice has a lot of bridges.) All three boys were eating sandwiches wrapped…

America, I missed you and your deliciously bad-for-me food

I weighed myself two days after I got home, about 36 hours after I landed. I figured that would have given enough time for my body to equilibrate after the long trip home. Sitting in cramped quarters for six hours is not exactly good for you, and you tend to want to drink more fluids because of the dry air…

Colombia, Addendum #1: The small comforts in life

I remember watching a news broadcast about a photographer for one of those big, international magazines who was at a refugee camp in Darfur. He said he always brought a bottle of Tabasco sauce with him because it made everything taste better. He also said that he made it a habit to eat whatever the refugees were eating, not wanting…

Are GMOs really Satan?

The title to this post is a rhetorical question, by the way. No, GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) are not Satan. They don’t even come close. At least the traditional Satan of Bible fame and such is pure evil. He means to be evil and to bring down creation. GMOs? Not so much.

How I learned to appreciate meat

I feel the need to warn you right off that there is a picture at the end of this post of a cow having been slaughtered and in the process of getting its hide taken off. It’s what happens to cows (and other animals) when they are slaughtered and their parts are used for, among other things, food. When you…

I cooked dinner for my wife

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” – Julia Child My wife worked second shift late into the night last night and had to turn around and go back to work early this morning. She had asked a few days ago for me to make her dinner tonight, so…

We’re all addicted to something

Addictions have always been interesting to me. Growing up, I lived among people who used and abused drugs (e.g. alcohol, marijuana, even heroin). The one thing they all had in common was the understanding in their heads that what they were doing was not good for them and that, in their minds, they could quit at any time. I shook…