Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Unhealthy Snacks

Back in 2010 I did a post about unhealthy cereals here. They were cereals most people thought were good for you but really weren't. Now I want to share this new list I saw on Yahoo about snacks you think are healthy but some really aren't healthy for you.

Snack #1: Rice cakes This once uber-popular "diet" snack has a mere 35 calories, but consists of high-glycemic, puffed-up white rice with a low nutritional profile. "They're mostly made of air," says Sharon Palmer, R.D., a dietician and author of "The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan For Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today." "You're better off choosing a low-glycemic snack that keeps you feeling full longer."
Verdict: Ditch it. "You want to get as many nutrients as you can with your calories," Palmer says. "You can enjoy a cup of fresh strawberries for those same 35 calories and you'll get more flavor and nutrients."

Snack #2: Kale chips The latest "it" snack is a mixed bag, nutritionally speaking. While kale itself is rich in vitamin A, C and K, your bag of kale chips may contain more additives than you'd think. "With oils, flavorings and salts, some kale chips contain as many calories as potato chips-160 calories per ounce-and loads of salt," Palmer says. "Also, some veggie chips contain nothing but dehydrated potatoes and tiny amounts of dehydrated vegetables."
Verdict: Ditch it and make your own. Roast kale with a small amount of olive oil and seasonings to get the maximum benefit. Or if you're going to buy kale chips, look at the label and make sure kale is listed as the number one ingredient.

Snack #3: Sweet potato chips If you think that swapping regular spuds for sweet potatoes would be a healthy upgrade-you'd be right. Sweet potatoes contain more fiber and vitamins A and C than regular potatoes. Just be sure to read the label of those sweet potato chips you're snacking on to make sure you're not getting some unwanted ingredients. "These chips should contain only sweet potatoes, vegetable oil, salt and maybe some seasoning," says Rachel Begun, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Verdict: Stick with it.

Snack #4: Protein bars Just because protein bars are stocked in the health food aisle, doesn't mean they're any better for you than a Snickers bar. "Most protein bars on the market are glorified candy bars, with chocolate coatings and lots of added sugars and processed ingredients," says Begun. "Consider a protein bar something that should be eaten on occasion as a convenience food when other options aren't available."
Verdict: Ditch it-unless you're in a pinch.

Snack #5: Granola For years, granola has been portrayed as a health food, but it's actually loaded with calories and fat. "Most people don't realize that a quarter-cup of granola contains up to 149 calories," says Gina Keatley, a chef and nutritionist in New York City.
Verdict: Ditch it. Although granola has heart-healthy whole grains that can help lower cholesterol, it's not a low-calorie option.


Snack #6: Baked chips and crackers Just because a chip is labeled "baked" doesn't make it better for you. For example, baked potato chips often contain cornstarch and added sugar. "These products are very processed and tend to be high in calories, fat and sodium," says Keatley.
Verdict: Ditch it.

Snack #7: Popchips When you 'pop' a snack, you skip the frying or baking process. Although Popchips are low in fiber, they have zero trans fats, 0 to 0.5 grams of saturated fat (depending on the flavor) and are lower in calories per ounce than traditional chips, notes Lauren Schmitt, a registered dietitian in Studio City, C.A.
Verdict: Stick with it-but watch your portion sizes. "Popchips are a better crunchy snack than a bag of Doritos," Schmitt says. "Still, I'd prefer to see people snacking on non-fat Greek yogurt or low-fat string cheese."

Snack #8: Rice crackers For people with gluten allergies, rice crackers are a great option, according to Schmitt. "Rice crackers have little-to-no saturated fat, so they're healthier than other snack foods," she says. The downside: They're essentially all carbohydrate with very little fiber.
Verdict: Ditch it. If you don't have wheat allergies, opt for a multi-grain cracker and pair it with a hummus, bean or yogurt dip.
Soo..how'd you fare? See any of your favorites on the list?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Quotes

Bunch of quotes I came across:

"That thing called "trust". No one really has it, in my opinion. I think all we have is faith that our fears won't come true.

"I couldn't even remember being lonely before, certainly not in this way, until I had seen the edge of all the way you could be with another person, which brought up all the myriad ways that person could never be there for you" (courtesy of leggy)

"Hell is not quite other people. Hell is the other people we let into our heads and reign over us"

"Let everything happen to you. beauty and terror. just keep going. no feeling is final" - Rainer Maria Rilke

"A friend is a gift you give yourself" - Robert Louis Stevenson

Speaking of quotes, someone sent me a link today asking me if I knew that UK Daily Mail (online) quoted a tweet of mine, where I called Kelly Osbourne stupid for calling Quevenzhane, Little Q on the Oscars Red Carpet. (I was just really peeved about it). Here's the link to the article .


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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Differences

If you have not heard of Lisa Lampanelli, she is an annoying comedian whose whole shtick is offensive racial humor that includes repeated use of the n-word. So, last week she posted this tweet:

Notice her use of the n-word. Alright so after outrage on the interwebz, she offered this as an explanation:

" there’s a world of difference between the term “n—a” and “n—er.” The former “means ‘friend,’” she said, while the latter is a slur: “If I had put the word ending in ‘er,’ that would have been a very derogatory thing about Lena meaning she is less than me, and I view her as very above me. ‘A’ on the end means ‘my friend.’”

 “I have been using these words since I started in comedy and guess what, people? I won’t stop anytime soon, just because your ass is up on Twitter,” she told HuffPo. “I have always used in my act every racial slur there is for Asians, blacks, gays, and Hispanics. To me, it’s acceptable if the joke is funny and if it is said in a context of no hate. It’s about taking the hate out of the word.”

Now, this really got on my nerves. I can brush aside her way of making a living because it is one thing to do it in your show, the people showing up know what to expect and are okay with it but to do this outside of a show rubbed me the wrong way. I mentioned that I found her explanation lame and who are these people that go to her shows anyways? and that led to a conversation about the n-word usage between me and a friend of mine(who is also nigerian). He says the n-word is just a word and people being all sensitive about it empowers it. That too rubbed me off the wrong way.

See, the n-word doesn't bother me as much as it does some black people but I also recognize that I am not African American and I am also not as knowledgeable about the whole slavery times as I should be. I remember in college, saying to my African American friend that I wonder why MLK is such a big deal, what exactly did he do? I remember him being very pissed and I couldn't understand it. I've learned now that just because I don't get it doesn't mean I should discount it. The n word is an emotional word for most african americans, I didn't experience stories from my grandparents and I did not grow up here. I equate it to expecting an African American to understand and feel an older Igbo Nigerian's pain about the Biafran war. 

When I watched Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx's press junket for Django Unchained, they both talked about a scene where Kerry gets whipped as a slave on an actual tree that was a whipping post and they filmed on an actual plantation. To hear them tell that story or even something as simple as watching the NAACP awards you sense this emotion that I know I don't possess. A friend of mine told me that he never really understood till he joined a frat and heard stories from his AA frat brothers. Sometimes, I think Nigerians are ignorant and prefer to live in their own world, some may consider us privileged that we come from a world where education ie college is not a choice, drugs are taboo etc but it is not everyone's reality. Look at some Tyler Perry movies, you hear a lot of Nigerians say how unrealistic it is but there's a reason it appeals to its audience, it may be their reality. Granted, there are some examples where the racism cry is just ridiculous, as my friend who made the original statement pointed out, it exists but it should not be a crutch. There's also that debate about black people finding the n word offensive yet using it quite liberally.

Ah well, my point is just every now and then, it doesn't hurt to take a step back and consider where people are coming from especially when we all come from different backgrounds. What do you guys think about the Lampanelli situation and the n-word usage?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Happiness

In your own words, define happiness. Would you say you are happy?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Signs you're living beyond your means

Hi guys. Hope everyone is doing okay and those of you up north are staying warm with the snowy weather. You guys have gotten stingy with your comments on randoms :(. Yes, I'm pouting like a baby! I look forward to getting other pov's on some randoms and I get a big fat nothing. Wah!

Hehe, anyways money is a major source of wahala for almost everybody. Thought I'd share this list (and some excerpts) I came across on Yahoo.

1. You couldn’t survive financially without your job’s income for at least six months.

  • In its 2012 annual financial literacy report, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) found that two out of every five adults (40%) said they were saving less than the prior year, and 39% didn’t have any nonretirement savings. 
  • Generally, cash reserve need is based on how long you expect to be unemployed if you lose your job. Three months of expenses is reasonable, six months is ideal – particularly for self-employed people and those with volatile incomes
  • “Bottom line, based on your skills (presuming the individual is not already retired) how long would it take in this market to find another position with similar income,”

2. You’re saving less than 10% of your pay. 

  •  This is a general guideline. “If you haven’t been saving at least 10% of your income for retirement since age 25, you’re not saving enough,” Garrett says. And if you’re over 35, you should tuck away more than that.
  •  Assuming a 4% withdrawal rate during retirement, someone who starts saving at 25 and retires at 70 needs to save 7% of earnings to achieve an 80% replacement rate at retirement. But if you’re planning to retire at 65, you’d need to save 15% of your income.
3. Your mortgage/rent payment is more than one week’s salary.
  • The one-week salary figure is a rough guide and “means that your mortgage payment would not be more than one-quarter of your income
  • Another way to think about this one is you’re probably living above your means if more than 35% of your income (a more-forgiving number) goes to into your home (rent, maintenance, upkeep, mortgage)
4. Your credit card balance has remained the same for the past year.
  • Simply holding your own (where your balance remains the same) is a good sign you’re living beyond your means, and if your balance grows each month, you’re way out of bounds.
5. You buy big-ticket items through interest-free, deferred-payment offers because you think you’ll be able to afford it next year.
  • These retailer deals involve no monthly payments for a certain period of time (usually a year) or no interest on payments made during the promotional period. But if you fail to pay for your item in full by the set deadline, you’ll get hit with sky-high interest charges. And it’s common for interest to be charged to your account from the date of purchase. If you can’t afford to buy it now, will you be able to later?
6. You use one credit card to pay another credit card’s balance.

7. You pay an overdraft fee on your checking account every three to four months or more.
  • One-off overdraft situations aren’t necessarily an indicator [of living beyond your means]. It’s the ongoing, repetitive nature of overdraft fees that will signal a problem
8. Before buying something, you often think, “I know I shouldn’t, but…” 
  • "I know things are tight, but I need to take that vacation, it's for my mental health," or “I work so hard, I deserve that new flat-screen TV.” Sound familiar? “That's really rationalizing what you know is not a good idea for you… Like a spa day or expensive dinners out. I don't often hear that from people who are comfortable financially, but more so from those who are struggling,” Baehr says.

Any of these helpful?

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Randoms

As much as I don't want to think it's true, I should probably accept that maybe God doesn't love us equally and some people are in fact more/highly favored than others.

It really gets my goat when people call others a ho. I don't get it. Even if someone is some alleged ho, how is it affecting your life? What makes one a ho? Why is Kim Kardashian a ho? The new cool one is Taylor Swift. I usually come to her defense because the fact of the matter is we don't know these people's lives and it's just speculation. Yea, the babe dates a lot but since when does dating/talking to someone automatically mean you are sleeping with them? How do we even know she isn't getting dumped because she isn't putting out? I don't know, I am not saying these people are  innocent but the fact is we don't know. It's like people get some joy from calling them a ho. bleh.

It could probably just be me, but job searching can kill your spirit something fierce.

Women are sadists. Sometimes it's the only explanation.

"This is how I am. Take it or leave it". Another of the gazillion things that irk me. Sure, we all have standard characteristics but noone is beyond or above change that might make you better.

I was watching Washington Heights and there are these two characters. Dude thinks girl is awesome. Calls her for everything, she is the first person he calls for good and bad news. He cried to her, when something happened to his brother, he thinks she is hot and just all around has a good time with her. He hooked up with her and they are all couple-y but was telling his friends he doesn't think he wants a relationship. I am sure it makes sense to some out there but scenarios like that, I don't get.

Even though it is personally not for me, I truly feel you can marry and  have a good relationship with someone you are not in love with. I don't believe there is a "the one" for everyone. It all depends who you come across first and the timing was right. You can be happy with more than one person but once you get married you might never know how much more or less happy you might have been with someone else. It's all to varying degrees.

I wonder if I will ever be empathetic to small/tiny girls complaining about their weight. Like really, you see me and see my size, what am I supposed to say in response? The other day I spoke to a friend who  is trying to get back to her regular size 2. Blank stare for real. Maybe there is a certain reassurance talking to someone bigger than you? Or I am hating? Dunno, I sha know I don't know how to respond.

Most millenials in their 20's have never been asked out on a date. This is the era of "talking", "hook up", "let's not define this". The radio morning show discussed this and they said there is more of "hey, wanna hang?" and one of the girls agreed that she preferred this especially in a group setting than a one on one date. Well ok.

A lot of my yellow people usually say fellow yellows aren't their type but usually they end up with fellow yellows. Also in naij, a lot of the half castes tend to hang with each other like some clique. just me?

I am quite convinced the definition of "broke" has changed in recent times. Most "broke" people seem to be living it up.

Those girls/women that say "Other women don't like me", "Men make better friends", "women are so petty" and everything else in that boat. Please kindly have a gallon of stfu and exit stage left.

Being married to a plastic surgeon has to be tough. Was watching Plastic Wives and this lady said how when they started dating, her husband had 3 scales and as a plastic surgeon he is very critical and even if she gains 3lbs, he notices and will tell her. Also, the fact that she is like his walking billboard and has to maintain a certain look. So far he's given her botox, vaginal kinikan - the one where they inject botox in the gspot, brazilian butt etc. Eek!

Say you do a test and find out you are pre disposed to breast cancer. Most women in your family have had it also. If you decide to have a mastectomy as a preventive measure, does this mean you are doubting your faith in God?

A friend of mine said something to me that may or may not make sense to you. She said she believes women who have a bunch of guy friends tend to be chill when dating as opposed to those who don't have a bunch of guy friends and are demanding when they date and those are the ones who get what they want.

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