Tuesday, March 17, 2015

For Children, Milk-Free May be the Way to Be

Not everyone may be up on their proposed rule changes to administrative regulations. That's a shame. Read below to understand more about the proposed rule changes regarding flavored (read: SUGAR-ADDED) dairy products for children.

Recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) requested the public to comment on proposed rule changes to the meal pattern requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program, pursuant to section 221 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.[1] 
The statute indicates that changes are necessary to improve participants’ diets by reducing the prevalence of inadequate and excessive intakes of food, nutrients, and calories. To limit added sugars, the Institute of Medicine recommends that flavored milk be limited and served only to adults and children 5 years-of-age and older participating in at-risk afterschool programs. Further, it is recommended that flavored milk not be served to children of any age in traditional childcare or emergency shelters. The Institute of Medicine also recommended limiting the amount of sugar in flavored milk and in yogurt; for flavored milk, no more than 22 grams per 8 fluid ounces serving; for yogurt, no more than 40 grams per 8 ounce serving.
The USDA acknowledges that foods high in sugar, such as some flavored milk and some yogurt, can contribute excess calories to a child’s diet. The USDA also agrees that the sugar limits recommended for these products by the Institute of Medicine seem reasonable based on products currently available in the marketplace.
These proposed changes are an important step in tackling the problem of childhood obesity. One recent, independent peer-reviewed study from Harvard demonstrated a strong link between consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and childhood obesity.[2] Milk and milk products have natural sugar, lactose, which creates a slightly sweet flavor. The addition of sugar and flavorings into milk or yogurt only cause health issues and do not support what the statute has sought to achieve.
To go even further, these proposed changes attempt to improve the health of participants in the program, but by continuing to serve them milk, they may be doing them a disservice. The dairy industry may want to promote life-long dairy consumption by starting kids on sugar-infused milk products; the health benefits of dairy consumption have been controversial. Reducing the amount of sugar allowed in these dairy products served to children will not only reduce their sugar intake in the short-run, it may also decrease their desire for dairy, which has shown to have a myriad of health issues, in the long-run.
Thirty to fifty million Americans (adults and children) are lactose intolerant. The disorder affects some populations more than others: Seventy-five percent of all African-American, Jewish, Mexican-American, and Native American adults are lactose intolerant.[3] Additionally, cow’s milk is the number one cause of food allergies among infants and children, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.
Cow’s milk contains harmful chemicals, hormones, and causes an acidic reaction to the blood’s PH level, causing calcium in bones to leech out.[4] Studies have shown that eating dairy products can increase the rate at which calcium is lost from the body and thereby hasten calcium deficiency diseases, like osteoporosis.[5] A recent study found that a low intake of milk was not associated with any important increase in fracture risk in either men or women.[6] A 2005 review published in Pediatrics showed that milk consumption does not improve bone integrity in children.[7] In a more recent study, researchers tracked the diets, physical activity, and stress fracture incidences of adolescent girls for seven years, and concluded that dairy products and calcium do not prevent stress fractures in adolescent girls.[8] Similarly, the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, which followed more than 72,000 women for 18 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk.[9]
Prohibiting the serving of flavored milk to young children and placing sugar limits in dairy products served to older children is not only healthy in the short run, but healthy in the long run as well, because they may be less inclined to choose dairy, which is harmful. Instead, focus should be put on children's knowledge of calcium-rich foods such as spinach, kale, almonds, figs, oranges, and tofu. It is important to limit children’s sugar intake, serve healthy choices, and teach children about the connection between diet, nutrition, and overall health. These proposed rule changes will pave the way for even greater reform in subsidized food and nutrition programs in the future.  

[1] Child and Adult Care Food Program, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE: FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICE, (Jul. 23, 2104), http://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/child-and-adult-care-food-program.
[2] Ludwig et al, Relation between consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity: a prospective, observational analysis. Lancet 2001; Feb 17; 357 (9255):505-8
[3] Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library, “Lactose Intolerance”. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/digestive_disorders/lactose_intolerance_85,P00388/
[4] Michaëlsson Karl, Wolk Alicja, Langenskiöld Sophie, Basu Samar, Warensjö Lemming Eva, Melhus Håkan et al. Milk Intake and Risk of Mortality and Fractures in Women and Men: Cohort Studies BMJ 2014; 349 :g6015
[5] Id.
[6] Kanis JA, Johansson H, Oden A, et al. A Meta-Analysis of Milk Intake and Fracture Risk: Low Utility for Case Finding. Osteoporos Int 2005; 16: 799-804.
[7] Id.
[8] Id.
[9] Feskanich D, Willett WC, Colditz GA. Calcium, vitamin D, milk consumption, and hip fractures: a prospective study among postmenopausal women. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003;77:504–511.

Friday, May 23, 2014

The family is Colorado-bound!

My mom, dad, Elliott and my Aunt Marge are coming to Denver tomorrow! They will be splitting their time between Denver and Winter Park and I'm excited to show them around.

I've been trying to clean up my old apartment and down-size into a studio apartment. The studio is 327 square feet, hahaha. What. Am. I. Doing. I still don't have a bed, and thanks to final exams, I have just started moving things over there. Moving is exhausting and I'm ready to be done.

With the stresses of moving and still recovering from school, I'm really excited to get up to the mountains with my family and have a good Memorial Day Weekend! After that, my aunt rented a house in Denver and so I am going to try and get some time off of work to sight-see with her. My parents and brother will be re-joining us on Friday and we are going to have dinner at Linger (where Ty will get to meet them for the first time) and drinks with my friends later that night.

Cheers to visitors and hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Colfax Ten-Miler, or Oops I Didn't Train

A few months ago, my friend Kristen, from law school mentioned she would be running the Colfax 10-miler, so I signed up for it, along with our friend Erica. Flash-forward to May 18th and we (Kristen and I at least- Erica had been running more regularly) were about to start the race having run very little and just coming off of finals last week. Needless to say it was hard for us all to walk today.

Me, Kristen and Erica- all officially Denver 2L's!
But we finished! And we got some great photos from my photographer-boyfriend, Ty, who was waiting at the last quarter mile! Kristen's husband and brother-in-law also jumped in at mile 7 to run to the end with us.

We didn't look at the course map so going through the stadium was a huge surprise to us! 

My own personal cheer squad and photographer! He woke up early on a Sunday just to watch a a sweaty parade of people and share half of a bagel with me :)

Here are some of Ty's photos: 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers, especially my own mom and my friend Kate, who is celebrating her very first Mother's Day today.

In honor of mothers everywhere, I present to you Tina Fey's "A Mother's Prayer for Her Daughter", which is an excerpt from her book, Bossypants: 

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.
May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the the Beauty.
When the Crystal Meth is offered,
May she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half
And stick with Beer.
Guide her, protect her
When crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the nearby subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock N’ Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.
Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance.
Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes
And not have to wear high heels.
What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.
May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.
Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen. 
Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long,
For Childhood is short — a Tiger Flower blooming
Magenta for one day –
And Adulthood is long and Dry-Humping in Cars will wait.
O Lord, break the Internet forever,
That she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers
And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.
And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister,
Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends,
For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.
And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord,
That I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 a.m., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back.
“My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck.
“My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental note to call me. And she will forget.
But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

"Among other things, you'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You'll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It's a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn't education. It's history. It's poetry."

~Catcher in the Rye

Sorry that I haven't posted in months and then have only been posting quotes that I like. But, that's where my mind is at right now. Just regurgitating things that other smart men and women have said. Anyways, enjoy the next few weeks of words that aren't mine. 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Awesome Advice by Hilary Clinton

Advice from Hilary Clinton on taking criticism: 

“Too many young women, I think, are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. 

You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.”

Monday, April 28, 2014

Art and Love

"Art and love are the same thing: It's the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you." 

~Chuck Klosterman

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Denver has made me soft

It finally got cold here. Last night I walked to my car and my muscles convulsed trying to keep my body warm. I checked my phone and it said it was 1 degree F.; which is definitely freezing, but it shouldn't have completely silenced all normal thoughts besides how cold it was. 

Denver has made me weak and soft.

I no longer know how to take 3 deep breaths and plunge my body into an arctic blast. I whimper and whine instead. I have forgotten how to hold on tightly to memories of summer while my soul bleeds from the winter. I haven't participated in a polar plunge in two years.

Time to put some tights on under my jeans and man the fuck up.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Solar Energy Thoughts

Every parking lot ought to look like this! — Shades the cars while producing free energy. Germany has created over 500,000 new jobs by pushing hard into solar and wind energy - providing incentives for everyone to install and as a result, they will be able to move forward with their plans to shut down all their nuclear power plants in the next decade.

What are your thoughts, if any, on solar energy? 

My professor who has been involved in environmental law for some time now, told me that she thought solar and wind energy were so much "sexier" than natural gas or oil. I guess I hadn't thought of it that way, but if that is what is going to get the people to get behind solar, then yeah, sex it up!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I Have Decided

Law School, in a Nutshell

I know I've been kinda slacking on blog posts lately, but it's only because I've had to spend some extra time understanding what is going on during my classes this semester. 

Every time I asked I question I feel like Homer