read food labels

  • most people: OMG, what is it like to live in a haunted house? Is it scary? Do they terrorize you? Are you afraid for your life?
  • me, as something falls off the shelf behind me as I read a food label: Knock it the fuck off, Frank. It's 7 am.
Advice from a Non-traditional Student

Perspective: I took a different route than most of my peers. I worked in medical and management fields fresh out of high school, got married, was a military spouse for years, and then returned to school to earn my degree. I’m learning alongside students much younger than me, and a lot of times I see them stressing about things that won’t matter in five years and ignoring real concerns. Here’s some of my advice. 

1) Your relationships do matter: A lot of times I hear young adults say things like “just cut people out of your life” or “you won’t remember that friendship when you were fifteen when you’re twenty-five.” Well, I’m here to tell you as a twenty-five year old that you will, but not like you think. In high school and college you have this unique environment for meeting new people, so it’s easier to end and start relationships when they get too hard. However, how you handle relationships in your younger years create habits that you have to painfully rearrange when you’re older and realize long-lasting friendships take time and effort. Yes, you should definitely remove toxic relationships from your life, but how you do it will make a big difference in your regret and your character. 

2) Your major is not that important: Think of how often you change your phone. Do you really think you are going to work the same job every day for twenty-five years like your parents? No, this generation is simply not going to view occupations the same way. You will have many jobs in a variety of fields. Simply study what you enjoy and focus on the skills you learn, not just the degree title. That is what employers care about. 

3) Take care of your body: Can I sound old for a second? You can fix bad grades, you can even earn a new degree, you can buy multiple houses, you can even have multiple spouses, but you only have one body. Drink the water, read food AND cosmetic labels, walk when you could ride, and wear the damn sunscreen. 

4) Choose your company wisely: Misery loves company. Procrastination loves company. Bitterness loves company. Laziness loves company. Guard your time, energy, and thoughts. Associate with people who build you toward your goals, both academic and personal. 

5) Your GPA doesn’t define you, but it does matter: No, that C does not mean you are a failure. It does not define you. If you worked your ass off and barely passed the hardest class of your life than clap for yourself. However, if you partied all weekend or binged watched Stranger Things and only thought about studying than maybe that C is a reflection of your priorities. Colleges do consider your GPA. Scholarships do take GPA into consideration. If they didn’t matter than they wouldn’t exist. It’s all about balance. 

6) Learn to file your taxes: Learn to cook basic meals, create a budget and stick to it, learn how bank statements or automatic payments work, learn how to shop for car or renter’s insurance, how to change your oil or tire, or learn how to sew on a button. A lot of times young adults miss these basic life skills. No, they aren’t dumb, but you can know physics and be completely clueless about general car maintenance. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but you must, must learn it. 

7) Compartmentalize, compartmentalize, COMPARTMENTALIZE:
The sooner you learn to do this the easier your life will be. Life won’t give you one thing to focus on at a time. One day your car’s transmission blew, your dog has a skin infection, there’s a project at work, and your cousin is blowing up your phone because you offended her by not showing up to her party. This is when this skill is necessary - being able to put all this stress and concern into appropriate boxes, prioritize, and focus solely on the task at hand. Your boyfriend’s behavior last night doesn’t need to affect your test performance today. 

8) Socialize like your grandma:
Well, sorta.. Do you want long-lasting friendships? Do you want those mentors to think highly of you? What did your grandmother do? Call (don’t just text) your family and friends weekly. Remember their birthdays on a calendar, not just Facebook notifications. Send a fucking card. Make soup when they’re sick and miss class. Do what your grandma did and you’ll have friends when you’re your grandma’s age. 

people’s perceptions on what vegans are like are funny to me since literally all I do is get excited when I meet chickens and take five years reading new food labels

warpedellipsis  asked:

Is there a way to tell what's "high quality" dog food? Not everything has a review on the dogfoodadvisor websites. The one mine currently has is supposedly low quality, and I think switching to something better might also help with the allergy symptoms she's having. The only restriction I have is my dog needs 9% fat or less (dry matter measurement), due to pancreatitis. Could I give you the four foods/brands I can choose from and you tell me which is the better quality?

The most important factors I look for when assessing the quality of a dog food are:

  • Guaranteed Analysis vs Average Analysis
  • Specified ingredients vs ‘Meat’
  • Metabolisable energy or the amount of food that needs to be fed.

About the Dog Food Advisor website… it’s run by a human dentist. With no veterinary training, let alone veterinary nutrition training. He seem to consider himself “an authority on reading and interpreting pet food labels” based on his own reading. I would not bother stressing about it.

(And yes, I know there will be a bunch of people out there that like the website because it tells them what they like to hear/believe. I can’t take the website seriously.)

Different dogs will do better on different diets. Most dogs will do really well on a huge variety of diets, but sometimes you’ll need to try a few to get the right one.

I’m not going to give people specific diet recommendations, even out of a select few, because I don’t want to be inundated with such requests, especially when people have their own veterinarians they can take such questions to. I have enough to do, and the answers will all boil down to “If your vet says it’s ok, give it a try.”

Changing food will only help the allergy symptoms if the dog happens to be allergic to something in the food. The ‘quality’ of a diet according to someone who thinks carbohydrates are always bad isn’t going to change the fact that if the dog is allergic to chicken then it will still be allergic to chicken in all the diets.

My advice would be not to worry too much about it and feed something that works for your dog within your budget, whether that’s commercial or home made. If it works, it works. Dogs are tougher than they look.

Don’t let anybody make you feel bad or guilty over what you feed your dog if it works for her.

Happy TUESDAY!I’m back for another round of #NutritionTalkTuesday, this weeks topic is PROCESSED FOOD! I’m sure you all have one idea or another as to why we should avoid processed food, but maybe not enough to make you stop eating it altogether.
WHAT IS IT? PROCESSED FOOD is any food that has been altered from its natural state, like an apple, turning into an packaged apple strudel pastry. Not all PROCESSED FOODS are bad but the altered state usually adds in salt, sugar & cheap fats which all cause inflammation.
WHAT THEY DO TO US
- PROCESSED FOOD makes us fat and sick, studies show any time a culture adopts a western diet their health declines
- High Fructose corn syrup added to PROCESSED FOODS can lead to insulin resistance, increase triglyceride & cholesterol levels, increased belly fat & fat around your liver
- High fructose corn syrup consumption is strongly connect to heart disease, diabetes, & cancer
- We crave sweet, salty & fatty foods because our brains know they have the energy & nutrients we need to survive
- PROCESSED FOODS companies take advantage of that, they are designed to be rewarding to our brains, which causes cravings for them & overconsumption
- PROCESSED FOOD are loaded with preservatives, dyes, artificial chemicals for texture & flavor that our bodies cannot break down
- The way food companies engineer their food to taste and trigger our brains to crave them can lead to food addiction
HOW TO AVOID
1. Shop on the perimeter of the store
2. Avoid boxes, bags & cans
3. Avoid packaged meat
4. Cook at home
5. Pack snacks when you leave home
6. Cook or bake your own “junk” food
7. Read food labels check for salt, trans fat, high fructose corn syrup or anything you’d have to google to know what it is
8. Real food doesn’t have a label
If you have any questions or comments just drop them below! As always, thanks for reading and have a great week!

reading food label: “While this product is not made from wheat, it has been processed in the same facility as wheat. It was in close proximity to wheat. It was so close to the wheat could stare at it with its cold, dark eyes. Dark eyes that gazed down upon it with unfathomable primal emotions. This product could feel the breathe of the wheat running down its neck It could hear the wheat lurking in the darkest corners of its bedroom at night, the product could feel the wheat’s unfathomable, terrifying presence even when it was certain the wheat was not there. But was it? Was it there? May also contain nuts.”

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anonymous asked:

This is so random but I was watching Katie's old interviews and I'm DYING to hear her say 'Lena Luthor' with her accent lol

My dude, I would listen to Katie McGrath read the ingredients on food labels for 10 hours straight in her natural accent. Hearing her say Lena Luthor would be the best treat ever!!

anonymous asked:

hey! I love your blog! I've try to lose weight all my life, I'm a very active person in sports like basketball and handball, but for some reason I'm still overweight, do you have any suggestions please? thank you so much and keep it up with your blog❤

Remember that no matter how much you workout, your diet has a way bigger impact! Double check what you’re eating and get into the habit of reading food labels. It definitely seems you’re active, so make sure to stay motivated and keep pushing yourself and results will come :)

On the left you see me six weeks ago. On the right is me today. You might not be able to tell, but i can see all the progress in the world. My posture has excelled, my legs have lengthened, And just look at those shoulders. but, where I see the most progress is my obliques. Ive also had trouble getting rid of them, no matter the exercise. I have realized that without the proper fat fighting diet, it is impossible to slim down in that region. 

So, I’ll share my bi-weekly grocery list 

plain, no flavor greek yogurt

fresh strawberries (i’d get blueberries but i HATE them), grapefruit, mango, avocado, bell peppers (i only like the green kind), carrots, spinach and other leafy greens 

an assortment of frozen fruits

low/no sodium chicken broth

fresh ORGANIC chicken breast/ salmon/tuna/ground turkey

granola with chia seeds

pre-made Naked smoothies (Green Boost) 


what goes into your body is truly what will come out of it. Eating things rich in vitamins is the most important things I’ve learned. Its not so much counting calories, but it is more so eating things that are very well balanced. If it is low in sugar, it is probably high in fat; if its low on carbs, it is probably also low on protein. ALWAYS READ YOUR FOOD LABELS BEFORE YOU EAT. 

anonymous asked:

I decided I want to become vegan but I really want to be educated on what I cant eat/wear/makeup Im a huge makeup lover and i love fashion so I'm just really confused on everything

Hi!

Veganism when you first begin can seem so overwhelming but it’s really not! Check out this starter kit to get a grasp on basic details!

As for makeup, what I first did was I went through and googled, emailed, anything to see if the makeup I had was vegan or not. Most of my makeup at the time was (before NYX was bought by L'Oréal) so I kept using those… but I slowly used up my items such as Cover Girl and Maybelline and bought replacements from vegan lines. Check out this amazing list by VeganMakeup. 

As for clothes- I didn’t own leather or wool so it wasn’t hard for me. Plenty of vegans give away items with silk, wool, leather, furs etc. Read clothing labels like food ingredients and see what it’s made of. I’m not a huge fashion person which is a shame since clothes are so pretty! So while stores such as H&M and Forever 21 are technically vegan do research on working conditions. Buying second hand is often the easiest and least harmful when on a budget. There are plenty of higher end, eco friendly, vegan clothing shops that are out there (check out this list). 

ALSO there is no shame in taking your time to learn and research. My first year of veganism was dedicated to learning about what food and nutrients I needed, after that I began with makeup, soap, detergent, tooth paste, shampoo etc. Your health is important so don’t overwhelm yourself.

Anyone with (fashion) vegan advice let us know!

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Maris is seven and when she catches me reading the food label of a York Peppermint Patty, she asks me “what’s a calorie?” and my first instinct is to say “nothing important baby. nothing that matters. please don’t wonder,” but I try not to patronize her so instead I say “it’s the measurement of how much energy you get from food.” and she says “Oh. isn’t sugar bad for you?” And I say “No.” And she says “do you want to split this with me?” And I would rather not, honestly.

But Maris is seven and I never want her to know that I snuck into her mother’s bathroom to weigh myself before she got off the school bus. I never want her to know how I felt when I saw a higher number than I expected to. I never want her to wipe off her Dorito mustache. I never want her think about a calorie as anything other than something she needs plenty of to dance to silly YouTube videos and concentrate on her subtraction problems and play with her dog and cats and ride her bike and chase her little sister around the backyard and show off her archery skills for the boys across the street. I would really rather her never think about a calorie at all.

I say “sure, thank you,” and let the chocolate melt in my mouth.

may-your-soul-bloom-in-love  asked:

Tips to lose 5kg in a month as well as toning the body. Im 16 , 162cm , 71kg Thanks in advance

Hello! Here are a few suggestions: 
- Be more active in your daily life: sit less, stand more, walk around more, even if you don’t workout.
- Read nutrition labels on food packages and avoid everything that has more than 8 grams of sugar per serving (except fruits).
- Eat some kind of vegetables and some kind of protein in each and every meal.

And finally, (I know I’m going to sound like a jerk or like an old lady), there’s actually something way more important than losing 5kg: communication skills. I know, I know, you wrote “Thanks in advance” so this “qualifies” as “polite”, but I have to admit the tone of your message sounded more like an order than a polite enquiry.

English isn’t my native language either, but I always try to do my best to sound a bit considerate / thoughtful towards the person reading my message. That’s way more important to a life of success than the number of kg you weigh. Here’s a resource that may help: www.collinslanguage.com/Data/Sites/1/Docs/pdf/genskillswritingunit08_politeenquiries.pdf