Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:
[This is the site I visit to fantasize about
living in Toronto again, which is almost
day during the winter]
Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when
I need a positive spin on things past, present
[This is where I go to see what Canadians
are up to, sometimes I even buy things from
the businesses listed there.]
Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning,
and before every road trip during the winter]
The three years I studied full-time in a Food Science
program at Ryerson University has stood me in good stead
of my life. My knowledge of food and nutrition has allowed
me to survive my allergy, while enjoying what I can
eat. I usually eat what is good for me, with occasional
forays into unhealthy self-indulgence.
Having raised two daughters, and now watching my grandchildren
grow, I have felt a deep concern that the power of profit
would outweigh the best efforts of parents and educators
to impart to our children healthy eating habits. In
a general sense, my concerns are well founded.
When I walk through the aisles of a grocery store, most
of what I see is value-added, highly processed and packaged
food. Pure ingredients are there, but you have to look
for them, and when you find them, you have to know what
to do with them. Cooking simple, healthy meals from
pure ingredients is an activity that does not lend itself
well to increasing sales and profit margins.
When I taught Food and Nutrition in the public school
system, the food available to children at the school
was reasonably healthy, as were most children's packed
lunches. I was shocked at the state of things, when
I sent my youngest daughter to a university summer camp
for kids. Her lunch box contents consisted of a healthy
sandwich, fruit, fruit juice and a homemade muffin.
home in tears at the end of the first day. She had been
Apparently the contents of her lunch box were the source
of derision, from some of the other children. Their
lunches consisted of pre-packaged things, like cheese
cold cuts and crackers, packaged sweets, chips, cans
of "lemonade" etc. I didn't give in on this one; my
to take healthy homemade lunches to camp. I don't think
she ate them, and I know she suffered socially through
the whole two week ordeal. I did not make her go back
to that summer camp. What were the other parents thinking?
Don't ask me, I couldn't tell you.
I do think they were rather more popular with their
offspring than I was with mine.
I did wonder if other parents had abdicated their responsibility
for their children's health, to the pressure of convenience
and the desires of their children. Children who were
exposed to compelling ads in the media, designed to
capture their interest and create desire.
What inspired my thoughts to wander in this direction,
was an article I read this morning, claiming that:
"The current generation of children faces a far higher risk of cancer later
in life due to their unhealthy habits, a specialist has warned."
cancer 'explosion' warning
Value-added food with questionable dietary merit would
only be a part of the problem, sedentary lifestyle would
be a significant factor as well. There are other factors,
such as the environment, which are difficult to identify
or quantify. I think we as a species underestimate the
consequences of polluting our own nest.
What advice would I give to my children as to what to
feed their children. In my opinion a reasonable tactic
would be to follow Canada's
Food Guide and avoid foods that are high in fats,
sodium, sugars and/or are highly processed. I also advocate
purchasing food locally whenever possible. This will
be partially facilitated by the new labeling laws that
insist that if the label says Produce of Canada, the
product is indeed from wholly Canadian sources. All
of these recommendations take more planning and more
preparation time, but the
are worth every minute of our time.
And, as my Mom always told her children, eat oats for
breakfast and keep moving!
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Sunshine! Limelight of the Gods; available almost anywhere!
My Big Idea for Today
My big idea for today is that the governments of the world
should put a health tax on excess levels and certain forms
of fats, salt and sugar in food sold to the
public. So, for instance, if soup contained more than a certain
level of salt, the soup would be subject to the tax.
Then, if you wanted to kill yourself slowly by eating poorly,
bills would be subsidized by you and the food industry.
BBC Radio Scotland
"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."
George Bernard Shaw
"Power without responsibility—the prerogative
of the harlot throughout the ages.
(The quotation is often ascribed to British prime minister
Stanley Baldwin, Kipling’s cousin. Baldwin used the
words in a speech, Mar. 17, 1931, attacking press barons
Lord Beaverbrook and Lord Rothermere, whose newspapers he
called “engines of propaganda'.”
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