Links I Like

Hello dear readers. It’s a glorious sunny weekend here in Seattle, and I’ve got a full plate of a U2 concert, barbecuing, gardening, “summer school” reading…oh, yeah, and my second-to-last microbiology class. Per usual on Saturdays, I’ve left you some lovely links. I’ll be back on Monday with a few things to say about the E.coli outbreak in Germany (be warned…I’m dusting off my soapbox).

  • Take a spin in the dietary advice time machine with the “A History of Food Guides” slideshow. If you’re curious about some expert opinions on how the new MyPlate will affect America’s eating habits, check out what obesity expert David Katz and integrative medicine guru Andrew Weil have to say. Need more convincing that the Food Pyramid was misguided? Check this out. Last, but absolutely not least, a hilarious “improvement” on MyPlate.
  • I’m not gluten intolerant, but I know many people are. In fact more people than ever are developing Celiac’s disease, or are at least being accurately diagnosed (most likely a bit of both). So it’s great news that gluten-free eats are continuing to evolve. This nice little New York Times article features fellow Seattle blogger (and author) Shauna James Ahern (aka Gluten-Free Girl).
  • There was another interesting New York Times article, “Eating Fat, Staying Lean,” that probably really irritated anyone who thinks Dr. Atkins was really misguided
  • I’m really big on the idea of small plates (and bowls and glasses and even eating utensils). I swear that when you’re trying to keep portion sizes under control, it makes a big difference to have your controlled portion on a plate or in a bowl that barely contains it, it tricks your brain into thinking that you are eating more than you are. Try it, if you don’t believe me. I just stumbled upon the Small Plate Movement website from the Food & Brand Lab at Cornell University. From there, I found this great 2007 article from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, “Portion Size Me: Downsizing our Consumption Norms.” Enjoy!