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The Winner In All New Fad Diets Is….

A friend tipped me off to this article last night. It is well-written enough that instead of trying to paraphrase it or do my own write-up, I’m just going to link you to it.

It is about the cycles of food mania in this country (low-fat, low-carb, organic, local, etc.) and how they have good and healthy intentions but we follow them mindlessly into the pockets of the rich-and-getting-richer processed food industry instead of to better health.

Read it here. Come back and let me know what you think.

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I have only two links for you this week, but they’re both fabulous. They’re both long. They both give a lot of information.

The Only Healthy Eating Guide You’ll Ever Need from No Meat Athlete (@NoMeatAthlete)

How to Prepare for Barefooting from Mark’s Daily Apple (@mark_sisson) (There is a lot of information in the comments, too, if you have the time and inclination to read them.)

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Today is the last Sunday before school starts for me. Teachers return on Wednesday in my district (yes, that is July 27), earlier than most around here. Later than a few. It’s my 7th year teaching in Arizona, and school starting in July still messes with my head…

There were several things on the summer to-do list that haven’t gotten done. For some, there is still hope. For others … well … they’ll have to get worked into the work schedule. It’s all good.

Top 10 Superfoods for a Healthy & Active Lifestyle from Money Crashers (@moneycrashers): While I hate the word “superfoods” and think it’s been way overused, this is a good list of foods that will serve you well to consume regularly and moderately.

Save Money Making Your Own Smoothies – 8 Yummy Recipes from Out of Debt Again (@outofdebtagain): We’ve talked about smoothies before. Here are 8 more recipes you can try!

FDA Says Walnuts Are Drugs and Doritos Are Heart Healthy from I’m not a huge fan of the FDA anyway, but this is ridiculous.

Too hot to trot? from Prime Fitness for Women (@themusclediva): Succinct and sound advice for those who are exercising outdoors in hot weather, and how to make sure you stay safe.

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Just out of curiosity — which social networking sites do you use and why? Are you using and/or excited about G+?

I haven’t looked at it. Do you think it will replace Facebook? At the rate that Facebook makes poor “upgrades,” it might… I’ve heard that people are happier with the privacy policies (which is funny, given Google’s history of privacy issues), but I’ve also heard that privacy on photos is vague and suspect. Again, I haven’t looked at it — this is all hearsay.

I’m on Facebook and Twitter, though I’m really just starting to do much with Twitter. Honestly, I’m not a fan, but it seems like a prudent business move.


Of course, some of these articles that I’m sharing with you today I found through Twitter…

Greening The Little Things: A Homemade + “Hack” Round-Up from Bonzai Aphrodite (@bonzaiaphrodite): A link roundup to alternatives for small, everyday disposables, some plastic, some paper.

The Intersection of Fit and Fun from Zen Habits (@zenhabits): Being active doesn’t have to be a chore. Neither does eating well.

When did you get old? from Seth’s Blog (@sethsblog): A great, short post on one of my pet-peeves.

An afternoon in the emergency room from Prime Fitness for Women (@themusclediva): Getting weird, random, uncomfortable sensations in your chest checked out isn’t a stupid thing to do.

The Thing that Keeps You From Doing Great Things from No Meat Athlete (@NoMeatAthlete): Meet The Resistance, places it shows up obviously and not-so-obviously, and what to do about it.

Some of these are blogs I read regularly. Others have crossed my path in various places. If you have a blog that you love to read that you think I might be interested in, pass it along!

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Mosquitoes!  ARGH!

Many of the houses in this area have back yard pools. Unfortunately, the guy in the house behind ours does not maintain his pool. Every summer it becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

When the first one or two appeared, we didn’t think too much of it, which was dumb. (This happens every summer!) Then, the house was infested. There were mosquitoes all over the place. I called the local number to report a green pool. They called back later saying they couldn’t do anything about it being green, but they had added chemicals to kill the mosquito larva. That’s fine – I don’t care about the color. I don’t know how long the chemicals work or when we should expect to see mosquitoes again.

We’ve killed probably two dozen mosquitoes in the past couple of days, but not without them feasting first. My lower legs and feet look like they have a medical problem (11 bites on my left foot/ankle alone), with a few others in scattered places. The Big Man isn’t any better off.

Fortunately, once the chemicals were added and as we’ve been killing them off, there seem to be fewer and fewer in the house. Hopefully, by the time this post goes live, they’ll all be gone. And soon thereafter, the bites will be healed.

Whatever the bug situation where you are, I have quite a few links to share with you today!

If you can EAT it you can WEAR it! from DIY Natural (@diyNatural): Great recipe for a homemade facial, as well as a mention to the benefit of a healthy diet on your skin.

30 Lessons My Parents Didn’t Teach Me from No Meat Athlete (@nomeatathlete): A neat list of wisdom that the author has picked up in the last few years.

Freedom now equals freedom on down-the-road from Disease Proof (@diseaseproof): Freedom from food addiction.

10 Life Lessons from a Reluctant Runner from Zen Habits (@zenhabits): One person’s story on how they have come to be a recreational runner after despising running.

7 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat from (@active): Tips and tricks for staying in shape if you’re one who primarily exercises outdoors.

Don’t Be Short Sighted from Zen Family Habits (@zenfamilyhabits): “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.”

My Potato Project: The Importance of Organic: This is a YouTube video of a girl who was doing a project on making a potato sprout … until it didn’t sprout. It’s only a couple of minutes long and is well-worth the watch!

Are There DDT or PCBs In Your Meat?

I read this article — Is Your Meat Habit Giving You Diabetes? — and debated between adding it to the Sunday link roundup and giving it its own post. I decided to give it its own post because there was a lot of information in it that was interesting and new to me.

Contrary to what the title might suggest, it’s not a “you should be vegetarian” article. It’s an interesting look at chemicals that were banned decades ago (DDT, PCBs, etc.) that are still showing up in our food meat and consequently, our bodies, why this is the case, and what some of the effects are.


Many widely-used chemicals over the years have been found to be toxic and have been banned for decades. However, they are still showing up in factory-farmed food animals — cows, pigs, chickens, fish, etc.

How? They

accumulate in the fatty tissue of animals—and transfer to the animals that eat them, including humans who eat meat and fish. In industrial animal farming, livestock are often given feed that includes animal fat, which helps POPs hang around in the food chain. “We feed the cow fat to the pigs and the chickens, and we feed the pig and chicken fat to the cows,” one expert told Elert. The widespread practice of feeding “poultry litter“—chicken feces mixed with feathers, dead chickens, and feed remnants, including beef products—to confined cows is another way these toxins keep cycling though the food chain. Why would the meat industry engage in such feeding practices? Simply put, because they’re cheap.

And then we ingest the animals.

Beyond having these toxic chemicals in our bodies, there is an increasing number of studies that show a connection between diabetes and elevated levels of these chemicals in the bloodstream.

The article did mention a few times that these are problems in factory-farmed fish and animals. If a cow is grass-fed, it isn’t eating other cows and therefore isn’t recycling the chemicals.

I found the whole article to be fascinating, disgusting, and enlightening and hope you’ll take a few minutes to read it and let me know what you think!

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For anyone who got this via email, or checked their feed before I edited, that’s what happens when I forget to edit…

I’m still sifting through posts that I missed while camping. The one post I have for you is good advice if you’re a morning exerciser.

I hope you are enjoying a safe, fun, happy, relaxing holiday weekend!

To Eat or Not to Eat Before Exercise? from dotFIT blog (@dotFITWorldWide): There is advice out there on both sides of this fence. Read on if you debate between whether you should eat before exercising first thing in the morning.

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As you read this, The Big Man and I are several days into camping at Arches National Park in Utah. There are so many beautiful places out here — so many within a day’s drive! — and I really have not done well in taking advantage of their proximity. We are celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary this weekend as well 🙂

However, before we left, I had no links that I wanted to share with you. My reading week was cut short by leaving, so perhaps there will be a few extras next Sunday.

Hope your weekend has been great!

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My 6-month appointment with the oncologist was this week. As usual, a quick in-and-out, everything-looks-fine appointment. The nurses were especially excited that I am pregnant, since passing through that office as a patient often renders a young person sterile. The doc assured me that while he does not believe the cancer will recur, it is treatable while I am pregnant without harming the fetus. While that was nice, I would have liked treatment that was successful without harming me! (I have difficulty believing anyone could take chemo while pregnant and it have no effect whatsoever on the fetus…)

Anyway, I have no special precautions as a result of my history. Hooray!

And, of course, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, regardless of your biological role in your dad-ness.

I read a lot of interesting things this week — I hope you find a few that interest you.

New to this weekly collection of links are Twitter handles (if I know them) for those whose writing is being shared.

Almost 20% of young adults have hypertension from Disease Proof (@diseaseproof): Myths of the normalcy of high blood pressure in old age, and the rewards we’re reaping from processed diets in current 25-35-year-olds.

FDA: Sunscreens Will Get More Scrutiny, New Labels from NPR (@NPRHealth): Finally! Suncreen labeling will be slightly less deceptive and confusing than it is now!

National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society skewered in new book by leading cancer expert from Natural News (@HealthRanger): A long, well-written piece on the money and politics behind the ACS, and how they aren’t the go-to place for cancer prevention. My only experience with them echoes pieces of what is written here.

Avocados Or 5 Dollar Bill? from Everyday Tips and Thoughts (@edaytipsthought): Kris puts a slightly different spin on food that goes from the store to the kitchen to the garbage.

GM regulators chose ignorance over science from the Guardian (@guardian): Genetically modified pesticides are showing up in human adult’s blood, as well as in the blood of human fetuses. Why is this a big deal? “…the global safety regulators of GM crops … have argued that this was impossible.”

Is Coffee Really Good For You? from Naturally Savvy (@naturallysavvy): This isn’t a proclamation one way or the other about drinking coffee — a more well-balanced look at what the studies actually say and how you can get information from them pertinent to you.

It’s O.K. to Change Your Course from Man Vs. Debt (@manvsdebt): Despite all of the name-calling to those who don’t stay the course, often recognizing a mistake and correcting is the best course of action.

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Summer has finally come to Phoenix. We have had unseasonably cool weather this spring, with only a few days of exceptions. We had an evening pool party this week, and at 8 or 8:30, when we finally hit the pool, it was to chilly to swim, and the water was only 84. I know, if you don’t live in this area, you think I’m crazy right now, but by early June, the water is usually warmer and the air is definitely warmer. Not that I’m complaining — we’ll have plenty of hot weather! Just noticing 🙂

A few evenings ago, The Big Man and I went for a walk around 9, and it was still pretty warm out. Summer is here. It wasn’t hot — the daytime temps have still been only in the low 100s — and the air is still very dry, but there was a noticeable difference in the evening, even just from earlier in the week. Fortunately, the dryness continues to let us comfortably use our swamp cooler. Haven’t turned on the A/C yet. Hoping to squeeze another couple of weeks out of it…

Here are some things you can entertain yourself with if you’re hiding out in the A/C where you are:

The Diet Detective: 5 Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid from Deceptive product names, sleeping habits, wine consumption, frequent business travel, who you dine with.

Gut Bacteria Know Secrets About Your Future from A fascinating short piece about new and on-going discoveries about people’s gut bacteria, how there are really only a few types (like blood), and where this science could be leading us.

What Sugar Actually Does to Your Brain and Body from A great, easy-to-read summary of two main types of sugar, what the differences are between them, where they show up in our typical diets, and steps you can take to make yourself healthier.

5 Foot Exercises to Improve Your Pace from The title is pretty self-explanatory, but the introduction gave me an “ah-ha! moment” regarding how barefoot running improved my mile time.

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