Jun 092013

Darya Pino Rose.

We do not need unhealthy foods to be more convenient or less expensive. And if you’re going to put health aside and eat them anyway, they should also taste absolutely amazing, not just good or even pretty good.

Page: 63

It has always been easy to pass up dessert at a restaurant. Who wants to pay $6 or so for something you don’t need when you are already full.

But what if it is ‘free’? We just got back from a 7-day cruise to Alaska. After our meals we had a choice of desserts which were included. Sometimes they offered something interesting but most were fairly ordinary.

For more than a year I have had no problem passing on desserts and cookies at events and friends’ houses yet I found myself unable to pass up the ‘free’ desserts on cruise. Why?

I am going to allow myself desserts now. But only if they are amazing. And in small quantities for those very special occasions like grandkid’s birthdays.

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Jun 082013

Darya Pino Rose.

One of the author’s seafood recommendations caught my attention:

EAT SARDINES. These little guys are sustainable, healthy, and delicious. I prefer fresh sardines, but I also enjoy the boneless, skinless sardines from cans. Pair with dry-as-a-bone white wine. Yum, yum.

Page: 53

My dad was an avid sardine eater when I was growing up. I don’t remember enjoying them as much as he did. Since going low-carb,  I have once again started eating sardines and will have to try them with some white wine.

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Jun 072013

Darya Pino Rose.

The media, food manufacturers, and various self-appointed gurus seem to overstate the potential health benefits of certain foods. Why? Probably because it makes for a better story and helps sell more products. Because of this constant barrage of ‘facts,’ we end up following many fad diets and glorifying certain foods over others.

Below are the author’s ten picks for the most overrated health foods. In the book she provides why these make her top-ten list.

Top 10 Most Overrated Health Foods
1. Yogurt 
2. Soy 
3. Egg Whites 
4. Margarine 
5. Bananas
6. Fake Meat 
7. Protein Bars
8. Whole-Grain Flour 
9. Low-Fat Salad Dressing 
10. Fruit Juice

Page: 50

I must run in the wrong crowds, I never hear talk of the health benefits of fake meats but I do hear the praises of so-called whole-grains. What foods make your top-ten list?

Update: Just found this post on Darya Rose’s blog, Summer Tomato, detailing the Top-Ten.

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Jun 052013

Darya Pino Rose.

Restrictive dieting and excessive workouts won’t get you ahead faster. They actually do the opposite, holding you back both physically and mentally from better health and happiness.

Page: 17

As much as we hope that cutting back on calories and working out more will help us shed those unwanted pounds, they don’t. At least not for the long term. We each only have A finite amount of willpower and if we use it all up on fighting our desire to eat then we will have none available for other areas of our life or after a stressful day we will not have any willpower left to avoid gorging ourselves because hunger rears its head.

Jun 042013

Darya Pino Rose.

Modern weight-loss diets are temporary eating plans that emphasize single nutrients and restriction over real food and lifelong habits. Foodists, in contrast, focus on real, high-quality foods in order to optimize our quality of life.

Page: 13

If your ‘diet’ is something you do until you hit your ‘goal weight’ and then plan on going back to your old eating habits, then you may as well also plan on going back to your original weight. Temporary changes to your diet bring only temporary changes to your weight.

Instead, focus on real food, high-quality food, food that has not been so over-processed that it requires infused salt, sugar, and fat to make it palatable.

Jun 032013

Darya Pino Rose.

The problem was that starving yourself of energy, nutrients, and pleasure is not the most effective way to attain—let alone maintain—the body you want. It is also no way to live your life.

Page: 8

Like monks of old who would flagellate themselves seeking to be more holy, we hope that some tortuous diet will bring our body into submission and deliver us from the evil that makes us fat.

Jun 022013

Darya Pino Rose.

How horrible would it be if, in order to look and feel amazing, you had to deprive yourself of foods you love for the rest of your life, skipping birthday cake and Michelin-rated restaurants, just so you can feel good about yourself when you look in the mirror? Seriously, screw that. It isn’t necessary, even if you did have the willpower to pull it off (and you probably don’t).

Page: 6

Refreshing, a ‘diet’ book that does not expect you to use willpower and instead expects you to enjoy food! I want to skip to the end of the book to find out what the author’s recommendations are.

Jun 012013

Darya Pino Rose.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

— Aristotle

Page: 5

Not the quote I expected as an introduction to a food/diet book but if you expect to make a a lasting change to your body shape then you must make a lasting change to your lifestyle and that requires new habits not temporary acts of willpower.

May 302013

Darya Pino Rose.
Google Books

Began listening to Leo Laporte interview Darya Pino Rose on Triangulaion episode 101. I liked what she was saying about diet, habits, and lifestyle at the start of the interview so rather than just listen, I decided to watch the interview on my Roku.

Based on their discussion, I promptly went to the Mid-Columbia Library website and found that they had the book available as an e-book and downloaded it to my Nexus tablet to read.

Book Info

Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting
by Darya Pino Rose
Publisher: HarperOne
Published: 05/07/2013
ISBN-10: 0062201255
ISBN-13: 978-0062201256
Started: 05/30/2013
Finished: 07/08/2013
Source: Mid-Columbia Library
Reason: TWiT Triangulation Interview
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

Foodist is a manifesto about real food and real science that proves once and for all that sustainable weight loss is possible by incorporating fresh, seasonal—and delicious—ingredients into every meal.

If you picked up this book, there’s a good chance this is not the first time you hoped a new eating plan would help you lose weight. Dieting is a popular hobby in the twenty-first century, and the result is typically a slow but steady weight gain over the years. Oops. Diets fail because they rely on willpower and restriction for achieving health goals, and ignore the reasons these tactics always backfire. Becoming a foodist helps you give up dieting forever and get on the real path to healthy, lasting weight control.

Foodist is an approach that actually celebrates food while taking you through the nutrition and psychology involved in eating well to help you move beyond the daily obstacles and bad habits that keep the tasteless, empty, and unsatisfying food-like products on your plate. Losing weight no longer has to be about sacrifice, deprivation, and willpower, and food will turn from something you fight into something you can actually love again. As Darya writes, “You don’t need a diet. You need an upgrade.”

Smart, accessible, and engaging, Foodist will help you tailor your eating habits to match your lifestyle and your food preferences, making sure the path you choose works for you in the short- and long-term. Not only will you permanently build healthier habits into your daily life, you’ll lose weight and enjoy food like never before.

Author Info
I'm Darya Pino Rose, a PhDork and dedicated foodist, currently residing in foggy San Francisco. I spend most of my time thinking and writing about food, health and science. I eat amazing things daily and haven't even considered "going on a diet" since 2007.

I was born and raised on the sunny beaches of southern California. Before becoming a foodist I tried and succeeded at every weight loss plan under the sun.

In 2010, I completed my Ph.D in neuroscience at UC San Francisco. About a year before graduating I started writing about food and health at my website, Summer Tomato. By the time I defended my thesis, I had a new career.

Summer Tomato was one of TIME's 50 Best Websites of 2011. I have a bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, and was recognized as one of the top students in my graduating class of 2003. I also play Zelda.

As you can see, I'm a total geek.

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