Miscellaneous Miscellany Monday: 6/13/2011

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1.  Just a little heads up:  I’m going to be sporadic with blog post this week since, you know, Lisa and I will be starting Operation Co-Habitaton in a few days.  I started packing up my apartment over the weekend, which as any guy knows is code for “my girlfriend is forcing me to throw away stuff.”

T-Shirts – gone.

Tupperware – see ya.

Vintage Star Wars poster – over my cold, dead body.  Non-negotiable.  It’s staying.

While we’ve had to compromise on a few things, all in all, things have been going fairly smoothly.  I get to keep my baseball cards, and she gets to keep her Sex and the City dvd collection.  It’s a win-win.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather is going to be cooperative this week, but looking at the extended forecast for Boston, it doesn’t look promising.  Oh well, we’ll get it done nonetheless.  Wish me luck!

2.  An avid reader (Juliet) of my blog sent me THIS link a week or two ago, and I had been meaning to post it at some point, and I figured today would be as good a day as any.  Anyone looking for a good LOL this morning, should definitely click on it (sorry, I couldn’t embed the video).

3.  HERE’s an interesting article from the New York Times on the U.S.D.A’s decision to switch the tradtional Food Guide Pyramid into a more relatable dinner plate.  Cool, I get it….it’s definitely a step in the right direction, and I really like that the objective is to cover half your plate with fruits abd veggies. 

But, in the grand scheme of things, I still have to question their actual guidelines.  I mean, corn is still considered a vegetable.  Really?

Is this going to be easier to follow?  Tough to say.  I think it would be in our best interest to follow this guideline instead:

Short.  Simple.  And to the point.  You’d have to be a complete moron not to understand it. 

4.  And lastly, can someone please tell me whether or not this can be considered a form of child abuse?

I don’t even know where to begin with this one.  I always love it when someone posts a video like this, and automatically “disables” comments.  That there should tell you that you shouldn’t be posting it in the first place. 

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  • I totally agree with your thoughts on “My Plate”. In fact I posted about this last week. My additional thoughts in a nutshell:

    -Still way too many grains, especially considering that only half are recommended to be whole grains, and cereals can now be considered whole grains simply because the box says so.

    -No recommended fats?

    -Not enough protein

  • I wrote about the MyPlate on my blog as well: http://squatsandveggies.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/usa-new-food-pyramid/. Seems that pretty much everyone has written something controversial about it.

    There are so many weird things about the plate if you look for additional information about it such as beans being both a vegetable and protein source, dried fruit and 100% fruit juices are in the same category as fresh raw fruits, low-fat sh*t still recommended, and so on.

    By the way, are these guidelines available for general folks, does anyone even read/learn it?

  • R Smith

    Tony,

    I've seen your girlfriend, buddy, so if it comes down to her or the 13-disk He-Man collection, make the right choice. In other words, don't wake up (alone) in a week and feel the need to throw an axe throw your face 🙂

    Regarding the food pyramid, I have my own that has worked very, very well.

    1. Lean protein

    2. Leafy veggies

    3. Small amount of fruit

    4. Not a whole lot else

    Funny how the closer I stick to these guideline, the better I look and feel.

    RS

  • I'm not much of a rule follower but sadly there's no law against being a dumbass.

    I didn't look too far into the plate, but I feel like you. Like I said on my blog:

    “Maybe 50 years from now when 80% of the population is diabetic, bald, blind and on a dozen different medications that the government finances we'll see a shrink in the grains, an increase in the vegetables and fruits, and change the milk to greek yogurt.”

    Good luck on the cohabitation man…..

  • Be careful when she volunteers to do your laundry. I'm not necessarily saying things go missing, but I am slowly losing all former sweat pants that I had made into shorts. I realize it's not a great look, but a man needs hand made sweat shorts.

  • Thanks for the mention!

    And good luck with the move-in…. I'm not sure I'd be willing to part with my tupperware unless it was being replaced with nicer tupperware.

  • Paula DeMarkey

    Juliet, if you read this, I loved that cartoon video!! Too funny and unfortunately it is how too many women think:( I'm with you!

    Tony,the best thing you can do in your move is to just say “YES”!Also, I will be adding

    more weight after seeing how little I am doing in comparison to others last Saturday. A little healthy competition is good for all:)!!

  • Samuel Johnson
  • Tony Gentilcore

    @ Juliet: well, combined, we have a bunch of Pyrex dishes, so it's definitely a step in the right direction.

    @ Paula: hahahaha. Yeah, Saturdays tend to be a good day to come in – you should do it more often….;o)

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