Why I support Fast Food

McDonald’s. Wendy’s. Burger King. Zaxby’s. Taco Bell. Culver’s. Bojangles. Dairy Queen. Krispy Kreme. In-N-Out. Starbucks. Whataburger. Chick fil A. Pizza Hut.

There are hundreds of fast food chains out there….

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WHAT IS CORNED BEEF??

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and our mouths are watering for some corned beef and cabbage. But what exactly is Corned Beef?

First off, it has NOTHING to do with corn (on the cob)!!

Corned beef and cabbage
Corned beef and cabbage

Corned beef got its name from an old English word, “Corn”, which refers to large grains, or “corns” of rock salt, which were used to preserve and prevent from spoiling the large chunks of beef brisket. (FYI random knowledge: BRISKET is the underside chest or breast of the cow).

Today we usually brine the beef brisket in salt and flavorings (also including lots of spices and peppercorns), and then boiling the beef to cook it before serving.

What about nutrition in corned beef?

Since it is brined (aka soaked in salty salty water), there is A LOT of sodium in corned beef–about 1000 mg per 3 oz serving. Doctors recommend about 2500 mg sodium per day on average. Aside from salt, there is also a lot of protein and fat (about 15 grams each) in a serving. Given that it is beef, you are also getting about 10% iron from a 3 oz serving! Cool!

Now that you know the general ingredients and nutrition in corned beef, you can make the proper decisions to guide your own healthy eating plan! Remember, there are no bad foods if you eat with awareness and knowledge of nutritional content!! HAPPY ST. PATTY’S!!!!

The Importance of Candy

Why is candy so important? Let us list the reasons:

1) IT IS DELICIOUS! And therefore it makes us happy. So therefore it is important.
2) It is CONVENIENT. Put a piece in your purse, some at the office, some in the car. Candy is a convenient food item to have on hand, and if there’s anything we need in our lives, it is easier living.
3) It is INSTANT ENERGY. Candy is basically a bunch of sugar in some shape or form. Sugar means CARBOHYDRATES. We need carbohydrates to live. Candy is quick FUEL for our bodies.
4) It is SYMBOLIC. Symbolic of love, gratitude, holidays, celebrations. When there is a good thing happening, candy is around.

Candy is not bad. It is simply a food vehicle of lots of carbohydrates.
Candy is not bad. It is simply a food vehicle of lots of carbohydrates.

So why has candy gotten such a bad rap? Why is it on every “junk food” list and why must we hide it from ourselves and our kids so we don’t eat it??

It is ALL propaganda!!! We’ve been told from the moment we were born that candy is bad. Candy is only for when we’ve been “good”. We need to ban candy from school vending machines. Candy will rot your teeth and cause obesity. Candy is to blame for our bad health.

Well, Positive Eats has something to say: CANDY IS NOT BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Candy has been misrepresented in our society today. To say candy is inherently evil is like saying kale is a nutrition god. Candy has nutrients (namely carbohydrates) to offer our bodies, just like any other food.

Chocolate candy has different nutrients than fruit candies.
Chocolate candy has different nutrients than fruit candies.

Instead of spreading propaganda and labeling foods as good or bad, let’s take a moment and remind ourselves that a healthy diet is about balancing nutrients. Let’s take a step bad and look at food objectively. Different foods are just different vehicles of nutrition.

It would not be wise (or possible) to live off just candy for the rest of our lives, just like we couldn’t survive eating just broccoli. So how much of each food item and nutrients is necessary for good health? GOOD QUESTION!! This is why we need to spread NUTRITION EDUCATION!!!!! Then we can CHOOSE, and EAT, and LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER!

So we ask all you Positive Eaters–does candy have a place in your diet? Why or why not? What is the nutrition in your favorite candy?

 

The one New Year’s Resolution EVERYONE should have

New Year's Resolution for 2015 and onwards-- No more food shaming!
New Year’s Resolution for 2015 and onwards– No more food shaming!

With 2015 approaching, many of us are making new year’s resolutions. At the top of the list is usually, “get healthy”, “eat better”, “exercise”, etc..

And all of this is great! Everyone should have the goal of living the healthiest life possible.

To help with that, Positive Eats would like to add the following Resolution to EVERYONE’s list:

*****^^~~NO MORE FOOD SHAMING!~~^^*****

Got it? That mean’s no more commenting (either out loud or even thinking in your head!) on the food choices of others–especially negative comments! No more “that’s going to make you fat”, “oh you must be on a diet”, “is she really going to eat that?”, “did you know that Food X is bad for you?”. NO MORE!

No more labeling foods as good or bad, and especially NO MORE LABELING PEOPLE by the foods they eat!

You have no idea why someone is eating what they are eating, and you have no reason to judge another individual’s food choices. So stop it. Now.

Food shaming stems from the belief that certain foods have certain moral values, and that is wrong wrong wrong. ALL FOODS OFFER NUTRITION. Choose to look at foods objectively (or positively:)), as vehicles of nutrition, as just plain ol’ foods! And move on with life. And don’t bug others!

Now go celebrate the New Year! And tell us, do you agree with this New Year’s Resolution?

Are you guilty of this?

You’re at a party and someone offers you a Coke. You decline, saying “I don’t drink soda-it’s really bad for you”.

Or how about at a birthday party and you decide to skip the cake because you are “watching your figure”.

Or at an office breakfast and you make a comment about how the donuts will give you all heart attacks.

Now think about this:

How do you think those comments make other people feel? Commenting about how unhealthy or bad a certain food is, especially in the company of others who are consuming the food or have worked hard to make the food is FOOD-SHAMING and it needs to stop.

Food shaming is something we are all guilty of at some point or another. Even if it is done inside the mind. Have you ever saw someone who appears over-weight eating at an ice cream cone and thought to yourself, “maybe he shouldn’t be eating that..” Have you ever judged yourself and felt bad after eating 4 slices of pizza?

Why are we so judgmental about food?

Even when consuming stereotypically “healthy” foods, people feel the need to comment. Ever order a salad when out with friends at a BBQ restaurant, and then been accused or sarcastically teased for being “no fun”, “so healthy”, or “on a diet”.

This article sums up how we should deal with this cycle of judgement:

Letting go of “good” food/”bad” food thinking is key to embracing a healthy, shame-free approach to eating—but that doesn’t mean that you have to consume ice cream and cookies whenever you have the slightest desire to indulge in something sweet.

“There’s nothing wrong with having healthy food preferences,” says Tribole. “The issue is when it becomes rigid and when you take on an all-or-nothing attitude.”

In other words, if you’re choosing between the fruit bowl and a chocolate chip cookie and you would legitimately be happy with either one, then by all means, choose the fruit bowl. But if you find yourself really, really wanting the cookie and you go with the fruit because you’re judging your sugar craving, that’s when your decision may lead to dissatisfaction—and maybe even overeating or secret eating later.

“The first step is to acknowledge that food judging isn’t helpful, even if it’s well-intended,” says May. After that, it can be helpful to try some of these techniques to break free of the food-shaming cycle:

– Notice when you (or someone else) is entering judgmental territory
– Remember that you’re the only expert on you and what you need to be eating
– Remind yourself that eating “perfectly” isn’t worth sacrificing your mental health
– Give yourself permission to get pleasure from food

We at Positive Eats believe that there are no bad foods and that the sooner we can break out of this food-shaming business..the happier and healthier we will all be.

What do you think? Who is on board with us to end food-shaming?

 

 

 

 

The Chinese food has MSG. So?

Watch this video on MSG.

And ask yourself:

– Do you know what MSG is?
– Do we really know if it is “bad” or “good” for us?

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You may have heard throughout your life that MSG is something to be avoided. Something that will kill us. But what do you really know?

One thing is for certain: MSG is not bad for us. Because there are no bad foods.

People who consume foods with MSG are not bad people. People who use MSG in cooking are not bad people.

Is MSG something we should include in our daily diet? We cannot make that decision for you. If you do research and feel in your gut that it is something to be avoided, then it is your choice to do so. If you want to include MSG in your diet, then that is fine as well.

Before we go food-shaming, spreading judgement, and giving other people advice on what they should and should not eat, take a step back and examine your own knowledge of the subject. The most we can do is have a discussion.

Ultimately, diet is personal. Study and learn about nutrition so you can make the choice that is best for your body! And remain positive about all that you choose to consume for the healthiest and happiest life.

Now for today’s irrelevant, but relevant question: Do you like Chinese food? And do you pay attention to whether or not there is MSG in the food?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

 

 

What is a Mooncake? And is it nutritious?

This is a mooncake.
This is a mooncake.
Cross-section of a lotus paste mooncake (with egg yolk)
Cross-section of a lotus paste mooncake (with egg yolk)

Happy Mooncake day!

Soooooo…What is a mooncake?

Quite simply- it is a Chinese pastry, usually filled with lotus paste, and eaten on Mid-Autumn Festival.

Check out the nutrition label below!

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Since mooncakes are primarily flour, lotus paste, sugar, and egg yolk–they offer plenty of carbohydrates and fat. and a few other things of course. Explore the picture above to get an idea of what you are consuming when you celebrate this ancient Chinese holiday!

And to answer that other question: Are mooncakes nutritious?

….the answer is..without-a-doubt YES! Because ALL foods have nutrients!!