Food on Fridays: Is Less More?

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Here at the Food on Fridays carnival, any post remotely related to food is welcome. Recipes are enjoyed, but you can just tell us how you take your tea or devote a post to pondering those rhesus monkeys on a restricted diet.In other words, the Food on Fridays parameters are not at all narrow. I think of it as a virtual pitch-in where everyone brings something to share; even if the content of one item is unrelated to the rest, we sample it all anyway and have a great time.When your Food on Fridays contribution is ready, just grab the broccoli button (the big one above or the new smaller option at the bottom) to paste at the top of your post and join us through Mr. Linky.Here’s a Mr. Linky tutorial:

Write up a post, publish, then return here and click on Mr. Linky below. A screen will pop up where you can type in your blog name and paste in the url to your own Food on Fridays post (give us the exact link to your Food on Fridays page, not just the link to your blog).You can also visit other people’s posts by clicking on Mr. Linky and then clicking participants’ names–you should be taken straight to their posts.

Food on Fridays Participants

  1. Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker (Pizza and Cinnamon Rolls)
  2. At Home ‘n About (Sweet Potato Pie)
  3. Cooking during Stolen Moments (Chicken and Black Bean Filling)
  4. The Finer Things in Life (Kid-Friendly Snacks)
  5. Halala Mama (Cajun Okra Rice)
  6. Glimpse of Sonshine (Moms’ Zucchini Bread)
  7. Inside the White Picket Fence (Universal Berry Muffins)
  8. Feels Like Home (Indonesian Peanut Chicken)
  9. Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free (Heirloom Mint Ice Cream)
  10. Hoosier Homemade (Candy Land Cake)
  11. My Practically Perfect Life (Photos, Bacon Grease)
  12. Cook with Sara (Summer Cucumber Salad)
  13. The Bloom Girls (Ice Cream … for Adults)
  14. Daily Essentials and Deals (Cool and Easy Pie)
  15. Passionate Homemaking … Becoming P31 (Cool and Refreshing Bean Salad)
  16. This Pilgrimage (Scrumptious Oatmeal)
  17. Heart ‘n’ Soul Cooking (Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Salad)
  18. Random Tips (Sugarless Zucchini Chocolate Squares)
  19. Prudent and Practical (Easy Banana Bread and Banana Fertilizer)
  20. Newborn Mom (couscous)
  21. Katie’s Nesting Spot (Fajita & Club Salads)
  22. Runningamuck (Satisfying the Baking Need)

Food on Fridays with AnnI mentioned those dieting monkeys in the introduction—rather, one is being forced to diet, the other is free to eat whatever he wants. Let’s take a look at those two fellows Canto and Owen again. Click HERE to see the New York Times article with photos.This BBC article shows some additional close-ups and side shots so you can compare the appearance of the calorie-restricted primate against the other.What do you think? To be clear, I don’t mean to launch a discussion about the ethics of performing research on animals, but what do you think about the conclusions being drawn from this study and the impact of those conclusions on humans. Is this a way for humans to live … and live longer? By restricting caloric intake?Roger Cohen poses the question, What’s life for? After an anthropomorphic discussion about the monkeys’ happiness, Cohen (and I’m simplifying the article here) thinks that calorie-restriction may allow us to live longer, but not necessarily free us to live well. We need some laughter to live a rich, relational life, and he argued that the monkey with a restricted diet appeared strained and miserable. The one that could eat whatever he wanted seemed to Cohen a bit wry and laid back, with twinkling eyes.Plenty of people weighed-in on Cohen’s essay. Over 200 comments last time I looked.Is less (calories) more (years on earth)? Would you change your diet if you knew for a fact that a restricted diet would extend your lifespan? Or do you already follow this philosophy?If so, does it enhance your experience or keep you from really living a full, rich life?Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about a calorie-restriction diet for anti-aging.For those who want to track calories for calorie restriction or whatever reason, a friend of mine recommends Livestrong.com’s free and well-organized program, The Daily Plate. I’m not using it, so you’ll just have to take my friend’s word for it—or maybe someone can provide a personal testimony in the comments.Why generate a discussion about life expectancy?Well, Thursday was the Belgian Wonder’s birthday, so we’re thinking more than usual about health and aging.Happy birthday to the Belgian Wonder (who, in my opinion, is aging quite nicely)!

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  • Comments

    1. Such an interesting question. Personally, I think if we use moderation in all things, we will be healthy and enjoy life.

    2. Ok – I am all about living healthy and eating healthy. I was fat – I will use the politically incorrect term here because I’m talking about myself – for most of my life. And I mean 5’5″ and more than 180 pounds. I just quit getting on the scale – why get more bad news??

      But I’ve found a way to eat that lets me live with freedom. This works for me. For so long I jumped on every food band wagon and every diet. I failed miserably. Since what I’m doing works I figure – why change it??

      Today I hover around 110, give or take a few pounds. I weigh infrequently and can’t count calories. It makes me crazy.

      That’s my 2 cents. Great topic. :)

    3. hoosierhomemade says:

      I should be dieting, and just don’t ever do it. Thanks for hosting another great FOF.

      ~Liz

    4. I’m with your other commenters! Moderation is an absolute principle. Do I exercise moderation? Not always. I really can improve in that area.

      Do I think that calorie restriction is the answer? It looks promising. Do I want to believe that I could live longer with a restricted diet? No way! I LOVE my FOOD too much!! I would have to be willing to change, in order to make any diet work. I have failed miserably doing diets. Lifestyle is the best change, but I have problems with that too.

      I am 99% of the time happy to be me and where I am in my life. This is a good thing. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for my own challenges and problems.

      Thanks for the great post Ann, it has made me think. (But I will still choose food and calories at this point in my life!)

      Have a wonderful week…..

      Shari

    5. I knew you’d all have some interesting thoughts–most of the commenters to the Roger Cohen article agreed that life needs the enjoyment of good food rather than the bleak calorie-counting that can steal a lot of our joy. And I agree that moderation can keep us from going overboard in either direction.

      If we live long, but so obsessive and constrained that we aren’t living but always thinking about the next thing we’re going to consume (or not consume), we might really steal years, even though technically we’re “living” them.

      It’s an important discussion–the monkeys sort of complicate things, even though they were the catalyst. Because they are caged and forced to eat or not eat, there’s a whole secondary discussion we could have (that I don’t want to have right now).

      Interesting thoughts from great commenters!

    6. I vote quality over quantity, Ann. That is not to say we should eat WHATEVER we want and die young, though. If we eat junk food, we pay the consequences in poor health, which is NOT quality living.

      I mean, eat foods we enjoy. Learn to enjoy good food. Don’t stress out about calories and saturated fats and all, but don’t go overboard. Moderation. That’s quality living. :)

    7. Thanks for the thoughtful post. I’m just getting warmed up on a Friday link. I hope you’ll stop by my Momtrends’ Friday Feast link/recipe exchange and share your post.

      http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/07/friday-feasts-couscous.html

    8. runningamuck says:

      I agree with ya’ll… moderation. I think there has to be a happy medium in there somewhere. Eat what delights your taste buds while making sure to get good amounts of veggies (err, veggies are of course what thrills MY taste buds, right?!) to balance out your meals. For 90% of our dinners, I drop the side carb (potatoes, bread, rice, etc.) because it’s the easiest meal to leave them out of. I fix a couple veggies instead and no one misses the carb.

      GREAT articles. Thanks for giving us some FOOD for thought. lol. =0)

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