In this episode we're again talking about weight loss (is it a January tradition now?), this time zeroing in on the latest research on food and weight loss, breaking it down into three big areas that might be sabotaging your efforts. I also take a moment to get on and off a soapbox about giving food too much power through labels. Plus one really surprising (or not?) revelation about reduced fat milk.
We have some farmhouse updates on trying to choose flooring and a mysterious leak that turned out to be pretty funny. And since we're talking about some things not to eat, we're listing a few recipes that should help you maintain. Our cool things this time include a nerdy thing from Brian and what's helping our dental hygiene (on the cheap).
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Things Sabotaging Weight Loss
Here are the things we talked about that can sabotage your weight loss with links to the articles:
1. Mental Outlook: study that illustrates it's not so much low-carb or low-fat as much as it is how you view things and the quality of the food. Click here to read the study.
2. Highly Processed Foods: Research published in the Cell Metabolism Medical Journal says that eating highly processed foods tends to make people eat more and also results in fast dramatic weight gain vs. the same amount of minimally processed foods. And here's the NYT article where we first read about the study: Why Eating Processed Foods May Make You Fat.
Related that we just had to laugh about: Study Finds Reduced Fat Milk More Associated with Obesity Than Whole Milk.
And here's an article I found that upholds my little soap box on why we need to stop using terms like good, bad, clean, dirty, poison, etc. for food: Intuitive Eating is a Happier & Healthier Way to Eat.
3. Serving Sizes: Example of a half-pound burger as the only option at a restaurant we ate at recently. While this isn't new and I talked a lot about it along with portion control in both my Real Food Recipes for Weight Loss eBooks, the big thing here is the portions keep going up, even while the news tells of the rising obesity rates. Sigh. We have to keep vigilant!
Last year we talked about strategies for weight loss over 50 in Episode 45, so head there to listen for more on this topic.
Here are the three floor samples with colors that were best of what I've ordered so far (please ignore the dust and cobwebs - it's hard to stay on top of that in a construction zone!).
The sample on the far left is the oak with the color I love but a super smooth finish that looks like thick varnish was just poured on it. It is from the company I'd really like to order from, Floors To Your Home.
The middle samples are actually one engineered wood flooring option from Home Depot. Kind of worries me that there is that much difference in the samples - one is yellowish and one kind of orange.
The engineered wood sample on the right is from Floor & Decor and its tone is more brown which may work. It's just that the quality isn't so great - it's thin and the wood layer is almost undetectable from the side (vs. the engineered wood samples we got from Floors To Your Home that had almost 1/8 inch of wood you could see).
I had no idea picking a floor would be so hard - any suggestions would be appreciated!
So what DO you eat? Food that is whole, real, and simple. I've gathered 60 of our best quick, healthy recipes for you to help in your menu planning:
They are separated into categories like sides, mains, etc. and then into how long they will take you to make.
This is Really Cool!
Brian's: Linux Mint for old PCs: here's an article that details how to do this to revive old PCs.
Jami's: Fairywill Sonic toothbrushes (good price for same features as bigger name brands). We'll just all laugh at the name together...
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