So like, weve frequently sung the praises of Mr. Atkins and his groundbreaking diet. Is it totally recommended by nutritionists and people who actually study this shit? No, but can you lose 3 lbs in a week? You bet!
Simple swaps like replacing rice with some sort of cauliflower powder or noodles with some sort of spiralized veggie can save you more than 200 calories. That way, you wont feel as bad when you splurge on some kind of delicious sauce like the meat-laden Bolognese.
Grab your spiralizer, if you have one, or a veggie peeler. Cut off the ends of the zucchini and spiralize or peel, catching all the noodles in a sheet pan. Grab a saut pan and heat with half of the olive oil. Once its super fucking hot, add in half of the zucchini and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring n shit. Add some salt and pepper, cook another 2 minutes, then remove. Toss out any and all liquid in the pan, add the rest of your olive oil, and repeat with the rest of the zucchini noodles.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat up your oil and, when its almost damn-fuckin-hot (like, nearly smoking), add in the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent without burning the goddamn garlic.
Add in the celery and carrot and saut for another 5 minutes before adding the beef. Cook over high heat, breaking that shit up into manageable pieces until it isnt pink anymore. Add in the tomatoes, wine, parsley, basil, salt and pepper and cook until the sauce thickens in like, 15-20 mins. Remove from the heat and top your zoodles. Grate some fucking cheese over the top and BLAMO.
Bust out the olive oil, fruits and veggies turns out eating a Mediterranean diet could help save lives.
Results of a new study performed in Norfolk, England suggested that following a Mediterranean diet could prevent over 19,000 deaths a year in the UK.
Though health benefits associated with Mediterranean diets in the Mediterranean region are well-known, this study sought to establish whether the diet could improve health if it were to be adopted by people living in other areas, such as the U.K.
The study, published in the journal of BMC Medicine on Thursday, gathered data on eating habits of around 24,000 people in Norfolk for 12 to 17 years, beginning in the 1990s. The researchers ultimately found that 12.5 percent of heart attack and stroke-related deaths that occurred in the UK could have been prevented by dietary changes, if their findings are generalizable across the UK population and the assumption of a diet-driven causality of heart attacks and strokes is correct.
The study therefore suggests, but does not conclusively find, that a whopping 19,375 deaths could be preventable in the UK if people were to adhere more closely to the Mediterranean diet.
Though the word “diet” often leads to thoughts of sacrificing beloved foods, the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid shows that you can still eat some of your favorite foods daily, like bread, for example. People who follow this food regimen can also eat sweets, starches and meats in moderation, and even enjoy an occasional glass of wine.
Researchers made use of the pyramid’s guidelines during the study to determine a points system for each food family. Once they determined the top possible score was a diet containing 15 Mediterranean elements, they noticed that the maximum score amongst study participants was 13.1 and the lowest was 3.
After looking at additional factors such as smoking, weight and physical activity, they determined that people who incorporated more Mediterranean diet elements into their lives were less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
Nita Forouhi, an author of the study from the MRC Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge, confirmed that adopting the eating habits of the Mediterranean diet has its health benefits. Forouhi told The Telegraph: “Encouraging greater adoption of the Mediterranean dietlooks like a promising component of a wider strategy to help prevent cardiovascular disease, including other important factors such as not smoking and maintaining a healthy weight, blood cholesterol and blood pressure.”
Ian Johnson, a nutrition researcher and emeritus fellow at the Institute of Food Research who was not involved in the new study,told The Telegraph, “This is a careful and rigorous study showing a relatively small but potentially important association between higher adherence to aMediterraneanstyledietand reduced risk of incident heart disease, and death from heart disease.”
Sometimes, we put ourselves through really stupid shit to entertain. This was not one of those times. I, Betchy Crocker (totally my real name thx mom and dad) have a wedding coming upmineand was determined to lose 3 lbs before the upcoming nuptials.
Like any true betch, I decided a juice cleanse was totally the way to go. However, upon learning that a weeks worth of juices added up to approximately oh-my-fucking-god, I decided to go with a smoothie diet instead.
Why? Because I have a fucking Vitamix thats why. Sorry, thats the starvation talking. But heres a quick snippet of how a weeks worth of smoothies can both help and drive you insane.
I wake up and make a blend of frozen strawberries, kale, blueberries, ginger, and almond milk. Im honestly shocked when I dont taste the kale, but learn quickly that I need to blend this shit as long as possible so that Im not chugging smoothies. Surprisingly, Im not starving by lunch. I eat some almonds and have the second part of the smoothie before feasting on a salad for dinner.
After yesterdays berry extravaganza, Im feeling good about my smoothie abilities. To make up for the protein Im clearly missing, I blend one banana, some Whole Foods almond butter (yah fuck you), almond milk, and Greek yogurt. Its way too thick and I gag, although the taste isnt horrendous. I add water and hate myself. I drink this until 10 am, at which point I purchase a carrot juice. I crave pizza at lunch but say no. I eat a Vitamix soup for dinner consisting of butternut squash and potatoes. Ive lost a pound. I praise the diet gods.
Im shocked its only day three. Im feeling so un-bloated I dont even know myself. Clearly in an effort to show everyone how cool I am, I go for the green smoothie. I blend green grapes, celery, ginger, lemon, and a fuck load of spinach. It isnt great, but it isnt terrible. I eat crackers for lunch because I need carbs. My dietitian friend tells me Im an idiot; I tell her she has weird hair. I eat more leftover soup for dinner and watch my fianc eat tacos. I cry.
Theres leftover green smoothie from yesterday, so I begrudgingly take it to work. A co-worker stops by and discusses the benefits of apple cider vinegar with me while I peruse Pinterest for alcoholic smoothie recipes. My skin looks oddly clearer, but energy is lacking.
Can cheese be blended?
I make a beet and apple smoothie and learn what suffering is. I didnt blend it enough; it got stuck in the straw, I sucked too hard, and nearly choked. I pray that Ive lost three pounds. My skin and hair seem better overall although my boobs are smaller. Wtf? Did I lose the weight from my tits?
I make a different beet smoothie with apples, ginger, kale, and almonds. It isnt horrible. I have lost 4 lbs., seemingly all from my boobs. I laugh at the diet gods and their cruel sense of humor.
I successfully end the smoothie challenge. I plan to gradually ease into normal foods once more but, in the meantime, will continue working at least one smoothie into my daily meals.
Also, maybe consult a dietitian or doctor before doing this since, like, you may not eat enough and pass out on a walk. Just saying.
Weight can be a lifelong struggle for some people. Sometimes it’s genetics that make it so difficult to maintain a healthy weight; sometimes it’s bad eating habits that are seemingly impossible to break.
Regardless, it can be quiteeasy to lose hope. Being uncomfortable in your own skin can reallyweigh down on general happiness, and people in the past have been known to do some pretty crazy things in the name of beauty.
It mightseemappealing to turn to fad diets that promise a slimmer figure with minimal effort and time, but these ideas are often unhealthy and unsuccessful. And these trendy diets are nothing new.
These 11 fadsfrom previous decadeswill make you happy that they’re in the past, and might even make you laugh out loud at how ridiculous they are. I can’t believe an all-pineapple diet was actually a thing!
Which one of these vintage diet fads do you find most ridiculous? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!
It’s illegal in the states, but in the ’50s, after opera singer Maria Callas lost 65 pounds from one, it became popular for women to swallow pills full of tapeworms to eat their food for them. It was incredibly unsafe.
Im not trynna freak yall out or anything, but all the betchy drinks are on the verge of extinction. First we learned prosecco might run out, then Champagne. Not to mention ros season ends in like a fucking month. In case that wasnt mind-blowingly awful enough, its recently come out that diet sodas aka Diet Cokes days might be numbered. Wtf are we supposed to drink?
Some company that examines consumer habits and shit found that less people are drinking diet versions of soda and if the trend keeps at it, they might be discontinued. Are you kidding me rn? Whats even crazier is that regular soda sales are actually on the rise, which actually isnt all that crazy when you think about it because we have a fucking obesity problem in this country. Fucking duh.
They think it has something to do with artificial sweeteners getting a bad rep. Apparently, those might have something to do with people getting fat? That makes no fucking sense because my Diet Coke has zero calories and the regular one has 150. Im looking at the cans rn. But IDK, science is hard. The company also says it could be because everyone is on a clean-eating kick and just drinking water and juices instead. Thanks a lot, Gwyneth Paltrow. Now look what youve done.
The good news is that Diet Coke isnt going anywhere just yet. We just have to do our due diligence and buy a shit ton of DC so they get the message that this just wont do. So drink up, betches. Our sanity depends on it.
As we walk, Dan Zigmond pulls on a black baseball cap. The sun is high, and the trees give little shade. It’s a big park—stretching across a good nine acres of grass, mulch, shrubs, and gravel paths—but from where we are, it looks much bigger. Beyond the nine acres, all we can see are more trees, more green, and the mountains in the east, so the park seems almost endless. “That always amazes me,” I say. After all, we’re on the roof of the newest Facebook building, a Frank Gehry creation called MPK20, right next to Highway 84, the Dumbarton Bridge, and the sprawling urban marshlands of Menlo Park, California, where the bog is decorated with so many power lines, transmission towers, and electrical substations.
Zigmond works in the building below, overseeing data analytics for the Facebook News Feed and other parts of the world’s most popular social network. That means he analyzes the massive of amounts of online data generated by News Feed, looking for ways to improve the service and other parts of Facebook. He’s also a Zen priest who studied with the same Buddhist monk as Steve Jobs. And that means he’s part of a long tradition inside Northern California tech circles. As we walk through Facebook’s rooftop park, he hands me a copy of a 1986 academic monograph called From Satori to Silicon Valley. A thin paperback small enough to fit into my back pocket, it explores the link between Silicon Valley and the American counter culture of the 1960s and 70s, including so many hippie attitudes lifted from Buddhism. On the cover, two black-and-white symbols merge together: the ying-yang and the transistor.
‘There’s that same spirit of seeing technology as a way of getting us to a better future.’
As Zigmond tells me, the conceit is that the counter culture helped drive the evolution of the personal computer as it emerged from Silicon Valley and challenged the dominance of giant techno-corporations like IBM and AT&T. People like Jobs—a long-haired hippie Buddhist fruitarian computer maker—didn’t just look forward to a future driven entirely by technology. Instilled with the hippie ethos—the notion that we could find something truer, healthier, and simpler than the post-industrial mega-capitalist society that emerged in the 20th Century—Jobs and his peers also looked back to a more natural past, hoping they could use personal computers to empower people and bring them together and reclaim some of the humanity the modern world had taken away. Zigmond believes these same attitudes continue to drive Silicon Valley, including tech giants like Facebook (a company intent on “making the world a more open and connected place”) and Google (“organize all the world’s information”). “There’s that same spirit of seeing technology as a way of getting us to a better future,” Zigmond says.
So, its only natural that Zigmond, one of Facebooks top data analysts, just published a book of his own called Buddhas Diet. It mixes three of Northern California’s biggest obsessions: science, Eastern philosophy, and food. Yes, it’s a diet book. The subtitle is: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind. But there are greater lessons to be learned from this slim volume, not just about science, Eastern philosophy, and food, but about Silicon Valley.
Of Mice and Zen
Dan Zigmond has been a Buddhist for nearly 30 years. He discovered the Eastern religion while studying computational neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, and after graduating, he moved to Thailand, living in a Buddhist temple while teaching English at a nearby refugee camp. In this temple, the monks ate between dawn and noon, according to the rules of the Vinaya Pitaka, the original teachings of Buddha. They ate whatever was available and as much as they wanted, but only withinthat window. And they remained slim. In the popular imagination, the Buddha was a fat man. But he too was slim.
After two years in Thailand, Zigmond returned to the States, and eventually, he wound up at Google. He worked as a data scientist, hunting for ways of improving services like YouTube and Google Maps, and he was part of the Buddhist culture that ran right through the company. After an early engineer named Chade-Meng Tan promoted meditation groups across the company and wrote a book called Search Inside Yourself, Google became a destination for monks from across the world. When Meng gave tours to these visitors, he would bring them by Zigmond’s desk, showing off Google’s unique brand of Buddhism. “I remember more than once working on some tricky statistics code and looking up to see a band of Tibetan monks in full Buddhist robes hovering over me, always smiling,” Zigmond remembers.
‘I remember more than once working on some tricky statistics code and looking up to see a band of Tibetan monks in full Buddhist robes hovering over me.’
In 2014, Zigmond moved to Hampton Creek, part of the new wave of Silicon Valley startups intent on using technology and modern know-how to return the world to a better way of eating—another echo of the world Theodore Roszak explores in From Satori to Silicon Valley. “For many in the counter culture,” Roszak writes, “the result of high industrial technology would be something like a tribal democracy where the citizenry might still be dressed in buckskin and go berry-picking in the woods: the artificial environment made more artificial would somehow become more…natural.”
Hampton Creek used the yellow Canadian pea to create a reasonable facsimile of the chicken egg, something it used to make mayonnaise and cookie dough. The idea was that Zigmond and his team would analyze all the data Hampton Creek scientists collected aboutplant proteins and how they interact, so the company could find new ways of building cheaper, safer, and healthier food.
In the Valley, most companies are packed with foodies—people just as concerned with quinoa and kale as code—and at Hampton Creek, this was true in the extreme. “Instead of there being software engineers at every desk,” Zigmond says, “it was plant biologists and biochemists and people who are always thinking about food.” This pervaded not just their work, but the breaks in between their work and the Internet links they traded over email. One day, someone sent around a Salk Institute study that explored the eating habits and metabolism of mice.
In the study,mice that were givenan unlimited amount of high-fat, high-calorie food gained an unhealthy amount of weight. That was to be expected. But the study also found that mice given an unlimited amount of food only during certain times of day consumed about the same number calories and stayed slim.That caught Zigmond’s attention, and not just because it went against common perception. It reminded him of those monks in Thailand.
Buddha Was a Data Scientist
Soon, Zigmond shifted his eating habits in the same direction. He decided that Buddha’s dawn-to-noon schedule was impractical, given the demands of modern life in Silicon Valley. Buthe limited his eating to a nine-hour window, much like the regimen explored in the Salk study.“The idea—and the motivation—were basically the same. Each day, I was combining a period of eating and a period of fasting,” Zigmond says. “That’s consistent with the overall message of Buddhism and Buddha, which is always looking for this Middle Way—avoiding these extremes on one side or the other.”
Zigmond lost about 25 pounds, while consuming about the same number of calories. He considered thisa data-gathering exercise. He was gathering personal data in support of those 2,500-year-old Buddhist teachings. This, he says, is what Buddha would do. Buddha was born a prince, butspent years living an ascetic life. Ultimately, after a lifetime of data gathering, he settled on something in between. The Middle Way. “One of the hallmarks of Buddha’s teachings—and the way he lived his life—was this insistence on evidence, on data. He didn’t want anyone to take anything on faith,” he says. “Buddha was a data scientist.”
‘He didn’t want anyone to take anything on faith. Buddha was a data scientist.’
In the end, Zigmond wrote a book about all this, together with a Stanford University online content manager named Tara Cottrell. Using data from that Salk study and subsequent research, it shows the value of the Buddhist attitude toward food. As the book explains, the Salk Institute later ran similar metabolism studies in which people limited their eating to a 10-hour window and lost a modest amount of weight. Plus, they sleep better at night and felt more energetic during the day.
According to Dr. Satchin Panda, who oversaw the Salk studies, in each human organ, 10 to 20 percent of our genes turn on and off at certain times of day. The theory is that the modern world has upset our circadian rhythms, and that limiting meals and snacks to specific windows of time can help restore them. “We found clocks all over the body,” he says. “The hypothesis is that human physiology, metabolism, behavior—all of it—must have some circadian component. Staying up late into the night, having less light during the daytime, having too much light at night, or even eating at the wrong time or taking medication at the wrong time can have adverse health consequences.”
But Zigmond’s book also adapts Buddhist attitudes to the modern world, suggesting ways of dealing with stuff like hamburgers, whiskey, and sodas. Buddha was a vegetarian and he didn’t drink alcohol, but Zigmond’s book doesn’t recommend abstinence from meat or booze—only moderation.The Buddha allowed monks to drink liquids whenever they like, but Zigmond argues thatthis has led to obesity and diabetes among monks who now have things like Coca-Cola. His book also finds a Middle Way between Buddha and today.
Forward and Back
The irony is that Zigmond works for one of the worlds largest Internet companies, a company that bears no small responsibility for why everyone’s circadian rhythms are off-kilter. With theironline services encouraging us to stare at screens all day and well into the night—and their increasingly pervasive work ethic keeping people on the job at all hours—these companies are contributing mightily to the problemZigmond hopes to solve.
But this is the irony that always accompanies Silicon Valley. It changes lives for better and for worse. It moves both forward and back. It combines hippie attitudes with attitudes that couldn’t be less hippie.
Silicon Valley changes lives for better and for worse. It moves both forward and back. It combines hippie attitudes with attitudes that couldn’t be less hippie.
Facebook’s social network connects us with people across the globe, but it also separates us from people right next to us. Companies likeGoogle promote a culture where people spend an extreme and sometimes unhealthy amount of time at the office, but they also seek to improve the time spent there, through things like locally sourced organic food, Buddhist-inspired “compassionate management,” and, yes, meditation groups. Hampton Creek wants to create a better way of eating, but like so many Silicon Valley companies, it apparently pushed too hard as it reached for the almighty dollar. It now faces a federal investigation after allegedly buying up its own mayonnaise in an effort to impress investors and turn itself into a billion-dollar unicorn.