Breaking Bread

Kind of off-topic post, but interesting nonetheless for our foodies out there.

The New York Time’s food critic, Frank Bruni, wrote this blog post today, Our Nightly Bread, which explores a positive side to restaurants charging for bread and butter these days.

As someone who loves, loves, loves warm crusty bread dunked in deliciously-herbed olive oil at good Italian restaurants (but could easily pass it up if it’s sub-par) I thought it was worth sharing.

Take a read and let me know what you think about charging for bread during tough economic times.

As for me, I’d rather pay for it and get the good, good stuff, then see a stale, wasted basket taking up space on the table!

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Kids and “Bad” Food Anxiety?!

26food_1-6501I found this recent New York Times article that piqued my interest, called, “What’s Eating Our Kids? Fears About ‘Bad’ Foods.”

I want my kids someday (when I have them) to have a healthy relationship with food. I want them to know fruits and veggies and whole grains and low-fat dairy are yummy, but I also don’t want them to freak out if someone offers them an ice cream cone. I want them to be able to enjoy the special treat without another kid (or mother) commenting.

I’m not a mom yet, but I still have an opinion on this: it’s one thing to encourage healthy eating habits (recently Michelle Obama’s been talking a lot about how her family find that balance between health and pleasure with respect to food), but it’s another thing to ban foods altogether — which can lead to binge eating behavior later in life or an unhealthy relationship with food (like I’ve experienced). Continue reading “Kids and “Bad” Food Anxiety?!”

The Health Halo

20078I found a great article in Tuesday’s Health section of the New York Times, titled “Health Halo Can Hide the Calories”.

The article’s author (John Tierney) and Pierre Chandon, a Frenchman who has been studying what researchers call the American obesity paradox, conducted an experiment in New York City (which banned trans fats in restaurants) to discover “Why, as Americans have paid more and more attention to eating healthily, have we kept getting fatter and fatter?”

Dr. Chandon’s answer, which was derived from laboratory experiments as well as field work at Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, is that Americans have been “seduced into overeating by the so-called health halo associated with certain foods and restaurants.”

So what is a health halo exactly? It’s certain restaurants touting their low-fat entrees or sandwiches that delude consumers. The authors argue that this “health halo” ends up cushioning us from the realities of what lies beneath the surface. Continue reading “The Health Halo”

Article Worth Sharing

In Tuesday’s New York Times, there was a good muti-media piece called Patient Voices: Eating Disorders.

Sometimes it’s good to see someone else’s perspectives on the demons we face — or are at risk of facing.

It makes me feel lucky that I’m not only seeking therapy now, but also living through blogotherapy as well, hitting this from two angles and making progress.

I hope you, too, are finding yourself healing as time goes on. Happy Friday!

Awesome Article Worth Sharing

I wanted to share this New York Times piece a friend sent me, titled: “Instead of Eating to Diet, They’re Eating to Enjoy”.

You can read it here. This is exactly the kind of mentality I want to have, and one I think all us disordered eaters strive to attain.

The “how” is where I’m struggling. In due time, however … in due time!

How about you? What did you think?