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Eating Outside the Box

March 7, 2013


I pride myself in being a generally healthy eater, trying to concentrate on fresh, whole foods that are low in fat and refined carbohydrates. Not my whole household does the same.

When B was a baby, she ate everything I gave her. She loved scrambled eggs, fish, tofu, fruits and vegetables. Stir-fried broccoli from the local Chinese restaurant was greeted with smiles and kicking feet. Then, something changed.

It started innocently, with a chocolate chip cookie baked as a distraction during the days that followed 9/11. She eyed it tentatively at first, then gave it a cautious lick. As a big grin swept over her face, she realized she discovered something delicious. Still, sweets were offered in only in moderation.

Next, there was the hotdog, offered unwittingly by a parent on a play date. Little by little, she was introduced to the fried, the processed and the heavily sweetened. Little by little, she balked at the healthy foods being served to her, and morphed into an average kid, with an average palate.
Now heading into her teens, her poor habits are exacerbated by her ability to go into the kitchen and help herself. I am the enabler, making sure the cupboards and freezer are stocked with foods she likes.

Last night, when I saw the wrappers from the afternoon snacks in the trash, I offhandedly voiced my concern, stating that she was going to end up diabetic if she didn’t clean up her act.

Today after school, B asked me if she is really a candidate for illness, even though she is active and far from overweight. The sad reality is that she is headed in that direction. It was a wake-up call for both of us.
Article after article discusses how sugar, and an unbalanced diet could lead to all kinds of health risks, from diabetes to cancer. Just because those Pop tarts are organic, and the granola bars whole grain and trans fat free, doesn’t mean they are healthy.

By the time we reached home, she had outlined her new eating plan.

Scrambled eggs for breakfast tomorrow, instead of a toaster pastry. Perhaps moving onto oatmeal later in the week.

I have been instructed to stock up on pears, grapes and bananas, as well as cashews, carrots with dip, and the ingredients for an afternoon smoothie to be eaten as snacks or dessert.

Dinner will be a challenge, but if we focus on the foods she likes, it’s a start.

In essence, it’s time she starts eating outside of the box. Literally.

What can we offer up to the pickiest of eaters that comes from the earth, not a package? I intend to find out.

We have all heard of Meatless Monday. Perhaps we need to coin “Try it Tuesday”, “Whole Grain Wednesday” or “Thirsty Thursday”? Even a day called “F$2k It Friday” could exist, because sometimes you just to kick back and have some pizza after a long week.

Let’s see how we do. Can she change her eating habits? Can I avoid buying food in a box? Can I get creative with the foods she likes, in order to make her fresh, healthy dinners that she can enjoy? Time will tell, and I will of course tell it here.

Stay tuned, as we set out to eat outside the box.

Endurance Eating

July 5, 2012

In a country where obesity has reached epidemic proportions, it’s no surprise that we celebrate our independence by gross over-indulgence.

Yesterday was the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, where the tradition of gorging on hot dogs has been going strong since 1916.

Over 40,000 spectators showed up to watch the contestants stuff their faces with God -knows -what on a bun.

Sonia Thomas inhaled 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes, breaking her 2009 record of 41.

Thomas, who weighs in (before the competition) at a mere 100 pounds is also the queen of crawfish, clams, chicken wings and turkey competitive eating competitions.

Joey Chestnut managed to down 68 hotdogs, matching his previous world record. He spoke like a athlete after the competition, stating:

“I came here hoping I could do 70, but I am happy with 68. It is a world record after all and I will be back next year to see if I can go one better … I pushed my body to the absolute limit. I know I did my best. Now I really need a drink to try and rehydrate.”

Chestnut got $10,000 for consuming 20,000 calories in 10 minutes.

Only in America.


Hot Diggety Dog!

June 21, 2012

Hebrew National hotdogs may not have actually been produced under the stringent Orthodox Jewish laws required to make them kosher.

Eleven consumers filed a complaint in Federal Court last month, contending that parent company ConAgra ignored employee’s concerns that the hot dogs and other meats processed in the facility did not meet kosher standards.

The plaintiffs are seeking unspecified damages, and an injunction against further mislabeling.

Apparently, Hebrew National doesn’t really “answer to a higher authority”, after all.

The company is denying the allegations.

Oy Vey!

photo: Glasshouse Images

Hot Dog Pizza?

April 11, 2012

Just when we thought that Americans couldn’t get any less healthy in their food fascinations, this delicacy turned up in the UK.

Pizza Hut has taken junk food to a whole other level, by introducing their Hot Dog Stuffed Pizza.

The chain describes it as “succulent hot dog sausage bursting from our famous stuffed crust with a free mustard drizzle” and is only sold in the large, 14” size.

Although there is no nutritional information available on the company’s website, health and wellness site Blisstree did a little creative estimation.

According to their calculations, one slice of a large stuffed crust pizza logs in at about 250 calories, and 10 grams of fat. The slice can house about 1 hotdog and 1/3, which would bring the total to 380 calories and 22 grams of fat! No telling what is in the mustard drizzle, which we suspect is made of a lot more than just mustard.

It seems like only a matter of time before this one will make it’s way stateside.

I have indigestion just thinking about it!

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