I’m off to Boston today (stormy Seattle weather permitting) for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE). But first, here’s a lovely roundup of the weeks more interesting nutrition news.
What you eat matters to both skin and health, but so does how you cook it. It’s summertime, which means few things are better than tossing dinner on the grill. Unfortunately, the process of grilling meats produces advanced glycation end products (AGEs), compounds which may contribute to premature aging in your skin. So what’s a grillmaster (or those who benefit from their efforts) to do?
I often talk about what I like to call the Omnivore’s Responsibility. That is, if you choose to include animal foods in your diet, you have a responsibility to at least respect the contribution that those animals give to your nutrition. If possible, you should go further and educate yourself about animal care. The FARM Story website makes it easier to know about how dairy cows are cared for.
You probably saw the news earlier this year that organic dairy and meat are healthier for you because they have a more beneficial fatty acid profile. Are the fatty acid profiles of organic milk and meat really thats different from their conventional counterparts…and how much of that difference is due to grass-feeding? Here’s what I found out.
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend the “At the Kitchen Counter with Beef” event with some local food bloggers and other culinary types at Pike Place Market. For no particular reason, I haven’t been down to the Market in forever, and it was great to be back…and to sample some tasty beef dishes.
I was asked recently why I don’t “preach” to people that they should eat organic food. My response is that I don’t “preach,” because nutrition is a science, not a religion. That said, there are some good reasons to buy organic, as well as good reasons why organic s not always better.
Coming off three big writing deadlines last week, I found myself at a loss for what to write about for today’s blog post. Over coffee this morning, settled in my comfy armchair, I thought “Why not write about what I’ve been up to lately?” So here you go.
Greetings from Boston! I’m here for Oldway’s Finding Common Ground conference, and the timing is a bit ironic in light of some of the emails I’ve received commenting on my column in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Don’t give up your steak just yet: How to have red meat and prevent cancer, too.” I’ll share a few highlights from my favorite email.
As I threatened promised, my July cookbook picks provide plenty of opportunity to not cook. There is no telling when this unusual-for-Seattle hot weather will subside, and there’s also no telling when my new stove will be delivered. The first book I plucked from my shelves for this round is Joyce Goldstein’s Mediterranean Fresh: A […]
Happy Monday! I’m still in the thick of things at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Atlanta. While I’ve been away, I had my latest “On Nutrition” column appear in yesterday’s Seattle Times, “Don’t just count calories – eat the right ones.” Check it out if you haven’t already. On a […]
Happy Friday! The leaves are falling and the weather is turning here in Seattle…next week the highs will only be in the mid-50s! Time to cook up a batch of soup and finish transitioning my clothes closet from summer to fall. I’m ready to pull out the turtlenecks! I found some pretty interesting nutrition-related links […]
Question: What do these two concepts have in common? Whoever can eat the most New York strip steak wins a prize! We promote the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education. Answer: They both come from Whole Foods. The first statement is paraphrased from a Seattle Times article about the all-you-can-eat steak event at […]
Happy Friday! I’ve been super busy this week with studying for the RD exam, watching nutrition-related webinars, plotting out my next few newspaper columns, and so on. I also found some great links to share: One dietitian’s take on the pros and cons of detox diets and juice cleanses, from a personal and professional/scientific perspective. […]
Happy Friday. I’ve been AWOL this week, thanks to the trifecta of 1) adjusting to a new schedule, 2) a long commute to my new internship rotation via mass transit, and 3) a looming deadline for my next Seattle Times column! I did keep up with nutrition news (barely), and here are some of my […]
Happy Tuesday. I hope you had a nice Memorial Day Weekend. I was working hard on a school project (which involved trying to understand the Whipple procedure and it’s aftermath) yesterday, so I didn’t get around to posting that my latest On Nutrition column for The Seattle Times is online: “Much Ado About Organics.” Organics is […]
Happy Friday. Really happy, since it’s 70+ and sunny here in Seattle (I’m not thinking about the fact that it’s supposed to be mid-50s and rainy this weekend…good thing I have a lot of indoor projects planned…including pre-writing some blog posts, hopefully! Until then, here are some good nutrition-related links from the past week: I’m […]
Under the heading of “better late than never,” last week I went to a talk on “Eating to Prevent Disease” at the South Lake Union Discovery Center. The speakers were Mario Kratz, PhD, MSc, a researcher at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and research faculty member in several departments at the University of Washington […]
Last week, Jessica Kuzma, MS, RD, a local dietitian who has been following a paleo diet for several years, gave a talk at my weekly dietetic student seminar about paleo diet myths and facts. Kuzma got her degree from Colorado State University, where she studied under Loren Cordain (author of The Paleo Diet). She said […]
Happy Friday! It is sunny in Seattle. So exciting, especially since the last two springs have looked more like winter. The dog’s getting a bath (whew!) and we’re going to do a little spring garden cleanup without hats and mufflers (whoo-hoo!). In the meantime, here are some interesting nutrition-related links from the past week: Curious […]
Happy Friday! Are you tired of turkey leftovers? Still under the influence of tryptophan? Since I didn’t host Thanksgiving dinner, I actually had the perfect amount of leftovers…enough for one tasty, no-effort-required dinner! Our deep freezer got it’s annual infusion of local, grass-fed beef, so I think a nice roast will be on this weekend’s […]
It’s little things like that make me glad I know my rancher. I had time to catch up on a little Stephen Colbert this weekend (a brief respite from studying), and was not cheered to hear about a recent modification to the diets of feedlot beef on some ranches. P.S. If you missed yesterday’s post, […]
Happy Friday! I had a great week of cooking and catching up on projects, and I’m looking forward to doing some serious gardening this weekend. I hope you have something fun and/or interesting planned, too. Here are some of my favorite links from the past week: I love my grass-fed beef, but I also like […]
Happy Sunday. I say that tongue-in-cheek, as I’ve been chained to my computer all weekend (midterms…what can you do?). Below I’m posting my original version of my On Nutrition column in today’s Seattle Times (not available online yet). I won’t always post my original, but I had to cut more than usual from it to […]
Happy Friday. Links are a bit late, but, hey, it’s Friday! This was another one of those times when I’m really-super-extra-glad that I’m able to buy my beef 1/4 of a steer at at time, grass-fed, from a local family farm. News of mad cow disease within our borders is naturally alarming (and it should […]
…this weekend. I spent all day Saturday wrapping up a 20-page draft of a paper on “Conjugated Linoelic Acid, Grass-fed Beef and Human Health” for my Nutrition & Metabolism class (we’re covering lipids this quarter). Sunday morning, I read a post on an urban farming message board I belong from someone who was having an […]
This post is going to be quick. I’ve had a busy weekend, and a large chunk of it went into a paper I’m writing on conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content of grass-fed vs. grain-fed beef, and what science lies behind the health claims. I love being able to dig into something I’m personally interested in, […]
Zero to 60 in 2.5 seconds. That’s how last week felt! My second term of grad school begain bright and early last Tuesday and all memories of Christmas vacation are just that…memories. That’s fine, though, because my current lineup of classes is already proving interesting and, yes, satisfyingly challenging. This is what will be taking […]
A few quick things before I head off to watch my beloved Oregon Ducks play Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. (One of my nutrition professors is a Wisconsin alum. I have two classes with him Wednesday. Could be interesting.) I was perusing my January issue of Eating Well this morning, which included quite a bit […]
This morning we made our annual trek to the country to pick up our quarter-share o’ beef, nicely cut and wrapped by the friendly small-town butcher our beef people use. I was worried that it wouldn’t all fit in our freezer (the hanging weight was 175 pounds, a bit more than we usually get), but […]
I heard that the medical journal The Lancet published a large series of reports on the obesity epidemic last week, then forgot to go foraging for the articles until today’s little memory jogger from The New York Times. On the series page, The Lancet makes the series executive summary and some related content available for […]
I seriously don’t know what I was thinking when I planned to cook a roast on a day that was forecast to be in the mid-80s, and indeed I was cursing my decision when it came time to preheat the oven. However, the ease with which this recipe went together, and its delicious results (which […]
I’ve talked about eating healthy and affordably before. Two keys to succeeding in this area are to pounce on sales and to actually use what you buy. Let me assure you that I practice what I preach! We try to eat only quality meat (i.e., organic and/or local and humanely raised). We’ve got our beef […]
Well, Meatfest 2011 continues, this time with a primo-tasty recipe from Plenty. This was the first book I cracked when I was trying to decide how to cook the one-and-only loin roast from our half-share of local pork. The minute I saw the words “garlic,” “rosemary” and “fennel,” I knew I had a winner. The […]
What a difference a day makes. Sunday positively felt like fall, with gray skies and rain off and on most of the day. Other than taking the dog for a long walk and a swim, we didn’t leave the house. I didn’t even do any gardening, because everything was just too drippy. But today was […]
OK, I did a pretty interesting kitchen experiment last night for my Molecular Gastronomy class. Here’s what I did: Made three 4-ounce patties (one each) of extra-lean (less than 9% fat), lean (16% fat) and regular (20% fat) ground beef and pan-fried them (without added oil) until they were medium done (155 degrees internal temperature). […]
Yesterday I “attended” a webinar put on by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on “Industrial food animal production and the high-meat American diet: Health and environmental consequences.” It was one of many preliminary events leading up to Food Day on October 24. Food Day is sponsored by CSPI, in partnership with […]
I’m so excited! Whole Foods has organic blueberries on Sale FRIDAY ONLY for $1.99 a pint. Jeff and I are sooooo stocking up. You see, I wait for events like this. No matter how much I might be craving blueberries, I won’t buy them when they are twice that price (or more). I’ll go with […]
As always, I love it when I happen across a random selection of articles in a short time frame that, together, offer a dynamic “bigger picture” of an issue. First, I read last week’s Opinionator piece from Mark Bittman, “Hooked on Meat.” Writing from the vantage point of a trip to Turkey, he spoke of […]
I was so bummed yesterday afternoon when I saw (via Twitter) that Jamie’s Food Revolution wasn’t going to be on this week! All because of a two-hour Dancing With The Stars (don’t even get me started). I had been planning since last week’s episode to try to recreate his Revolution Burger. Oh well, the show […]
Tonight was the Season 2 premier of “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.” Before the first commercial break, I was thoroughly grossed out by the assortment of school lunches that kids brought into Jamie’s kitchen (located somewhere in downtown LA). Such a collection of sugary, uber-processed food I have never seen. He likened it to airplane food, […]
Short post today. I’ve been working on an assignment for microbiology in which I have to discuss whether I think the addition of antibiotics to animal feed is contributing to antibiotic resistance, and if I think the benefits of adding antibiotics to the meat supply outweigh the potential risks. (Short answers: Yes and no.) For our […]
Hi there! It’s been a few days. In my defense, Jeff and I were both bitten by the nesting bug (although I doubt he would call it that). By that I mean cooking, cleaning, gardening. We pulled every single item out of our living room, cleaned it, and put it back (how that much dust […]
OK, I’ll admit I like knowing where my food comes from as much as possible (particularly my meat, eggs and milk), but this clip from the IFC series “Portlandia” (which is set in Portland, Oregon) is so over the top…and freakin’ hilarious! And…I dare say it’s more true-to-life than you might think.
Looks like our house is getting a new stove for Christmas. I really hope our vehicles don’t get jealous and ask for something. At least it’s not like Christmas 2007, when the house demanded (and got) a new furnace. Anyway, it was the weirdest thing. I was finishing up making the World’s Best Pot Roast […]
It was a big day today. We got up early, to head north on our annual trek to pick up our quarter-share of a steer from the butcher. Another year of fantastically delicious roasts, steaks, stew and burgers, from a humanely raised steer that got to live a normal life, roaming pastureland, eating grass. This […]
A cold wind was a-blowin’ through Seattle today, but that’s OK, because we’ve got our ham to keep us warm. We picked up most of our half-pig a few weeks ago, but it took a few weeks to smoke the hams and the bacon and the hocks (oh, what wonderful bean soups I will make!). […]
One of these steers may have actually been in my freezer. I don’t remember exactly what prompted us to start buying grassfed beef from small ranchers eight years ago. I’m guessing it was some combination of the general, growing awareness that feedlot cattle live horrible lives and the acquiring of the rather gross information that […]