Sunday, April 25, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Michael Pollan talks about the health benefits of “real” food versus “fake” food. Fake food includes food that is not in its original state, but rather in its processed form. A lot of food that is in our society today is in its processed or “fake” form instead of the natural, real version. An example that I have come across in my past is pickles.
My grandmother makes her own pickles, which I used to eat all the time when I lived at home and more often when I was younger. She used to give us jars that would last all year round and when we would run out, she would give us more. Pickles would be a nice snack or additive to a dinner. Her pickles would taste real, have more texture, and provide other ingredients in the pickle juice that keeps the pickles fresher for a longer time. Now that my grandmother is getting older, she is pickling less cucumbers and thus, as a family, we are receiving less of her canned pickles. Especially now that I do not live at home, I do not eat these delicious pickles. Sometimes I will buy a jar of pickles from the store, but the taste and nutrition is not the same. The “fake” version is made with more unhealthy salt and vinegar, which make the taste slightly different. It is also not as healthy, which is discussed in this article that I found. I would return to the “real” version, or my grandmother’s version, when I have the opportunity. I enjoy the real taste and the actual nutrition I get from these pickles, and would love to be able to make them myself someday.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
In my demonstration speech I showed the class how to use an erg machine. These motions directly correlate to the motions in rowing. This topic can be relevant to anybody who attends UW-Madison because we have very successful crew teams. Erging is also a very good workout, although most people do not know how to use the machine correctly.
From watching my speech, I think I could improve the informational content. The steps that I chose to convey are broken down and easy to follow. However, when I demonstrated them, I should have slowed down. I do not think I demonstrated the steps on the erg enough times for my audience to fully understand them. I believe I explained rowing in the best of my ability in the time allotted. There were a lot of questions at the end of my speech, but I suppose that is because rowing is a very unique and detailed sport, which some people do not know a lot about.
During my speech, it seemed as if my volume was loud enough and my eye contact was good. In the future, I would want to stand behind a podium or a table of some sort because my body language was not good. When I was speaking to the class and not demonstrating, I was not able to stand still. I changed my stance frequently, which made me look more nervous than I was. I think my enthusiasm for the topic was good; that sort of thing just comes across when you are passionate for a topic. My visual aids were also very relevant and effective in my speech. I don’t think everyone was able to see me demonstrate on the erg because of the tables in the class and next time I would move the tables. I would also make sure my video comes in clear next time, because it was blurry on the big screen.
I would choose this topic again because it is a big part of my life that I am passionate about. The only significant changes I would make are my stance and the clarity of my video. I do not think I would add anything. Below I added a link to my speech.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Here are his dayquil and nyquil commercials. This website talks about olympic endorsements and says Apolo Anton Ohno has already been successful in his endorsement deals. It also explains how it is harder for U.S. olympians that are not on a national team, like NFL or NHL, to receive corporate support because they do not compete as often as other athletes. The article also mentions olympians like Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn.
Monday, March 1, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Michael Pollen clearly states his opinion on food in his book, In Defense of Food. He starts out by saying to “Eat food” and elaborates on this idea early on in the book. By food, Pollan simply means to eat real, healthy food. He brings us years back to when our food choices were solely influenced from what our parents, and what their parents made for dinner. Pollan argues that official scientific opinion is the reason why this food was driven away from our dinner tables. Scientists came out with evidence that allow them to link certain nutrients to positively or negatively increase some diseases. According to Pollan, these scientists focused solely on the nutrients and do not know enough about the other factors that may have an influence in the food. This overlooking of other factors lead food industries to focus more on the addition or subtraction of healthy nutrients instead of producing overall healthy food. He elaborates on this subject by explaining how our quality of food has decreased since the rise of “nutritionism.”
I agree with Pollan when he talks about eating real, whole foods. It is obvious that a piece of fruit is a better snack than a granola bar, even if the granola bar has the healthy nutrients that we are supposed to eat. History can prove the significance of healthy, whole foods as Michael Pollan pans out in the book. I came across the blog Nutrition Thoughts http://nutritionthoughts.blogspot.com which talks about dietary imbalance, and how it affects one’s lifespan.