Insight on the Poultry Industry

Insight on the Poultry Industry

John Oliver always knows what to say. This isn’t the first time he’s bought attention to an important subject.

How to Stay Healthy When Travelling

How to Stay Healthy When Travelling

Great post! Can’t wait to go to Europe this summer and explore the food markets and cuisine of England and Scotland!

Eating healthily whilst travelling can sometimes be quite problematic. Whether you are just going for a weekend jaunt in Europe or you are planning something more extreme, such as backpacking through Asia, finding healthy options isn’t always as easy as you might think. Not having access to a kitchen is usually the biggest barrier to being able to prepare healthy food. Also, if you’re staying in a fancy hotel during your trip then the temptation to indulge in the restaurant, and also in the bar, can often be impossible to resist. However, if you have fitness goals and dietary aims then it is important to remember that they don’t always have to take a break just because you are!

The prominence of healthy fast food is growing rapidly in the UK and the US, but when you are in more remote parts of the world you are unlikely to come…

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Tom Colicchio is my hero

Wonderful interview with Tom Colicchio! I’m a big fan of everything he does, from starring on Top Chef to starting the Food Policy Action organization. His responses to so many of the questions I belive offer a lot of insight into food policy in the United States. I hope you enjoy reading the article as much as I did!


Also, here’s a link to his organizations website:

There you will find the mission statement and what are the “food policy failures” in congress.


The nutrition behind backpacking


I recently went on my first backpacking trip along the Manistee River Trail, and it was beautiful! It was a traditional trip, everything Marshall and I needed was fit into our packs, food included. Most of our food for the trip was freeze-dried from the brand Mountain House. We also took some Cliff Bars, Yogurt chocolate covered raisins, dried mango slices, a water filtering system and a little Nalgene of Savion Blanc wine.

I was curious about the nutritional content and value of Mountain House and the freeze drying process, so I started to do some research. When freeze–drying food you remove the water but the nutritional content and flavor remain in tact. To eat the food you add the recommended water to the bag and follow the cooking directions then enjoy. From the chicken fajitas to dark chocolate cheesecake, the taste was accurate to the dish. For our fajitas we carried in some bread and avocado to make it more fresh and delicious.

fajita dinner
fajita dinner

The route we took on the trail was quite interesting, for the first day we only had the water in our packs since we were not hiking along the river. It was kind of crucial to make it to water by the end of the day so we had enough water to cook breakfast, dinner and to enough to drink, before being able to filter more.

Water filtration system
Water filtration system

There’s a lot of estimation on how many calories you burn backpacking that include height, weight, amount of weight in pack, hours hiked and terrain. Based on a chart I found, I burned about 413 calories per hour while hiking, which would be estimated to about 1,652 calories on the first afternoon. This number was particularly important when considering the calories and sodium among other things in the Mountain House food.

You can see that in the nutrition label that the sodium per serving is 630mg (there are 2 servings in the bag). The recommendation for sodium intake from the American Heart Association is 1,500 a day, meaning the entire bag has almost the daily recommended sodium intake. My research also lead me to believe that was acceptable due to the output of electrolytes and intake of water while on this adventure. Also, looking at the calories per serving, taking into consideration the calories burned in one day, our calories burned surpassed our intake.

chicken fajita nutrition label

I enjoyed my first camping experience from hiking, setting up camp and learning to filter the water. I can’t wait to go out again and try more of the Mountain House foods!

The role of Caffeine on hydration status

The role of Caffeine on hydration status

You hear so much about caffeine and how it is beneficial for your health while also hearing how it’s a diuretic and may be harmful to you. As an avid coffee drinker I decided to look into it to see if I really needed to limit my intake to 1 cup a day. On average we are told to drink six 8 ounce glasses of water a day. What if you drink a cup of coffee or tea instead, does that count in your daily fluid intake?

 The good news is I can drink my morning coffee and afternoon tea and not worry! Caffeine does not have the horrible effect on our hydration status when taken in moderate amounts, it actually helps us sustain it. According to the National Institute of Health two to three 8 ounce cups of coffee a day is considered moderate. The research did suggest that if you are new to coffee and caffeinated beverages it may have tendencies of being a diuretic.

The biggest myth about coffee has to be that it’s a diuretic and for that reason not good for our health. However, based on research out of Connecticut University, the diuretic effect of coffee is so small and almost undetectable. A cup of coffee is 95% water before you add anything to it, so learning that almost didn’t surprise me. You do in fact drink water when drinking coffee, which means hydration.

While researching for this post I saw a lot of contradicting facts;  largely because there’s still plenty of research being done about coffee, caffeine, and it’s effect on our body. The kind of caffeine you are drinking, when you are drinking it and your overall health all play a role in how it effects you.

Some facts to remember:

Caffeine is good for endurance athletes and alertness

It does NOT increase your risk of CVD

It may effect individuals with blood pressure or blood sugar concerns

Most people drink it for taste and aroma rather than addiction