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Staying Skeptical of the Buzz: A Reformed Fad Dieter’s Take on Nutrition

On any given day, 20 percent of Americans will say they’re on a diet. I’ve rarely been the exception. In the past, I’ve tried them all based on trending suggestions: I’ve eliminated adult foods via the baby food diet. I’ve turned to cabbage soup for a miracle. I’ve ditched food completely and mixed cayenne pepper, lemon juice, maple syrup and water for a “10-day Master Cleanse.” I’ve tried everything short of mindfully ingesting a tapeworm (yes, people really do this). Almost every one of my efforts yielded the same result. I’d find myself curled up in bed hungrily singing the lyrics, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone.” Then, the next day I’d be eating an entire pizza…just for breakfast. Through each of these cycles, I lacked a sense of how the diet du jour was intended to positively affect my body and didn’t bother asking questions like “how does this work?” I only knew I wanted to feel “healthy,” and turned to magazines, TV personalities, friends and the like for quick fixes. So, it didn’t come as a surprise when Jimmy Kimmel recently interviewed some health-conscious Los Angeles pedestrians andContinue Reading

December 18, 2013

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Move Over Selfie. Science Wants the Spotlight, Too

I clearly remember the first time I used the camera on my pink RAZR flip phone to take a picture of myself smiling widely. More vividly, I remember how much my little sister made fun of me for it. There’s a 9-year age difference between us, and as such, she’s far more tech-savvy and up-to-date on that kind of thing. Amused, she joked, “I didn’t know you took selfies,” and went on to explain what the term meant. Years later both the act and the word have exploded into a phenomenon in which I’m certain even my grandmother partakes. That said, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to me this fall when Oxford Dictionaries crowned “selfie” its word of the year. The publication cited a roughly 17,000% increase in usage compared to 2012. Admittedly, many of those uses were likely mine. Here’s where things get interesting. In seemingly opposite fashion, this month Merriam-Webster announced the word “science” as its winner for the year. While, by nature, these words have nothing in common, it got me thinking. Maybe “science” isn’t commonplace amongst a group of teenage friends, but from the perspective of those of us who live and breatheContinue Reading