Though this is a year old, I thought it might be useful for those of us who have or want to add yogurt to our diets: The Best and Worst Greek-Style Yogurts for Your Health | Be Food Smart
Not surprisingly, the most advertised brands are at the bottom of the list going from best to worst. In fact, Yoplait Greek and Activia Greek each only have one good point using the criteria: they are inexpensive.
I want to talk about obesity. Mostly because I’ve often thought that going back to how people ate in the 40s and 50s might be just as good as trying to copy Grok. I was reading some stuff last night, and while it’s true that U.S. obesity rates have risen alarmingly since the 50s, it was already an issue, and perhaps some of the health advice or CW of that day has led to some of the problems we’re having now.
From here: Obesity in the USA: Photos From the Early Fight Against a Plague, 1954 | LIFE.com
From here: Obesity epidemic may have roots in 1950s - Los Angeles Times
“The most serious health problem in the U.S. today is obesity.” Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? *snip*
But that pronouncement about obesity’s primacy in the hierarchy of national health problems is not new. Rather, it’s the opening line to a remarkable article published 60 years ago in LIFE magazine.
A leading fitness and nutrition expert at Louisiana State University, she has a theory that the tide of obesity that has swept the nation in the last two decades had its roots in what young mothers did, or didn't do, in the postwar, suburban-sprouting 1950s.
If she's right — and evidence is stacking up on her side — reproductive-age women may become the central focus of efforts to reverse America's fat problem.
The obesity epidemic has multiple causes, Sothern acknowledges. Food has changed in the last five decades. Americans have become much more sedentary. But she thinks that obesity rates soared just when they did — in the 1980s — because a generation of young women decades earlier smoked, spurned breast-feeding and restricted their weight during numerous, closely spaced pregnancies.
"It was the evil '50s. A perfect recipe for obesity," she says.
Sothern calls her theory "the obesity trinity." And she thinks the key to getting Americans to slim down lies in studying those lessons from the past. Among her prescriptions for change: Women who are significantly overweight should be discouraged from having babies until they shed some pounds.
A central part of Sothern's theory — that obesity starts in the womb — is gaining currency with a growing number of doctors and researchers who say that reversing the epidemic, with its attendant cases of weight-related illnesses such as diabetes, should begin by addressing nutrition in pregnancy and early-life feeding practices.
"We don't completely understand how people become obese, when people become obese and why children become obese," says Michael L. Power, a senior research associate at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a coauthor of the book "The Evolution of Obesity."
"But children of parents in the '50s and '60s may have started this off."
Sothern points to her own family as an example of the obesity trinity in action.
Her mother was told by the obstetrician in the 1950s to gain less than 20 pounds during pregnancy. Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day was a good way to keep the weight down, the doctor said.
Breast-feeding was not in vogue, so Sothern and her two siblings were bottle-fed formula. The kids were born within a span of four years.
All three children — Sothern thinks it's no coincidence — battled with their weight as adults: Her brother is diabetic and her sister is obese.
I read a bunch of other stuff also, but I guess I came away with the idea that while eating in the 40s and 50s wasn’t bad, the other advice being given was detrimental. My mother didn’t breastfeed me and she smoked during her pregnancy. (My brother, who reacted badly to cow’s milk got a double whammy by being fed a soy-based formula.) She didn’t however only gain 10 pounds during pregnancy. Can you imagine a doctor telling a woman that smoking cigarettes was a good way to keep her weight down during pregnancy? LOL – it’s like we’re not talking about Earth, but some other planet far, far away.
In 1960, middle-aged men were, on average, about 27 pounds lighter than middle-aged men in 2002, and women were more than 25 pounds lighter.
In 1963, the average 10-year-old boy weighed 74 pounds and the average 10-year-old girl 77 pounds — compared with 85 pounds and 88 pounds, respectively, in 2002.
One of the more controversial things suggested in the full article is that women be discouraged from having babies until their weight was healthy. While it sounds like good advice, I wonder at its effectiveness. How many people have been told by their doctors to lose weight? How many have done it? Yes, the doctors have a hand in keeping people ignorant about how to actually do it, but the fact remains that most people don’t. A few years ago, my doctor recommended that I lose 28 pounds in the next four months. I figured I’d better do it as my bp was becoming an issue. I lost it plus a couple. He sounded surprised at my next appointment when he said, “Well you lost the weight!” “Well, you told me to.” “Nobody else listens,” he mumbled. So, yeah, doctors are swimming upstream just like the rest of us on this obesity epidemic.
So, I learned some new stuff. And I reaffirmed some old stuff.
Take someone who is 200 pounds and only walks from their front door to the car. Put them on 1500 calories/day, and get them to move in any way they can handle for a half-hour a day, and barring some medical anomaly, they’ll lose weight. However, the rate at which they’ll lose will be different depending on genetics, in-utero health, environment, etc.
Therefore, while the formula works, if person A follows the above and sees two pounds a week drop off, s/he will be encouraged to keep going – after all, a good weight is perhaps six months away. If person B follows the above and only loses two pounds a month, s/he might get discouraged because a good weight is years away. Looking at years of perceived deprivation is bleak.
I don’t think we can depend on any experts to help us – not those that cling to CW, nor those that teach a completely different POV. If we’ve ever been a right weight in our adult lives, I think that’s where we should look. What were we eating then? How were we moving? Can we healthfully replicate that now?
In the end, it’s as complex as it is simple.
Monday’s food: Coffee w/coconut oil. Homemade fry bread (gluten free) topped with lean ground pork and green tomatoes. And that’s my carb-load day for the week.