Late December is a popular time to picture your ideal self: The you who consistently eats right, reads more books, and never procrastinates. I know, I fantasize my ideal self around this time every year. And then the inevitable happens--life. Typically, by February I've given into the fact that cauliflower takes more work than cupcakes and am back to spending guilty evenings with Glee instead of Gertrude Stein.
I’m personally sick and tired of the simplistic finger pointing that goes on in the obesity debate. A popular and convenient argument places blame solely on overweight people and their families. Supposedly, if individuals had more will power, they wouldn’t be fat. As if being obese is a walk in the park. Never mind that obesity increases health risks, bullying, and social stigma. If losing weight and keeping it off were as easy as say, downloading a season of The Biggest Loser, people would be doing it in droves. That, simply, is not happening.
If I had my way, everyone I know would read David Kessler’s, “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite.” It has changed the way I eat, taste, and think about food.
Processed American food has become irresistible. It doesn’t matter how recently you ate or how many calories you consumed — a winning combination of sugar, fat, and salt is hard, often impossible, to pass up. The appeal of 21st-century food extends beyond humans. Nutrition scientists have conducted a number of clever studies in which animals were just as prone as us to overindulge.
We discovered our soil had a range of lead levels — from low to high — shortly after our newly planted vegetable garden got accepted as a stop on the Somerville Garden Club’s 2010 tour. To our surprise, this bad news made us more popular, not less. Without expecting it, we joined a legion of urban gardeners looking for ways to retain the health-enhancing qualities of their gardens without feeding lead to their loved ones. We read up on lead, built raised beds, set up container gardens, and created this handout for people who visited us on the tour.