Rants & Raves – 04/14/12

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.

“Unscientific Garbage”
The BMI bashing continues in fine form with this article from XOJane. Read my disdain for BMI here.

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time
And now for the latest installment of Does The World Really Need This?: PB&J flavored vodka.

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.

The 2:4 Rule
The Kitchn lays down some science for how long you can keep your leftovers. I usually keep food from my Weekly Cookup for 4-5 days and have never had any issues.

Better Airplane Food
The New York Times asks, Can Airplane Food Be Tasty?

“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.

Photo Fun

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.

Funny Food
Artist Terry Border really knows how to play with his food.

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  • Cat says:

    I scoff at anyone who uses BMI as a tool to assess an individual. My company did a fee health screening earlier this year. I had my eval done and when it was over it told me that my BMI was too high (25.4) and that I needed to lose weight and that my Body Fat was too low (20%) and that I needed to gain weight. Really? I’m both overweight and underweight? Get it straight, people! (and speaking of which, how is 20% body fat underweight for a 44 year old woman who still has visible fat on her legs?).

    Love your blog – hope Costa Rica continues to be paradise!

  • Kelly R. says:

    Costa Rica is one of my favorite places in the world! Enjoy the surf, sun and put the amazing hot sauce on everything!

    If you get a chance, take the trip to Arenal. It takes time to get there from the coast but the volcano is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Definitely RAVE worthy!

  • Cate says:

    Are you in Playa Grande in Puerto Viejo? There happens to be an amazing homemade chocolate place, but I don’t want to be the bearer of temptation if you’re refraining from such things right now. I was there for five weeks in Jan/Feb getting my yoga on and Bread & Chocolate was a little slice of heaven, and their homemade chocolate truffles were the one indulgence I allowed myself. Plus, the owner Tom is super sweet and makes everything himself. Enjoy the beauty that is CR!

    • Kara says:

      Ah….loved Bread and Chocolate! And the fair trade organic coffee too! I think this playa grande is on the pacific side though, I bet these great stuff on that side too. It’s an amazing country. Enjoy Mel!

  • Lauren says:

    I am sooooooo envious!!! That looks amazing.

    I enjoyed this post – especially the school lunches around the world! I’ve got to say, the Czech Republic plate was SPOT ON! And the US food looked disgusting… so … brown

  • AndreAnna says:

    I am deeply jealous of your view.

    And I love Ashley Judd so hard right now.

  • Jenny Nagel says:

    The US lunches all look pretty horrid…

    Particularly gross: the pile of sad ground beef nestled on a bed of corn chips with a supplemental ear of corn on the side for good measure. Christ.

    Carb Delite with the apple juice is no picnic, either.