Unfortunately it’s not a good morning for me. I slept horribly!!! I think my room was too hot (70*) and I woke up multiple times absolutely soaked to the core in sweat!! And then my surgery foot tendon seemed to be twisted or something because I could not walk in the middle of the night. I tried to put weight on my foot and I think I would have ripped something apart if I’d stepped on it. No idea what the flare up was triggered by, but it was the worst it’s been in years. Perhaps a shoe change? I took some anti-inflammatories in the night and massaged it and it’s all better now (90% better) but it did not make for a restful night!
Breakfast today was a repeat of yesterday. Yesterday they had yogurt and berries, which I was hoping to have today, but it had been replaced with dessert breads and refined bagels. Also on today’s menu: Onion-Mayonnaise Egg Salad. Yikes!
I also had fruit – berries x2
And today coffee. I decided I needed a bit this morning.
Today’s presentation was good – stats were involved! It was about The Changing American Plate and how eating has changed from the 1970s to today based on the NHANES food consumption studies.
From 1977 to 1994 to 2007, here is what has changed:
- Protein intake is the same
- Fat intake has gone down
- Carbohydrate intake has gone way up
- People have gone from an average of 3.9 eating sessions per day to 5.6 eating sessions per day
- The difference in the above is an increase from 12% intake of snacks to 25% intake of snacks.
- 1977 – 40% of people said they did not snack
- 2008 – 4% of people said they did not snack
- = SNACKING HAS INCREASED! And likely, snacking on carbs has increased.
- Increases: pizza, soda, obesity, diabetes
- Deceases: veggie consumption (2.6 servings to 1.9 servings)
- Fruit intake stayed the same
Eat. More. Kale.
We also heard a report on the dietary guidelines. My opinion of these is something I’ve said for years: if you stop any person on the street and asked them what they should eat, most could tell you: lots of fruits and veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, low sugar, exercise. No brainer.
The question is: HOW do we do this? That’s where people get confused. I think the guidelines should come with a handbook of tips and tricks. But one of the problems is the conflict of interest. The gov’t can’t tell people to look at ingredient lists and put the item back if they see XYZ ingredients because it would “hurt” so many corporate foods. It’s all very complicated there!
After our sessions we had an exhibit hall. Most of the exhibitors are related to clinical practice (Ensure, foodservice, etc)
But I had a nice conversation with Wegmans. Hopefully one will come to Cville!
Spot the chia seeds!? I miss them!
I had a sample of their nut mix for a snack.
Our lunch today is sponsored by the Virginia Beef Council (I know, be shocked, but someone has to sponsor conferences if they wouldn’t exist and maybe the lettuce council wasn’t free this week!)
So I went to the booth and asked about the beef in the lunch. Was it local, grass-fed Virginia beef or …the other kind? Sadly it is the other kind. The man was actually very nice when I inquired about corn finishing. The cattle are actually grass-fed from Virginia to start but then they are shipped to the corn fields out west to feed for the second half of their lives. Because to ship the corn to the cattle would be MORE expensive then shipping the cattle to the corn! When I asked him why not just let them just eat grass their whole lives, his answer> was two fold: #1 because the grass doesn’t grow year round in VA so they would be hungry part of the year (I wasn’t sure how to answer> that – is that true?) and #2 because grain finished “tastes better.” I told him I preferred the taste of grass-fed and he said I must be a good cook. I honestly do prefer grass-fed – it tastes more pure and less greasy.
Anyways, when I registered for the conference I requested vegetarian anyways, so that’s what I’ll be for lunch today.
Our lunch presentation is “The Top 10 Sports Nutrition Questions” – I’m excited about that. And then one on food + mood and social media. Seems to be more up my alley : )
Checking out of my hotel now so I’m not sure of internet access. I’m getting my Daily Garnish on tonight, so I’ll see you from there!