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August 7, 2013

Dearest readers and friends,

As you can see, it has been quite some time since Hangry has posted/updated and, as we have gone through this together in the past before, I want to extend my apologies and explain why.

Basically, my life is in a state of transition. More complicatedly, I have found that when I focus too much on food, on weight, on body image, I myself develop an unhealthy relationship with all of the above. And so, I’ve needed a break. In the interim between my posting, I’ve tried weight-loss hypnosis, failed at a juice cleanse, attempted to make the 7-minute workout a regular part of my routine, begun reading “The Fat Girls Guide To Life“…in other words, I have been and always will be surrounded by food, weight, and body image, even without engaging myself in Hangry posts.

I have of course been reading and keeping informed on the going-ons of the food and weight-loss industry. So, I’m going to share a few of my findings with you in a conglomerate post to quell all your Hangry longings.

But first, how did it take this long for this wonderful song to come into my life?? #newlifeanthem

Gross Ingredients in Processed Foods

While I fundamentally and personally disagree with the use of the word “Gross” in that title, this is seriously disgusting.

First it was pink slime. Then, it was crushed cochineal beetles in your favorite strawberry-flavored Starbucks drinks. Briefly, it was tuna scrape. And any day now, it’s going to be meat glue.

Ew. Unfortunately, I’ve already heard about all these other sick food trends, but meat glue?

…industry groups call the powdered or liquid enzyme fibrin, transglutaminase or TG. Whatever the name, it’s an enzyme that binds formerly unconnected pieces of meat to make them look like one solid chunk.

Oh goodness. So that “filet mignon” you’re getting at your work banquet? Most likely it’s constructed with meat glue to “create uniform “filet” like cuts from disconnected pieces.” Sigh.

If you have a weak stomach, I would not recommend scrolling through the slideshow at the end of the article. It almost makes you never want to buy packaged food again…almost.

Photo series portrays Disney Princesses and Fairy Tale Characters living “Unhappily Ever After”

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The artist decided to create this photo series because ‘My Fallen Princesses series was born out of deep personal pain, when I raged against the “happily ever after” motif we are spoon fed since childhood.” In the series, she represents ‘Failed dreams, pollution and ocean degradation, war, obesity, the extinction of indigenous cultures, cancer and the fallacy of chasing eternal youth.’ Seen above is an obese “Little Red Riding Hood.” The series is a fascinating and powerful take on the idealized and unrealistic stories we (especially young women) are raised to believe in.

Study: Hating On Fat People Just Makes Them Fatter

In news that is shocking to absolutely no one…

While it’s rude, you may think being teased about weight may help provide motivation to lose weight. Instead it does just the opposite. Calling people out about their weight or discriminating against people in some way due to weight, like not being able to ride a roller coaster or sit comfortably on a plane, doesn’t provide anything positive. Weight discrimination may sound like just another excuse for obesity, but the truth is,¬†weight discrimination is as common as racial discrimination.

The study conducted basically showed that those who have experienced discrimination based on weight are twice as likely to be or remain obese in the future. Why is this important?

While this doesn’t sound like it has much relevance beyond teaching your kids to mind their manners and be nice, it may help researchers better understand the psychological and emotional sides of obesity. Factors such as depression, low self-esteem, emotional eating, and stress all play a role in the obesity picture. Understanding the different facets that lead people to pack on the pounds can help lead to a more realistic solution. Plus, as parents, it’s helpful to remember when we’re trying to raise our daughters- nagging them to lose weight will likely backfire, in more ways than one.
So, finally people are recognizing that weight is as much a psychological condition as a physical one. FINALLY. And, one last point: this is helpful to remember when you raise your SONS too, folks. Everyone deserves to be treated respectfully and with dignity in regards to their health, even though women do seem to bear the brunt of most of the negative critiques.
8 Veggies, Nuts, and Grains with More Protein Than a Burger
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This is a truly wonderful slide show that highlights foods that not only are chock-full of protein (it tells you the grams of protein per calorie) but all the wonderful nutrients and their effects. For example, Pumpkin has .06 grams of protein per calorie and contains tryptophan (helps fight depression), glutamate (anti-stress neurochemical), zinc (boosts immune function), and phytosterols (reduces LDL cholesterol). Yum!
So, dear readers and friends, I hope you enjoy these and my return to blogging. Please comment–I love hearing from y’all!
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One Comment leave one →
  1. September 16, 2013 1:45 pm

    Hoo – what a loaded post! Unfortunately the link on the last slideshow didn’t work for me, but hearing about it was enough to make me happier (after reading the rest – agh!). Would love to read another post, even if it’s completely and unapologetically positive. Us in the “social media world” need more Hangry Hippy type sites in our lives!

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