Hey guys! Thanks for your comments on my new series yesterday. I had so much fun putting the first post together, and I have sooo many ideas for future ones…can’t wait!
Look what we have around here…
The first red leaves are hitting the ground, just in time for the official beginning of fall. Womp womp.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fall just as much as anyone else, but it’s always bittersweet for me. Not only is my beloved summer over—and, I’ll admit, I feel slightly “cheated” out of this one since I was pregnant the whole time—but also, mostly, there’s the fact that on the other end of fall is The Season Which Must Not Be Named.
Every year, I have big ideas to embrace winter. My primary idea: learn how to snowboard (skiing would work too) so I can go on sweet weekend ski trips, and most critically, hang out at rustic chalets with stone fireplaces.
And idea #2, which is maybe slightly more feasible: find the perfect white winter sweater. Like a curl-up-on-the-couch-while-also-looking-super-put-together kind of sweater. Soft, not itchy, tunic length and form-fitting, not too thick or thin, machine washable…I talked about this last year too, and it never happened. Anyone have any leads??
So who knows, maybe this year will be different. I also have a toddler who’s finally old enough to appreciate sledding, so that will force me outside a bit more than usual.
Speaking of that toddler, when did he stop being a toddler and become this short MAN?
Maybe he just needs a haircut. I kid you not, I cut that mop 2 weeks ago.
In other news, have you seen Fed Up yet? We rented it recently, and I wasn’t disappointed.
To be fair, I think I liked before I saw a second of it, just because I care about the topic and I kind of knew what they were going to say.
Here’s a basic summary:
–Dietary fat is not the bully some people still see it as. The research that led our country to that conclusion decades ago was wrong.
–Sugar is responsible for the obesity epidemic.
–A calorie is NOT a freaking calorie. (It was too good to be true anyway, wasn’t it?)
–When companies create low fat foods, they make up for the difference in taste by pouring in extra sugar. And so, as our country tried to limit our fat intake, we just got fatter.
–Families are trying to eat healthier, but they’re not sure how. One example: opting for Lean Pockets instead of regular Hot Pockets…
–School lunches are a complete mess. Horrifically under-funded and even more horrifically unhealthy. (I had no idea some school cafeterias actually have fast food chains like McD’s IN them—!)
–Even if kids are educated about healthy food choices, what kid is going to opt for the slimy-looking salad bar when he can get pizza or a burger?
–The government has zero control of the situation, thanks to years of ignorance and way too much dirty money floating around (think: clever sponsorships by processed and fast food companies).
Of course, there were also personal stories woven into the info and commentary. One particular overweight teenage girl just completely broke my heart. Despite trying and trying to lose weight, she never saw progress, couldn’t figure out what she was doing wrong, and just seemed completely hopeless. As if high school isn’t hard enough, right?
The end of the documentary challenges viewers to try cutting sugar for 10 days. Although it’s obviously a positive idea, I think people might underestimate how hard this is. We’re not just talking no cake and ice cream, we’re talking NO SUGAR. Once you start looking for sugar in things—checking for one of its bazillion different names on food labels—it’s amazing (and horrifying) to find out how rampant it is.
Personally, I think the no sugar challenge is way too aggressive as a first step for the general population. No soda, maybe, or no “treats,” but no sugar, period? I can see people getting overwhelmed and giving up after a few days. If that’s what eating healthy is like, then no thank you! Right?
I mean, I consider myself a fairly healthy eater, and I’m far from sugar-free. I think there’s room for sugar (ideally, natural sugar) in a healthy, balanced diet.
To me, it feels like trying to run a marathon before you’ve run a mile. I don’t know, am I crazy??
What do you think of the 10 day no sugar challenge?
If you’ve seen Fed Up, what did you think?
Winter: love it or hate it?
If you love it, give me your winter survival tips! (I need the chalet, right??)