This is installment of Rants & Raves is coming to you from Playa Grande in Costa Rica. I’m listening to the cicadas singing in the trees and can hear the waves crashing on the beach about 100 meters away. This is the view from my poolside “office.” I’m enormously grateful, and I feel a little embarrassed by my good fortune. This is ridiculously like typing in paradise, and it means that my rants are 20% less ranty this week. Enjoy!
Here are the things that worked me up into a lather this week. My computer monitor has shown amazing patience and fortitude in the face of my shock and outrage.
Yes, it’s OK to eat eggs.
Lifehacker debunks 10 persistent food myths — and offers this sound advice: “…if some tip or magical diet truism seems too good to be true, or too simple to be uniformly true for all people, it probably is.”
And now onto the good stuff that makes me feel less stabby…
MUST READ: Scientific Research 101
Tim Huntley of My Athletic Life delivers an excellent (fast-read, easy-to-digest) tutorial on how to read and assess scientific research, including a quick recap of the scientific method, key terms found in scientific research, and — maybe most importantly — how to be on the lookout for bad science. These articles are a toolbox to help assess the info you find online. YAY, education!
MUST READ #2: Ashely Judd on body image
When the media took jabs at Ashley Judd for having a “puffy face,” she fought back, raising excellent questions about our society’s utter preoccupation with physical appearance.
The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted. Read more.
“Ice cream is about the only thing I can think of that tastes good on a plane,” says Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University. “Airlines have a problem with food on board. The packaging, freezing, drying and storage are hard on flavor at any altitude, let alone 30,000 feet.” Read more.
These are neither rant-y nor rave-y — they’re just links to lots of fun pictures.
School Lunches From Around the World
I gotta say, the kids in France and Italy look like they eat pretty well, at least from a taste perspective.
Artist Terry Border really knows how to play with his food.
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