Very close to the top of the list of things I’ve been loving lately: blueberries, milled flax seeds and super viscous sunflower seed butter. Basically, it’s the ultimate breakfast.
Also on the list of things I love: spending time with Dan (duh) and making easy dinners.
Tonight, we were debating what to do for dinner. Go out? His hall? Uhh… Cereal? Ultimately we settled on the never-fail option of pizza! His was basic sautéed mushrooms, pepperoni, pizza sauce and cheese. Her’s was creamy Swiss cheese, baked apples, a little cheddar and honey drizzled on top.
Dan was questioning my sanity, but my pizza was seriously good!
(Longer than usual) Friday Fragments:
This semester, one of the classes I am in is “media and ethics,” which is a requirement for the journalism school. For this class, we look at various ethical dilemmas that we may face as journalists.
For a classic example of a dilemma: Joe knows his father committed a crime. Should he tell the truth by turning his father in to the police? Or, should Joe remain loyal to his father by keeping the secret? Essentially, this is all about choosing truth or choosing loyalty.
By requiring this class, the objective is that we students will be so experienced at making ethically based decisions that they will soon be second nature. I knew the class has been successful when I was faced with somewhat of a dilemma today…
On the front page of today’s University Daily Kansan — the student newspaper that I have previously held management positions with — was a story about getting more color in your diet. Good idea, right? I mean, I’m all for increasing the nutritional variety that students consume.
But there were a few points that really glared out at me as sending the wrong message. Specifically, one quote by the school’s dietician said, “What’s been found clinically is that it’s not when you eat, but how many calories go in versus what you burn.”
Now, I know this dietician and I know that she promotes consuming whole-grains and other nutritionally packed foods. Although much of weight comes down to calories in and calories out, I know there is more to overall health than that.
Allow me to illustrate by comparing two 100-calorie foods…
First, take a large apple that runs around 100 calories and is filled with natural vitamins and nutrients.
Then take a standard “100 Calorie Pack” with enriched white flour, partially hydrogenated oil, corn syrup solids and other unpronounceable ingredients.
I will admit that the second illustration is my own and was not intensely researched — Instead, it is based on common sense that not all calories are created equal.
Sorry, Kansan, I’m blowing the whistle on this one. Maybe I’m not too loyal, but that’s just the truth.
What do you think? Are all calories created equal?