PART IV – What’s Your New Years Resolution?
By Brent Leung, C.N.
If you’re a year round native to the gym, you know January 1st is the ceremonious date for many to make things right in their life. Hordes of long lost gym members embark on a pilgrimage of health with goals to shed their weight, tone or bulk up, and get healthy. The gym is bustling. In tandem with their zeal for physical change are new aspirations in eating habits. They know previous eating rituals, be it the Food Guidelines or some other adaptation has failed them, so they pull out the nutritional compass. It points them to a direction many frequent, The Diet.
This includes prominent brand names like Jenny Craig, the Dash diet, Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast, Nutrisystem, South Beach, and a plenty of others hoping to capitalize on a burgeoning business. In 1992, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimated that $30 billion was spent on diet-related programs and products. Twenty-one years later, people are spending $60 billion on these diets. Where is the logic? Where is the common sense? It’s clear diets, like the government’s guidance, has failed as well.
PART III – My Plate Versus Your Plate
By Brent Leung, C.N.
In 2011, the U.S. government scrapped the Food Guide Pyramid for a new visual aid of healthy eating called My Plate. If you’re looking to hang expensive art in your home, print out this new logo and frame it. After all, this Picasso-worthy design cost about two million in taxpayer dollars and took some two years to develop.
Pricey art aside, the new visual aid is equally troublesome as its cousin, the Food Guide Pyramid and accomplishes nothing, if guiding the public to better health is the goal.
Many argue that the plate is nothing more than a reincarnated veil for big agriculture and industry, since its architects include industry-friendly economists and policy advisors. One need look no further then the blue beverage of choice on the chart; it’s not water. Nutritional experts have criticized all aspects the plate, and rightly so.
PART II – The Leaning Tower of Pisa
When Designs are Flawed From the Beginning
By Brent Leung, C.N.
“More die in the United States from too much food than too little.”
John Kenneth (1908-2007) Canadian-American economist
Obesity in the U.S. during the 1960’s and 1970’s remained relatively constant at eight percent. In 1980, everything changed.
Political influence, combined with the lobbying efforts of billion dollar industries was the driving influences behind the architectural bureaucrats of the first set of established dietary guidelines and subsequent Food Guide Pyramids.
Frankenstein’s Food Masquerades as a Healthy Alternative
How healthy is your child’s cafeteria food?
According to the B.C. Ministry of Education, very healthy. Boasting strict guidelines on their website, the ministry states that its school lunch program is “designed to maximize students’ access to healthier options and fully eliminate the sale of unhealthy foods and beverages in BC schools.”
Actions, however, speak louder than words, so I decided to investigate the adherence of the guidelines by visiting various public school food vendor websites. Vendors Products of Canada stood out amongst its competitors because it featured a special line of “healthy” foods, called Healthy Alternatives. Perusing their list of available foods, I randomly selected an item to research – a Nutribar Chocolate Brownie snack. Its nutrient profile: Only 100 calories, nine vitamins and minerals, and two grams of fiber. Moreover, it claims that indulging in this snack is “part of a healthy lifestyle.”
Falling under the unique category of healthy alternatives, it’s no surprise this treat appears to meet the Ministry of Educations healthy mandate. That is, until you turn the package over, and take a closer look at the ingredient list, which included components such as: Continue reading Lunch in B.C. Public Schools→
Are make-up, masks, or other enhancing forms of cosmetics part of your routine skincare ritual?
If so… ask yourself:
What’s my motivation for wearing makeup?
What is my makeup concealing or hiding?
What am I trying to enhance?
Whatever your answers are to these questions, beauty-enhancing products are not the solution. Skin problems run deep, whether it’s acne in our teenage years, the signs of ageing in our later years, or everything in between; these issues are merely symptoms and signs of greater problems that must be treated, festering deep below the epidermis.