Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday Stories: Goals, Trolls and Brazil

A fabulous piece by Jeff Haden in Inc. on why you shouldn't bother setting goals (you'll see why it's great when you read it).

Chris Mooney in Slate discusses the evidence that proves internet trolls are genuinely horrible people.

Marion Nestle provides a translation of Brazil's fabulous new food based dietary guidelines (no nutrient nonsense)!

[And if you don't follow me on Facebook or Twitter, here's my piece from the Globe & Mail and how just 2 minutes of effort a day can double your weight loss.]

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  1. Yoni, I agree that idea of food monitoring is the ONLY way to empirically know what one has been eating and to describe - either to oneself or one's physician.

    Clients & physicians need to to behave like physicists.

  2. NewMe3:28 pm

    My own personal jury is still out on food diarizing. I have done it in the past, and am actually doing it right now. But there are two major problems with it, at least IMHO:

    1) for some, though not all, people, it can be a gateway activity to disordered eating.

    2) it really only works if you ONLY eat at home and have a food scale. I travel a lot for work and even when I'm in town, I'm constantly at different conferences. Obviously, one can just skip the desserts, even the bread, but you need a lot of experience and an incredible sense of measurement to be able to eyeball and correctly assess the weight of say, the flank steak they served at the conference I was at yesterday. Or the chicken, or the sole at the conference I attended a few days ago.

    Diarizing works in theory, but for freelancers who work in a variety of locations every day, it's a nightmare.

    I have to admit, I've wondered on occasion if a tiny little food scale exists that I could slip into my briefcase, along with my laptop and files. ;)

    1. Such scales definitely do exist. I call them drug dealer scales, and at least where I live, you can buy them in pawn shops in the downtown core. Usually they only weigh up to 16oz. That said, I wouldn't recommend them only in that you're definitely closer to the disordered eating realm if you dissect and weigh your foods when you're out and about.

  3. Anonymous7:35 pm

    I can't stand tracking my food. I find it interesting, but it's so tedious and time consuming. How on earth do you get it to take only 2 minutes a day? Even with eating the same breakfast and lunch every day, and similar snacks, and often similar dinners, it takes too much time to enter everything.

    It would be easier if I ate at restaurants (for some reason all the food trackers I have tried have huge databases of restaurant food that clutter up the search results). Or if I ate meat/veg/grain for dinner every day. But take tonight for example - my husband has made a big pot of chuck roast/red cabbage/green cabbage/onion/water/peppers and probably other ingredients. Even assuming I grill him about everything he put in, I have no idea about the relative proportions in my bowl.

    If you have any tips about how people who cook from scratch without recipes can simplify food tracking, I'd love to hear them!

  4. Anonymous8:30 pm

    Anonymous, I agree wholeheartedly. The only way to track fairly accurately is:
    a) by always eating in a big chain restaurant that provides calorie counts (thus, at least partially, defeating the whole eat healthy thing because all these places use salt the way we use it up in Canada to de-ice the roads in winter;
    b) by eating various products in boxes that have the calorie counts on them (see same problem as above, plus added sugar)
    c) by eating raw or cooked one-ingredient foods that you can weigh (these foods are good for you, but it makes for some mighty boring eating year in and year out).

    Eating good, homecooked meals such as the one Anonymous described above and trying to figure out how many calories are in a serving is an exercise in pulling your hair out.

    As I said above, I have started tracking again, but I really don't know how long I'll last this time.