Hi folks! Happy Halloween! Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, I hope you have a fun filled day that includes at least a fistful of those tiny candy bars. Yes, the nutritionist is encouraging you to eat tiny candy bars! Remember life is all about balance and Halloween is just one day. Enjoy it! Then maybe put the candy away and bring it out bit by bit. Moderation, folks!
I’m still working on that Halloween costume that so many of you have been asking about, but I promise there will be pics on instagram later. In the meantime, here’s a throwback to Halloween maybe 10 years ago.
I bought a spiralizer almost a year ago and wasn’t happy with it so it sat collecting dust for ages. I decided to try it again and either get into using it or give it away, and once I tried it on a different setting I liked it much more. So I’m on a bit of a zucchini noodles kick these days, which is perfect for my lighter eating days. I’m also trying a new version of an old favourite this week, the savoy slaw.
1. So, unless you’ve been buried under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the study published in the BMJ saying that drinking milk will cause us all to break our hips and then die early. I’ve seen a lot of dairy nay-sayers high-fiving and others freaking out about milk consumption, and I’m sure almond milk is flying off the shelves. I think this is yet another case of the mainstream media getting ahold of a nutrition study and blowing it out of proportion without adequately explaining the science behind it. I’m not going to get deeply into the study here, but let me just say if you’re a consumer of milk, you don’t need to freak out about this. I’m neither for nor against dairy, except to say that people have been consuming it for thousands of years and if you don’t have trouble digesting milk and you’re consuming it moderately because you like it, then go right ahead. If you’re interested in learning more, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff has written an excellent piece on his blog explaining the study, its flaws, and why you shouldn’t freak out.
2. Another study published this week says that eating chocolate helps us improve our memories. Good news, right? Except they ain’t talking about those tiny chocolate bars you’ve got so many of right now, so don’t consider this license to go bonkers on them.
3. Interesting article coming from the UBC department of Land and Food Systems where I did my undergraduate degree in Nutrition breaking down the health claims related to butter coffee.
4. Are you a breakfast skipper? This study says that skipping breakfast may lead to overeating later in the day.
5. The hypocritical diet of the hipster. Is it all green smoothies and bacon, or what?