A. Make smarter babies. The uber kinder will find a better way to change our diapers when we are old and decrepit.
During the first season of Cougar Town, Courtney Cox, 45-years-old, put her foot down when producers wanted to use body doubles for her lingerie scenes. She felt that it was important to show “real” women over the age of 40. After all, that is what the show is about.
Courtney told press, ”I think it was an important thing to do. This show talks about real things and real experiences, so I think I had to. I know my friend Jennifer Aniston was shocked I did it. Some people may not want to show parts of them that are not the very best and that’s alright. I decided to show, and I don’t care. It was important to show the real side of being 40.”
She credits her still incredible physique to a lot of hard work, dedication in the gym and proper nutrition: “I try really hard. I walk, I run, I do elliptical (cross-trainer), I do band work, weights and dance aerobics. I play tennis and I eat really well.”
Advertisers make it so that one would think protein bars and protein drinks are the Messiah to reaching and maintaining your fitness goals. This couldn’t be further from the truth for several reasons. One being, many of the “meal replacements” (bars or shakes) are being used in between meals, as well as in place of meals. The calorie content of these “foods” is often higher than a meal and contains an excess amount of fat (often saturated) and carbohydrates (particularly sugar). And, just like over eating any food, the excess is going to be stored as our dreaded foe, fat. Plus, the majority of the ingredients NO ONE without at least two doctorates can pronounce much less understand.
When you are looking for a protein shake, look for a protein powder that is low in sugars and fat. Then blend with water. Using milk, yogurt, and juices adds excess calories, and not the good kind. Remember adding fruit, peanut butter and everything the popular smoothie places add in, also add calories. Turns out your seemingly “guiltless decision” may as well have been Cold Stone.
The same thing goes with protein bars. Many of them are using all the tasty ingredients that are in candy bars and just adding protein to them. Read the nutritional panels. Look at the fat (and which kind it is, saturated is the worst) and carbohydrates. Then look at the back of a Milky Way…make a good choice and put them both down.
Now there are some bars and drinks that are everything a clean diet wants, but be assured, they are not layered with caramel.
I had steak tartare last night for the 3rd time in my life. It was intense and delicious, and produced a strange animalistic psychosomatic high. Les Halles downtown prepares it with finely chopped cornichons, capers, onion, french mustard, egg yolk, and very lean ground top round. Our server expertly prepared it tableside, impressing the hell out of me. This is the sort of thing I could get used to. It’s a very healthy meal, full of lean protein, low in fat and carbs. Plus, the feeling of eating raw beef is empowering. That sounds ridiculous as I repeat it in my head, but it’s true. I’m looking forward to buying some quality beef and trying this at home. “Quality Beef” is also the name of an imaginary band I’m in that plays German folk music on harpsichord.
When my young sons were exploring the streets of Brooklyn, I couldn’t help but wonder how good crushed rock or dried dog droppings could taste when delicious mashed potatoes were routinely rejected.
Since all instinctive behaviors have an evolutionary advantage or they would not have been retained for millions of years, chances are that this one too has helped us survive as a species. And, indeed, accumulating evidence strongly suggests that eating dirt is good for you.
EAT DIRT! That used to be an insult (maybe in 1940), but now it can be considered a request to improve your health. When your friend orders a double bacon cheeseburger (or if they are completely hopeless, The Baconator), just reach over, grab them by both shoulders, shake them as hard as you can, and scream “EAT DIRT!” When you see a homeless person lying on a park bench with a coffee cup full of change, scoop up a handful of dirt, drop it in his cup, and whisper into his smelly ear, “pssstt…eat dirt”. When a child falls face first into a puddle of mud, hurry over and hold their head down, and kindly invite them to eat dirt.
I’ll tell you. Alice Waters annoys the living shit out of me. We’re all in the middle of a recession, like we’re all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There’s something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic. I mean I’m not crazy about our obsession with corn or ethanol and all that, but I’m a little uncomfortable with legislating good eating habits. I’m suspicious of orthodoxy, the kind of orthodoxy when it comes to what you put in your mouth. I’m a little reluctant to admit that maybe Americans are too stupid to figure out that the food we’re eating is killing us. But I don’t know if it’s time to send out special squads to close all the McDonald’s. My libertarian side is at odds with my revulsion at what we as a country have done to ourselves physically with what we’ve chosen to eat and our fast food culture. I’m really divided on that issue. It’d be great if he [Obama] served better food at the White House than what I suspect the Bushies were serving. It’s gotta be better than Nixon. He liked starting up a roaring fire, turning up the air conditioning, and eating a bowl of cottage cheese with ketchup. Anything above that is a good thing. He’s from Chicago, so he knows what good food is. [source]
This is pretty much how I feel about our recent trends of legislating what we are allowed to put in our bodies. In NYC especially, Bloomberg has made it harder and harder to choose exactly what you want to ingest. He has raised taxes on “unhealthy” items, and outright banned some things (like trans fats). This sort of well-intentioned nannyhood may go over well with certain interest groups, but in general people are more than a little incensed that our elected leaders are disallowing our personal choices. I know I am.
I’m not saying that trans fats are good for me, or that I miss eating foods fried in them, I’m just saying that I should be allowed to make that decision for myself.
Listen to this Dutch man. He speaketh the truth. I’ve always wondered why there has been such a push for eating a big breakfast and then smaller meals throughout the day, when everyone I know grew up doing the opposite. Throughout history, as Dr. Ori Hofmekler points out, famously lean and muscular races have eaten very little throughout the day, and had a large hearty supper in the evening. This is my routine as well, and it has always worked for me. I rarely eat anything more than an apple or orange in the morning, and usually a V8 or tomato juice.
With the huge rise in obesity in recent years, I think it’s time to reconsider the whole big breakfast idea.
Here’s a sample menu for a day’s diet:
Breakfast – Orange or fruit
Morning snack – Peanuts
Lunch – Cottage cheese, black beans
Afternoon snack – Apple, broccoli w hummus
Dinner – Lean meat, 2 veg