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Food Labels Challenge Prompt 1

For this challenge I decided to talk to my friend who is majoring in Computer Science and knows next to nothing about food labels and nutrition. First, I had her look at the nutrition label on a box of organic cereal I own. She noted that she knows most of what the words in bold are excluding how potassium is impactful, however, she was mostly unable to tell me how the values of the word not bolded could impact her. She was aware that different kinds of fat are “varying degrees of bad” to quote her, but she was not sure which ones or why. However, she was confused as to how the total fat was 1.5g and yet all the different types of fat were listed at 0g. As for the vitamin and minerals section, she expressed great disinterest and no knowledge.

When I showed her the picture of the new label, she seemed more comfortable. The fact that there were less words on the label made it less intimidating for her. She also said that having the calories and the serving sizes enlarged made it feel like she was not being duped out of a product. She feels as though if she were to buy this she would know exactly what she was getting. She seemed much more relaxed given less information, as before she was unable to interpret all of it, but given the basics she felt much more comfortable. However, her one concern was that the ingredients list was interesting as it was more vertical than horizontal, which made it more difficult to read.

This was an interesting challenge to me because it is easy to forget that not everyone looks at package labels or knows how to read them. Since going into the field of nutrition, it has become second nature for me to read food labels because I have a genuine interest in it, however, that is not the case with everyone. I do agree with my friend in the case that the newer label is easier to read, however, I will miss the vitamin and mineral section, and I do not see a list of the different kinds of fats, but they may be a production choice rather than a requirement. All in all, I do believe that this label switch will benefit the general consumer, however, as someone studying food science and nutrition, I will miss the added information.

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A Morning Routine Challenge

Wednesday: Good morning! I woke up bright and early for my 6 am class. Gave myself some extra time to make a coffee at home, black and not how I like it at all. Yuck! I drank water and washed my face like normal. My breakfast was some warm oatmeal and now I can go brush my teeth before I head out for school.

Thursday: It’s almost Friday, woohoo! I continued the routine this morning as well. I feel great and the water is really helping me stay alert. I even packed a water bottled for my early morning shift today.

Friday: TGIF! Clean teeth and a washed face really set my day off to a good start. I am currently sitting at the table with my glass of water right now. Today I feel good so there is no need for coffee and no need to drink anything sugary, thank goodness for that.

Saturday: I woke up a little earlier than I would have liked to today. Oh my! I slept great. I almost forgot that I was partaking in a challenge this week. A lightbulb went on in my head and I quickly remembered to continue my routine. The day started off swell thanks to a nice glass of water, a fresh face, clean teeth and nicely combed hair. Now, off to work and persistent to stay away from sugary drinks.

Sunday: I am so tired and my house is cold. This morning I switched it up and drank hot water with some lemon instead. My face feels fresh and my pearly whites feel sparkling. Hey, coffee isn’t so bad with just a dash of almond milk. Now I must go brush this nest I call hair.

Well, that was fun. I hope I continue this tomorrow morning before school. I feel great starting my morning off this way so I don’t think there will be a problem. Cheers to a lovely week.

Challenge – Two options. Learn about an FDA decision that could hugely impact consumers!

Ok, so you’ve read about consumer protection and regulation. What? You HAVEN’T? Why don’t you visit the CP&R Matters page right now?!

Ok, so NOW you know a little bit about how regulation of industries can help protect people as consumers, AND can even help industries be safer and more viable.

Take a look at this piece by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) about what’s happening right now in the world of food labels – spoiler alert: It’s not good. The American public was supposed to have access starting in 2018 to better information about serving sizes, sugar, and other aspects of packaged products that are tasty, cheap, and fun but not all that great for our health. In fact, some food product manufacturers had already changed their labels to meet the new regulation’s requirements earlier. Now the Food and Drug Administration (the agency whose job it is to protect people by providing information about ingredients, allergens, and other things you want to know about packaged food choices) is planning to delay the new rules until at least 2020.

Here’s an example of a product with the new food label. Note the differences between it and an old/current label (meaning MOST package labels right now). Get a sense of WHY it’s more helpful for you as a consumer.

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Food labels CHALLENGE One: Try talking with someone you care about about what they know and understand about packaged food and beverage products. Ask them to look at an “old” label and this new one, for example, and have them tell you what they really want when it comes to food packaging info. Write a post discussing how the conversation went and what you learned by exploring food labels and information both on your own and with someone else. As always, use your username and Challenge as tags, and choose the Challenge category. (Oh, and UNchoose the uncategorized category!)

Food labels CHALLENGE Two: If you’re interested ENOUGH, and want to take action as a consumer to raise your voice, take a look at this “model letter” to the FDA Commissioner, provided by CSPI. Then visit the Federal Register Comment space for the labeling regulation delay, and add a comment of your own. Write a post that shares your comment, and discuss how it felt to be an active, informed, and aware citizen around this consumer health issue. As always, use your username and Challenge as tags, and choose the Challenge category. (Oh, and UNchoose the uncategorized category!)

 

Morning Challenge, ACCEPTED!

Day One: Wednesday

Easy peezy. Being pregnant I wake up very often in the night to drink water. I keep a water bottle next to my bed because I get so thirsty while I sleep! I blame it on the pregnancy. So, I finished that water bottle (which about 1/4th of the way full) when I got out of bed. Washing my face this morning was great because I took a shower. The exact place I wash my face. And because I showered I did the teeth/tongue brushing after washing my face and hair brushing after I dried my hair. Sugary drinks? Not a thing for this almost mama. (as bad as I crave them) I find myself more dehydrated than anything at the end of my pregnancy, so doc’s orders, WATER WATER WATER!  This morning was a perfect day to start this challenge.

Day Two: Thursday 

Not as easy as yesterday. The hardest part is washing my face. I don’t like to do that in the morning because it messes with my hair, and makes my hairline wet… but I did it. Which was followed with the teeth and hair brushing. I don’t usually brush my hair everyday, cause most days I wake up to good enough hair.  Water was drank all night, and finished as I got out of bed, as per my pregnancy usual.

Day Three: Friday

Happy Friday! I woke up a little early on accident this morning, and just felt ready for my day. So today’s routine went over better than yesterday. Still not too fond of the face washing in the morning, but it does definitely make me feel better and leave my skin extra soft all day. My hair went up today, so it got brushed with my fingers. That counts as a brushing, right? No sugary drinks (this is becoming a record!) This challenge is helping with that.

Day Four: Saturday

Weekends are tricky. I’m really lazy in the mornings.. but I washed my face in the shower, teeth/tongue. Brushed my hair.. actually my fiancé did, but it was still brushed. He brought me a tall glass of water as I got out of the shower since I finished my water bottle last night. I sound spoiled.. But overall I’m really surprised at how much I’ve been able to keep up with this challenge. Especially the washing of my face. Again, water all day. My dr will be proud.

Day Five: Sunday

I woke up at a friends house this morning. I heavily debated skipping over my morning rituals, but it’s the last day, so I might as well follow through, right? My friend and I put on masks today. Not in the morning, but in the early afternoon. It was nice. I also (finally) caved and got a chai tea. It was so good. Teeth and tongue are always brushed before I come down to greet anyone for the morning, so that a norm. But my hair? Unless running my fingers through it a couple times counts, today I forgot about that. Real easy for my to do on my days off.

This challenge was a good one. I’m actually surprised at how well I stuck by it. I really wanted to stick by it and do it since this used to be similar to my morning routine (minus the morning face wash) before, well life. We’ll see if I can keep it up now just to keep it up.

Morning Challenge

Wednesday: First day of the morning challenge, I was very motivated to start with this challenge even though it was not very new to me as I tend to do most of the activities listed in the challenge. However, the hardest part of it was to drink water since I have the bad habit of not drinking enough water throughout the day. So, today I only took a few sips of water as I wasn’t able to drink very much because it felt really heavy on my empty stomach. I have to admit that I did not like this feeling. On the other hand washing my face and brushing my teeth and tongue  has always had a positive effect on the way I feel, it makes me feel more alert and gives me a sense of freshness that helps me to stay motivated to start my daily activities. Combing my hair was perhaps the least fun activity as I was feeling a little bit blue. Now when it comes to holding off any sugar drinks with the exception of the orange juice which I drink with my Iron supplement  because I am low on Iron. I was able to avoid drinking any sugar beverages.  Moreover, I ate an apple and it was delicious I felt really good about myself for adding a fruit to my diet.

Thursday: Second day of the morning challenge, I almost forgot to drink water first thing in the morning I think this is because I rarely drink any water in the mornings. However, I managed to drink a little bit more water than yesterday but not quite half a glass. It still felt a heavy or fullness sensation in my stomach. Again my experience with the challenge seems to be fairly positive I felt good about myself making healthy choices such as adding fruits to my diet!

Friday: third day of the morning challenge, I woke up really early brushed my teeth and tongue took a few sips of water. However, I did not wash my face as I had to jump in the shower right away and get ready for my appointment. Showering in the morning gets me more alert and improves my mood so I felt more motivated to start the day. When in my Dr.’s office I grabbed and ate a tangerine which are delicious, I feel like this challenge is helping me to be more aware of how good fruits are but yet how I don’t eat them very regularly. However, I have set myself the goal to eat at least one or two fruits per day. I feel like this challenge is helping me to want to make healthier choices and adopt healthier habits.

Saturday: Fourth day of the morning challenge. I felt as if the combing my hair activity was easier to get done as these past few days I have been doing It so it’s helping me to get used to do this activity. I believe I did not drink enough water yesterday or perhaps my body is starting to show the effects of  staying a little bit more hydrated as I was feeling thirsty today in the morning which I also feel like it wasn’t something that I  was conscious about I just knew I had to drink water.  However, I did feel tempted to drink more Juice than just the one glass I have to drink with my iron supplement but instead I ate an apple.

Sunday: Fifth day of the morning challenge, today I woke up I was a bit concerned about the four assignments that are due today which needed a few more details and editing before turning them in. I felt I little bit frustrated however I managed to get up. I drank water I was able to drink half a glass of water which made me feel very happy I believe that drinking water first thing in the morning helps me to be more thirsty throughout the day. After that, I washed my face and brushed my teeth  and combed my hair which definitely helped me to feel ready to start editing my assignments with more motivation. Overall this morning challenged has helped me to feel good about myself especially because I am aware that it has certainly helped me to create the habit of drinking more water and eating fruits and vegetables more often, I have realized that by completing these small activities it has been easier for me to tackle those that are more difficult, I think that perhaps by completing small task I was able to adopt a healthy habit and it helped me to want to start adopting new ones.

Challenge#1: Morning Routine

Wednesday: I got up around 7:30am for my 9am class. Before I do anything, I always drink about 8oz of water. I always drink water when I first wake up because I get migraines. Staying hydrated is the best way to prevent them (in my case). I jumped in the shower where I washed my hair (brushed it in the shower while conditioned sits), my body, and my face. When I got out I brushed my teeth and tongue and then I got dressed. I applied face moisturizer and little make up and made my way to the kitchen for breakfast. I had a yogurt, some more water and a small apple.

Thursday: I stayed in bed a little longer this morning because I don’t have class until 2pm, but I always have a cup of water on my bedside table so I drank that and tried to go back to sleep. I got up around 9:30am and brushed my teeth and tongue and washed my face. Sliced two small apples and dipped them in crunch peanut butter for breakfast with a glass of lemon water (because I have a kidney stone). Brushed my hair and then french braided it because I have curly hair and when I brush it dry it POOFS.

Friday: Woke up at 7:30am in preparation for my 9am class. Drank about 8oz water and then got in the shower. In the shower I washed my hair (yes, brushed it the same as I did Wednesday morning), my face and body. As soon as I was out and dry I brushed my teeth and tongue. I moisturized my face then got dressed. I put little make up on and the started cooking 2 eggs (scrambled), with a little bit of cheese on top. I also drank another glass of water with breakfast but I needed something a little more hardy so I toasted half of an english muffin and put just a little bit of butter on top. 8:30 I am out the door for my 9am class.

Saturday: I am up at the crack of dawn because my cats think its their breakfast time!! I feed them about 6:30am and drink about a full glass of water before heading back to bed. I am up again around 8:45 to start getting ready for the CWU homecoming football came. I want to be out the door by 11am, so I have plenty of time to get ready and eat. I go into the bathroom and start by washing my face (and moisturize it) and brushing my teeth and tongue.  I next brushed my hair but also straightened it. My facial moisturizer is all dry by that time so I can do my make up now. After I am all finished in the bathroom, I go to the kitchen and I don’t really feel like eating much so I eat a yogurt and a small apple cut into slices with about 1/2 a glass of water.

Sunday: I tried to sleep in today but that didn’t happen, sadly. I woke up with a little bit of a headache so I immediately drink 2 glasses of water to try and avoid a migraine. I went into the bathroom and washed my face and brush my teeth and tongue because sometime those two things help as well but no luck. I brushed my hair and put it in a bun on the top of my head. I did not feel like eating but I knew I should put something good into my system! I ate an 1/2 of an orange and 1/2 of an apple with peanut butter. I ended up taking a hot shower to see if the steam would help clear my head but no luck. Back to bed I go with high hopes I will wake up headache free!

Reflection:

I like to think that I have a pretty set schedule of what I do in the morning. I always brush my teeth and tongue morning and night, I always wash my face morning and night and I always drink water morning and night. If I don’t do these things, I don’t feel clean! I don’t like to brush my hair outside of the shower because of the hair type that I have. I like to wear it curly (natural) because it is healthier for my hair and less time consuming. I usually drink coffee in the morning with soy milk but I tried to cut back on that for this activity and try something new! I thought it was going to be a lot harder to stay away from coffee because caffeine really helps my headaches but as long as I stayed on top of my water intake, I was fine for the most part! This activity was fun but I don’t think I will be brushing my hair while it is dry! Oh and I’ll probably still have my morning coffee every now and then!

Challenge #1

What you do when you wake up!

Wednesday: I’m not feeling the best but I drank a few sips of water, my hair is brushed and my face and teeth feel clean and scrubbed. I am ready for the day. I don’t normally drink soda or coffee and if I do have juice I mix it with bubbly water otherwise it is too sweet for me.

Thursday: Drank an extra sip of water this morning. Brushed my teeth and hair. Washed my face and added daily moisturizer to the routine. I feel nice and clean and ready to take on the day! Had some peppermint tea, toast and an apple for breakfast!

Friday: I’ve never really paid attention to the amount of water I drank. I think I will make a long-term goal of working up to 12 oz. I often feel dehydrated during the day and that would help. I drank some green tea sweated with a little stevia.

Saturday: Not feeling the best but I managed to get all the tasks done! I did have a few sips of ginger ale to help my stomach calm down. I got up a bit late so I had chicken noodle soup for my ‘breakfast’.

Sunday: All groomed and ready to begin the day. I even remembered to floss this morning (my dentist will be so proud)! My stomach was upset again but instead of ginger ale, I had sparkling water to help calm it down. I had toast and grapefruit for breakfast!

Reflection 

During the week I was thinking about how important these little routines are, especially for people who suffer from chronic health conditions. I very much believe in ‘doing the best you can, at the time’. The last part is extremely important since your best one day might not be your best the next. If I had been unable to accomplish some of the tasks during the challenge. I would have been ok with that if I was doing the best I could.

It is hard to accomplish daily tasks when you have a chronic condition. To make things worse people will look down on your or mock you for not being able to do “normal” things.  But little routines like these can help people feel productive. A sense of productivity, in my opinion, helps fight depression (which is a disease in itself and something many people develop when chronically ill). I get asked a lot how I can be so positive and manage my illness when I am in constant pain. I honestly believe a large part of this is due to setting up routines and making small goals.

People need to be proud of themselves more and celebrate small accomplishments regardless of if people think the task is easy. If someone has trouble getting out of bed, they should be extremely proud of themselves for getting a glass of water from the kitchen!

Challenge Post 1

Wednesday: The challenge listed here is actually very close to my regular morning routine. Perhaps the most difficult part was drinking water first thing in the morning. I generally like to have green tea, so to try and cope, I heated up my water in the microwave and was able to drink as much as I wanted to. I was able to hold off on sugary drinks until Wellington’s Wildfire as they were giving away free sodas and I am a sucker for free sodas.

Thursday: I was exhausted this morning from a late night of studying for a quiz, however, I still managed to do everything listed and held off on sugary drinks until dinner when I had some chocolate milk. Normally I do not really brush my hair as it tends to poof out, and when it did poof out I decided to wear it in a bun. The rest of the challenge was easy as I just had to switch around my morning routine only a little.

Friday: I woke up with a head cold and was in no mood to drink anything as my throat was sore. However, I did manage a half cup of warm water and a couple of apple slices. I stayed away from sugary drinks all day as I did not want to hurt my throat.

Saturday: Typically, Saturdays are my unhealthy day, however, being that I still have a head cold, this was not the case. As I’ve said before, my usual morning routine is very similar to the challenge: I wake up, brush my teeth and floss, wash my face, and eat breakfast with a cup of green tea, then I start to get ready. Perhaps the most challenging thing about this challenge is remembering to brush my hair as I do not normally do that to avoid frizz.

Sunday: My head cold is almost gone, and today I was able to drink 16 oz of warm water when first waking up. I brushed my hair, embraced the frizz and then promptly put it in a braid as I decided I did not want to deal with it. Unfortunately, my sweet tooth won over and I had a coke with lunch. In my defense, I was having a piece of pizza and I believe it is immoral to have pizza without soda.

Challenge – What you do when you wake up!

Hi folks – There’s a little something I like to call MORNING coming your way tomorrow, the next day, and every time you get out of bed for the next several decades we hope!

Here’s a morning challenge for you. Whether you’re seeking extra learning, extra credit, or just want to try a healthy boost for your mornin’ routine, this one’s for you. (Oh, and if you think routines are for losers who don’t like excitement, you might want to rethink. Here’s an easy read that discusses saving your “willpower by developing habits and routine” as part of being successful and especially as part of being able to make healthier decisions when you really should.)

So – routine up, everybody! Start your day with a few healthy behaviors that can really become habit. Give it a try….

MORNING CHALLENGE HOW-TO
The minute you hit the bathroom tomorrow, after a needed potty stop of course, do all of the items on the list below. Oh, and keep it up for five days. That’s Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Do it. Then write at least three sentences per day about your experience. Post on Sunday, by 11:59pm. Use your username and Challenge, morning, and routine as tags, and Challenge as the category.

  • Drink water. At least a few sips. Water make you feel a bit sick first thing in the morning? Used to for me, too. Now I fill a quart jar at the sink, and get about 12 oz down first thing. So work up to it. Just take a sip or two, if you can’t stomach more.
  • Wash your face. That’s right. Cool water or warm, doesn’t matter. Just take a cloth, hold it under running water, put your face down, and give it a nice soft splash and gentle pat or two. Dry gently. Doesn’t that face feel GREAT now?! Guarantee your eyes are now open.
  • Brush your teeth and tongue. Did that before bed? Good for you. Do it before you start your day, too. Can’t hurt…. Especially if you sleep with your mouth open, you’re all pasty dry and yucky. Clean it up.
  • Comb or brush your hair. Why not? You’ll look snazzy!

Once you leave the bathroom:

  • Hold off on any sugary drinks until you just can’t STAND it. Don’t drink sugary drinks in the morning? Are ya sure? Not just talkin’ about soda. Also JUICE. That’s right. If you’re drinking apple or orange or some other fruit juice, you’re getting less of the fruit’s nutrition and more calories and concentrated sugar. Eat a piece of fruit instead. Oh, and it’s cheaper, too. Try it and see – a couple of pounds of apples or pears or bananas, etc seems spendy, until you grab that $5 smoothie or that $3 pint bottle of fancy juice. Just sayin’…. Usually have “coffee” with a bunch of flavored whitener or syrup in it before much of anything else? Try it without that; use a little half and half or a soy or nut milk creamer instead, but check for sugar in those other things. Just TRY your morning joe that way…. You may not like it at first, but your health (and your wallet) will thank you.