Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday Weigh-In 20130828

My wife refuses to stop buying ice cream, and it's very difficult to resist. It's like bringing home beer, wine or Jack Daniels when you live with an alcoholic.

Waist = 37.5"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Tanita Scale with Body Fat monitor
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dear Mayor Michael Bloomberg



An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg....

Dear Mayor Bloomberg:

I applaud you for taking steps to combat heart disease and obesity within your jurisdiction. It is hoped that the nation will follow suit to eliminate trans-fats and reduce its intake of soda.

The next logical step would be for you to eliminate monosodium glutamate or MSG. MSG is a chemical that’s used in medical research to bring about obesity and pre-diabetes in laboratory animals. It’s also a ubiquitous flavor enhancer used in processed and prepared foods and even some beverages. It’s designed to stimulate the appetite. If a food is described “crave-worthy” or “you can’t eat only one” it most likely contains MSG. Also, MSG can cause seizures in certain individuals.

MSG can be present in foods without it being listed as an ingredient. The FDA allows food processors to omit MSG from the ingredients list if they use an ingredient that contains less than 79% MSG. A list of additives that contain MSG can be found here.

It would be wonderful if you could manage to eliminate all MSG from food. But all fast food restaurants and most dine-in restaurant chains would fight this because they’d have to recreate their menus. They’d have to replace substandard meat, fish and poultry and stale, anemic produce, with fresh, wholesome ingredients. They would no longer be able to quickly provide palatable food at their current low prices.

So instead of eliminating MSG, I would propose a new labeling standard. All restaurant menu items and packaged food sold in NYC that contain MSG must clearly be labeled as having MSG. Plus, the label should include text that describes MSG as “a chemical additive that stimulates appetite and causes obesity, diabetes and, in some individuals, seizures.”

I invite you to research the matter. Once you do, I’m confident that you will take measures to improve the food in NYC as well as the health of NYC residents and visitors.

- Sincerely,

Square Peg Guy

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was listed as one of Martha Stewart’s Food Visionaries, as published in the November, 2012 issue of Whole Living, which was subsumed into Martha Stewart Living in March.

http://www.wholeliving.com/207807/food-visionaries

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wednesday Weigh-In 20130823

We still had Chicken of the Woods left over -- it was such a big piece! I cooked some more. This time I let it simmer for 30 minutes. And this time I did not have any of the bloating.

A second piece was growing right next to the first. I brought it into work and two coworkers divided it and each took half.

School is starting for our daughter next week, so soon I'll be getting up again at 5:30!

Waist = 37.5"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Tanita Scale with Body Fat monitor
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wednesday Weigh-In 20130814

I ate some Chicken of the Woods that I found in the backyard. I am careful to cook it thoroughly, but I still experienced bloating and some other discomfort. It's definitely an effective appetite suppressant!

Waist = 37.25"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Tanita Scale with Body Fat monitor
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Wednesday Weigh-In 20130809

I've been forgetting to weigh myself on Wednesdays -- this is turning into a Friday Weigh-In!

Anyway I've going to bed late because I'm engrossed in reading Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle. I'm surprised I'm not gaining a lot of weight due to the lack of sleep.

Waist = 37.5"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Tanita Scale with Body Fat monitor
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.

Monday, August 5, 2013

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wednesday Weigh-In 20130731

Are you tired of popping an anti-histamine pill to deal with seasonal allergies? Try eating foods that contain allergy-fighting flavonoids instead, as described in this article: Foods That Help Stop Seasonal Allergies

Waist = 37.5"
Height = 5' 9"

References:
  1. Wikipedia BMI page
  2. Tanita Scale with Body Fat monitor
  3. Javascript must be enabled to view the data.