Thursday, October 19, 2006

Eat To Live

I, like many other Americans, am overweight. Based on the Body Mass Index scale, for a guy who's 6'1", I should weigh about 175 - 180 lbs. I'm at 225 lbs. I was ten pounds heavier but I've been trying some new things. Like not eating pizza every night (although I still think it is the perfect food). And I picked up a book.

The book, Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. has been enjoyable to me for serveral reasons. The first is related to me being a vegetarian. Many of the wieght-loss plans and "ways of eating" assume that one eats meat and plenty of it. Dr. Fuhrman's plan is essentially a vegetarian food plan. Eat as many raw vegetables as you want and stay away from animal products.

This actually leads me to another cool point - you don't have to starve yourself. Believe me, you can get full on celery, broccoli and carrots. What about protein, you ask? Believe it or not, according to Fuhrman, most raw, unprocessed vegetables trump meat for protein-per-calories percentage. For example, one cup of frozen broccoli has more proteins-per-calorie than one Burger King cheeseburger:

1 Cup frozen broccoli - 5.8 g protein - 52 cal - 45% protein

1 BK cheeseburger - 18.0 g protein - 350 cal - 21% protein

Dr. Fuhrman endorses a more efficient way of providing nutrition to the body. It's a 6 week plan; I kinda think the book is really a lot of pages for such an easy method. Certainly, if you have pre-existing medical conditions, this may not be for you. But I'm finding it very easy to pretty much stick to the plan. The book has a lot of explanations in the first five chapters about nutrition and what is and isn't the realities of protein, calories and carbs. The back end of the book contains recipes and an extensive f.a.q.

Let me know if you've read this book or another like this one that focuses on vegetables and beans.

Wilson's Real Pit Barbeque (Fairfield, CT)

Tonight I ate at Wilson’s Real Pit Barbeque and, man-o-man, it was tasty. I’m a vegetarian but I eat chicken once in awhile. The cool thing is that all the sides like collard greens, beans and such are vegetarian! No joke. I don’t know how he gets collards to taste like that without bacon or ham, but he does. "He" is Ed Wilson (hence “Wilson’s”). He’s done the amazing thing of bringing great authentic barbeque to Fairfield County. It’s actually amazing how many BBQ places there are around here. If you’re in the area, you should make the time to stop in and have some good food. The link to the webpage is here.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

New Wonders


 According to news reports (like this one), there is only one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World remaining (hint... it's in the picture). Yes friends, the times they are a-changin'. History books will have to be revised, for sure!


Anyways... apparently, there was an effort to name a new seven wonders and the list came down to these 21 choices (to be whittled down to seven at some point):

1 Acropolis, Athens, Greece

2 Alhambra, Granada, Spain

3 Angkor Wat temple, Cambodia

4 Chichen Itza Aztec site, Yucatan, Mexico

5 Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

6 Colosseum, Rome

7 Easter Island Statues, Chile

8 Eiffel Tower, Paris

9 Great Wall, China

10 Hagia Sophia church, Istanbul, Turkey

11 Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan

12 Kremlin/St.Basil's, Moscow

13 Machu Picchu, Peru

14 Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen, Germany

15 Petra ancient city, Jordan

16 Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

17 Statue of Liberty, New York

18 Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom

19 Sydney Opera House, Australia

20 Taj Mahal, Agra, India

21 Timbuktu city, Mali


I've got a question. Why does it have to be a location? I mean, why can't it be an idea or scientific breakthrough or whatnot? I happen to wonder about a lot of things.

I humbly submit Planet Doug's 7 Wonders of My World:

1 New Jersey

2 Obscene Salaries for Professional Athletes

3 The Commercialization of Children

4 Rain after I Wash My Car

5 Jellybeans

6 The Internet

7 Why is there still Poverty?


Do you have any wonders in your life? Leave a comment. Thanks.

While You Were Sleeping

Thanks to 06solareclipse, we have a time-lapse view of the Northern Lights. It's both beautiful and scary; the way nature works is awesome at times. It's only a minute or so, so I hope you take a peek.