So Hard to Eat Healthy

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2012 by NecridX5

Lately, I have been catching myself eating certain foods items that I really should not.  For breakfast, I almost always ate a bagel because it was the only breakfast item at Susquehanna University that did not make me feel sick.  I recently found out I can use a meal to get a low-fat yogurt smoothie on campus.  This is what I have been having for breakfast recently as it seems better than the bagel in nutrition.  The problem is I am left with just two breakfast options to purchase on campus that I will actually eat.  When you move on to lunch and dinner, there are not that many options for good healthy food either.  It kind of gets old when you eat a sandwich and a salad almost everyday.  When you are eating this same old same old while others are enjoying a cheese steak sub, it is really hard to enjoy your food choice.  Personally I wish there was more variety in the healthy foods you can get.  Some of the healthy foods they offer are more than just a meal and they cut into your flex.  Paying extra to eat healthy really sucks when you have little money to spare.  While looking around for something healthy and tasty, you are often left starring at the mass assortment of desserts they have around.  This is not the best thing to be looking at when you really are trying to cut back.  Or even if you can avoid looking at the food, it does not help that you have people around the area eating these fatty foods, but you cannot get rid of that.  I just wish eating healthy was not such a pain in the ass.  Maybe people would eat healthier if it was easier.

Pink Slime

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2012 by NecridX5

I have been hearing different things lately about pink slime, so I decided to read an article about it.  On foodsafetynews.com they had the article USDA to Offer School Districts Choice on Pink Slime that provided some good insight.  Pink slime, or LFTB, is the left over meat trimmings mixed with ammonia to kill of the harmful bacteria.  It is very unappealing and deserves the name it is given.  You are basically eating unwanted trimmings that the article says had been used for animal foods in the past.  To make it worse, these unwanted trimmings go through an ammonia treating process to kill of the bad bacteria such as E. Coli that usually taints the trimmings.  It is bad enough that this stuff exists as a food product, but we also serve this to the schools.  Fast food restaurants McDonalds, Burger King, and Taco Bell have taken pink slime out of their beef products this year, yet we still feed it to young school kids.  Famous chefs such as Jamie Oliver are against these sneaky practices that cheat people out of good meat products.  I am glad they are changing the practice to at least allow schools to decide whether they want to serve their students unwanted meat that looks like shit.  It really is disturbing that companies would stoop this low for their own greed.  Not surprising, just disturbing.  It is like Jamie Oliver said, it is a breach of trust with the consumers.  Instead of serving quality meat like they should be, they serve us risky meat.  I really hope we can get rid of this disgusting product.

Organic

Posted in Uncategorized on March 15, 2012 by NecridX5

Over Spring Break, a group of friends and myself went to Philadelphia for the day.  We did a lot of exploring in the city, visiting monuments and stores, but a very interesting area I visited was the Reading Terminal Market.  The market contains a diverse array of food markets all in one building.  If you look hard enough, you can find almost anything you are looking for.  I helped myself to a great Philly cheese steak from a restaurant situated next to a Greek restaurant and Mennonite restaurant.   After eating with my friends, we decided to check out the rest of the market for about half an hour, before moving on.  One thing I noticed consistently throughout the market was that anything organic clearly stated it was organic.  Big and vibrant signs would let you know if something was organic and locally grown.  Whether it was vegetables, fruits, or baked products, it would state so.  You could clearly tell that the signs were directed at foodies, or anyone who wanted to eat healthy.  There were a lot of places there making products from organic foods such as banana bread and lemonade.  There were many Mennonites doing very well in business, because everyone wanted locally grown and organic foods.  The Reading Terminal Market seemed like it had two trends, ethnic foods and organic foods.  The most surprising thing I found though was some of the food was fairly decent price wise.  There were many organic products there that were priced low and accessible to the general population.  I’m not sure whether this is due to competition over tourists or just a lack of greed.

Some Sexism and Some Soda

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2012 by NecridX5

My feminist side came out while reading Annals of Food Marketing are Dr Pepper Ads Sexist on foodpolitics.com.  The short article brings up the massive amount of sexism in the advertising of Dr. Pepper 10.  Although the commercials are meant to be parodies of the male stereotype, they still portray men as different from women.  The article brings up a good point in that men do not diet, only women.  Men are not supposed to be seen drinking Diet Dr. Pepper, but Dr. Pepper 10 is okay.  The drinks seem to be the same except that their advertising is focused on two different audiences.  Dr. Pepper 10 is for men and only men.  Their commercials depict the manly man doing a lot of action stunts.   The male commercial further creates a barrier between male and female roles and traits despite being farcical.  They establish the man as the one who needs to be in constant action and be aggressive while enjoying his drink.  This drink is described as “manly” and “not for women.”  The commercials take several stabs at the “typical” women such as not enjoying action movies, wanting romance, and even labeling their drinks lady-like.  The commercial is amusing, but is it worth it?  Young boys seeing this commercial are not able to dissect the content.  They see it as men are this way, girls are that way.  Girls cannot drink this soda because it is “manly.”  This commercial teaches kids stereotypes they may believe as true.  Some people may assume it is all right because it is comical.  The author has a great argument about that with comparing it to racial separation.  This commercial would bring about tremendous outrage if their was a typical redneck saying Dr. Pepper 10 is not for black people.  Why is there a disparity between race and gender?  We are all human, so why not advertise a drink to us as humans.

More Wings

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2012 by NecridX5

Monday, six of my friends as well as myself went to the Country Tavern for their wing buffet.  The food was great, but our conversation took an interesting turn.  One of my friends questioned why chickens are not extinct with all the chicken we eat today.  I simply looked at him and said it’s because we mass-produce them.  He looked a little confused at the prospect of chickens being produced in such a way, so I had to explain.  I told him that we use a lot of growth hormones to make sure the chickens grow up fast.  We keep them shut away in dark rooms so close together that the only thing they can really due is stand around.  When they eat too much, they can only lay due to the weight of their bodies.  Chickens that are ready are then killed, sometimes by slamming them against the ground several times.  Sometimes they just have their head stomped on.  Their deaths are usually not quick, but are very cruel.  Kosher chickens are hung upside down and then have their throats slashed.  Everyone seemed a little disturbed at how cruelly chickens are treated in the modern industry.  I would not have said anything if I knew they were squeamish, but we all love eating meat so this story was not one to break our appetite.  We continued with our wings until everyone was bloated.  Although we were fine with eating chicken after the story, we all at least took the time to recognize what these chickens went through to feed us.  Nobody decided to become vegetarian, but at least they all have a little bit more information on where their food comes from.

Raw Food for Dogs

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2012 by NecridX5

While reading Raw Food for Dogs a Risk or a Cure All on nytimes.com, gave me the impression that raw food may be something we need to aid obesity in animals as well as improve their general health.  I would think that the health benefits of eating raw food would apply to other animals like cats as well.  The stories of a raw food diet aiding with animal diabetes and allergies sound great and they should be investigated thoroughly.  To be honest, I have no idea what is in the cat and dog food we give our pets.  For all I know, I could be giving my cat pet food filled with unnecessary chemicals.  The problem with the raw food diet is not what Dr. Hohenhaus weakly argued for in the article, but that it is a privilege for middle and higher class.  It reflects the current food situation in America, the best food for you is the most expensive.  I personally cannot afford to buy healthy food for myself so the idea of buying raw elk or raw turkey for my cat seems unlikely.  I really wish I was able to spoil my cat with such a special diet to increase his health, but I need to be able to get myself healthy food as well.  I hope they do investigate the benefits of raw food as well as any possible risks and try to make it cheaper for the general population.  I would love to see a day when most people can afford to eat healthy as well as feed their pets healthy food too.

Wings

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2012 by NecridX5

I recently competed in a Susquehanna University wing eating competition and won.  I started to think about it several hours later and I started wondering are these competitions a complete waste?  If you ever are involved in an eating contest, one thing you will notice that you lose all taste and enjoyment while eating the food.  It really seems unfair to the animals to die for your eating games.  We are to treat animals with respect, so is this respectful?  This could be quite problematic if I keep thinking like this as I may not want to compete again.  Of course, this is the highly critical me ,fueled by terrible stories about food and animal abuse, thinking of what is supposedly just for the animals.  After thinking I quickly tossed out these ridiculous ideas.  The animal is not being disrespected in the least.  If we were to butcher a chicken, cook it, and then throw it on the floor for no reason, that would be disrespectful to the bird’s sacrifice.  These wings went exactly where they were supposed to go from the moment they were cooked, into my stomach.  They just made the transfer from my plate into my stomach a lot faster than usual.  Although my brief thoughts were kind of stupid, I still noticed that I was thinking about what I eat a lot more often than what I used to.  A year ago, I would have won the competition and think nothing more about the wings.  Maybe the most respectful thing you can do for an animal is honor its sacrifice by keeping it in your thoughts.  You do not need to be emotional, but just honor it with some cognitive space.