Confessions of a recovering diet food junkie

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I was 13 years old when I ate my first “diet meal.” I had somehow convinced my mother that the traditional foods from her native Iran were going to make me fat and that the only hope for my future health was to eat food with clearly marked calories and fat grams. After much needling on my part, she agreed to buy the meal of my choosing: shrimp marinara, an offering from the Weight Watchers Smart Ones line. men solution plus

Let me paint a picture of this entree, circa 1996: When defrosted, the teensy shrimps turned to rubber and the angel hair pasta became a soppy mess in tomato sauce. I vaguely recall the word “zesty” emblazoned on the small red box. The contents were about the size of a deck of cards. men solution plus

But the questionable flavor and texture took a back seat to the meal’s convenience — 2 minutes and 10 seconds in the microwave — and its “nutritional” value (i.e., low calorie count). With its 190 calories and two grams of fat, it was triumph in each bite. men solution plus

In the decade and a half that followed, I, like any good dieter, became intimately familiar with a bleak landscape of diet foods. men solution plus

There were the low-fat frozen meals and veggie “burgers.” There were the meal-replacement bars, meal-replacement shakes, meal-replacement cereals and countless 100-calorie snack packs (which, let’s be honest, taste best when eaten in multiples). [Source]

Basal metabolic rate changes as you age

Going on a crash diet to shed the pounds fast? Think again.

Although the pounds will dwindle, so will your metabolic rate and most likely your lean body mass — which in the end is exactly what you don’t want.

“If you go on, say, a 900-calorie-a-day diet, you will have a hard time getting the nutrients you need,” says Rebecca Mohning, a D.C. nutritionist. “Without the daily requirement of protein, you will break down your lean muscle mass.”

“Basically, the body will make sure it gets what it needs to function — and if it doesn’t get what it needs from food, it will take what it needs from the muscles,” says Fairfax-based nutritionist Danielle Omar, who owns “It’s not that smart when you consider that you are in essence eating away at your own muscle mass.”

And less lean muscle mass means you burn fewer calories — probably not what you were going for.

You will also lower the body’s basal metabolic rate (BMR) — the minimum amount of energy you need to keep the basic functions going (such as liver and brain function and breathing; breaking down food requires about 10 percent of the total BMR).

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You’ve seen our list, now show us your 40 Eats

Yeah, we know. Your favorite dish — your palak chaat, your half-smoke — wasn’t featured in this year’s 40 Eats. So now’s your chance to vent. Tell us — nay, show us — all the great dishes we overlooked. Here’s the plan:

1) Pick your favorite D.C. area dish.

2) Instagram it.

3) Tell us what it is, and tag it with #40Eats.

And who knows, maybe you’ll see it in next year’s guide to D.C. dining essentials. In the meantime, we’ll feature the best submissions in the Instagram stream below:

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Bay Area health and fitness events

Digitizing Health

Dr. Abhas Gupta speaks about opportunities for new ventures in digital health solutions. Presented by the Entrepreneur’s Club at UCSF. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Registration recommended. UCSF Parnassus Library, 530 Parnassus Ave., S.F.

Andres Edwards: Balancing Ecological Well Being From the Inside Out

The educator and author gives a master class exploring the connection between global ecological challenges and personal well-being. 3-4:30 p.m. Friday. $35-$100. HUB SF Boardroom, 925 Mission St., S.F.

Food Allergies & Sensitivities

A seminar on understanding the immune system and how it gets confused, symptoms that commonly are missed, how to test for allergies, and how to ease symptoms to improve general health. 7-9 p.m. Thursday. $46. Gathering Thyme, 226 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo. (415) 813-6183.

Get the Fluoride Out!

A march and symposium addressing the issue of fluoridated tap water. March begins at 3 p.m., Friday, at Union Square Park, ending at Civic Center Plaza. Symposium 4:30-6 p.m. at Koret Auditorium, S.F. Public Library, 100 Larkin St, S.F. Friday. Free.

Ice Skating with Ashley Clark

Learn the basics of skating with the two-time U.S. gold medalist. 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. $80. Yerba Buena Ice Rink, 750 Folsom St., S.F.

IPA Shy Bladder Workshop

A paruresis workshop. Friday through Sunday. See website for details. Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 550 N. Point St., S.F. (800) 247-3864.

Mental Health Services in Contra Costa: What’s Working, What’s Needed?

A panel of industry experts discuss the capabilities and limitations of mental health services in Contra Costa County. 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Ygnacio Valley Library, 2661 Oak Grove Road, Walnut Creek. (925) 945-7272.

Metabolic Wellness

James LaValle, co-founder of Living Longer Institute and adjunct associate professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy, discusses how to assess the factors affecting metabolism and steps to achieve optimal metabolism. 6 p.m. Wednesday. $7-$20. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F. (415) 597-6700.

Run for Zimbabwe Orphans

Eleven different races for all ages and fitness levels as well as a fair featuring two Zimbabwe bands, Zimbabwe food, a shoe and book drive and more. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. $5 to run; fair is free. St. Joseph School, 1120 Miramonte Ave., Mountain View. (650) 941-9206.

Spring Detox Cleanse With Dr. Elson Haas

A three-session program designed to improve general health and address issues with toxicity or congestive/inflammatory problems. 6:30 p.m. Thursday with follow-up sessions Tuesday and April 2. $125-$150. Preventative Medical Center of Marin, 25 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 8, San Rafael. (415) 472-2343.

Vitamin D and Calcium

Kaiser Permanente pharmacy staff discusses the link between vitamin D and calcium, and fields questions. Noon. Thursday. Free. 1044 Middlefield Road, Redwood City. (650) 780-7018.

The Voice: One Man’s Journey Into Sex Addiction and Recovery

David Kleinberg’s solo theater piece exploring and discussing sex addiction. Through April 7. $10-$15. Stage Werx Theatre, 446 Valencia St., S.F. (415) 602-2919.

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New type of adult diabetes is on the rise

Cathy Purpur used every excuse she could think of to explain away her symptoms.

Busy at work and training for a half marathon in 2004, the 38-year-old San Jose woman started feeling exceptionally tired, craving orange juice and going to the bathroom a lot.

“I just figured I’m up in the middle of the night because I’m drinking a lot more, and I’m exhausted because I’m up in the middle of the night,” said Purpur, now 46. “I rationalized everything.”

It wasn’t until she noticed her vision getting worse – soon after she had been to the eye doctor for a new refraction – that she started to panic. She returned to the eye doctor, who immediately suspected the cause and told her to get a blood test.

Her blood sugar was sky high. The cause: diabetes.

Physicians are seeing an increase in diabetes, a disease that makes it difficult for patients to control their blood sugar levels. But it’s not the type of diabetes – known as Type 2 – that has gotten the most attention in recent years and is linked to the growing obesity epidemic.

Rather, it’s the less common Type 1 form that historically has been found in children and young adults.

“Overall, Type 1 diabetes is increasing and we’re seeing it in all age groups,” said Dr. Tandy Aye, who specializes in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

Studies show trends

Comprehensive numbers for this trend are hard to come by, especially for adults, but some studies are starting to show what doctors are seeing. For example, a large registry of diabetes data collected in Europe showed a 4 percent annual increase in the rate of Type 1 diabetes diagnoses among children from 1989 to 2008.

In Pupur’s case, it was clear she had diabetes, but determining the type proved to be difficult.

Initially, her doctor told her she had Type 2 diabetes, which is sometimes referred to as “adult onset” but is being increasingly diagnosed in children because of the growing problem of pediatric obesity.

Type 1, once commonly referred to as “juvenile” diabetes, is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own ability to produce insulin. Patients need frequent insulin injections to survive.

The Type 2 form, which accounts for more than 90 percent of all diabetes cases worldwide, is not an autoimmune condition. In this type, the pancreas quits producing insulin or stops using the insulin efficiently to control blood sugar levels. While Type 2 diabetes may require insulin injections, it can often be controlled with oral medications or even weight loss, exercise and healthy eating.

Purpur didn’t fit the profile of either a Type 1 or Type 2 diabetic. She is physically fit and had no family history of diabetes of any type. After consulting with an endocrinologist, she learned she had traits of both Type 2 and Type 1 – in essence, Type 1.5.

Often misdiagnosed as Type 2, this murky Type 1 form is called “latent autoimmune diabetes in adults” and may account for some of the increase in insulin-dependent diabetes. Patients with this form, including Purpur, generally develop the disease more slowly but eventually become dependent on insulin.

Researchers don’t know exactly why the increasing prevalence of Type 1 disease is occurring, but some attribute it to better classification and understanding of the disease.

“We’re more aware of different types of diabetes and that’s why we’re seeing an increased incidence,” said Dr. Marina Basina, a Stanford endocrinologist and assistant clinical professor. “We have better assays for the antibodies and are coding the diagnosis more as Type 1.”

Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, or Type 1.5, has only in recent years been reclassified as Type 1 diabetes, instead of Type 2, as doctors have been able to detect the presence of the antibodies that attack the pancreatic cells, she said.

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Hard Math: Adding Up Just How Little We Actually Move

Working out at the gym might not be enough to stay fit if you spend much of the rest of the day sitting down.

Americans are more sedentary than ever, government surveys show. That is a problem even among people who exercise regularly.

An increasingly popular way people are trying to coax more exercise into their lives is by tracking their movements using a bevy of small electronic devices from companies like Fitbit Inc., Jawbone and Nike NKE +0.16% . Some devices are pedometers, tracking steps. More sophisticated gadgets, known as accelerometers, measure the rate at which a person moves and convert this into calories expended.

“We’ve been very focused on exercise and making sure you get your half-an-hour a day of moderate and vigorous physical activity. But what we’ve not focused on so much is how you spend the rest of your day,” says Bonnie Spring, director of the Center for Behavior and Health at Northwestern University.

Americans on average take 5,117 steps a day, according to a 2010 study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. A good daily goal, by contrast, is 10,000 steps, according to the American Heart Association and other experts. Research studies have found that such a regimen results in modest weight loss, improved glucose tolerance in people at risk of developing diabetes and other benefits, says David Bassett Jr., co-author of the 2010 study and a professor in the department of kinesiology, recreation and sport studies at the University of Tennessee. see more>> [Link]

Let Them Eat Fat

The hysterical crusade against fat has become a veritable witch hunt. With New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s ban on supersize sodas (now temporarily thwarted) and the first lady’s campaign to push leaves and twigs (i.e., salad) on reluctant school children—all in the name of stamping out obesity—it is fat-shaming time in America. Yes, there are countertrends, like the pro-fat TV shows of Paula Deen and Guy Fieri. But in the culture at large, eating that kind of fat has become a class-based badge of shame: redneck food (which I say as someone who likes rednecks and redneck food). It isn’t food for someone who drives a Prius to Pilates class.

But there’s another world of fatty foods, a world beyond bacon and barbecue—not the froufrou fatty foods of foodies either, but basic, earthy, luxuriant fatty foods like roast goose, split-shank beef marrow and clotted cream. In the escalating culture war over fat, which has clothed itself in sanctity as an obesity-prevention crusade, most of these foods have somehow been left out. This makes it too easy to conflate eating fatty food with eating industrial, oil-fried junk food or even with being or becoming a fat person.

Preventing obesity is a laudable goal, but it has become the rationale for indiscriminate fat hunters. It can shade into a kind of bullying of the overweight, a badgering of anyone who likes butter or heavy cream. To the antifat crusaders, I say: Attack fatty junk food all you want. I’m with you. But you can deny me my roasted marrow bones when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

I’m not suggesting that we embrace these life-changing food experiences just on grounds of pure pleasure (though there’s much to be said for pure pleasure). As it turns out, the science on the matter is changing as well. We are discovering that fatty delights can actually be good for you: They allow Spaniards, Italians and Greeks to live longer, and they make us satisfied with eating less. I’m speaking up not for obesity-generating fat, then, but for the kind of fatty food that leads to swooning sensual satiety. More here..[Link] – Weight Loss Ezee | Weight Loss Easy

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