Karen: What are the nutritional differences between farm raised and wild salmon. Is it worth the splurge to buy the wild or is the farm raised just as good for you?
Prevention RD: Great question! Farm raised salmon are generally fattier, though lower in the desired omega 3 fatty acids. Fish farming is a concept that is running into the same struggles of traditional “feed lot”. What are the fist eating? How are the fish staying healthy (i.e. antibiotics and pesticides)? So many other questions come to mind. When the salmon are kept in a predetermined area, they do not swim or “exercise” as much as their wild counterparts. Consequently, the salmon are fattier. To put this all in perspective, farmed salmon is still considered a great protein choice with lots of nutritional punch…but wild is preferred if comparing the two. Hope that helps!
Katie: I guess this really isn’t a question, but I read this article today and found it very interesting: http://todayhealth.today.com/_news/2013/01/24/16664866-fat-shaming-may-curb-obesity-bioethicist-says?lite. You must have some thoughts on this! I don’t think it is a good idea to “shame” people into losing weight, personally, but maybe we should at least stop glorifying Honey Boo Boo and mayonnaise so much!
Prevention RD: (my email back to Katie) Hi! I love it – great piece. Very interesting. The point on smoking rates plummeting is interesting and valid, but just as the article went on to explain, smoking is a habit, not a person. Plus, people have to eat…multiple times each day to survive and for best health, ironically. There are so many wrong choices to make in a day. I wholeheartedly agree with you, though…shaming is not the answer. Overeating generally has a root cause, much of which is sadness, depression, poor self-esteem, etc. Contributing further to those negative thoughts is very clearly not the answer. As for Honey Boo Boo…oh my heavens. What a wreck – no need to glorify the repulsive, no doubt!
Would love to hear YOUR thoughts on “fat shaming” — please chime in!
Trudy: Hi Nicole! I’m interested in learning more about your cookbook. I know that for sale on Amazon, but what can we, as your readers, expect to find recipes for? I’m excited to get a copy!
Prevention RD: Hi Trudy…pinch me! It’s hard to believe that this is all happening and yet, August seems so far off (I know it’s not, but it sure seems that way!). My editor is putting the final touches on the book and words cannot express how in love I am with the result. The look is clean, fresh, and very “me”. As for what’s inside, I went very broad. While all the recipes are “healthy”, I aim to please lots of folks by including everything from vegetarian and vegan recipes, to low-fat, l0w-carb, dairy-free, and so on. The cookbook is divided into sections and will feature everything from appetizers to breakfast! There are 100 recipes in the cookbook, each with an accompanying color photo (taken by me). I think I’m most excited to share the Edamame, Avocado, and Ricotta Bean Dip, Caprese Quinoa Patties with Balsamic Ricotta, and Whole Wheat Banana-Chocolate Waffle recipes. I’m soooooo excited and I hope you love your copy! 😀
Here’s a few shots of our lovely Michigan weather! I love the views from my dining room and porch 🙂
Work & cooking class tonight…off I go!