For the Love of Food

by | Nov 8, 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.

This week broccoli is 43% less pretentious than kale, weight loss improves your sex life, and a new secret to making workouts more enjoyable.

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Links of the week

  • Broccoli’s Extreme Makeover <<I love this. Imagine how powerful it could be to use the same marketing/psychology tools junk food makers use, but for fresh produce. E.g. “Broccoli: Now 43% less pretentious than kale.” Brilliant. (NY Times Magazine)
  • What No One Tells You About Losing Lots of Weight <<An interesting exploration of the downside of losing large amounts of weight, including body image issues and disillusionment. (NY Magazine)
  • Fewer Pounds May Lead to Better Sex, Researchers Say <<Despite the downsides, however, extensive weight loss does appear to improve your sex life. Seems worth it to me. (Medline)
  • Keep Telling Yourself, ‘This Workout Feels Good’ <<Researchers have discovered yet another psychological tool to help improve your health. Telling yourself you love your workout apparently can make it true, and help you do more. (NY Times)
  • Some Food Companies Ditch ‘Natural’ Label <<Seems that recent class action lawsuits have caused some big food companies to stop using the ambiguous “natural” label on their products. My guess is that they know they’re full of it and their BS won’t stand up in court, so they’re cutting their losses. (WSJ)
  • How to get started cooking for yourself <<I love this advice. Just have the right mindset, don’t expect perfection, and start simply. Create the habit and build from there. (Stone Soup)
  • The Food Writer and Her Picky Eater <<Raising adventurous eaters isn’t easy, even for food lovers. It takes time, so don’t beat yourself up too much. And don’t forget that Michael Pollan’s son wouldn’t eat anything that wasn’t white until he was a teenager. (NY Times)
  • 10 Apps to Trick Everyone <<Remember that you don’t need to be a great chef to make good food. Here’s some apps that can help. (Paste Magazine)
  • Herbal Supplements Are Often Not What They Seem <<A third (!!!) of the supplements tested didn’t even have a trace of what they were supposed to contain. Be careful out there. (NY Times)
  • Poached Eggs in White Wine Recipe <<You can poach eggs in wine?! Why was I not informed earlier??? (101 Cookbooks)

What inspired you this week?

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One Response to “For the Love of Food”

  1. fanny says:

    Despite the downsides, however, extensive weight loss does appear to improve your sex life. Seems worth it to me.

    I wonder. I mean, the study presents people who are extremely obese, and of course they have several dysfunctions. However, it says: The improvements took place even though the women had not yet achieved their target maximum weight loss, the researchers noted. Which makes me wonder if it’s a despite thing, or a because one. I mean, these women improved their health significantly and that improved their sex life, hormones were back in order and all that jazz. But, they hadn’t reached their target weight, maybe the were still comfortable with their appearance in a way they won’t be if they continue. It is perfectly possible that they will feel physically better while struggling emotionally with the scars of such a dramatic weight loss.

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