If it’s not so great for kids…

I read this, and now have a better understanding of why blending up and consuming 16 fruit and vegetable shakes over the past weekend did not make me feel “better.” (My husband and I skipped the final dinner shake and had a healthy vegetarian dinner, which I cooked.  With heat. And seasonings. That made us both feel better.)

Pure Organic, BuddyFruit: The case against blended fruit snacks. – Slate Magazine.

…the process of blending fruit destroys its latticework of insoluble fiber, whose job it is to slow food’s digestion and absorption from the intestine into the blood…

This can give you a sugar spike. Which means you’ll crash from the spike, and feel hungrier, sooner.

I think this is why I had mild headaches during the weekend, in spite of “cheating” with a morning cup of coffee. And why I felt so hungry, constantly, to the point of distraction.

I enjoyed the taste of those vegetable/fruit smoothies–I drank them relatively quickly. I was spiking my blood sugar levels all over the place.


If you’re on this detox cleanse — drink those shakes slooooooowly.



Corporate Wife = Unpaid Parent?

What do you think?

Housewife, homemaker or stay-at-home mom: What should we call women who don’t do paid work?.

I think that’s what I am. I’m the Unpaid Parent.

I’m an UP.

Or an Unpaid Mother. (UM?)

Or an Unpaid Wife And Mother. (UWAM?)

No. I’m definitely an UP. Or specifically, a Corporate Wife and Unpaid Parent. CWUP. Or C-WUP.

Ridiculous. Once I’m working again, outside the home, will anybody notice or care about what I’m called? Probably not.

under pressure, not duress

Most of us see what we want to see, and do what we want to do.

Ray Fisman writes in Slate about some new behavioral economic research by Eldar Shafir and Sendhil Mullainathan: “The researchers argue that when people get busier, it leads to ignored deadlines, a cluttered desk, and a vicious cycle of falling further and further behind. Amid the disorder, a lot of bad decisions get made.” And even though “Some people feel they’re at their most productive when work has piled up and deadlines are looming… these pressures cause what they call ‘tunneling:’ a laser-like focus on the tasks immediately at hand, which often results in a disregard for the bigger picture. You may be focusing on that deadline at the expense of your long-term happiness.”

I’m looking forward to Shafir’s and Mullainathan’s new book, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much. Apparently, whether it’s time or money, the lack of it can mess with your ability to manage it. Perhaps the book will inform sound social welfare policy.

But for the average person, what does a person need to have in order to avoid “tunneling” — aside from more time or more money?

My spouse told me once, “we focus on what we measure.” Are you wondering why you can’t find time to do all you want, or why you can barely find time to do what you need? Are you wondering where all the money goes, even though, by conventional standards, you have a lot of money?

Track both. Behave as you normally do, but look at what you do. Write it down, key it in, whatever you’d like. But try it. For one day. Then try a second day. And a third. Work up to a week, a month — even a year. Maybe it will help. Maybe you’ll find you’re not in a tunnel, but just a very crowded room, with lots of windows and doors.

But if you don’t want to look. Why?

We don’t want to do what we fear. What do we fear?