This week, we’re rollin’ without an editor. So, ‘scuse my grammer.
June 23, 2018
Some Good Bits: Sun’s out, grill’s on? Works for us. Here’s how the world is sharing their grillin’ love on social this week. The perfect summer recipe exists – Healthy_ish shares some charred carrots with some sweet and spice; a wide open space means more room to grill, right? ‘Right,’ says Derek Wolf of Over the Fire Cooking; Farm Girls Dabble knows what she’s talkin’ about – she’s calling dibs on caramelized, crispy edges.
Read: “The camera eats first.” More important than taste, event food has to be Instagram-worthy. Wedding couples raised in the “Portlandia” era want to know the origin of their meal’s components and, thanks to food television, they place great emphasis on the visual aesthetics of the meal. And wedding planners and caterers are listening. Interesting. I will say, “tartare Jackson Pollock style” does sound visually tasty.
Read/Watch: China was importing trash for years. And now they’ve said “enough.” So… now what? “Everyone’s bottles, bags and food packages add up. Factories have churned out a cumulative 8.3 billion metric tons of new plastic as of 2017, the same Georgia team reported last year [sic]. Even 1 million metric tons, the scale that this material trafficks in every year, is hard to visualize in the abstract. It’s 621,000 Tesla Model 3s. It’s 39 million bushels of corn kernels. The world’s 700 million iPhones make up roughly a tenth of a million metric tons.” Gah. Guess they’re turning their attention to importing a better revenue stream… the World Cup.
Read: Americans are increasingly making the move away from low fat diets, and embracing the idea that higher fat diets may not be as bad as we (or our parents) once thought. And may, in fact, actually be healthier. The ketogenic diet has been trending for some time, and this study shows higher alignment with similar diets, such as paleo, “high protein,” and Whole30. I’ve done all of these. I see the benefits in all of them. Keto, to me, is the strictest, with all it’s counting and measuring and emphasis on increased fat intake. It’s hard, but I saw really good results kicking it off with a water fast. One trend I can’t get behind, though, is hot dog water.*
Read: What does it mean to be an “influencer”? A fitness celebrity or ambassador? It’s more than just posting #swoleandflexy pics on Instagram. These folks have made an impact on thousands through their content, speaking engagements, research, and… yes, in no small part, their reach hinges on social following. Trends that are moving into the mainstream include “…the rise of digital and social fitness; the accessibility of mindfulness and meditation; the steadily growing popularity of diets such as Whole30, Paleo, and keto; and increasing interest in food as a tool for healing. You’ll also notice the list of prominent health and fitness influencers is becoming more diverse across the board—that’s an important shift, and we welcome it with open arms.”
AND… ONE LAST THING BEFORE WE GO…
> *In (the year) 2000, Limp Bizkit had an album named “Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.” Wonder if that album’s what inspired this gross thing that happened? (Separately, I wonder if Fred Durst is Keto?)
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