The movie Fed Up talks about the obesity epidemic in America and the role of the government in keeping people uninformed about the danger of sugar.
I thought I knew a lot about sugar and the obesity epidemic, but this movie was a real eye-opener.

I’m going to start things out on a serious note this week.  Over the weekend I saw the documentary Fed Up, and even though I’ve been on the anti-sugar bandwagon for many years, I was still stunned by the degree to which over-consumption of sugar is making Americans sick, and even more bothered by the claims of political maneuvering that’s gone on to prevent the government from making people aware the dangers of too much sugar.  And I’m not the only one thinking about this; cookbook author and food expert Mark Bittman talks about Fed Up in the New York Times, calling it An Inconvenient Truth About Our Food, and well-known chef and blogger Michael Ruhlman writes On Seeing Fed Up (and you can watch the trailer there.) Also the blog U.S. Food Policy has a piece with links to facts about the diagnosis and potential solutions, and this opinion piece from The New York Times on Why We’re Always Hungry supports many of the points in the movie.  Whether you’re a parent, someone who has struggled to lose weight, or just someone trying be as healthy as possible, I highly recommend seeing this movie.

Now, on to a few more things I’ve been thinking about . . .

I have to credit my friend Lydia for introducing me to a site called Brain Pickings, and that’s where I read about a book by illustrator Sophie Blackall called The Baby Tree that explains to young kids where babies come from in a way that’s honest and charming.  You can see the book there if you’re a parent or grand parent who might like to buy it.
From Today’s Mama, a series of portraits made up half-and-half of faces from mothers and daughters to skillfully illustrate how genetic similarities are passed on.  Amazing!
I’m nearly done reading the recently re-released novel Mornings in Jenin, a beautifully-written book that has made me realize how little I actually know about the history behind the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.  Very worth a read if you’re interested in that issue or just like a good book.

I spotted Garlicky Buttermilk, Goat Cheese, and Fresh Dill Dressing at She’s in the Kitchen, and all I can say is yes, please!
I’m always telling people not to refrigerate tomatoes, so I felt validated when I saw them on this list of 10 Foods You Should Never Keep in the Fridge from Huffington Post.

And finally, I can’t say whether it works or not, but I’m intrigued by this weed killer recipe I keep seeing on Pinterest.  My driveway has cracks between the sections where I want to kill weeds, going to try it.

What have you been thinking about lately?  Please share in the
comments, and if you’re spotted something especially interesting online,
links are welcome.
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