Month: July 2014

A Vent on Serving Sizes

I’m reading about the FDA’s plan to change serving sizes listed on the nutritional profile panels of packaged foods. The initial reaction is …. good. It’s about time they updated those 20 year guidelines and got with the times. Nobody actually eats the old serving sizes.

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When we look at the nutritional panel, we can see the actual calories (fat, sugar, sodium etc) rather than be convinced that we aren’t eating as much as we really are.

But I’m not sure this is actually a good thing. When I first came to Canada, I remember looking around and thinking “Well, if they eat that much and look bigger, it’s ok for me to do that too”. No, it’s not! We aren’t sheep and we should be working to raise the bar on health, not bringing it further down.

Awareness on actual intake is definitely a good thing but much like house prices, perhaps we’ll just get used to consuming 400 calories in one coffee drink. If that becomes the norm and accepted, then we really are in trouble.

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Instead, how about going back to packaging the food in smaller containers? Instead of making a serving size of pop 20oz, let’s put them back in the old 8oz bottle. Or move back to calling a small size an actual small size. I went out for ice cream last night and ordered a small gelato. Which wasn’t gelato, it was ice cream but that’s another story. I swear I ended up with about a half tub of Haagen Daz sized container on a waffle cone. It was so good I had trouble stopping but eventually did let the last part go to my husband who complained his stomach hurt after eating his “small” and the rest of mine.

If I ask for a small, is it possible to actually get a small?

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And here’s a really crazy idea. Eating whole foods that don’t even come in containers. Fruits, greens, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. You know the things that actually keep us healthy throughout our lives.

 

 

Happy Canada Day!!

There is usually a touch of beer or wine – or more – consumed on our national day. If you are having a party, tempt your guests to drink water at the same time by adding some of the local, seasonal and extremely delicious strawberries in a jug of water. Together with some lemon and lime, it’ll will keep everybody hydrated on this hot, humid day and they won’t feel deprived either.

IMG_20140701_0744231 jug water (approx 8 cups)
1/2 lemon, quartered
1/2 lime, quartered
1/4 cup fresh strawberries
5 mint leaves
A few ice cubes

Wishing everybody a very Happy Canada Day!