Category Archives: Nutrition

Happy New Year!

OK, so today isn’t the start of the new year, traditionally the time when we vow to change our slothful ways. It may not be the start of a new year, but you should think of it that way.

Starting today and continuing through the end of the year, our lives tend to change. This afternoon around 2, there’s the turkey, the dressing, the mashed potatoes, the sweet potatoes, the cranberry sauce, the pecan pie, the drooling, the nap. Repeat around 6 p.m. and again at 11. Figures very wildly on the total damage done on Thanksgiving Day, but the American Council on Exercise believes the typical American consumes 3,000 calories during the main meal and 4,500 calories over the course of the day. That’s more than twice the recommended daily caloric intake for the average American. read more

MPB (miles per burrito)

While fact-checking (yes, bloggers fact check) a post that will appear next week, I ran across a curious aside noting that “the most fuel-efficient vehicle available — the bicycle” gets “30+ miles per burrito.”

Frankly, that seemed conservative to me. Granted, it was unclear whether the author was burning a basic 350-calorie burrito from the dollar menu or a higher-octane version, say, Moe’s 950-calorie Homewrecker. Still, an assertion was made. So I Googled “energy from a burrito.” read more