Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve all enjoyed nice weekends. I’ve been reveling in the autumnal weather; I’m so happy that my favorite season is here. To celebrate, here’s a mixture of delectable late summer and early fall food links, most of them of the breakfast variety. Because what’s better than a cozy breakfast on a cool morning?
Nothing, I say.
Warm with a bowl of creamy coconut millet porridge. This looks absolutely delightful.
…and if you’re not quite ready for porridge, you can savor a delicious chocolate cherry vegan protein shake.
Since we’re on the topic of breakfast, we might as well dive headlong into pumpkin season with Allyson’s awesome pumpkin chocolate swirl muffins.
Headed back to school (or just looking for a great office snack)? I love these oat cookies with nuts, cranberries, and banana.
Finally, I’m swooning over this roast fingerling salad with romesco and black quinoa — what a layered dish!
1. Until now, it’s been a fairly widespread dictum in the medical world that you have to take a full course of antibiotics before you stop. This advice has grown even stronger and louder since antibiotic resistance has become prevalent. This new article, via Discover, presents new research that questions whether or not it’s necessary to take a full course of antibiotics each time. Very interesting stuff.
2. A new piece of technology called the “stopshotter” system may present an opportunity to help stop poachers in Africa. The system can be placed high in treetops and detect poachers’ gunshots from nearly two miles away. When it does, it can send a notification to park rangers within 30 seconds. While the system can’t stop poaching, it may help authorities to apprehend poachers more quickly.
“When gunfire happens, a notification is immediately alert sent to our offices in California,” Theresa Marcroft, senior vice president of marketing for Shotspotter, told The Dodo. “Then, a human confirms whether this sound is gunfire, or something like a tree branch breaking. If it’s a gunshot, we push that alert back to first responders immediately.”
3. A disturbing article about seven food practices that are banned in Europe but permissible in the US. Some pleasant examples: growth promoting antibiotics, poultry litter in cow feed, chloride washes on chicken carcasses. Sigh. Not a heartening read, but knowledge is power, right?
4. More diet coverage in The New York Times. This time, an article about an extreme weight loss study that actually proved to yield lasting results. Test subjects–15 overweight but healthy men–were asked to eat 360 calories daily, all in liquid form, coupled with upper body exercise and eight hours of walking per day. The men lost about 11 pounds each, which is obviously no surprise: starve and exercise, and you’ll lose weight. What was slightly surprising was that the men had actually kept weight off in a follow up one month later. A full year after the study, the men were still five pounds down from their original weight.
The article presents the sustained net five pound loss as a big deal, and I suppose I understand why. Starvation diets famously lead to immediate weight re-gain after (sometimes with a few extra pounds), so it is surprising indeed that this didn’t happen. Still, it’s not such a shock that the extreme weight loss experience might inspire some longterm change in overall habits. And it’s also no surprise that half of the weight was re-gained. What the article fails to mention, of course, is how unhealthy the original starvation diet was, or how much it failed to train the test subjects in sustainable healthy habits. It also fails to mention that a sample size of 15 is hardly robust or promising evidence of anything.
I read the original study, and in fairness, the authors’ intention doesn’t seem to have been longterm weight maintenance or healthy education; rather, they were interested in the efficacy of calorie restriction as opposed to other dietary strategies. But I always wince a little when studies like this garner attention, because, no matter how firmly I believe that all of us should have access to research and information, it’s hard to imagine that this kind of information might not trick readers into believing that crash dieting is just as good (or better) than a gradual transition to a sustainable healthy lifestyle. And it isn’t.
5. My fave topic again: the microbiome. This time, a study suggesting that gut microbial therapy (specifically, experimentation with the Clostridia bacterium) may help to protect against food allergies. Interesting stuff!
In case you missed it: if you’re feeling a little uninspired or stuck in your veganism, I wrote a post last week about my recent visit to Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, the special sheep I’ll be sponsoring this year, and 10 things that you can do to help animals today.
I didn’t use to be much of a procrastinator, but unfortunately it’s a tendency that seems to creep up on me more and more with each passing year. It’s probably a good thing in some ways: back when I was doing my post-bacc, I was so overcommitted in so many directions that I actually couldn’t afford to delay doing anything. And while that wasn’t true for all of grad school, it was true a lot of the time. My schedule nowadays is more…
I’m perched upon my sofa right now in a sea of pre-holiday mess: as-of-yet-unwrapped gifts, Scotch tape and scissors on the floor, a Christmas tree that needs watering and has been shedding needles without subsequent vacuuming from me, a countertop covered in flour for the bread that probably needs longer to proof than I have time to give it. There are unwashed dishes in the sink, work emails I meant to send before Christmas and didn’t, cards I wanted to mail to friends…
I don’t have many photos of myself. If you were to enter my apartment, you’d find a few framed pictures of my mom and one of me at age eight or nine, all pigtails and missing front teeth, smiling directly to the camera. I love the lack of inhibition in the photo, the sweet confidence. I hang onto the image as a reminder that as a child, I was unashamed of being seen. I came into life with this quality, and it’s always there, no matter…
On Friday I wrapped up my very short but incredibly meaningful two-week rotation at the John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack, New Jersey. The commute wouldn’t have made it sustainable for me to stay any longer, but I wish I could have. I valued pretty much every moment of the experience. One of the things I was told about the dietetic internship before starting was that I’d probably be surprised by what I loved and what I didn’t. Having had some counseling experience…