Scary Charts (8 years old but still scary)


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You Want Fries With That?

The study found that eating fast food is associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a potentially life-threatening condition in which fat builds up in the liver. Researchers discovered that people with obesity or diabetes who consume 20% or more of their daily calories from fast food have severely elevated levels of fat in their liver compared to those who consume less or no fast food. And the general population has moderate increases of liver fat when one-fifth or more of their diet is fast food.

University of Southern California – Health Sciences. “Consumption of fast food linked to liver disease: Risk of liver damage is highest for those with obesity or diabetes.” ScienceDaily. (accessed January 11, 2023).

Journal Reference – Ani Kardashian, Jennifer L. Dodge, Norah A. Terrault. Quantifying the Negative Impact of Fast-food Consumption on Liver Steatosis Among United States Adults with Diabetes and Obesity. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2023; DOI: 10.1016/j.cgh.2022.11.040

But even with Foods With Low Nutritional Quality remember Braum’s Is the Best American Fast-Food Chain You’ve Never Heard Of.

Don’t Eat More of Anything (Until You Decide What to Eat Less Of) — A Country Doctor Writes

A year ago this week, I made a stir with my post about five common weight loss myths. Today I had a patient conversation I have had so many times before: Someone was trying to eat healthier and lose weight at the same time. They are not necessarily the same thing.

Don’t Eat More of Anything (Until You Decide What to Eat Less Of) — A Country Doctor Writes:

Saturday morning. Coffee, clean the shower, catch up on news. Later I’ll work for a few hours on my Future Best Seller rewriting and editing my essay on changing habits, food choices and emphasizing what you don’t eat is just as important as what you do eat. Well, The Country Doctor wrote a nice post on this topic.

Thanks Doc.

Good hydration linked to healthy aging — Health Secrets of a SuperAger

Adults who stay well-hydrated appear to be healthier, develop fewer chronic conditions, such as heart and lung disease, and live longer than those who may not get sufficient fluids, according to a National Institutes of Health study published in eBioMedicine.     Using health data gathered from 11,255 adults over a 30-year period, researchers analyzed links between […]

Good hydration linked to healthy aging — Health Secrets of a SuperAger

Thanks Tony.

Invasion of The Sipes – 12.31.22

New Year’s Day 2023 (observed). I know I’m not the only one who thinks having two New Year’s Days is strange, but I’m not complaining. Our last to leave house guests from Paraguay departed around 9:00 am, I’ve run and unloaded the dishwasher, and have done 3 or 4 loads of laundry. It’s good to have a full day to recover.

The Invasion began Saturday afternoon. In total we had 9 Bigs and 5 Tiny Humans in the house. “We” were anxious to know if the house was clean enough and if there would be enough food to feed the small army. The division of labor was as it always was. The Boss baked many things. I handled the apps and mains. Anyone who knows anything about me knows I love to cook.

The first night was lasagna. I put out some gourmet cheddar and Manchego cheeses, Guacamole – Asian Inspired and Updated and Hummus – The Updated version. For sides I made broccoli with olive oil and garlic and garlic bread. Dessert was Flourless Chocolate Cake topped with whipped cream.

During the afternoon I made Sunday’s breakfast which was the Xmas Breakfast Casserole recipe. Whole Wheat Banana Muffins (updated) made an appearance along with Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes (for the Tiny Ones). If that wasn’t enough, there was bacon and pan fried potatoes.

The Tiny Ones played well together. Note the lengthy Brio train track.

Strategy Interlude

If you feed 9 Bigs and 5 Tiny Humans what I’ve described on Day One then a simple lunch is all you’ll need for Day Two. A couple of pounds of cold cuts, cheeses, rolls and breads for make your own sandwiches worked well. But since it was New Year’s Day Badass Black Eyed Peas – 2021 were also served.

Sunday night we served breaded chicken cutlets, pasta with butter, olive oil and garlic, and green beans. Brownies and ice cream to top off the meal was offered and not refused. The high point of the weekend was the Tiny One pictured above who discovered fried chicken is better than life itself.

When New Year’s Day arrived all that was needed for breakfast was leftovers.

Dinner was leftovers too.

On New Year’s Day we were still eating leftovers.

On New Year’s Day (observed) the turkey and cheeses were finished into some grilled sandwiches while the ham ended up in a Mayocabo Bean and Ham pot of beans for dinner the day after.

I am afraid to step on the scale.

2022 Year in Review

I ate more plant based meals and started a canned bean collection.

Through extensive research I learned whisky is plant-based.

And believe it or not bread is plant-based too!

I can’t seem to get my entire head into a selfie.

This happened.

Hey Hon, there’s a bear in the backyard.

I reconnected with my inner child.

My brother commented on my height. Thank you Captain Obvious.

Discovered two more reasons why I love living in Oklahoma.

I have no further comment on this.

“It’s really good to be here and as I always say, it’s really good to be anywhere!”

Keith Richards

More Trouble in Paradise – 12.22.22

Life puts hurdles in front of you: ice cream, home baked cookies, gift packages of divine seasonal sugary treats from well-meaning friends. Even if you work from home the seasonal threats are abundant.

Remember this chart attributed to the New England Journal of Medicine from my first Holiday post Trouble in Paradise (it’s Weight Gain Season)?

Today I introduce you to another Seasonal Threat for weight gain.

Stay the Course

Being housebound is no reason to eat all of the ice cream and home baked cookies in the house.

The fancy gourmet pecans though are OK because they are nuts.

It’s a good thing there’s no beer in the house.

Pizza and other food delivery services will tempt you. Stay strong.

PS. The estimated wind chill is minus 20 degrees F.