Yes… it’s a good positive reminder that we should focus on the donut and not the hole. But here’s a lawsuit where it makes you question the donut too!
Krispy Kreme has been sued for fraud in a claim where the individual alleges that the donut ingredients are not accurately described ingredients. (Washington Times)
Yesterday I sneaked away from the office by myself just to read and eat lunch. At a nearby table, two men sat talking…loudly.
Normally I wouldn’t notice conversations around me, but my ears perked up when I heard them both talking about working out at the gym. One was complaining about not losing weight despite regular workouts. The other was chastising him about it and criticizing his eating habits.
Meanwhile, they were both “huskies”. And, they were both consuming massive quantities of food as they sat there. So much so, that the food was competing with their word count. Food versus the spoken word.
I don’t mean to be harsh about these guys because I certainly enjoy a good meal. By the same token, it was hard to listen to one overweight guy lecture the other heavyset man, while they both kept eating massive quantities of food. Isn’t that what they call “the pot calling the kettle black” analogy. As a side note, if you read the Michael Connelly books with the character Harry Bosch, you might also be reminded of the two characters Crate and Barrel. Apropo!
I lead with that story because it reminds me of this blog. I “complained” in Monday’s blog about our difficulties in getting the platform (or some technical term) to correctly post and deliver my blog. That it was keeping me from blog. Meanwhile, here I am again writing this long blog. A bit hypocritical!
So, I defend myself by saying that this is a bit of a flare that we are firing in the air, to see how the blog lands this time after a bit of tweaking. Hopefully, this will all work out and technology will make it better!
Finally, I mention the election. I don’t make this blog political by intent. I am curious to see what’s next. A Trump Presidency should bring lots to blog about!
And to my favorite part… pic o’ day, which is a bit of politics:
A couple of days ago, Geoff Glick and I ordered a Kale Salad at lunch. It sounds healthy because of the title. We both asked for the dressing on the side.
Out came a dressing that looked like something straight out of the mayonnaise jar. We told the waitress that we were a little confused by the dressing. She smiled and said, “yes, people probably think they are eating healthy when they order the salad with that dressing on it”.
I thought of this when I saw a recent settlement involving one of those meal bars. Originally they were being marketed as a workout bar. Then, they transitioned into a broader market. You even see them in various forms and brands at the counters of gas stations and convenience stores.
As to the settlement, CBC News advises that Soylent meal replacement bars have been recalled in Canada and the United States after complaints that people were getting sick after eating them. Soylent admits that a number of consumers have “experienced gastrointestinal issues” after eating the bars. The company reports that it is investigating the cause of illness. The bar is marketed as a meal replacement. The ingredients are listed as consisting of carbohydrates, protein, fats and vitamins, including rice protein, oats, flour and soy.
That made me wonder about these bars. So, I googled the topic and here’s what I found:
Here’s a WebMD article titled Meal Replacements: Choose Those Bars and Drinks Carefully. These are some of the recommendations for a bar:
- 220-230 calories per serving
- Less than 5 grams of fat per serving
- 3-5 grams of fiber per serving
- 10-15 grams of protein per serving
- Fortified with a third of daily vitamins and minerals
That’s just a thought. I would like to write more on the “bar nutrition” but I have to run to a meeting. Still… meal replacement is a difficult topic for me because I so enjoy eating!!!!
And for pic o’ day here’s to keeping our eye on the prize:
I am just catching up on some of my back issues of Men’s Health Magazine. In January’s issue Dr. Michael Roussell lists four nutrition tips. They apply to eating and exercise, but they also are good reminders for healthy daily living. When I read them, I immediately personalized them. Maybe you will have thoughts of application too. Here as a health blog today:
1. Build Brain Strength. Stopping for meditation. Focus on breathing. To me, this is also a good reminder to just stop, think and pray. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Less is more. Pause to be more mentally powerful.
2. Reclaim your concentration. Limiting distractions to face the task at hand. Multitasking is really task switching. Again, a reminder for me to put the phone down, stop checking emails so often and just focus on one thing. This is a tough one, to be able to ignore the long list and just take it one at a time!
3. Celebrate the small victories. As Dr Roussell says, “Life is full of challenges, and when something good happpens you should pause to enjoy it”. I need to take this at face value instead of looking at the next mountain that needs climbing or worrying about the next valley.
4. Finish Strong with Protein. Making sure to consume enough protein at meals makes sure to assist your workout recovery. Of course, this specifically relates to protein and working out. It also reminded me to start and finish strong on task. Plus, if you don’t have your health, not a lot else matters or can get accomplished. Also, how important it is for good healthy eating. I know it. I just need to focus on it.
DID YOU KNOW that a person can live without food for about a month but only about a week without water.
And for pic o’ day, sometimes the captions are as funny as the picture:
A travel back in my lawyer time machine takes me to the early 2000’s, when I started representing several clients relating to problems from a statin drug. It was a drug taken to lower cholestorol. It was the first time that I had heard of a medication causing muscle weakness known as a condition called rhabdomyolysis.
Once I learned about this muscle weakness that related to the kidneys. I started to pay attention more closely. In 2005, The NY Times reported on this same condition in an article titled “Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You”. This same condition was now also being linked to an exercise program called CrossFit.
For this blog, I don’t want to spend the entire time bashing this exercise program. Instead, I hope that you will draw your own conclusion.
I am attaching an article from the Huffington Post titled CrossFit’s Dirty Little Secret. In their exercise literature, they even warn of the condition with a cartoon called “Uncle Rhabdo”. The premise of the exercise is to push yourself. The possible result that is known even to the founder is the high risk of rhabdomyolysis. This is a blog for you to draw your own conclusion. Is this workout worth the risk?
DID YOU KNOW that the character of “Uncle Sam” was orginally a meat packer from Troy, New York. He became famous for supplying rations for the soldiers in the war of 1812.
And for pic o’ day, how about some encouragement.