Things and stuff and more things Thursday is being brought to you this week by Saturday. Thursday was busy with Stove-top Mac-n-Cheese. It happens. Anyway, here’s some stuff I came across ’round the interwebz traps this week…
Starting as always with the food:
- This is a really good resource [via Sarah Wilson] on the amount of fructose in various fruits, why this is important, and what too much fructose will do to your health. I’ve been a bit guilty lately on relying mainly on apples in the morning, rather than the berries I used to eat with my breakfast, time to swap back! The levels shown in bananas surprised me however, as I expected them to be higher in all types of sugar. I wish I could find a breakdown list like this for sugar substitutes [honey, agave, coconut sugar, maple syrup etc] as well. A quick side note, it is worth reading Sarah Wilson’s ‘Why sugar makes you fat‘ post, which is a really quick summary about why our bodies aren’t programed to tell us to stop eating fructose.
- So remember back when only crunchy-granola-sandal-wearing-long-haired-hippies bothered with organic produce? Yeah, well now it’s hip. But with hip comes the masses, and with the masses comes dollar signs for big business, and with dollar signs comes mass production. Organic is now in vogue… so what? Well it’s just that the same convenience and on-demand availability as conventional foods is expected, make that demanded, with organic produce. So rather than the traditional support for the little farmer and being good for the environment and sustainable for the earth values of organic farming, it’s about how can we produce as much as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. How long will we be able to sustain it?
- Ok, I’m off my sugar-free organic soap box now! And I fully appreciate the irony of telling you about this next item in the same post, much less the same section, as the previous links but really, check out this ice cream sandwich dessert truck menu from Coolhaus. Unbelievable. On the list for the next trip to NYC – no questions asked.
Tech and computer machines:
- Last week was ‘be nice on the Internet week‘ as proclaimed by Real Simple Magazine. Missed it? Then be nice this week. Go on, you can do it.
- When I was in middle school we had a computer that I had to enter MS-Dos commands into in order to get it to start up. Yes, really. This is what computers acted like before some people I work with were born. Brilliant time waster. No, clicking on any of the buttons will not make your computer re-start.
- Are you always behind on what everyone is laughing or talking about ’round the water cooler? You know what I mean – the latest cat video or no-pants subway ride or other random meme? Good thing Mashable has people that spend their days finding all this stuff for you and creating ‘Hilarious Viral Topics Trending Right Now‘ lists.
- With a touch more irony, I came across this next item during the aforementioned ‘be nice of the internet week’… but really, people are ridiculous sometimes and just need to be called out.
Rant [you know, because there hasn’t been any of that yet, ahem]
- Would you run a marathon without training at least a little bit, I don’t think so. Would you get in the ring with a professional boxer and expect not to get knocked out, probably not. Then don’t twist your body into crazy positions just because celebrities with professional trainers and yogis with years – nay decades – of experience make it look easy and then complain that you get hurt doing it. This article makes me angry. I’ll get over it in yoga tomorrow.
Love youz all till next Thursday!
Lizzy (Good Things) says
Interesting post, thanks for sharing! I need to investigate the sugar in fruit, as my daughter was recently diagnosed with intolerance to fructose. Perhaps that why I feel so tired a lot of the time!
No worries Lizzy – I’ve only just learned about fructose intolerance (don’t have it thank goodness), but cutting down benefits everyone really!
Anna @The Littlest Anchovy says
Some serious food for thought here. I am certainly going to check out Sarah Wilsons post, it is something that I have become concerned with lately.
She has quite a bit of good information – very worth while having a look!