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Posts Tagged ‘magazines’

Food Innovations

Posted by terrepruitt on October 9, 2019

Wow.  I have mentioned that my neighbor gives us magazines, I think . . . anyway, if not, I get magazines from a neighbor.  Usually I just pass them on as most magazines are so full of ads they are not worth the time it takes to flip through them.  But sometimes I see something on the cover that interests me.  Or a mention of a recipe . . . that is usually what I end up looking at.  In the latest issue of Eating Well the cover touted a section entitled “The Future of Food”.  Well, that interested me since present food is frightening – at least to me.  The beginning of the section stated “Scientists are using sophisticated gene-editing tools to make our food supply more nutritious, abundant and resilient.”  The promise was a look at future trends and predictions.  They talked to nine people to see what is or may be in store for our food supply.  This post is a summary of some of it, there is so much information looks like I will be doing more than one post.*

One thing they report seeing on the horizon is lab grown “meat”.  Manufacturers will multiply animals cells long enough to form a piece of “meat”. Brad Barbera, director of innovation at the Good Food Institute, predicts this “meat product” will be in stores within 10 years.  He thinks it will “outperform traditional animal products” because they will be able to blend what they want, say, flavor, texture, and the highest nutrients.

Gut bacteria is the new found marker for health.  At least the understanding that it is important is the latest discovery.  Two people (Erica D. Sonnenburg, Ph.D., senior research scientist, and Justin L. Sonnenburg, Ph.D, principal investigator) at the Sonnenburg Lab at Stanford University suggest that there might be something like an “in-toilet device” that could monitor things and people could get nutrition recommendations based on results.

In addition to growing produce in other places than land, say greenhouses and vertical farming – to name just two, Kathleen Merrigan, Ph.D, executive director of the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University mentions “a lot of innovations happening around insect protein.”  Not just people eating bugs, but the food we eat, like fish, eating the bugs.  Apparently wild-caught fish are used as food for farmed fish and this is messing up the oceans ecosystem, so she thinks feeding bugs to the fish might be a solution.

Fred Iutzi, president of the Land Institute, explains that perennial grain crops could change the way grain is grown and farmed.  Instead of needing to be planted every year grain could just go dormant and then resprout.  The idea is that there would be less soil loss and the plants might suck up more CO2.  The institute has about 1000 acres of a wheat and barley crop called Kernza.  They hope to have hundreds of thousands of acers in about 10 years.  Currently there is a Kernza beer and a Kernza breakfast cereal.  They hope the future holds perennial sunflowers and legumes and then eventually an entire agricultural system.

So, what do you think?   Would you eat lab grown meat?  Would you have an “in-toilet” poop tester?  Do you care about fish eating bugs?  Are you going to look in your local store for Kernza beer or cereal?

*Of course, you don’t have to wait for me to post about it, you could pick up the October issue of Eating Well yourself.  Or get it off the Willow Glen Community Center “bring a book, take a book” shelf when I am done with it.

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Too Much Of An Inconvenience?

Posted by terrepruitt on January 23, 2019

You may have read that I get my father’s magazines also, our neighbor had a business, but doesn’t any more, but he still gets the magazines he had subscribed to for his lobby, and he gives them to us. So we get a lot of magazines. Most of them I don’t read, I just take them to the community centers “bring a book – take a book” shelves. But I saw a title as I was putting one in my “to go” pile that I thought would make an interesting blog post. The article’s title was “why isn’t anyone using condoms anymore?”

Well, Cosmopolitan surveyed 2000 18 to 25 year olds and only 30 percent of them had used a condom the last time they had sex. Aside from being 98 percent effective against pregnancy condoms help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, but, according to this little survey the participants aren’t worried about STDs. The survey didn’t give the reasons the participants weren’t concerned, but in the same section the article mentioned that chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis can be treated with antibiotics. So perhaps these people surveyed figured STDs aren’t a big deal because they can be cured? Even though herpes and HIV cannot. And not to mention what can happen as a result of having one of these diseases. Some of the STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility.

And the article even starts out by saying “Nearly 20 millions Americans are projected to get an STI (I guess they don’t even call them STDs any more!) this year.” It also says that “for the past four years in a row, the U.S. has consistently broken its own STI records.” There were 200,000 more cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2017 than in 2016 (which was 2.3 million). And think about it, those are just the reported numbers.

The article also stated that 61 percent of the people participating in the survey said they would use a condom if they knew their partner had an STI . . . really? I must be old fashioned because I think I wouldn’t be having sex with them until that was taken care of all together.

Other information the article stated:

Seventy-two percent said they respect a partner who asks to use one.

One reason they don’t use them is because they don’t like throwing them away.

Menstruation and birth control pills were other reasons (they couldn’t get pregnant).

The article also had some information about four dotcom companies that check for various STDs so you don’t even have to go to the doctor. You can just send a sample in and get results back.

I guess I just thought that avoiding pregnancy and STDs was important enough to use a condom. With everyone wanting to be healthy by not eating gluten, not eating dairy, not eating meat, running 5Ks and 10Ks, and doing things like yoga, . . . . I just assumed that “safe”/protected sex went along with that. It is another way to stay healthy. I think those 72% that said they would respect a partner that asks, should start asking.

How about you?  Do any of these figures surprise you? 

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Five Ways To Help Relieve Pain

Posted by terrepruitt on July 23, 2018

Not only am I receiving my dad’s magazines, but my neighbor had some subscriptions that he is no longer using so he is passing them on to us. I have a lot of magazines. Most magazines are just advertisements. Even the “articles” are just ads disguised as “information”. I used to go through a magazine and just rip out the advertisements the second I got it, but now I am passing magazines onto one of the community centers where I work so I don’t rip out the advertisements. I have been perusing the magazines to get information to pass onto my readers. An article I read recently in Good Housekeeping was titled 5 {WHO-KNEW WAYS} to Fight Pain. Well, many of us knew, but sometimes it is interesting to see what others are saying. And some of them were NEW to me.

The five things are Diet, Sleep, Reframing, Relaxing, and Exercise.

The first thing they recommend to help ease pain is change the diet. One of the main causes of pain is chronic inflammation.  I am not sure if you have ever noticed that some days you might wake up a little sore. Could be that you didn’t even do anything the day before to make you sore. But when you get out of bed you notice that your joints feel a little stiff. A lot of people attribute this to the aging process. While aging probably has something to do with it, I know plenty of young people that wake up (or sit for a long time) and have a difficult time moving right after. For me, I believe it has a lot to do with what I have eaten. Next time you wake up sore without having lifted weights or done anything to warrant it, think about what you had to eat the day before or even the day before that. Just keep an idea in your mind of what you had. Then see if you are sore the next time you have that same food. I believe that for some people gluten causes joint pain. There are a lot of foods that can trigger an immune response and they (the foods) are different for everyone. So switching up your diet might help alleviate some pain. There are Anti-Inflammation Foods you might want to add to your diet.

Lack of sleep can increase inflammation in the body. And we have already stated that inflammation is one of the main causes of pain. Also, the article is saying that sleep deprivation can change how people experience pain. Studies have shown that getting an hour’s more sleep before surgery has helped patients need less pain medication.

Then there is “reframe the pain“, as in stop talking about it, stop dwelling on it, stop focusing on it, and start thinking about it differently. Instead of just thinking about the pain and expecting it to be bad, think about something else. Focus on something positive, kind of distract yourself from the pain. Or instead of saying something like, “Oh this is going to be awful, it is going to hurt so bad.” Perhaps think, “This is something that I can handle. It will not be that bad. I can easily get through this.” I found an online article about “Reframing”.

Then there is relaxing. The article mentions Biofeedback with electrodes or classes that you can take the help you be more mindfully relaxed. I believe that breathing techniques like Pranayama might help. Focusing on relaxing tense muscles can help bring ease into the body.

There is also mention of exercise. When you exercise your body produces endorphins which give you that happy feeling and that can help fight the pain. Exercising for pain management really depends on the type of pain, of course. You have to be able to move and make certain you are not further injuring yourself. People often ask me after an intense workout that has left them sore, what is the best way to get better, and my belief is to keep moving. Some people don’t think that way so we all need to deal with DOMS in a way that you feel is best. While you want to let the muscle recuperate sitting around and doing nothing isn’t necessarily going to make the aches and pains go away.

What type of pain can these five things help?

Diet: Chronic pain due to inflammation

Sleep: Any kind of pain

Reframing: All types of pain

Relaxing: Chronic pain

Exercise: Mild to moderate Chronic pain, especially muscles pain (DOMS)

So for many of us who would rather not reach for a pain killer in the form of a pill, these ideas might be something to try. What do you think?

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