Friday, June 12, 2009

Food Inc. the movie, do you dare watch it?

Journal Entry: Weight = 174.0: Coinage = $1.58, 103 pennies, 2 nickels, 3 dimes, 1 quarter; glass bottles retrieved = 4; Ground scores = 9. Best find = after helping a lady at the Shell station who asked, “Do you know how to air up a tire?” (The Moneywalker always helps but must repress a slight irritation in breaking rhythm.) I said, “Sure.” and helped her showing her what she should do next time. I told her she had a nail and should get it fixed. Off she drove and waiting for me in the air bay were 17 pennies, 3 dimes, a nickel, and one quarter. Sometimes it pays to be a Good Samaritan. Also, there were pennies everywhere with several scatters.

5/11/09 Entry: Weight = no data; Coinage = $.70, 30 pennies, 1 nickel, 1 dime, 1 quarter; Bottles Retrieved = 4; Ground Scores =9.

5/11/09 Residual Walk Entry: Coinage = $.43, 8 pennies, 1 dime, 1 quarter. Walked to the bank and looped to the post office.

Feature Entry: Food Inc is now showing at a theater near you It is a documentary about things I already know about, feel guilty about, but not enough to go see it. Also, I promised to cover Mark Bittman’s rage about “what’s wrong with what we eat.” In short we eat too much meat, too few plants, too much fast food, and too little home cooking. Bittman is a New York Times food editor. I listened to his 18 minute video blog at The video reinforced some of my concerns, especially about children and obesity.

Four points stand out:
• Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages. A person can lose 25 lbs in a year by replacing one 20 oz soda a day with a no calorie beverage (preferably water).
• Eat at home instead of eating out. Children consume almost twice (1.8 times) as many calories when eating food prepared outside the home.
• Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. Half of the leading chain restaurants provide no nutritional information to their customers.
• Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks. Over the last two decades, rates of obesity have tripled in children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 years.

What a tear! My next blog will be much lighter. Think I will talk about the “savior complex” and finding "lost" money. Ummm!, those ribs cooking in the smoker sure smell good.


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