I have an actual post brewing in my head that I’ll try to get up later today, but for now I’ve got some links of interest to dump on you:
– Here’s some research that confirms what a lot of us already know: it costs a lot of money to eat healthfully. Researchers with Health Affairs found that eating food that meets the U.S. nutritional guidelines can cost a person hundreds of dollars a year more in their grocery bill.
And if you are kinda broke and you still want to eat healthy food, well, the lead researcher came up with this sample diet:
Monsivais has an idea, though, of what an affordable “MyPlate” would look like: It would be filled with lentils, cabbage, eggs, and carrots. And for dessert? Oranges, apples or bananas — all nutritious and cheap.
The mention of “lentils” gave me a fit of ugly laughter, considering that “lentils” and “dried beans” are nearly always trotted out in discussions of food accessibility. Is there a food accessibility bingo? There ought to be, and “eat lentils!” should be somewhere on that list.
– The knobs over at Fox News have reacted to the new birth control mandate in ways that indicate they believe every woman in the country are actually characters in a really huge production of “Sex and the City.”
From Ms. Magazine:
Most notably, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said, “Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex, they’re not going to use birth control anyways.”
And then we’ve got former White House spokesbot Dana Perino:
Fox News political commentator Dana Perino added, “If you can afford a $5 Frappucino at Starbucks, you can pay your $5 co-pay.”
And then over at Blog for Choice, from Sandy Rios, the vice president of Family PAC Federal, who was speaking as an guest on Fox News:
“Is the White House out of their mind? Does the West Wing not know what the left wing is doing? We’re $14 trillion in debt and now we’re going to cover birth control, breast pumps, counseling for abuse? Are we going to do pedicures and manicures as well?”
Yes, that’s right – Fox News thinks we women are frivolous, dumb creatures who would rather sip overpriced coffee drinks than take responsibility for our health care. And yet! We are not quite so dumb that we cannot be entrusted to the care and feeding of whole, entire other human beings. (I suppose they only think we can only manage that when we are within the protective bounds of a heterosexual marriage sanctioned by God, Jesus and Ronald Reagan.)
– On a less rage-inducing note, this post over at MizFit Online, about “retro” fitness, took me right down memory lane. I have fond memories of putting Jane Fonda’s aerobics album on my parents’ record player, then trying to imitate the little faceless figures on the back of the album sleeve. Later, when I was a bit older, I used to sometimes do Richard Simmons’ “Dancing to the Oldies” tapes. Because they were fun.
I also remember getting a “Get In Shape Girl!” fitness kit when I was younger, complete with leg warmers, a headband and wrist bands and a pair of tiny little pink dumbbells. (OMG the PINK DUMBBELLS!) I’m sure much could be written about the completely problematic nature of marketing pink fitness gear to grade-schoolers, but I have to say, I loved the shit out of my Get in Shape Girl! stuff.