NYT Article: Americans are Finally Eating Less! (Recipe: Brown Sugar Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots)

A’s mom sent me this article from the NYT the other week, and I wanted to share it!

The big news? Americans are finally eating less according to research. Three large sources of data about diet all point in the same direction (NHANES, Nielsen, and USDA).

Calories consumed by the typical American peaked in 2003; however, they are finally on a sustained decline for the first time since this these statistics started being tracked nearly 40 years ago! And the decline is even more substantial for children! This is fabulous news, folks.

The declines cannot be attributed to one demographic group which is good news. Calories consumed are falling among high and low-income groups, blacks and whites.

What is causing the decline? Well, part of it is due to the fact that the amount of full-calorie soda drunk by the average American has dropped 25% since the late 1990s. Americans, on average, purchased about 40 gallons of full-calorie soda a year in 1998, according to sales data from the industry trade publication Beverage Digest analyzed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. That fell to 30 gallons in 2014, about the level that Americans bought in 1980, before the obesity rates took off. Isn’t that just crazy!?

In 2003, 60% of Americans said they wanted to lose weight, according to Gallup, up from 52% in 1990 and 35% in the 1950s. This is a start, but more than a third of American adults are still considered obese. We must keep working at this! Me included! I’m not overweight by BMI standards, but I’m getting too close for comfort!

So, I was in San Francisco! I told you a little bit about my conference the other day. But I did a whole lot of other stuff while I was there! Like running along the Embarcadero as the sun rose one morning?

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A and I also walked down the Embarcadero on Sunday all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square.

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I had my first taste of REAL sourdough bread. Delicious! And we got to see how sourdough bread is made along a real assembly line at Boudin! So, cool! We took the bread personality quiz and I was Chocolate Raisin Bread and A was Walnut Bread. And the bakery makes sourdough loaves in really cool shapes!

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We saw antique ships at the Hyde Street Pier.

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We shared an ice-cream sundae from Ghirardelli.

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We saw tons of sea lions at Pier 39! They just hang out there!

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And that was just the start of our trip! Lots more pictures to come as I go through them all! We took 1,304 pictures over the course of the week along with 200,441 steps and climbed 761 flights of stairs! We were on the move!

1 year ago: Runners on the Paleo Diet (Recipe: S’mores Brownies)

Quote of the Day:

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

If you are looking for a way to spice up your carrots with dinner! Here is an option!

Brown Sugar Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots

Brown Sugar Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots

Ingredients

1.5 pounds baby carrots, washed and dried

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1-2 tablespoons brown sugar

Coarse salt, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400*. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper, or line with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place carrots in a medium bowl. In a small bowl whisk together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (depending on how sweet you like your carrots).
  3. Pour the balsamic and brown sugar mixture over the carrots and toss to coat well. Arrange in an even layer on the prepared baking sheet. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until carrots reach desired tenderness.
  4. Remove from oven and transfer to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with coarse salt

Courtesy of Let’s Dish

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