I recently discovered Manatobia brand Hemp Hearts on a Costco shopping trip. I noticed that they were next to the chia seeds so I wondered if they were cousins. I did pause when I read the back of the package touting it’s polyunsaturated omega 6 and omega 3 content. I purchased them anyway based on the nutrition facts and researched once I got home.
I spend a lot of time reading food labels. I read them in order to make informed choices. I do not seek to achieve some imagined level of dietary perfection. I use the information on food labels as just that, information, rather than as a flat directive of good versus bad. While foods without labels are ideal, such as meat, eggs and fresh vegetables, I do consume processed foods. When it comes to processed foods, I begin with asking myself the question “Does this appear to be something I might eat”.
This post dissects the basics of the American nutrition labels with emphasis on carbohydrates. Hopefully, the examples provided will help.
I have previously written on the Value of Practice. It is helpful to create tools to assist with the habits and behaviors you are building. I have come up with two fill-in-the-blank sentences to use in my journal on the mornings when I may be less engaged or feeling fatigued. These questions prompt me to get with the program (smile). Continue reading
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to and reading information from Ben Bikman, PhD, a scientist and professor at Brigham Young University with a primary focus on better understanding chronic modern-day diseases, with special emphasis on the origins and consequences of obesity and diabetes. His research covers a lot of information on brown and white fat, as well as my favorite hormone insulin. Continue reading
I think of my goals as threads. A thread being a strand of fiber that represents something that I want to achieve. Threads in a loose pile or tightly woven and organized on a spool have limited utility. This is also true of my goals. Continue reading