Are we what we eat?
To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar Amerca. Though created by a handful of mavericks, the fast food industry has triggered the homogenization of our society. Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled the juggernaut of American cultural imperialism abroad. That’s a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.
Schlosser’s myth-shattering survey stretches from the California subdivisions where the business was born to the industrial corridor along the New Jersey Turnpike where many of fast food’s flavors are concocted. He hangs out with the teenagers who make the restaurants run and communes with those unlucky enough to hold America’s most dangerous job — meatpacker. He travels to Las Vegas for a giddily surreal franchisers’ convention where Mikhail Gorbachev delivers the keynote address. He even ventures to England and Germany to clock the rate at which those countries are becoming fast food nations.
Along the way, Schlosser unearths a trove of fascinating, unsettling truths — from the unholy alliance between fast food and Hollywood to the seismic changes the industry has wrought in food production, popular culture, and even real estate. He also uncovers the fast food chains’ efforts to reel in the youngest, most susceptible consumers even while they hone their institutionalized exploitation of teenagers and minorities. Schlosser then turns a critical eye toward the hot topic of globalization — a phenomenon launched by fast food.
FAST FOOD NATION is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.
- Sunday Q&A: Author still a crusader for healthier food (chron.com)
- Oscar Week: Food Inc. Director Robert Kenner (time.com)
- Fast Food de-Light: Top Low Calorie Picks (fyiliving.com)
- Contest Results: Foraging in a Fast Food Nation (marksdailyapple.com)
- Chocolate Pudding: the inside story (cbc.ca)
- Fast Food Nation: This Week in Consumer Web (socialtimes.com)
- Fast Food Nation – Linart (itunes.apple.com)
- Ask Pam: Is Fast Food Off-Limits? (healthnews.ediets.com)
- Fast Food Effects on Diabetes (brighthub.com)
- Ellen Kanner: Meatless Monday: Life in the Fast Lane (huffingtonpost.com)
I recently picked up a book entitle Women’s Health Perfect Body Diet: The Ultimate Weight Loss and Workout Plan to Drop Stubborn Pounds and Get Fit for Life (Hardcover).
I must have at least 4 dozen books on Fitness, Health and Exercise/Workout related books. So I have seen or read a lot of fitness/health related books. Some books have more substances than others. Some are too dry for my taste and read like a medical/college text books, while others are full of fluff. In any case, I am always reading, researching and learning on how to provide the best fitness and wellness service to my clients.
This book is by far one of the best book I have encounter in a long time, especially for my female clients. The book is divided in 3 sections. Each section is very well written and researched.
I am especially impressed with the section on Workout/Exercise Section entitles -Perfect Movement. I highly recommend this book to anyone of my clients to pick up and use as a guide and resource book for their pursuit of wellness. I was able to pick mine up at Big Lots in Geneva, NY last week for $5. One of the best $5 I have ever spent.
I hope to blog more about this book in the next couple of weeks.
- Get fit with the Women’s Health perfect body diet
- The WH Perfect Body Diet – Article
- The Women’s Health Perfect Body Diet – Article
The New American Plate emphasizes the kinds of foods that can significantly reduce our risk for disease. Developed by the American Institute for Cancer Research, the New American Plate relies on a wide range of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Learn more about The New American Plate and how you can gradually incorporate it into your current lifestyle.
Find out more about The New American Plate:
- How it Works: Proportion & Portion Size
- Science-based Approach
- View Brochures and Other Materials
- New American Plate Cookbook
- Order Brochures and Health Aids in Bulk
- The New American Plate Cookbook: Recipes for a Healthy Weight and a Healthy Life
Want to know the amount of each food group you need daily? Use this online tool to to find out and receive a customized food guide.figure our your daily food intake from each food group.
* a package of sauerkraut (naturally pickled cabbage)
* 2-3 red bell peppers
* 4-5 carrots
* 2-3 apples
* chopped herbs and red onions (may be frozen)
* white pepper, onion powder, garlic powder
* a few small spoons sugar
* herbed sea salt, lemon juice and greek olive oil
just skin, chop, shred and mix all those veggies. sprinkle the shredded apples right away with some lemon juice to prevent darkening. season to taste with a few spoons sugar, all the spices, salt and 1-2 small spoons olive oil (you can use more oil if you are more into it or your health is better than my, i need my salads as fresh as possible). yum
Litsa from Litsa’s Kitchen
Simple creamy potato soup with browned omelette pieces, made using organic eggs. best way to serve my too often “unperfect” looking omelettes… and this was so heavenly…Read More
scrambled eggs: 3 large organic eggs, butter, 1 large spoon oat cream, onions, red peppers, sea salt, white pepper, garlic powder, onion powder.
Litsa from Litsa’s Kitchen
Layer blueberries, fine brown sugar, oat cream or dairy cream several times. top with soyatoo or whipped cream. works best with sweet and ripe blueberries. this was a wonderfully cooling and light dessert during the hot time…
Litsa from Litsa’s Kitchen
Sorry if I’m being too bold… but I get frustrated thinking about all my clients who used to be stuck in the pit of hopelessness and despair that diets and gyms can create for women desperately trying to lose weight. Let’s start with how I feel about diets…
DIETS DON’T WORK
Yup, I said it… and I’m RIGHT! Come on… don’t feel bad, we have all tried diets… we have all searched for the magic diet that will make us lose weight, look great, and feel fantastic… instead we lose two or three pounds, feel sluggish, and feel not so fantastic… then crash and gain the weight right back… and end up feeling worse than before we started the diet. Nothing is worse than eating that first piece of junk food after trying a failed diet…
Diets don’t work because eating is something you have to be comfortable with. “Diet” is too temporary… when you are eating normal… you don’t tell your friends “I’m on a diet…” Correct? When you tell your friends you are “on a diet” it is usually brought up like bad news… “Sorry Sally, I can’t eat that, I’m on a diet…”
What I’m going to do is make your “normal” eating healthier – introduce you to a NEW permanent LIFESTYLE… that you will LOVE!Read More