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Saturday, February 14, 2009
A few months ago I ran into this book called Mom-a-licious: Fresh, fast, family food for the hot mama in you! written by Domenica Catelli. She thinks that eating cereal is like eating candy for breakfast. I never thought about it that way before. She convinced me with her argument. In a minute I’ll explain. But before I do, I have a few questions. There’s a point. I promise.
* When a persistent sales’ person is trying to sell you something, how do you feel about it?
* Do you listen to them patiently or do you feel like running away?
* If they are at your door, will you open it?
* Does he or she usually convince you?
* Do you end up buying it?
* Is the experience a pleasant one or does it make you nauseous?
My desk and computer are in the family room and when I sit to write on the weekend, my kindergartener is watching TV in the same room at the same time. I could not help but notice the abundance of cereal commercials for kids. It’s really annoying, whether you like cereals or not. It’s just… too much.
I think all commercials aimed at kids – who don’t earn their own money, so they are not consumers yet, in my eyes – are annoying, but that’s another story.
Up until a year ago we had 5-6 boxes of different cereals on top of the refrigerator. That was my son’s main breakfast. That’s all he wanted to eat and nothing else. After a while, it really started to bother me. Well, more than bother me. Actually, I hated it.
Then the battle began to stop it. Why?
The big guns of the cereal marketing got me to believe it is healthy, more than healthy, the ultimate breakfast – quick, easy, no sweat, healthy, heart-healthy, whole grain healthy, etc etc, and the kids love it. No picky eater’s scene in the morning while still trying to drink my coffee.
Then I started reading the labels.
And even beyond the labels, I started realizing that serving yogurt, cheese, fresh fruit, is just as easy and even better than serving cereals and it’s a better habit to eat fresh food than something out of a box.
So we started with 2 days a week that my son had to choose something else to eat. Then we went up to 3 days. Now he doesn’t eat it anymore (unless we’re on vacation outside home) and I don’t buy it anymore.
Mark Bittman in his book “Food Matters” writes what I think about cereals:
“Once upon a time, cereal meant oatmeal, or even relatively benign corn flakes or puffed rice. But many of today’s packaged cereals have long lists of ingredients… it can be as simple as putting oat flour into a cereal that is effectively a boxful of small cookies… a cereal contains 30 percent sugar, as many do. Yet a claim like “may help reduce the risk of heart disease” may be featured on cereals that contain less than a gram of fiber… it’s like adding vitamin C to a candy bar and maintaining that the candy is good for you”.I explain to my son and I tell him that if cereals were that good and healthy, these people who are trying so hard to sell it to us wouldn’t have to advertise it so much to convince him/us to buy it and eat it.
“The marketers of cereal and many other foods if often shamelessly aimed at kids… The marketers have invaded every possible space”.
Surprisingly, for his age, he understands that.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Read more about portion control here:
Portion Control, or How Can We NOT Eat More Than We Really Need?
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I just watched CNN’s report on PETA's Veggie Sex Super Bowl Ad being Rejected by NBC.
PETA stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I guess they care more about animals then about women.
Gosh, the ad makes me feel so mad.
As a supporter of eating more veggies and eating less meat, I feel like I’ve been stabbed in the back.
While I support PETA’s idea in general, and I think the women in the ad are beautiful, I find the ad offensive to women. And to vegetables too.
It makes me angry.
It makes me feel like I don’t want to support PETA at all!
And it makes me want to go and buy a double big Mac cheeseburger Whopper with an extra patty today just to make them mad back!
What am I talking about?
From this web site:
“The New York Post's Page Six reports that NBC has rejected a Super Bowl ad from animal rights organization PETA due to its hypersexualized nature:
NBC pulled the plug on a PETA pro-veggie commercial planned for the Super Bowl because it "depicts a level of sexuality exceeding our standards," according to NBC Universal's advertising standards executive, Victoria Morgan. The ad, which carries the tagline, "Studies Show Vegetarians Have Better Sex," shows lingerie-clad stunners getting "intimate" with vegetables.”
Watch/read more about it here
What do you think about this?
Don't worry, I did not go to McDonald or Burger King today. (And I never will, unless it's the last place on earth that has food, even then it's a maybe).
From an organization named "Ethical Treatment of Animals" I expect to be just that – ethical. And I think PETA would have better results achieving their goal of people eating less/no meat – if that is really their goal – by showing people the horrific videos they made depicting how the animals are being treated. And I'd say that will be a more family friendly ad than a woman licking pumpkin. It looks to me like PETA is not focused on that goal.
I estimate that plenty of women will not support "the cause" because of ads like this one.
You can say many things about broccoli and pumpkin but I wouldn't say they are sexy. No.
I think that many people who never heard about PETA will not get the proper message about the animals and eating meat from the sexy veggie ad.
I watched the videos with the animals on the other hand. It made me change my habits. It was very very effective. Watch it, click here.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
So, of course grass fed beef is better. Did you have any doubt? It’s healthier. And cost more too. But apparently, our bodies don’t need us to eat meat every day.
How much beef exactly are we supposed to eat?
Does grass fed beef solve all the problems?
What should we know about the beef industry anyway?
I did not have a chance to post about those questions, but Giyen Kim from Bacon is My Enemy went to a lecture given by Mark Bittman about this topic and wrote a post about it. Bittman discusses these issues, among others, in his book “Food Matters”. A good read.
Meanwhile, here's a Guest post by Giyen Kim from Bacon is My Enemy blog
Last night I went to see Mark Bittman speak about his new book called Food Matters: A Guide To Conscious Eating. If you have never heard of Mr. Bittman, he is a James Beard Award winning author and has written a litany of books like How to Cook Everything, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and The Minimalist Cooks at Home. He also is a columnist and blogger for the New York Times, as well the star of a companion new media show called The Minimalist. I know all this because I am crushing on Mr. Bittman. (He’s probably a fuddy duddy of a man who has an acerbic personality, but I’ll live in my fantasy for now.)
Mr. Bittman wants to help save the world. Or rather, he wants to save YOU and I. The world will still be here if the human race dies out. You can see a version of his lecture here:
I don’t like to preach or get all up on the high horse, but it is humbling to hear the statistics behind the general concept about food/diet that we all know already:
* American’s eat like shit.
* We definitely eat too much meat.
* Meat production produces 1/5 of the world’s greenhouse gases.
* Greenhouse gases causes global warming.
* Global warming can have catastrophic affects.
The conundrum is that I like to eat meat.
But I also like the planet.
And I care about my kid and your kid too.
So what do we do?
What do you do when you start thinking about this stuff?
Grass fed beef – part 3: How much does a hamburger cost?
Beef eats grass, remember?: Part II
Beef eats grass, remember?: Part I
Bacon is My Enemy