It’s Mehl-ting!

Today has been a pretty awesome day.

First of all… the heat wave has arrived!! Never before has mid-30 degree weather excited me so much. The sun was out in full force, along with beautiful blue skies, which helped melt a lot of the snow around the farm today. Hooray! The driveway is still pretty well coated, but I’m thinking tomorrow’s gorgeous weather should take care of it :)

A trip to church with my neighbor ended my housebound snow days. It was nice to get out finally, and meet some new people. Church was good, if a little more traditional than I’m used to. Lunch afterwards at Olive Garden with my neighbor and 2 “old maid” sisters of the church. They’re 87 and 95 years old and live together. One of them was UT’s first baton twirler, and knew my grandfather back when he “was a real looker”. We had a great lunch – it’s been so long since I’ve had those breadsticks – and brought leftovers home for dinner later this week.

This afternoon was good for finishing up some chores. I debated between chores and a nap, but chores won :)

I got all the Christmas stuff put up in the attic (except for the naked Christmas tree which will require the assistance of The Boy to make its way to the attic), and the carpets/rugs vacuumed. Then Sheff and I made a trip into town to take in the recycles and stop by the library and PetSmart.

At the library I picked up some workout DVDs (so now I have no excuse… gym or no gym I will workout!) and cookbooks.

Oh and then PetSmart adventures began…. I took Sheff there to get his nails done and refill his food supply. Long story short, he released his anal gland on the dog salon workers (sorry guys!) and snarled at everyone in the check-out line. Poor buddy… too much for his anxious self to handle. In consolation he did get a squeak hot dog toy to take home. Now he’s curled up on the couch with me, looking quite pleased with himself :)

Lazy Sunday evening for me now. Time to crack open the Sunday paper, clip coupons and peruse the ads. And if I ever get hungry again, after eating 4 OG breadsticks and 1/2 of my baked ziti, I might consider some dinner.



Nutrition misinformation… it’s everywhere

As an RD2B, I hear everyday about our role in “fighting the battle of nutrition misinformation”. People hear nutrition information from a million sources, few of which are credible evidence-based info from Registered Dietitians, the only people you should be trusting to give nutrition advice. 

I know that people are very confused on nutrition related topics: carbs, for instance, – how much should I have? does it really make me fat? should I eliminate all ‘white’ foods? etc. But I guess I still have trouble realizing that even what I consider ‘basic nutrition’ ideas are foreign to so many people.

Today’s example: I was at church tonight for our women’s bible study, waiting in line for coffee, and I saw a woman holding a small carton of heavy cream. She noticed several people staring at her and said “You know, I just read somewhere that half and half contains damaged fats and that it’s actually better to use plain old heavy cream”. I turned around, after hearing this absurd statement and said “Half and half contains what?” to which she responded “they just said it had damaged fats but I didn’t read on to see what that meant, I figured I’d just started buying real cream again”. Another woman replied “That’s how it goes… it always turns out that the whole, real foods are always better for you”.

So, here we have a woman who read some outrageous statement and, without questioning it, goes and starts buying heavy cream, which obviously is the less-nutritious choice for your coffee. Now, I often feel in these situations kinda stuck. Am I obligated to speak up, share my education level and offer some clarification and real nutrition advice? Of course I didn’t, I was still trying to figure out what on earth ‘damaged fats’ are anyway. And when it was my turn to fix up my coffee, I bypassed all the artificial creamers and poured a teaspoon of the heavy cream in my cup. Can I just say it was the best cup of coffee I have had in quite some time?