Links I Like

Happy Saturday! It’s been a weird weather day here in Seattle, with rain the snow and now sun. Come to think of it, most of the week has been this way. If March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” then Seattle is still in the lion’s portion of the programming, for sure.
I haven’t done links in a few weeks, so I have lots to choose from. Here’s some of my top picks for food and nutrition news:
  • The gross byproduct of industrial meat production that is pink slime hasn’t been news to me since the last round of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, so it almost surprised me to see that it’s virtually all anyone can talk about this last week. Do you buy ground beef from the grocery store? Then you’re probably eating pink slime. This is one of the 5 million reasons I’m glad I buy my (grass-fed) beef 1/4 of a steer at a time from a local farm, and that I have a relationship with my farmer AND my butcher.
  • Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity weighs in on the best and worst food marketing practices. Cookies for breakfast? I don’t think so!
  • A great Toronto Star opinion piece on the role food policy plays in the obesity epidemic. A good illustration of how the “food environment” is structured in a way that makes it easier to make the unhealthy choice than the healthy choice.
  • Are your co-workers derailing your healthy eating efforts? This Wall Street Journal article has some tips for dodging dietary landmines in the office.
  • So, let me get this straight: 80 percent of people have trouble eating nine servings of fruits and veggies each day and 60 percent have trouble fitting in a half-hour walk (or equivalent exercise) five days a week? I guess that’s not too surprising…considering that 25 percent can’t find time to brush their teeth twice a day! Sad, but not surprising.
  • If I told you that fruits and veggies will make you pretty, would that get you to eat them? Awesome!
That’s it for now. Don’t forget…tomorrow I’ll be announcing some big news!