Saturday, May 15, 2010

MyPyramid Updates, The Dirty Dozen, and a Video Blog!

I hope everyone is having a nice weekend! This morning my friend Cathy and I walked the Race for the Cure (a race that is held every year in Columbus, which benefits breast cancer research). Cathy isn't a runner (and really, neither am I), so we always choose to walk instead of run. That's fine with me, as we get a nice opportunity to talk about life. She's getting married this fall!

We wore the t-shirts that her company designed; Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW). Many companies have their own t-shirts for the race.

As always, it was a HUGE hit. Literally thousands of people take part in this event each year.

I walked for my grandma Lois, who died from breast cancer 10 years ago. I love you grandma!!

Video Blog

Want to brush up on your "fat" knowledge? Check out our latest video blog! In this video (on the side bar) I talk about "The Skinny on BAD Fat".

Dirty Dozen

Someone asked me to post the list of foods that are most highly contaminated with pesticides and herbicides, also known as "The Dirty Dozen". Check out this link to find the list! I try to purchase these foods in organic varieties, whenever I can. They also provide the 12 "cleanest" fruits and veggies. These lists do not pertain to other countries, only the United States.

MyPryamid Updates

Remember my rant about MyPyramid? I e-mailed the creators of MyPyramid about a month ago and they finally returned my e-mail! I'm sure they are busy people, so despite the late response, I really appreciated the time they took to explain their answers:

Question: Why does processed cheese count towards our intake of milk, but soymilk and almond milk do not?

Answer: We are in the process of updating how we handle soymilk and soy products in MyPyramid, concurrent with the development of the 21010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In the future, we expect that calcium-fortified soymilk will be considered a part of the Milk group.

Question: Why does tofu count as a vegetable, but tempeh does not? Why are french fries considered a vegetable, but tempeh is not? (it's a bean!).

Answer: The best food group placement for tofu and other soy products is being examined, and we will have better guidance on this by early 2011. Not every food fits neatly into one MyPyramid group. This is true for foods that are fried and contain a lot of fat or oil. Potato chips are made from potatoes, which are a vegetable. They are cooked in oil, so they also are high in oils. Therefore, potato chips would be considered a vegetable, but one that would be in the narrow upper section of the vegetable food group-the section representing vegetables that should be consumed less often. Also in this upper section would be such vegetables as French fries, onion rings, other fried vegetables, and creamed vegetables. All of these foods are vegetables, but they contain a large amount of fat or oil and therefore should be eaten less frequently. Vegetables to be consumed more often can be considered to be in the base (the wide lower section) of the vegetable group. These would be vegetables without a large amount of added fat, oil, or sugars. So, a plain baked potato and other plain raw or cooked vegetables would be in the base. Think of this as "you should base your food choices on foods from the base."

It sounds like the people from the USDA are really working hard to perfect MyPyramid. This is fantastic news. Rather than ignoring the issues, they are being proactive and answering America's concerns. They deserve a HIGH-FIVE!

Coming Up
How much added sugar do you consume each day? Research indicates that added sugars are associated with a greater risk for heart disease and other chronic diseases. Monday I will post all the foods I eat, which contain added sugars. I've added up my daily intake'll see.
Thanks for reading everyone, and enjoy the nice SUNNY (hopefully??) weekend!!


  1. I'm glad the USDA are working out the kinks of MyPyramid. The whole processed cheese over soy milk bugs me the most. Lately I've been eating too much sugar, mainly in the form of chocolate. I don't eat a lot of processed foods though, so it makes it easier for me to stay away from useless added sugar. Have a great weekend...I'm currently waiting an hour or so until it warms up a bit to get outside and enjoy this beautiful sunshine!

  2. It's so great that you do that walk every year! Such a fantastic cause... I'm sorry about your Grandma. I lost mine to cancer too (before I was born) so my family take part in walks and events.

    That's fantastic that MyPyramid are looking into this more- the whole soy milk/processed cheese thing was confusing!

  3. just watched the video about bad fats... I noticed you mentioned coconut- I've heard such mixed things about coconut but the general consensus seems to be that although it contains saturated fat, it's medium-chain fatty acids (or something like that) and therefore good for you? I don't eat huge amounts of coconut, but am curious now whether it is healthy or not!

  4. I'm glad to see that they are working on the MyPyramid to address the issues you asked about. Sounds like they are working in the right direction.

    Looking forward to your post about added sugars. I try to limit them but lately I know I have let a little more slip into my food intake. Hopefully reading will help me refocus.

    Have a wonderful weekend. Oh and I sent your address to the company so your giveaway prize should be on it's way to you soon.

  5. i love those shirts! great job for joining the run!! that is awesome <3

    hmm most of my sugar is in the form of fructose from fruit. i try to limit sugar.. and avoid all white sugars or artificial sweetners.

  6. HEY GIRL!! ahhhh its been so long!! i have missed you! ive still been reading your INTERESTING posts tho!! I am so happy you are settled and happy in your new home!! I have no idea how much sugar i consume? lol! Prob from fruit tho!

  7. what a great day girl! you musta felt like a millie-billie when you were walking :)

    have a fun weekend and use your nunaturals!!!!!

  8. Hey Chica! That is such a great turn out for the walk...your grandmother would be VERY proud of you =)

  9. I did the Charleston Race for the Cure earlier in the year. It was by far my favorite race. The energy surrounding that cause is incredible! So glad you got to be a part of it!

  10. I did the Charleston Race for the Cure earlier in the year. It was by far my favorite race. The energy surrounding that cause is incredible! So glad you got to be a part of it!

  11. the race for the cure races are such a good cause. it also was my very first running event MANY years ago. i agree though sometimes walking is more fun and it gives you time to catch up :) thank you for your "candid" comment on my blog about acids and bases! hope you are enjoying a great weekend!

  12. How great that you walked the Race for the Cure. Your grandma is very proud of you! My oldest sister died of Leukemia, and my goal is to run a race in her memory one day...

    Sounds like the My Pyramid folks are working hard. Thanks for all your info and updates!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  13. I love all these insights on the food pyramid. Love the questions and answers.

  14. Oh I love that they've responded to your email and are actively looking into this! Thanks for sharing the response!

  15. Great responses from the USDA. These are what I would have assumed. As for dairy, their definition is based on products retaining their calcium, so I can see why the calcium fortified products would meet their definition for inclusion. I remember with the old FGP we had those combination foods, where it was like 1 grains and 1 dairy and 1 veggie for a slice of pizza, or something like this. I would think french fries could work the same way. I personally do not think potatoes are a vegetable, it is more of the grains and starches group. I like that the exchange lists have a category for starchy veggies. Speaking of potatoes we had tons this weekend, so check my post tomorrow for the from scratch potato adventure. Technically, my current post has potatoes too. Oh well, potatoes are just abundant on this island! Glad the race had a great turnout.

  16. Detroit's Race for the Cure is next Saturday. My mom and I walk the 5k each year in honor of my grandma who has had two bouts with breast cancer (1971, 2007) and is cancer-free at 85 years old! A great race, in my opinion.

  17. Eek, yeah I'm sure added sugars are the biggest evil in my diet - I have the worst sweet tooth! But I do try to make sure those added sugars are in actual desserts. Like I don't put sugar in my coffee and I almost always use unsweetened rice/almond milk. I don't even eat sweetened cereals, really.

    Very interesting re: soymilk being added to the milk group!

  18. I love all of your questions about the pyramid! I'm impressed that they answered all of them.

  19. This is great that you got responses to your MyPyramid questions. I personally don't think french fries or potato chips should be considered a vegetable. I get that they are made out of potatoes, but I personally think that those fall in fats and oils at the top. I'm not saying people should never have fries but don't think you are being healthy or gaining nutrition by doing so.

    Your walk looks awesome :) That's great that you did that!

  20. I love your videos! Fantastic! And thanks for sharing your answers from MyPyramid ... some interesting info here. Glad to see peoples' questions are being answered!Lastly, super cute t-shirts for a wonderful cause:)

  21. Thank you so much for the link to the 'Dirty Dozen' - I can see some of my most consumed foods have made the list ... time to be looking for some organic suppliers I think.

    Also, congrats on completing the walk for a cure.

  22. Glad you finally got your answers back about MyPyramid! I love doing the race for the cure every year. My mom and I have ran it for the past 6 or 7 years now.

  23. Thanks for posting the USDA's responses to your questions, Gina. I'm glad to see that they're being proactive with these "confusing" foods, and as I know that changes to, well, ANYTHING in organizations can take a looooong time, I understand that they haven't quite got there yet. I always though having the foods that should be consumed more often in the base of the MyPyramid is pretty clever, but a concept I find that younger children don't really understand.

    I try to limit the amount of added sugar I eat, but I always end up finding it in the most unexpected places! I'm interested to see what you find out about your own eats. Have a great week!

  24. Ugh, I hate to be cynical, but it seems to me like the food pyramid will never be really GOOD. It's not something they'll be fixing overnight, and I doubt it's a high priority. Sighs. All we can do is spread awareness about the problem, I guess!

  25. Thanks for your comment Gina. I'm so sorry to hear about your job, that is so tough. Chris was only working 16 hrs every 2 weeks there awhile back and it was very tough. I appreciate that you did and do events with Race for the Cure, that makes all the difference in my book :)

  26. Someone emailed me this Harvard link to a different Food Guide Pyramid that they think we should be using. I haven't really had time to read everything, but I thought you might be interested:

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