For the Love of Food

by | May 3, 2013
For The Love of Food

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

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This week we learn why we shouldn’t trust food labels, how economic woes can improve health, and the tastiest ways to travel without resorting to airplane food.

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Links of the week

  • Jedi Mind Tricks: How to Get Loved Ones to Lose Weight <<This is the most personal story I’ve ever shared about my family’s health and weight loss journey. My dad was one of the lucky ones. I hope it inspires you. Thanks to Tim Ferriss for allowing me to share the extensive excerpt from Foodist with his audience.
  • The 10 Biggest Food Label Lies <<Food labels are intended to confuse you. Here’s some tips on how to decipher them (including some from me). (Women’s Day)
  • A Potential Way to Eat Eggs Without Dying <<BS of the week. Call me crazy, but it seems a bit irresponsible to publicly recommend an unproven supplement to fix a problem with a food that has never been shown to promote heart disease in free living humans. Grrrr. (The Atlantic)
  • Betting on Behavior Change <<I’m a big fan of anything that helps build healthy habits. Here’s some great tips from the Nutrition Diva.
  • How Cubans’ Health Improved When Their Economy Collapsed <<When the Soviet Union stopped supporting Cuba with cheap petroleum, they were forced to return to the fields, eat more natural foods and be more active. Their rates of disease plummeted, despite their poverty. Fascinating, huh? (The Atlantic)
  • Contaminated ground turkey found in 21 states: report <<In case you hadn’t heard, you may want to skip the industrial turkey burgers for awhile. (Medline)
  • Children on Track for a Heart Attack <<This makes me so sad. Being a kid is hard enough, now they’re having to deal with grown up problems like stiffening arteries as well. Parents, please take this to heart. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Of course you’re stressed. Just look at you. <<Chronic stress makes you look older. Just one more reason to practice mindfulness and other activities that reduce stress. (LA Times)
  • RECIPES AND TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVEL <<Frequent travel is one of the biggest barriers to good health for some people. Here’s some lovely recipes and tips to avoid the toxic (and gross) airplane food. (My New Roots)
  • How to Cook Morels <<Few foods exemplify the beauty of seasonal cooking like morel mushrooms. They’re delightful and simple to prepare, and I’ve even known some self-proclaimed mushroom haters that have found them delicious. (Ruhlman)
  • Triangulation 101: Darya Rose <<I made a visit to TWiT studios this week and chatted with Leo Laporte about Foodist. It’s the most info that’s ever been shared about the content of my new book. Give it a watch when you get a chance.


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7 Responses to “For the Love of Food”

  1. Brandon S. says:

    I’m so happy to read the story of Darya’s father, and his success. It takes a lot to be able to share so much of your personal life. And I surely hope it helps inspires others.

    My own grandfather on my father’s side has had multiple strokes.
    And my father’s diet/eating-routine isn’t great. It’s your typical American diet.
    And to be frank? It scares the S*** out of me. The thought of what can happen to him; especially since his father has had multiple strokes.
    But it’s hard to convince people to change their eating habits, and to get them to see the direct correlation from certain diet choices to certain health predicaments. And especially to convince them that a lot of the more recent conventional wisdom behind food and health simply isn’t true.
    The fact is: Rich whole foods taste so much better, and are significantly healthier. It’s that simple.

    I completely resonated with the idea of having “as many happy and positive times with him as possible until whatever happened happened.” As I often find myself thinking in that very same manner.
    We all pass away sometime, but you want to have as much time with the ones you love as you can get, and for there to be a great quality of life, love and shared moments in that time.
    I see his bad habits hurting his health already. Sleep patterns, his breathing, fatigue, blood pressure, etc, etc… And it wrecks my brain with worrying.
    But, I haven’t given up. I’m hoping, through a similar approach as your own, to change his habits, and give him many more years with us.
    And I just wanted to say Thank You for sharing your story, Darya.
    I, personally, do not typically like sharing my own personal information, and am (over)protective of my family and those I love. So, to me, to talk so in-depth about your own family, in hopes of inspiring others and helping them change the diets of their own families, means a LOT.

    Thank You! :)
    I’ve been a fan of your blog for quite a while, and the information it provides is always invaluable.

    • Darya Rose says:

      Thanks Brandon, I was really scared of what my dad would think about me sharing so much. But it turned out he is happy that his story can inspire others that change is possible. He really believes, and so do I, that if he can change then anyone can. Hopefully that is true.

  2. Lin says:

    Darya, I’m looking forward to reading your book. I hope you can clarify one thing for me though…I understand that “if we eat healthy most of the time, what we eat the rest of the time does not really matter” yet, it’s hard to implement this when the precise definition of “health” appears so elusive! For example, what if you thought “healthy” meant eating “Paleo” but “Paleo” wasn’t very healthy at all…and so on the days eat you eat junk and don’t eat Paleo would only add to eating “unhealthy” 100% of the time.. do you understand what I’m trying to say? the hard part is really trying to find out what “healthy” is when there is so much competing information. I thought eating low fat dairy, fish and lean meat was healthy so in my attempt to eat healthy “most” of the time I was eating those foods everyday and on my “free” days I would eat “junk.” I found out that excessive meat was quite unhealthy actually. how do you define “eating healthy?”

  3. Dee says:

    Darya, you look skinny, strong and healthy! Perfect optimized beauty … Good interview, love your endorsement on strength training… And that you cook for your man ‘all the time’ … Some women just need to get with program… Keep up the great work… I’ll check out the lift app, now I’m seriously thinking about the fitbit

    Also…That article on eggs is disturbing….

  4. Luca Samson says:

    I love your weekly links, there is always great information in there that is very useful.

    I especially loved the post on de-stressing and eating healthily while travelling.

    Looking forward to next week with some more links!

  5. Rich Wages says:

    I loved the Triangulation interview.
    I am going to buy the book and get others to watch it too.

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