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Bloomberg to Fat New Yorkers: "No Soda for You!"

Last night, New York City Mayor Bloomberg announced a new plan banning the sale of sugar soda over 16 oz:

In New York City, where more than half of adults are obese or overweight, Dr. Thomas Farley, the health commissioner, blames sweetened drinks for up to half of the increase in city obesity rates over the last 30 years. About a third of New Yorkers drink one or more sugary drinks a day, according to the city. Dr. Farley said the city had seen higher obesity rates in neighborhoods where soda consumption was more common.

The ban would not apply to drinks with fewer than 25 calories per 8-ounce serving, like zero-calorie Vitamin Waters and unsweetened iced teas, as well as diet sodas.

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Forsaking the Unholy Trinity: Animal Flesh, Caffeine and Sugar

As an always-foraging Vegan, I was encouraged to read this in the New York Times about eating fake meat that still tastes like chicken:

Would I rather eat cruelly raised, polluting, unhealthful chicken, or a plant product that’s nutritionally similar or superior, good enough to fool me, and requires no antibiotics, cutting off of heads, or other nasty things? Isn’t it preferable, at least some of the time, to eat plant products mixed with water that have been put through a thingamajiggy that spews out meatlike stuff, instead of eating those same plant products put into a chicken that does its biomechanical thing for the six weeks of its miserable existence only to have its throat cut in the service of yielding barely distinguishable meat?

Why, in other words, use the poor chicken as a machine to produce meat when you can use a machine to produce “meat” that seems like chicken?

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How Sugar Creates Depression

On April 29, 2011, I wrote an article for the Boles University BlogBipolarism and Sugar  Consumption — where I argued depressed people were self-medicating with refined sugar to create a false high that then quickly resulted in an even deeper, depressive, low:

Bipolarism is defined by manic highs and severe lows and medication can help keep that under control, but there is the silent danger of the over consumption of sugar to help retain those dramatic highs and valley lows — but few patients and doctors are prescient enough to also prescribe a “no sugar” diet to Bipolar patients in addition to medication.

If you suffer from Bipolarism, and if you crave sugar to unwittingly help replicate the emotional highs and lows of your disease — try carving sugar out of your diet, and that includes alcohol, too — and see if you don’t immediately start feeling warm and neutral and safe again.

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Why is Eating Healthy so Expensive?

Why is it so expensive to eat a healthy diet anywhere you go?  Sure, you can find some deals on healthy food in some niche places, or you can take time to cook bulk purchases at home and tote the remains around with you, but for fast, healthy, food, on the road, you’re going to pay a heavy price for that healthy eating.  We live in the days of the one dollar McDonald’s hamburger and the miniscule, $7, “tomato and avocado” sandwich at Pax.

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Bipolarism and Sugar Consumption

We all know sugar is terrible for us — sugar is The New White Devil — and yet we can’t seem to escape its granular grasp.  We live in a sugary circle of feeling low, boosting our blood sugar with sugar and then crashing again.  How can we escape this treacherous roundabout?

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New York City Stops the Sugar Train

Janna snapped this image on the “R Train” to Queens the other day.  New York City is big on “Banning the Sugar” bandwagon — and that’s a good thing — because sugar is killing us.

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For the Want of an Obama Cookie

Barack Obama is Big News.  He’s also filling sweet tooth cravings in Des Moines, Iowa:

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